Artistic and Executive Staff
Peter Madpak, Artistic Director
Peter A. Madpak is only the third artistic director to lead the Venice Chorale. Like his predecessors, he plans to set a high standard of vocal performance drawn from the finest of the vocal literature.
Mr. Madpak is extensively educated in musicianship, with a bachelor's from Rowan University in New Jersey and a master's in sacred music from Drew Theological Seminary. He is currently the organist and choirmaster at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Venice, as well as directing musical shows at Venice Theater. He describes himself as a recitalist on the organ, as well as an accompanist, conductor, and teacher.
Mr. Madpak oversees the activities of the entire Venice Chorale program -- the Concert Choir, Chamber Chorus, Youth Chorus, and Youth String Ensemble.
Donna Ambrose, Youth Chorus Director
Donna M. Ambrose was appointed director of the Venice Youth Chorus in December 2016. She is a member of the Venice Chorale, Venice Musicale, and the Englewood Methodist Church Choir.
Ambrose is a career music educator with baccalaureate and master’s degrees from the Ithaca College School of Music. She began her teaching career in 1977 in Union Springs, NY, and continued on to South Seneca Central Schools. She joined the Trumansburg Central School faculty in 1985, where she was Director of Choral Music for 20 years before her retirement in 2011. Mrs. Ambrose has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Mary Jeanne Moorman, Accompanist
Mary Jeanne studied piano with her mother, Mary Frank Fancher. She has performed at receptions for Phyllis Diller and Senator John Tower.
An accomplished soloist, she has performed for the Oklahoma City Symphony and the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Ballet. Her numerous accompanist positions include Oklahoma City University, the University of North Texas, and Texas Women's University.
Mary Jeanne is the Chancel Choir Accompanist at Grace United Methodist Church, Venice, where she and her husband Steve are members. She is also a teacher and accompanist of many years' standing in the Venice area, and has accompanied the Venice Chorale for the past ten seasons.
Saara Ullery, Executive Director
Saara Ullery is an innovative arts administrator with over a decade of leadership in community engagement. Her enthusiasm for the arts to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities and inspire collaborations is recognized by receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and Western States Arts Federation. As an artist, educator and visionary, Saara is a passionate promoter of efforts and events to raise awareness, and bridge social and cultural organizations committed to community arts enhancement. Saara recently relocated to Venice to enjoy the beautiful beaches and to be near her son and two grandsons.