Turtle Dove Harmony
Turtle Dove Harmony

Our Leaders

Rev. Dr. Donna Cox
Gideon Crevoshay
Alina Orraca Llama
Brendan Taaffe


Photo of Rev. Dr. Donna Cox In 2014, Rev. Dr. Donna Cox worked with The Bright Wings Chorus as a mentor for our performance of African-American gospel material. The day that she spent with us transformed our understanding of gospel and planted seeds that have continued to sprout and deepen in the intervening years. Her teaching is insightful, powerful and transformative.

Rev. Dr. Cox has authored several books; her most recent is Hezekiah Loves Music: A Sacred Adventure (2016). She co-edited the Anthology of Art Songs & Spirituals By African American Composers with Dr. Kathy Bullock (2012). Rev. Dr. Cox regularly conducts workshops and symposia celebrating the works and lives of African American composers and arrangers and has gained recognition throughout the academic community for elevating the study of gospel music within the college curricula.

A much-sought lecturer, her sessions have been presented at professional conferences across the United States and in several parts of the world including the International Society of Music Education World Congress (Scotland, Brazil), Christian Congregational Music Conference (England), and International Conference on The Arts In Society (Venice), and American Music Therapy Association Conference, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Ohio Music Educators Conferences and the National Theatre of Ghana, West Africa. She is ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA. This will be her first time working with Turtle Dove.


Photo of Gideon Crevoshay Gideon Crevoshay is a musician from the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He uses the human voice to explore the countless dimensions of sound, language, and improvisation. Gideon studies traditional and ancient forms of singing from around the world, including the US, Caucasus, and Mediterranean, finding inspiration in the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present-day ideas of music making and community.

He performs regularly with many projects including Tenores de Aterúe, Boston Revels, Resonanda, Starry Mountain Singers, Trident Ensemble, and Briars of North America. Gideon has worked with with the international music festival, OneBeat, since its inception in 2012. This will be his first time working with Turtle Dove.


Photo of Alina Orraca Llama Alina Orraca Llama is one of Cuba's most eminent choral conductors and educators. She lives in Havana, where she is the Director of the Schola Cantorum Coralina and of the John Paul II Choir. The winner of many awards and honors, I had the pleasure of working with her in Havana in the winter of 2017. Her teaching is clear and fun and she pulls the best possible performance out of any group. She has led workshops and worked with choirs in Sweden, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. This will be her first time working with Turtle Dove.


Photo of Brendan Taaffe This link opens in a new windowBrendan Taaffe is a composer and arranger who has toured with Northern Harmony, taught with Village Harmony, and given vocal workshops around Ireland. He is a member of numerous dance bands, holds a Master's degree in Traditional Music from the University of Limerick, and is the author of Handy with the Stick, a book about Irish fiddling. Brendan is known for his dynamic conducting, and his gift for bringing out everyone's talents.


© Brendan Taaffe, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.