If You are Interested in Joining please contact One of these board members
Music Director, SOAR! Youth & Adult Choir
Emily Martin earned a Bachelors Degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education, K-12, from Adams State College. She spent 35 years teaching general and vocal music at all levels. She spent 10 years teaching high school choir in a district of high risk students, concluding her career with 16 years at Louisville Middle School in Boulder Valley Schools.
Emily served for 6 years as the Middle School Repertoire and Standards Chair on the Colorado ACDA Board. She is a founding member of the Colorado Middle School All State Choir, still serving on the board as Past Chair and Judge Coordinator. She received the Jared Polis Award in April of 2010, nominated by her students at Louisville Middle School. She has been hired as a clinician and adjudicator for St.Vrain Valley Schools Middle School Honor Choir, CHSAA judge for piano and vocal ensembles in 2015, 2016 and 2017, conducted the 6th grade festival in 2013 and 2016 in Thompson Valley Schools, and served as adjudicator for the ACDA Middle Level Choral Festival. She has taught private voice lessons to adolescents since 1985.
Emily is currently artistic director for SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir. SOAR! is an organization of adult singers which brings in foster and kinship children to group mentor them through music. The benefits of group mentoring and experiencing music have scientifically proven benefits for youngsters. Her goals with SOAR! include widening their circle of collaboration among other music groups, as well as organizations which support, recruit, and enhance the wellbeing of foster children. Emily is delighted to work with this wonderful and talented group of musical people!
MSW President of the Board
Retired: Denver Human Services – Adoption Supervisor
Linda Trantow, M.S.W., is President of the Board for SOAR! Youth & Adult Choir. Retiring from Denver Human Services in 2012 after 22 years of service as an Adoption Supervisor, and grant manager for a large federal grant. Her experience as a foster/group home parent, secondary social studies teacher, and ballet teacher brings a unique set of skills and perspective to the needs of youth in out of home care. SOAR! embodies her personal values of inclusivity and diversity, making a perfect fit! “Grammy” duties and quilting have greatly increased since retirement!