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Where the Vocal Journey Begins

Founded in 2019, Charisma Chorus is passionately committed to inspiring and enlightening young singers within an environment of respect, fun, and encouragement. The Chorus performs different genres of music each season and provides solo opportunities for our singers. Our rehearsals incorporate social activities and therapeutic games that provide an opportunity for youth development. Charisma Chorus embodies the spirit of sound, and we invite you to join us on our vibrant musical journey. Contact us for more information, and to find out when the next choir session starts.





Choir Director

Miriam Deming graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a BA in Vocal Performance and Music Education.  Previously, she was the choir director at Bookcliff Middle School for 8 years and at Mount Garfield Middle School for one year.  In addition to teaching choir in public schools, she has also taught private voice lessons for over 10 years.  She has also continued performing, having recently sung with the High Desert Opera as Donna in Mamma Mia and singing in concerts with the Western Colorado Chorale and Mariachi San Jose.  She is thrilled to now be the director of Charisma Chorus!   When not singing or teaching, you can find Miriam spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. You might find them at home, or find them figuring out how to tote their young family on hikes, on skis, or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors.



Executive Director

Joy Thompson became the Executive Director of Charisma Chorus in October 2021.  Joy has spent nearly two decades working with children, first as a youth basketball coach and Girl Scout Leader, and in the last ten years as a professional in the field of child welfare. Joy was appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper to serve on the Community Board of the Division of Youth Services in Mesa County in 2018. Joy earned her BBA, with management emphasis from Colorado Mesa University in 2009. She has also formed two startups in Mesa County, Grand Valley Gives in 2011 and the Western Slope Volunteer Management Association in 2016.



Board President

Lori Summers is the Chair of Charisma Chorus’s Board of Directors. She has lived in the Palisade area since 2014. Prior to that, she lived in Gunnison Colorado for 19 years, however, she was born and raised in the Clifton/Palisade area. She has been married to Marc Summers for 12 years. She has 3 adult daughters, a 10-year-old son, and two grandsons.
Her career path has mostly involved working with children. She has a degree in Psychology from Rollins College in Florida. Over the past 29 years, she has worked with families in need, worked at and directed a child development center and preschool, directed Colorado Bright Beginnings of Gunnison, led youth and adult mission teams to the Dominican Republic, created and facilitated a youth coalition in the high schools to promote healthy choices and most recently worked with children who have experienced a lot of trauma. She currently supervises the Mentoring and Life Skills department at Ariel Clinical Services. She has also spent time working for the District Attorney’s office.

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Board Vice President

Brenda Maw is a retired occupational therapist for School District 51. She was an OT for 40 years, primarily working with children. She was in the early intervention field for a number of years, which included providing services to babies from infant to 3 years of age and working with their families primarily in the home setting. 

Brenda has always been interested in and enjoyed music in her personal life. As a student, she learned to play the piano and also the tenor saxophone in high school.  She participated in choir as well. In college, she took a dancing class and learned a variety of dance steps, including ballroom, folk dancing and “swing”. Brenda enjoys attending concerts and appreciates a wide genre of music types. She believes that music is a “universal” language that helps to connect us all. 



Board Member

Leah has a B.A. in vocal performance, as well as her teaching license for k-12 music. She founded the choir program at Juniper Ridge Community School and has been the choir teacher there since 2016.

In addition to teaching, Leah performs in her community as a solo artist and in a big band, and has produced an album of original music, titled “The Brightside”. She loves to create and inspire, and looks forward to passing her love of music onto future generations.

She joined Charisma Chorus in 2021 as a board member, and looks forward to all the good it will potentially do for kids in the community.



Board Treasurer

Rich has an extensive background in business. He has served on numerous boards including Crime Stoppers for many years. Rich is a Volunteer Coordinator at Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County. He enjoys spending time with his large family and hiking all over the state.



Board Member

Gloria Carey grew up in Southern California and was fortunate to have parents who realized the importance of instilling within her a love of music.  Her entire life has been filled with music - singing in choirs, teaching piano, playing organ and piano for worship services in her church, accompanying adult choirs, directing children’s choirs, and participating in many other musical activities.  She has enjoyed traveling to Germany and the British Isles as a First Presbyterian Church choir accompanist. 

She also holds a BS degree from Bob Jones University, MS in Education from Pensacola Christian College, and MS in Special Education from California State University.  She has taught general education in both private and public schools for 40+ years.  She also is a member of the Music Teachers Association at the national, state, and local levels