Japanese Pianist Madoka Asari began studying the piano and music theory at age 4 at Yamaha Music School in Sapporo, Japan. Madoka moved to the U.S. to study with her mentor Dr. Steven Mayer at University of Denver. Throughout her time at DU, Madoka received The Sarah C. Manion Award for Excellence in Piano, was runner-up in the Lamont Chamber Competition, and won 1st prize in the Lamont Solo Honor’s Competition, where she performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2. Madoka has also been featured as a soloist with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. In addition to her Piano Performance degrees, Madoka also worked extensively as a collaborative pianist for studios of various instruments. She performs in students’ recitals at DU and CU Boulder and Suzuki Strings Association Boulder. Madoka currently lives in Boulder with her husband and a partner in music Andrew Brown, cellist. Madoka holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Denver, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she also worked as an Associate Instructor for Music Theory.
Connie Brown is an accomplished pianist who has played for ensembles, soloists, and choirs both in California where she was raised, and Colorado where she has lived since 1990. As a music instructor, she has extensive experience working with very young students in group settings and teaching individual students of varying ages and levels from her private piano studio. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from California State University, East Bay.
Mary Anne Chase
Mary Anne is a charter member of Canto Deo and has sung with Jonathan Brown since his arrival in Colorado in 1990. Mary Anne is a retired dentist and currently works as health coach in the energy medicine field. As choir manager she keeps track of the membership, orders and supplies music and is responsible for communications. She also keeps the website up to date, records and edits the YouTube videos, as well as helping maintain other social media sites. Mary Anne was raised in a musical household and sang in choirs as soon as she was old enough to carry a tune. She is also an accomplished flutist and has played with Canto Deo many times.
Owner, Choyce Experience
Janet Choyce has traveled extensively across the United States and internationally. Known as one of the most passionate and dynamic singers of Gospel music, she feels extremely honored to have met and served so many wonderful people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and faiths. Janet is a contractor to Canto Deo assisting in managing venues, concerts, volunteers support and much more. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Management Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and an Events Management Certification from MSU Denver. In August 2017, Janet achieved the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification from the Events Industry Council, an international designation recognized throughout the events industry.
Recorder / Editor
A charter member of Canto Deo, Rebecca Leavenworth sings 2nd Soprano in both the Chamber and Festival choirs and has had the joy of singing with Jonathan Brown since 1990. A musician from early in her life, she also plays the piano, all voices of recorder, handbells, and can usually make her way around dulcimers and other early period instruments. In addition to lending her singing voice, Rebecca generates much of the publicity for Canto Deo and is a lead collaborator on both web and print content. As an amateur music history researcher, Rebecca enjoys diving deeper into the background of composers and compositions. Her all-time favorite Christmas piece is In Terra Pax, with music by Gerald Finzi, text based on the Robert Bridges poem, Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913.