Thomas Jefferson University Choir
The Thomas Jefferson University Choir was founded in 1970 by Dr. Robert Sataloff who conducted it from 1970 until 1975, and from 1980 through 2009 when a previous Jefferson administration felt that the University could no longer afford to support the arts and disbanded the choir immediately before our 40th anniversary season. During Dr. Sataloff’s five years in Ann Arbor beginning in 1975, the choir was sustained by three conductors, including Dr. Michael Mahla, who has returned as associate conductor. The choir is delighted to have rejoined the Jefferson community after a seven-year absence and will celebrate our resurrection by offering the same 40th anniversary program that had been planned for the 2009-10 academic year.
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Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS is Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor in the department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; and he is on the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts. He serves as Conductor of the Thomas Jefferson University Choir. Dr. Sataloff is also a professional singer and singing teacher. He holds an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Music Theory and Composition; graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University; received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Combs College of Music; and he completed Residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sataloff is Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Voice Foundation and of the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research. He also has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Graduate Hospital; President of the American Laryngological Association, the International Association of Phonosurgery, the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and The American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology, and in numerous other leadership positions. Dr. Sataloff is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Voice; Editor-in-Chief of Ear, Nose and Throat Journal; Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, and on the editorial boards of numerous otolaryngology journals. He has written over 1,000 publications, including 61 books, and he has been awarded more than $5 million in research funding. He has invented more than 75 laryngeal microsurgical instruments distributed currently by Integra Medical, ossicular replacement prostheses produced by Grace Medical, and novel laryngeal prostheses with Boston Medical. His medical practice is limited to care of the professional voice and to otology. Dr. Sataloff has developed numerous novel surgical procedures including total temporal bone resection for formerly untreatable skull base malignancy, laryngeal microflap and mini-microflap procedures, vocal fold lipoinjection, vocal fold lipoimplantation, and others. Dr. Sataloff is recognized as one of the founders of the field of voice, having written the first modern comprehensive article on care of singers, and the first chapter and book on care of the professional voice, as well as having influenced the evolution of the field through his own efforts and through the Voice Foundation for nearly 4 decades. Dr. Sataloff has been recognized by Best Doctors in America (Woodward White Athens) every year since 1992, Philadelphia Magazine since 1997, and Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” since 2002.
Michael Mahla, MD, native of Wilmington, Delaware, attended Davidson College in North Carolina and was a 1979 graduate of Jefferson Medical College. While at Davidson, he continued his studies in piano and music and received a scholarship to study piano for 3 months at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Initially serving as the accompanist for the TJU Choir, during his 3rd and 4th years at Jefferson Dr. Mahla directed the Thomas Jefferson University Choir. Following graduation from Jefferson, he did an internship and residency in Anesthesiology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and a fellowship in neurosurgical anesthesiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Following his Army Service, Dr. Mahla moved to Gainesville, Florida, and joined the faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine where he spent the next 27 years. During that time, he served as the Chief of Neuroanesthesia, Residency Program Director, Vice-Chair for Education and Clinical Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology, and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. He returned to his Alma Mater in May, 2015, as the Chief of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology and was recently appointed the Executive Vice-Chair of the Department.
Margaret Baroody, MM, is a singing voice specialist in the voice medicine practice of Drs. Robert T. Sataloff, Karen Lyons, Amanda Hu, Frank Marlowe and Brian McKinnon in Philadelphia, PA, and Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine. Widely recognized for her work with injured voices, Ms. Baroody is also a highly respected singing teacher who maintains a busy private studio. Ms. Baroody has written frequently on the subject of singing, particularly with regard to the injured voice and vocal health. She is the author of over 25 published articles on voice. She is also a contributing author to numerous articles and books including Dr. Sataloff’s Vocal Health and Pedagogy 3rd Edition, Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care 4th Edition and others. Ms. Baroody has demonstrated her commitment to the vocal health and training of the professional voice community with the presentation of numerous in-service programs. She is also a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and Canada on the subject of voice and vocal heath. Ms. Baroody is a professional mezzo-soprano with extensive performance experience in opera, oratorio and recital. She received her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., her master of music from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and she was a four-year scholarship student at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She has been a member of the choir since 1997.