Ariel Toews-Ricotta – Music Director
Ariel Toews-Ricotta began her association with the Ypsilanti Community Choir by serving as guest conductor for our spring 2006 concert. Her appointment as Music Director for the YCC came the following fall. In addition to her work with the Ypsilanti Community Choir, she currently serves as the Music Director of the Livonia Youth Choir.
Maria Cimarelli – Accompanist and Assistant Director
Maria became the YCC accompanist in the fall of 2008 when long-time accompanist Phyllis Bogarin retired. Maria is also the vocal music accompanist for the Creative and Performing Arts program of the Livonia Public Schools, Director of Music at Franklin Community Church, and accompanist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus preparatory choir.
She holds degrees in vocal music performance and vocal music education. She has appeared with the Detroit Symphony as a guest soloist on a number of occasions, most notably at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Maria was cast in a Strauss opera that was produced in Detroit by the Detroit Symphony and recorded on London Records.