Meet the Staff

Charmian Bulley

Music Makers Conductor

Charmian Simons Bulley received her BA in Music Education from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and her MS in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She is a certified Orff Schulwerk instructor, having studied with Jane Frazee, Arvida Steen, and Mary Goetze. Mrs. Bulley taught general music education in Champaign, IL, Unit 4 Schools for 34 years. She has also taught early childhood education classes at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and has presented workshops to educators in Central Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois American Choral Directors Association and served on their board as Children’s Chorus Chairperson. She has been on the CIYC staff since 1985.

Andrea Solya

Artistic Director

Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale Conductor

Andrea Solya, DMA is Clinical Assistant Professor of Composition-Theory and Choral Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also director of the UI Women's Glee Club, UIUCs’ premier treble choir. She is also coordinator of Aural Skills, and teaches choral conducting and literature to undergraduate and graduate students.  In addition to her duties at the University of Illinois, she is in daily contact with middle school and high school choral singers in the Champaign-Urbana area as the director since 2006 of the Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale of the Central Illinois Youth Chorus. As a native of Hungary, her newly designed Aural Skills curriculum at the U of I is based on a Hungarian model, and stands on major pillars of the Kodály method. Each summer she teaches musicianship, conducting and choral methodology in the Master's program of the Kodály Institute at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her research interests include the choral music of Andreas Rauch (1592-1656), as well as the art of teaching sight singing to the choral singer and beyond. She has performed and presented on national and international stages, and has been working on a critical edition of 25 motets from Andreas Rauch’s 1625 collection "Thymiaterium Musicale" . Under her direction the UI Women's Glee Club has received numerous concert invitations and has undertaken memorable tours to Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta and, most recently, to New York City. The UI Womens’ Glee Club also appears on renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas's latest CD recording Astral Canticle, released in 2015 by Nimbus Records. Dr Solya is College and University Repertoire and Standards Committee Chair at ACDA-IL.

Ann Morrissette

Concert Choir Conductor

Ann Morrissette teaches music at Barkstall Elementary School in Champaign, IL. She received her teaching certification and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. Morrissette has performed in many musicals and operas with the Illinois Opera Theatre and Parkland College, as well as solo performances with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Morrissette is a former member of CIYC and sang under its founder, Carolyn Paulin.

Bora Ryu

Accompanist

Bora Ryu earned a bachelor in Musicology from Seoul National University, 
South Korea. After she came to the States, she received a master's degree in 
Music Education and a master’s degree in Church Music at Bob Jones 
University in South Carolina. She is now pursuing a doctorate in Piano 
Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was awarded an accompanying assistantship with a full-tuition 
waiverBeside her solo performances, she actively performs as a collaborative 
pianist and a choir accompanist.  

Kathy Kew Lee

Administrative Director

Kathy joined the staff of CIYC in July 2019 and is also currently serving as Music Director at Community United Church of Christ in Champaign.  Since graduating from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology, Kathy has performed as a soloist, member, and/or section leader of more than 20 choirs.  While living in Boston, Kathy served as Business Director and sectional coach of VOICES Boston (formerly PALS Children's Chorus), as well as conductor of their youngest choir.  Her two sons have been members of CIYC since they moved to Urbana in 2016.  Kathy's favorite musical collaborations are those she shares with her twin sister, husband, and sons.