Sine Nomine

Alissa Deeter
Dareion Malone
Mark W. Johanson

I am Sine Nomine...

Dareion Malone
Founder, Co-Artistic Director

Dareion Malone is a native of Byhalia, MS and has been singing and playing piano since early childhood.  Dareion received the Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He also holds the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. 

Dareion has performed nationally and internationally, including West Africa, South Africa, and Europe.  His stage credits include performances with Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, and other mainstream recording artists. Dareion’s baritone voice has been featured in numerous ensembles as well as principal opera roles.  He has appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony and Chorus as well as other regional ensembles.  His works have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Faure’s Requiem. 

As an active member of the Charlotte community and an advocate for music education, Dareion holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. He is also a board member for Charlotte Concerts. Currently, Dareion is the choral music instructor at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, NC.  Much of his time is given to creating ways to provide access to quality music education for all students, especially those situated in areas that have been marginalized.  Dareion is also the Chorus Master at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and serves as the accompanist for the Men’s Chorus.


Mark W. Johanson
Co-Artistic Director

Mark W. Johanson graduated from Valparaiso University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Choral Director’s Association. He is an alumni member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national fraternal society in music and is also an Eagle Scout.

Since 2011, Mark has served as Minister of Music at Ascension Lutheran Church. At Ascension, he provides musical leadership in worship from organ and piano and directs the Chancel Choir as well as various musical ensembles. He has worked in both ELCA and LCMS congregations in different parts of the United States.

Mark and his wife Elizabeth Marquardt live in Charlotte. When not making music, Mark enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.


Alissa Deeter
Co-Artistic Director

Alissa Deeter, soprano, is currently the Coordinator of Applied Voice and the Graduate Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she joined the faculty in fall 2010. She holds the Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from Florida State University, a Master of Music degree in opera from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance with a minor in theatre from Central Michigan University.

A nationally recognized performer with firm footing in both classical and musical theatre circles, she is an active recitalist with a penchant for French mélodie as well as the treasured compositions of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, and Weill Dr. Deeter is the co-author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2014) and has several articles published in the Journal of Singing.

Dr. Deeter is a leader in a “form follows function” approach to singing. She is a regular presenter and conferences and academic institutions nationwide and promotes musician kinesthetic awareness and self-care.



Bethany Jennings

Bethany Jennings is the Choral Director at Stuart W. Cramer High School located in Belmont, NC.  Ms. Jennings holds a Master of Music degree from University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she attended as a NC Teaching Fellow.  Ms. Jennings is an active clinician and adjudicator and enjoys studying music literacy & assessment in the choral ensemble.  She is the founder of North Carolina’s Collegiate Choral Symposium and currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC.  Her professional affiliations include NAfME, Choristers Guild, PAM, and serves on the Executive Board for the NC chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  In addition to making beautiful music, Ms. Jennings interests include traveling, coaching basketball, and being Aunt Beth.


Daniel Wynkoop

A native of Pennsylvania, Daniel Wynkoop has directed choirs in Pennsylvania and North Carolina for over 20 years. He has taught music at the primary and secondary levels and is currently in his second year at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC.  At South Mr. Wynkoop directs five choirs and teaches music theory.  Mr. Wynkoop leads worship and directs music at First Baptist Church in Gastonia, directing adult, youth, children's, and handbell choirs and for the past fourteen years as served as the Artistic Director of the Gaston Choral Society, a fifty member community choir.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University, where he studied conducting with Lynn Drafall and Douglas Miller, and a Master of Science degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University where he studied with Kevin Fenton, Judy Bowers, and Andre Thomas.


Stephanie Madsen

Stephanie Rosenthal Madsen is a Charlotte native. After graduating from East Mecklenburg High School, she completed her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2005, immediately following completion of her degree, Stephanie began her teaching career at Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. After working in Guilford County for three years (2005-2008) life moved her to Atlanta, Georgia where she taught middle school at Pine Mountain Middle School in Kennesaw, Georgia (2008-2013). In Georgia, Stephanie’s students consistently were selected to participate in All-State, District Honors Chorus and maintained a superior rating at Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE).  In 2013, Stephanie returned home and began her work at Northwest School of the Arts.
Some of her performance credits include, UNCG Women’s Glee, UNCG Women’s Choir, UNCG Chorale, Sine Nomine of Charlotte, The William Baker Festival Singers, a featured soloist for Cobb Festival Singers,  Guest Clinician for McClure Middle School’s LGPE clinic, and various other singing opportunities.  

Stephanie is a member of  the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), North Carolina Music Educator’s Association (NCMEA), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA),  Sigma Alpha Iota, Mars Hill Choral Clinic Zone Coordinator, Host of the District Honors Chorus Workshop, a partner in coordinating CMS High School Honors Chorus and has also served on the District XII Honors Chorus Board, Large Group Performance Evaluation Board and organizes Music Performance Adjudication for the region.   Stephanie is also a mother of two sweet little girls, Loralei, 4 and Olivia 2.



Kristine Neale

Kristine (Kiki) Neale is a National Board Certified high school vocal music and French teacher in her 31st year.  She lives here in Charlotte with her husband Andrew, also a teacher, and their pets (two beagles and a cat).

Kiki has always been very active musically in her community, serving as a church music worship leader for over 20 years.  Other than Sine Nomine, she has performed with several other area choral and music groups, such as Impromptu, Ethos, St. Peter’s Episcopal Chamber Choir, Myers Park Baptist Motet Choir, and Bill Hannah’s Big Band.  She currently sings with the local semi-professional choir Vox, and is the NC State Music Chair for Delta Kappa Gamma International. Last spring she was the guest clinician in Tarboro, NC at the All-County Choral Festival.  She loves singing with her amazing friends and colleagues in Sine Nomine!


Fred Spano

Fred P. Spano, Associate Professor, is the Coordinator of Music Education and Interim Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He administers the undergraduate curriculum and teaches courses in music education. Spano has presented music education research and workshops for state, regional, national, and international conferences, has been published research in music education journals and as co-authored two textbooks with Nicole Robinson and Suzanne Hall, Teaching Elementary music: Integrative Strategies Between Music and Other Subjects and Teaching General Music: A K-12 Experience. Spano has several years experience teaching in K-12 schools i the US, Iraq, and Ecuador. Dr. Spano has earned the BA degree in Music Education from William Penn University, the MM degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, and the PhD degree in Music Education from Florida State University.

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Carl DuPont

Bass-Baritone Carl DuPont is a vocalist equally engaged in performing, teaching, and research. Lately, he has been celebrated for his “dramatic, dark tones” (South Florida Classical Review) on the stage as Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea, and Jim in Porgy and Bess at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Dr. DuPont is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte of applied voice and lyric diction. His own studies took place at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University, and University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Dr. DuPont’s scholarly interest focuses on equity and inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline. 


Amber Carpenter

Amber Joy Carpenter is a professional harpist and vocalist, and teaches in both disciplines. She has received national and international awards for her harp playing, most recently being awarded First Place in the Rosen-Schaffel Young Artists Concerto Competition.  She has performed at Lincoln Center, and internationally in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Sydney, Australia for the 2014 World Harp Congress. She currently performs with the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and the Union Symphony Orchestra, and is also a member of the Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers.

In a recent interview, Ms. Carpenter stated: "I find it immensely fulfilling to work together with other enthusiastic musicians to produce music that is magnified in its impact by our mutual love for our art. My ultimate goal in life is to create music and share it with others so that it will enrich people's lives and honor the Lord in its beauty and excellence."

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Randy Haldeman

A Wisconsin native, Randy Haldeman has also taught choral music in Idaho,   Illinois, Florida, Vermont, North Carolina and Italy. Haldeman earned the BM in Vocal Performance (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), the MM in Voice and Opera Performance (Northwestern University), and the Ph.D. in Music Education (Choral Conducting emphasis) from The Florida State University. Walton and Colla Voce publish his music domestically, and Éditions G.A.M. publishes his work in Canada and Europe. He appears annually as conductor and clinician in France, Italy, Spain, and the UK.   

This year, Haldeman will additionally conduct choral clinics in Muscat (Oman), Yangon (Myanmar), and St. Andrews (Scotland). As a performer, appearances of national interest include “Mr. Snow” in the 50th Anniversary Production of Carousel, “Uncle Billy” in the Chicago premier of A Wonderful Life, as well as associated national tours. Dr. Haldeman is the Director of Choral Activities at UNC Charlotte.



Jovan Adams

Jovan Adams is a Charlotte native who actively performs and teaches in the area. He received both his bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied voice with Levone Tobin-Scott and Donald Hartmann. Jovan is in his 5th year of teaching with Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and is currently the Choral Director at Francis Bradley Middle School. When he is not teaching at Bradley Middle School, he is teaching private voice and piano lessons at Howren Music and his own private studio. Outside of Sine Nomine, Jovan performs with the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble (CCE) and in other church/community groups.

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Thomas Hopkins

Thomas Hopkins is a professional computer programmer, non-practicing anthropologist, and experienced choral musician. A tenor and occasionally male alto, he has sung with numerous choirs in the Charlotte area in the past couple decades. He is also an amateur pianist, and piano consumes a good amount of his spare time. Thomas studied music and later anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from where he earned a degree in anthropology with honors.


Lisa Wielunski

Lisa Wielunski is a section leader in the St. Peter’s Choir of uptown Charlotte.  She recently performed the role of The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Providence United Methodist Church, and has also portrayed Angelina in Trial by Jury, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri, and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. 

Lisa’s formal choral training began as a treble chorister in Royal School of Church Music programs, and she has sung extensively with both sacred and secular choirs in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Denmark.  Her ensemble work has taken her to festivals and performances in Italy, Germany, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. 

Lisa studied vocal performance and humanities at SUNY Geneseo in New York, where she graduated with honors in 2003.  She went on to study German language and literature at SUNY Stonybrook and the University of Tuebingen, followed by coursework in linguistics and conversational analysis at San Francisco State University.  More recently, Lisa earned a law degree from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia; she is now a private attorney practicing immigration and family law here in Charlotte.