Court and Country Active Members

Sharon Spanogle
Artistic Director
Sharon Spanogle has been making music for as long as she can remember. She has sung in a variety of small, amateur choirs, and has dabbled in instruments including violin, guitar, mandolin and recorder. While studying archaeology at Northwestern University, she became particularly interested in Medieval and Renaissance history, and began researching the music of the troubadours. Her first choral experience in Early Music was singing with a small madrigal choir while in graduate school in Ann Arbor, MI. When the original director moved away, the group later reformed as the Cynnabar Collegium Musicum, and Sharon became the choir’s leader. She also continued personal research and performance of the Troubadour repertoire and other Medieval music. At this time, Sharon also became interested in Renaissance Dance, learning a variety of English, French and Italian dance, and eventually became a dance instructor, teaching community and student organizations.

In 1998, a few years after finishing her Master’s degree in Archaeology, Sharon moved to Chicago to follow a career in Software Engineering. There, Sharon became a member and Assistant Director of The Pippins, an Early Music vocal ensemble. She also continued teaching historic dance for community and student groups. Sharon continued researching Medieval and Renaissance music and became particularly interested in the Ars Nova style. Another Early Music choir, Tres Trepei, formed in the Chicago area, and Sharon performed with the group for a few years.

In March of 2009, Sharon joined Court and Country, a new a cappella early music choir that was forming in the northern suburbs of Chicago. A few years later, she became the main director for Court and Country. Sharon currently takes voice instruction at Harper College, participates as a student in Early Music and Choral Festivals, and performs with Court and Country for community organizations, historical reenactment events, and charitable benefits.

Kerri-Ellen Kelly

Kerri-Ellen has been involved with music since childhood, playing french horn from fourth grade through high school and singing in school, church and community groups in junior high and high school. As an adult, she spent many years away from musical pursuits as a single mother. But her passion for music never flagged; just her availability to pursue it.

Once her son was older, Kerri-Ellen returned to music: performing as a cast member at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, resuming french horn and learning multiple other instruments (most recently, violin), performing in the Madison Early Music Festival, singing with The Pippins (another a capella early music choir) and singing early a capella music as a solo artist. Kerri-Ellen was one of the earliest members of Court & Country, joining right after the first group performance in April, 2009.

Currently, Kerri-Ellen assists with music research and transcription tasks for Court & Country as well as coordinates the majority of the administrative and management needs of the group. She also performed with Opus Choral Ensemble and Oak Park Concert Chorale in 2015 and is performing with The Choral-Aires barbershop chorus in late 2016 and 2017. Outside of musical pursuits, she works for lawyers, sews historical costumes to deplete her ever-growing fabric hoard and hopes some day to be a stage hypnotist.

Keith Rohrer
Keith Rohrer sang a lot during his early years and into college, including a stint of singing Barbershop with the Chorus of DuPage. His studies at Grinnell College, where he received his BA, included Harmony and Electronic Music. His MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is almost totally irrelevant to this bio.

Keith joined Court and Country in 2010, just in time to sing with them at Pennsic XXXIX, and has been with the group ever since. In addition to singing, Keith helps Court & Country with music transcription, set list design, and horrible puns. Outside the group, he enjoys Tai Chi and referees Flat Track Roller Derby.

Elizabeth Langan
Betsey Langan has been singing in choruses for most of her life. She sang alto through middle and high school, before shifting to tenor. When studying at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, she sang with the University Singers and briefly with the Case Men's Glee Club. She also sang with the University Circle Chorale (affiliated with the Cleveland Institute of Music, but open to Case students and the local community) and with DocApella, the a capella chorus of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

After taking a break from music when she relocated to the Chicago area, she joined the Naperville Chorus in 2004. She currently sings with Naperville, both the main chorus and the Outreach Chorus, where she conducts. Betsey also sings with the West Suburban Symphony Singers, a branch of the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and has recently joined the Oak Park Concert Chorale.

She is active in filk (science fiction folk) music, where she performs as a solo vocalist and occasionally with Lady Mondegreen, an a capella ensemble. She joined Court and Country in 2011, first performing with the group at the Janesville Renaissance Faire in May of that year, and has been singing with them ever since.

Ananda Stevens
Ananda started singing as a young child, in order to counter her father's "It's Time to Wake Up" song and his jokes about how he liked to sing "tenor"  -- as in "ten or twelve miles away" (and he's not a tenor). After singing with the "lows" in grade school, she moved to alto in junior high. In senior high she sang contralto for two years, before moving to anchor the tenor section, which amused her father no end. The choir performed music ranging from Bach to The Beatles, and nominated her to the All-State Choir for two years. She also performed in a quartet, singing at her own baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies. In college, she sang with the "Varsity Singers" for two years, first as a contralto, then as an alto.

For many years, Ananda was inactive in vocal groups. In 2012, a Chicago-area convention called "MuseCon" had a class on vocal singing. Ananda missed singing with groups, so she went to the class, and met two members of Court & Country. She joined the group later that year.

With Court & Country, Ananda is a contralto who enjoys the vocal flexibility the group embraces, frequently singing tenor, and sometimes soprano, and occasionally a high baritone part.

When she's not singing or working on projects for Court & Country, Ananda enjoys creating historically based costumes, reading, and investigating medieval handcrafts.

Wendy Richardson
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Carrie Dahlby
Carrie Dahlby graduated from Augsburg College in 2001 with a degree in Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and a theater minor. Since then she has appeared in a number of choral, small ensemble, opera and music theater performances in the Twin Cities, Rockford, IL and Chicago, IL. Additionally, she has performed comedy music of her own and with many other artists including "the great" Luke Ski. Thanks to Luke's "Grease Wars," she and Luke received standing ovations from thousands of people at Gencon, Dragon*Con, and San Diego Comic Con.

David “Ordo” Ordoñez
David “Ordo” Ordoñez has been a musician and performer since the tender age of three when he started violin lessons at the David Adler Cultural Center in Libertyville, IL. He has performed at the Bristol Renaissance Faire; as the characters “Master Kenneth Derring” in the Guild of Saint Michael, “Bo’sun David Higgs” in the Friends of Faire Garden, and as a supporting member in the Grande Danse Macabre. Outside of performing, Ordo serves in the United States Navy Reserve as a Data Analyst, ranked as a Petty Officer Second Class (E-5), also working for his Command as the Honor Boatswain, and the Drill and Ceremonies Petty Officer.

Deb Kinnard
Deb learned to sing as a kid in church. Being of Welsh ancestry, at least a bit of it came naturally. In grade school, high school, and college, she fell in love with early music, though there was no ‘Net-based music to feed her passion. In high school, she was pleased to become a part of the school’s first madrigal group. At Illinois State University she sang with the “Ladies in Red” and the “Redbird Singers.” Thereafter her attentions swerved into writing romance stories set in the medieval period. She’s published four novels set in those centuries, and is pleased to have discovered Court and Country to feed her interest in early music and to develop new skills and new friendships.

David Bannister
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