Our Staff

Our (volunteer) leadership team cooperatively develops and executes the programs, performances, and administration, chooses repertoire, engages community partners, promotes the organization, and supports the singers, featured composers, and conductors-in-residence. Contact us at forischoir@gmail.com.

Kate Sattler, Founder & Executive Director

Kate Sattler is a musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and creative producer with roots in Minneapolis and Portland. Kate writes, performs, and records music as a solo artist under the name Sweet Freeze. She's an emerging choral music composer, whose works have been performed a handful of times, including a piece sung by a citywide children's choir for a cause marketing campaign and a song cycle performed by some of the Twin Cities’ most celebrated singers. Kate runs a creative agency for social justice organizations and has 25 years of experience in nonprofit strategy, program design, communications, advocacy, fundraising, and more. She loves collaborating with and connecting artists, producing music and film projects, and promoting storytelling and social justice through the arts.

Marisa Wildeman, Artistic Director

Marisa Wildeman is a young American composer, vocalist, and educator. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Portland State University in 2016, followed by private composition studies with world-renown composer Ēriks Ešenvalds in Riga, Latvia. Wildeman was chosen as runner up in the Chamber Music Northwest Spring 2016 Composition Competition. As a vocalist, she has competed internationally, including in Spain and Italy with the Portland State Chamber choir and Marylhurst University Choir. As a soloist, she made her debut performance with the Oregon Symphony in the 2015 Symphony of Heroes concert. She sings with a number of Portland ensembles including Humanis, an a cappella ensemble which promotes peace and human rights by raising funds for local nonprofits, and Silver Linings, a jazz duo in which she performs standards and reimagined contemporary songs. Marisa also teaches voice, piano, and composition lessons to students of all ages.