Back Row:Tim Guiles (Director) / Vikki Day / Judy Rosenbaum Center Row: Karen Chickering / Maarten van Ryckevorsel / Jay Sames Front Row: Jose Schmidt / Clara Cavitt / Deborah Farnham

Maple Jam Bios

Clara Cavitt began her musical studies with the violin, eventually moving on to the piano, folk guitar, and a brief stint with the organ in college. She sang in high school and college choruses, occasionally composing for college competitions, and played violin in the high school orchestra for four years. She still enjoys composing and arranging in her spare time. In addition to singing with Maple Jam, Clara performs with Oriana Singers and the VSO Chorus. She and her life partner, Paul Mattos, reside in Jericho, and enjoy cooking, hiking, gardening, showshoeing, watching movies, and playing with Dozer, their Black Lab.
Karen Chickering is a Vermonter by choice, having moved here from Chicago in 1987. She considers herself a singer first, in Maple Jam, the VSO Chorus, and over the years in other groups including Counterpoint and Friends, Oriana Singers, Melisma, Bella Voce, Musica Propria, and the Bluegrass Turkeys. She earned a degree from Northwestern University in church music and organ. Her other passions include cooking, biking (she just completed a bicycle trip to DC, Cycles to Peace, a grassroots effort to raise awareness of the connection between voting and achieving peace), gardening, and traveling to New Zealand for quality time with her brother and nephew.
As a child in suburban Chicago, Vikki Day spent many a night being lulled to sleep by the sounds of her father's champion barbershop quartets and jazz a cappella groups practicing late into the evening. Now a transplanted flatlander, she and her husband Allan, a piano tuner, live in Williston and are proud parents of a daughter who is an excellent jazz vocalist and song-writer in Burlington. In addition to singing with several area choruses, Vikki is an administrator in the Music Department at the University of Vermont. She is also a free-lance graphic artist and designed many of Maple Jam's promotional materials.
Deborah Farnham thanks her mom for instilling a lifelong love of music. She has sung in various groups while residing in Vermont, New York, the Virgin Islands, and Japan. The venues have ranged from concert halls, to coffee houses, to weekly bluegrass concerts at Shakey's Pizza in downtown Sapporo, to St. Paul, MN where she performed with the celestial Sirens on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion "Talent From Towns Under 2000" contest. She and her husband, the proud grandparents of 4 grandkids, divide their time between Tunbridge and S. Starksboro.
Tim Guiles, the founder of Maple Jam, has spent most of his musical life on the "other side" of the keyboard, having been the musical director for shows like "Sweeney Todd" and "A Little Night Music" at Montpelier's Lost Nation Theater, and "Les Mis" at Barre's Spaulding High School. Schooled, and initially employed as an engineer, he discovered his love of close harmony singing with barbershop music in 1982. Shortly thereafter he discovered the rich, 8-voiced harmonies of Gene Puerling, which started him on a quest to find people who loved this kind of singing, and had the time, energy, and musical ability to bring this kind of music to life. He is often (pleasantly) eclipsed by his musically talented son, Zachary, who plays the trombone and is enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy.
Judy Rosenbaum has really taken to Vermont, having moved here from Los Angeles 12 years ago. She has sung with the VSO Chorus and Chamber Chorus, Oriana Singers, the Burlington Choral Society, celestial Sirens, Kolot B'Rinah, the Berkshire Festival Chorus, as well as numerous choral groups on the west coast. She currently serves as an adjudications officer for the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. Daughter Hannah is also a musician and a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a degree in vocal performance.
In the past 13 years, Jay Sames has sung programs with the VSO Chorus, The Handel Society of Dartmouth College, The Crown's Delight (8-voice madrigals), the Manchester (NH) Choral Society, the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Chamber Singers, and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. At the University of Delaware he sang with an all-engineer barbershop quartet called The Logarithms. Jay lives in Barre, but spends much time in Quebec visiting his favorite B&B;, or rather its lovely proprietor. He travels and cross-country skis whenever he can, and is now learning French and taking up curling.
Born and raised in the really Deep South (aka Argentina), Jose Schmidt sang his way through Engineering School with the National Symphony Chorus. After immigrating to Canada in '87, he sang with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa until 1991. He moved to Vermont in 1996 and joined the VSO Chorus upon wife Maria's encouragement ("please find something to do outside the house"). Besides the VSO Chorus, he has sung with Melisma, celestial Sirens, Oriana, Counterpoint and Syrinx before finding his true musical home in Maple Jam. Jose's daytime job is as a software engineer with GE Healthcare, formerly IDX. He and Maria have two children: Jeffrey and Stephanie.
Though he started out playing a mean guitar in his high school garage band, Maarten van Ryckevorsel's musical interest switched from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz while attending the University of Leiden in his native Netherlands. He gigged on guitar, drums, bass guitar, banjo and harmonica before co-authoring a musical and presiding over the orchestra pit. In Burlington since 1990, Maarten has sung with the Burlington Choral Society, the Vermont Choral Union, jazz a-cappella group Calloway Taxi and now with Maple Jam. His wife Sarah enjoys attending Maarten’s performances, although she insists on being called a roadie rather than a groupie.

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Wendy Bill is Maple Jam's "silver fox." A native Vermonter, she graduated from UVM in Mechanical Engineering, has retired from IBM, and is currently employed by Analytical Services, a microbiology lab. Wendy has had a lifelong interest in music. She especially enjoys singing in choral groups, including the VSO Chorus and the Vermont Choral Union (25 years!), and playing the French horn in the Vermont Philharmonic. She and her husband John have 8 children and 15 grandchildren.

Allison Coyne Carroll studied music at the Manhattan and Crane Schools of Music, with a Music Education/French horn concentration. She works at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts as Events and Residency Manager, and resides in Hinesburg with her husband Jim (see below), two Maine Coon cats, and their young son Aidan, tenor-in-training. Her local singing credits include the VSO Chorus, In Accord, Melisma, Trillium, South County Chorus, and the Randolph Singers.

Jim Carroll is a software developer. He previously sang in the VSO Chorus, Melisma, Trillium, Oriana, Burlington Choral Society, and professionally at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Jim is married to alto Allison Carroll, whom he met through singing, years after first meeting her at a wedding where he applied the garter to the woman who caught the bouquet (Allison)!

Paul Morrow is a man of leisure, having recently retired from his post as Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Vermont, leaving him time to pursue singing, traveling, running marathons, and rowing. He currently is employed in Sydney, Australia, as a medical examiner. He has sung previously with the VSO Chorus and Musica Propria. When in the States, he lives in his childhood home in Shelburne with his wife Emily and daughter Lilly.

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