M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal pedagogy
Performer's Certificate, DePaul University, Voice
B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal performance
A full-time instructor in the Department of Music, Sasha Gerritson teaches Music Theory and Sight-Singing, and is the Opera director. She also serves as the department's Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator, and is the faculty advisor for the local NAfME chapter.
Sasha is the Music Minister at Park Ridge Community Church, where she conducts five choirs and oversees the Music and Drama Ministry. Sasha was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of L’Opera Piccola for over ten years and the Executive Director of a not-for-profit children’s group called The Happiness Club. For a number of years she worked at the Merit School of Music and the Chicago Children’s Choir as a choral conductor. In addition to her degrees, Sasha has studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1998, while attending DePaul University, Sasha was recruited to be the assistant to Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the Staatsoper in Berlin. She held this position for two years.
Sasha enjoys an extensive solo performing career both as a Soprano and Choral Conductor. Sasha is the recipient of many awards including the Harold Berlinger Award and the Joan Sachs Memorial Award and talent scholarship. She has been featured on Channel 2 as “Someone You Should Know” and was honored in 2005 as the Distinguished Alumna of the Year by DePaul University.