Stefanie Fiser Kleven, Artistic Director
Now in her eighth season with the organization, Stefanie Fiser Kleven is the Artistic Director of the Twin Cities Girls’ Choir. A native of Denver, Colorado, she is an active conductor, teacher, church musician, and vocalist in the Twin Cities. Stefanie has taught music to people of all ages in various settings and she is especially passionate about sharing with others the joy of singing!
Stefanie is currently the Director of Music at Peace Lutheran Church of Plymouth, where she directs the Adult Choir and the children’s music program. Stefanie also sings with the National Lutheran Choir and spent six summers on staff of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Stefanie holds a BA in Music with a Music History Emphasis, and K-12 Music Certification.
Stefanie and her husband Eric live in Mound and enjoy making food together and traveling.
Rebecca Poppke, Assistant Artistic Director
Rebecca Poppke brings more than a decade of experience as a music educator, choir director and vocal coach to her role as Assistant Artistic Director of Twin Cities Girls' Choir.
Rebecca has sung with the Minnesota Chorale, VocalEssense Chorale, and is a Cathedral Choir soprano and children's music leader with the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Mark in Minneapolis. In addition, Rebecca is an instructor at Rogers School of Music, where she teaches piano and vocal students.
Before moving to Minneapolis, Rebecca graduated from the University of Southern Maine School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and directed a high school choir program in central Maine for five years. She is thrilled to be working with this staff and these young people!
Cheryl Peterson-Schurke, Accompanist
Cheryl Peterson-Schurke is excited to be working with the TCGC as the accompanist. Currently, she also serves as the accompanist for Tartan High School’s choral department and teaches private piano lessons out of her home.
A graduate of St. Olaf College, Cheryl earned a degree in vocal music education and sang in Manitou Singers, Chapel Choir and the St. Olaf Choir. She has served as the musical director for Edgerton Elementary School’s drama productions; directed elementary and middle school church choirs, and taught pre-school music at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. She also sang with the Minnesota Chorale for several years.
Cheryl and her husband are parents to 3 girls and live in Maplewood. She enjoys Nordic skiing with the family, gardening and reading a good book whenever time allows!
Erica Mauter, Executive Director
Erica joined the Twin Cities Women's Choir in 2006 as an Alto 2. She sang with TCWC for six seasons and with ENCORE! for five of those seasons. Erica served on TCWC's Board of Directors for five years, including two terms as President. Erica became the Executive Director of the Twin Cities Women's Choir and Twin Cities Girls' Choir in 2014. She shouldn't be (but is) continually surprised and impressed by how talented, supportive, and committed these communities are.
Following a 12-year engineering career, Erica is still a STEMinist. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, where she wrote her masters thesis on Ranked Choice Voting. Erica has also served on the Project 515 and Minnesota Fringe Festival boards of directors, as well as the Family Equality Council's Midwest Advisory Council. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. She's a season ticket holder for the Minnesota Lynx. She volunteers for political campaigns and causes for fun, and serves as an election judge. Erica has been a blogger for over a decade, publishing several projects on Twin Cities life and minority experiences in Minnesota. She's an on-again-off-again runner and has one full marathon under her belt.
Kimberly Peterson, Operations Coordinator
A creative maker, Kim brings with her an array of experiences from both nonprofit and for-profit industries. A graduate of Texas Woman's University's prestigious dance program, her graduate research into representation and funding models for the performing arts has reinforced her belief that powerful and engaging experiences with art transform us, our communities, and our society.
Kim currently serves as Vice President and Secretary on ARENA Dances' board of directors and has contributed to organizations such as The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Soap Factory, Dancing Classrooms Minnesota, The Minnesota Children's Museum, TEDxEdina, the American Cancer Society and Northern Spark. She is excited to continue creating engaging and impactful experiences through art in the public sphere, elevating the dialogue around aesthetics, and encouraging collaborative exploration between artists and organizations.