Now in his 11th season with the Pueblo Children's Chorale, Zachary is a "Summa
Cum Laude" graduate from CSU-Pueblo, where he had the privilege of studying under Barbara Beck while earning his BA in Music Performance (Vocal emphasis).
Zachary participated in the Pueblo District 60 / Pueblo Parks & Rec.Summer Musical program throughout high school and college, and has played several leading roles in shows such as Disney's "Beauty & the Beast", "The Music Man", and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".
Zachary continues to be involved with the performing arts in and around Pueblo, including serving on the Board of directors and performing in the cast of Musical Community Production's annual Christmas musical.
Christina is currently in her 26th year as Executive Director for the Chorale. She is the last one of the Chorale's co-founders still with the organization.
Christina has been an advocate for the Performing Arts in Pueblo, Colorado for over 30 years. She started performing in Pueblo at a young age and has been a paid entertainer in Colorado for 28 years. She co-founded the Pueblo Children’s Chorale in 1996 and has been the Executive Director for the past 26 years. She created Upon A Star Singing Telegrams & Entertainers in 2010 and continues to entertain many each year.
Being involved in pageantry either as a judge, emcee or contestant for the past 30 years has been a highlight in her life. She has held several titles: 2014 “Supreme Queen” with the Bright Future’s Pageant; 2015 Ms. Colorado; 2018 Ultimate Grand Supreme Miss Elite Colorado and “Queen of Queens” 2019 with the Little Miss Colorado Pageant. She recently held the title of Ms. Elite National USA 2020 with the Little Miss National USA Pageant.
She has been honored to receive the “Best of Pueblo” – GOLD winner “Best Performer” 2014-2018 and nominated for the 2017 YWCA Tribute to Women for Community Service. Christina was recognized as an “Outstanding Woman of 2019” from the Pueblo City/County Library District. In 2021, she was honored to be recognized as an “Influential Woman” Guest Speaker on the National Podcast hosted by Jenny Smith. Also, in September 2021, she added “Model” to her resume when she modeled in New York Fashion Week 2021. She also was a Designer Assistant to Nataljia Liberacki and prepared the Models for her Collection.
She taught music at two Christian Schools for five years (1997-2002) and volunteers as judge for DECA, FBLA, pageants, talent competitions and also volunteers with Junior Achievement. She has dedicated countless hours to her Volunteer endeavors over the past 25 years of service to her Community.
She has been married to her wonderful husband Mark for 31 years (January 1991) and they have one son, Dane. Disneyland is her home away from home and she now takes High School Choirs and Bands to the parks for their Disney Performing Arts experience. You might find her occasionally auditioning for Disney because her dream is to sing for “Voices of Liberty” at Epcot.
Her love for children and the music that they make week after week is what inspires her to continue her work with the Chorale. She loves how far the Chorale has come in the last 26 seasons and the accomplishments that have been made. She looks forward to watching the Chorale grow through the years and seeing graduates from the Chorale go on to do great things in their musical career.
Kirsten Kleven, a native of Minnesota, has called Pueblo home for the past 22 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Mass Communications from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from CSU-Pueblo. She has a long history with piano performing. Growing up in Minnesota, she maintained a busy schedule working as an organist for a church and accompanying several organizations in the community, including travelling the 5-state area with a vocal quartet. After moving to Colorado, she continued accompanying for several groups including the Sunrise UMC in Pueblo West, First UMC in Canon City, the Bella Voce Children’s Choir, and as keyboardist for Pueblo’s Steel City Theater productions of The Wedding Singer and Nunsense. She has also taught piano lessons at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center and is a former teacher at the McClelland School.
Kirsten currently maintains a busy accompanying schedule including playing for the South High School and Pueblo West High School choirs, Christ the King Catholic church, the Pueblo Children’s Chorale and as a staff accompanist at CSU-Pueblo. Kirsten also teaches piano lessons at the Sounds Good! Studio.
When not busy, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters and two dogs.