Molly Tomlinson will become the new WUUC choir director, beginning Aug. 15.

WUUC Accompanist Terry Levitt first met Molly when she auditioned for choir director last year. “Both she and Jen (Rodgers, former choir director) had great references,” Terry said. “(Molly’s) extremely personable for one thing. One of the references said, ‘Everybody loves Molly.’”

The two have worked together on performances since, impressing Terry with Molly’s “excellent vocal skills as a performer and also a communicator.”

“Apparently she really communicates the words even if they’re in a foreign language. She acts the words,” he said.

Under Molly, the choir will likely continue the progress Jen has made toward developing the art of singing and the awareness of blend, Terry said. “She has a strong classical background but is very open to doing all kinds of music with the choir.”

Molly is a native of Seattle and moved back to the area after receiving her Master’s of Music in Voice from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She is also the eldest daughter of congregation members Gary and Elizabeth Tomlinson.

She first began developing her passion for choral music when she sang in Columbia Choirs from 1999-2007. She also participated in the Redmond High School Choir, where she was president her senior year. From 2007 to 2011 Molly also sang with the Chapman University choir while she was earning her BA of Music degree from their conservatory. Molly lived in Chicago for five years, during which time she sang with the CCPA opera group, and was also a section leader for the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.

Through her musical studies, Molly has developed a strong passion for vocal pedagogy and is proud to be a private voice teacher and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Along with teaching, she enjoys putting on her own recital series, as well as performing through the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle. For fun she also sings with a local a capella group, the Emerald City Voices, and volunteers leading weekly sectionals for the Mercer Island High School Bel Canto choir.

From Pop to Opera, Molly said she “loves all music and is excited to work with the WUUC choir this coming year!”