The Board of Directors of 21st Century Chorale is delighted to announce the addition of two new board members: Keanon Kyles and Lisa Christensen-Gee.
Raised in Chicago, Keanon Kyles sang with the Chicago Children’s Choir and received his bachelor’s degree in music from Chicago’s Columbia College. Keanon made his opera debut as Colline in Puccini's La Boheme. Conducted by Metropolitan Opera’s Maestro David Jackson, he made his 2015 Italian debut in Trento, Italy as Betto in Gianni Schicchi and Peter in Hansel and Gretel. He was invited to perform the role of Colline once again at Carnegie Hall with the New York Lyric Opera. Keanon was recently featured as Billy Evans in the world premiere of Floating Opera Company’s production of War and Peace and was named one of the top 5 singers in the National Association of Negro Musicians competition.
After making his U.K. debut in the summer 2016 as Colline, Keanon returned to Scotland this past summer in the role of Rigoletto in Clyde Opera Group's production. His career has been highlighted by CNN, Good Morning America and The Chicago Sun-Times. In addition to his performance career, Keanon teaches voice performance in jazz, gospel and musical theatre. With a keen interest in giving back to his community, Keanon has enthusiastically embraced service on our board.
Lisa Christensen Gee joined 21st Century Chorale as an ensemble member in 2015. Engaged in making music since her childhood, Lisa is currently an active contributor to the music program at First Unitarian Church of Chicago where she is a choir member, congregational song leader, and frequent soloist. She has also participated in various musical projects across the Chicagoland area, including with the Pullman Community Choir, Unity Temple Choir in Oak Park, Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, and the Hyde Park Congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lisa holds undergraduate degrees in dance education and English from Brigham Young University. She has worked in arts education as a middle school dance teacher and in non-profit management as a grant writer and manager. Today, she is an attorney and works as a tax policy analyst seeking to advance economic justice through more progressive state and local tax systems. Lisa and her husband Matt live in Hyde Park and love making music together.