Sister Cities Girlchoir

The Girlchoir Movement in Philadelphia and Camden

Conducting Staff

Kendra Balmer, Founding Music Teaching Artist

Kendra Balmer, Founding Music Teaching Artist

Kendra Balmer is a passionate music educator and conductor. She received her degree in music education with a clarinet concentration from Temple University in 2011. Ms. Balmer has performed at Carnegie Hall and worked with many choirs such as the Drakensberg Boys Choir in South Africa, Chicago Children's Choir, New Jersey Youth Chorus, and Trinity College Choir in Dublin.

Kendra is a currently pursuing a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Temple University.  


Megan Cullinane, Teaching Artist

Megan Cullinane, Teaching Artist

Megan Cullinane is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with Voice Concentration at Temple University. In summer 2016, Megan traveled on scholarship to teach in South Africa. She also teaches private voice lessons and group voice classes at the Institute of Puerto Rican Music and performs in Temple Ten and Concert Choir. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in Gordon Music Learning Theory in which she holds a Level One Certification for Elementary General Music.


Anne Agresta Dugan, Founding Music Teaching Artist

Anne Agresta Dugan, Founding Music Teaching Artist

Anne Agresta Dugan is a graduate of the Crane School of Music with a BM in Music Ed/Elementary Ed and also holds an M.A. in Theatre from SUNY Albany. Anne is active as a performer of opera, oratorio and recital and has been a private voice teacher for 18 years.  In addition to her musical career Anne is a successful business owner and trains and empowers adults in leadership and personal growth. 


Evyonne Fontroy Taylor, Teaching Artist

Evyonne Fontroy Taylor, Teaching Artist

Evyonne Fontroy Taylor, has spent most of her life working in the music ministry in the Urban church. She has been conducting choirs and serving as a Minister of Music since she was 12 years old. Fontroy Taylor has also traveled extensively with a host of Gospel and R&B Artists.

Evvy has a great passion for empowering youth and serves several youth-geared activities. Currently, she is a Tutor at the West Philadelphia Salvation Army Learning Zone, Assistant Director of the Salvation Army Learning Zone Gospel Choir,  Girl Scout Troop Leader, and Liturgical Dance Instructor. She is also a licensed Chef.
Mrs.Taylor has an Associate Degree from Berklee School of Music with a concentration in Musical Theater and an Associate Degree from Community College of Philadelphia in Culinary and Pastry Art.


Ruth-Noemí Belonni Rosario,  Music Teaching Artist

Ruth-Noemí Belonni Rosario,  Music Teaching Artist

Ruth-Noemí Belonni Rosario holds a B.M. in Music Education, from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. There, she worked as Choir teacher in Música 100 x 35, an El Sistema-based afterschool program that reaches children living in government communities. She also worked as a piano teacher at the Presbyterian Academy of Music for 5 years, where she taught students of all ages.

In 2012, Ruth-Noemí enrolled in Westminster Choir College where she pursued a M.M. in Sacred Music with a Conducting emphasis. There, she studied conducting, liturgy, theology and participated in a number of workshops on Orff, Kodaly, concert programing and others.


Alysia Lee, Founding Music Teaching Artist

Alysia Lee, Founding Music Teaching Artist

Alysia Lee is an experienced performer and pedagogue with a passion for community building and girl empowerment. 

Lee was selected from an international pool of applicants to the third cohort of the Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory in 2011. The year-long fellowship included a Non-Profit Management track, Music Education track and immersion residencies in Sistema-inspired programs in the U.S. and a lengthy residency in Venezuela. 

A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Lee is a versatile performer who is equally at home on the operatic and concert stage. She holds operatic credits with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Pocket Opera of New York, Colorado Vocal Arts, Peabody Opera Theater, Baltimore Concert Opera, Piedmont Opera Company, and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. Lee is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory.