Mrs. Sara D. Gleason is a graduate of the local Belleville Henderson Central School. She went on to attend the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. While at Crane, Mrs. Gleason was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, A Sharp Arrangement, the women's a cappella group on campus, and the American Choral Director's Association. One of her great accomplishments at Crane was being selected to rehearse and conduct the Crane Chorus, a 150 voice choir, at the annual Candlelight Concert. She received her Bachelor's of Music in Music Education in May of 2005. During the 2006-2007 school year Mrs. Gleason directed the children's choirs at Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown. In the fall of 2007, she directed the Jefferson Lewis County Elementary Bi-County Chorus. In December of 2007 she received a Masters of Science in Education with Distinction from SUNY Potsdam. Mrs. Gleason started teaching K-12 Vocal and General Music at Copenhagen Central School for 10 years. This will be her third year as the Choir Director at Watertown High School where she directs choirs, direct the WHS musical, and teaches electives. She is the Director of Music at Watertown First Presbyterian Church where her husband, John, is a member of the choir.
Our accompanists are Mr Carl A. Bingle and Mrs. Janna Bingle.
Mr. Carl Bingle is a native of Carthage, NY whose musical abilities and interests were nurtured from an early age by Jane Rich and George Fullerton. He studied organ with Dr. Charles H. Finney at Houghton College before graduating from SUNY Potsdam in 1974 with a BA in French and German. In 1975, he began his teaching career at Belleville Academy (now Belleville-Henderson Central School) and continued there until 2009. He is currently an adjunct instructor of German at Jefferson Community College in Watertown. Carl has been the organist at Carthage United Community Church and Adams Village Baptist Church before joining the music staff at First Presbyterian in January of 1990. He has been the organist for the Northern Choral Society since 1977. This year we celebrate his 40th year as organist.