Tom earned his Bachelor of Music in voice performance from The Ohio State University. He established himself early on as a sensitive interpreter of French, German and modern American art song, taking 1st place in the NATS Great Lakes Regional Competition for three consecutive years.
His professional credits include oratorio appearances in C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s ‘Brockes’ Passion and appearances on the operatic stage in Carmen, Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, Porgy and Bess (concert version), The Consul and operettas such as The Mikado & Ruddigore. His television credits include the title role in Conversio Sancti Pauli, produced by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sharon Watkins is a founding member of the Clintonville Community Choir and was the Artistic Director from 2005 through 2011.
Sharon is a graduate of Whetstone High School. She acquired her Bachelor of Music Education from the Ohio State University as a percussion major. Upon graduation she worked at Watterson High School as the band director. When the Watkins children came along she worked in area elementary and middle schools including Clintonville Academy and Xenos Christian Schools, teaching band, general and vocal music. During this time Sharon earned her Masters in Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis from Capital University, which included a focus on vocal pedagogy, folk music, and a three week study in Europe at the Kodaly Institute in Kescemet, Hungary.
The Conductor and Artistic Director roles were combined in 2017.