OUR DIRECTORS

 
Brittany Baratz

NEW YORK

SARAH KUHNS

NEW JERSEY

Brittany Baratz is a NYC based actor and singer who finds her joy in telling stories. Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, her career has taken her to 46 out of 50 of the U.S. States and also abroad to the Spring of Culture Festival in Bahrain. She recently completed a three city pre-Broadway tryout of The Secret Garden. Other regional credits include: A Little Night Music, 1776, Man of La Mancha, Urinetown, Trouble in Tahiti, Romeo and Juliet, and the world-premiere of Alice Adams. She performed original musicals and national tours with the John F. Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences program, and is an alumni of The University of Maryland, College Park, the T. Schreiber Acting Conservatory in NYC, and studied abroad as a Young Artist with the Opera Music and Theater Festival of Lucca, Italy. www.brittanybaratz.com

Sarah hails from Kansas where she received her music degree in vocal performance from Kansas State University.  She moved to the East Coast where she performed in many professional and community theaters. Currently, Sarah teaches private voice lessons, sings with the Harmonium Choral Society and spends time as musical director, teaming up with her husband, Brendan, on numerous musical theater productions for Newton High School, the Villagers Summer Theater Teen Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Northern NJ.

Most of all, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, son, Brady and daughter, Julian.

 
IRENE ADJAN

SOUTH FLORIDA

SALLY SWALLOW

COLORADO

Irene began performing with The Yuletide Carolers in 2004 and has been filling the role of South Florida Director since 2006. She has performed professionally for over 25 years as an active member of the South Florida professional regional theatre community working in theaters such as Coconut Grove Playhouse, Actors’ Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre Company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. She is an eleven-time Carbonell Award nominee and has won the award three times.

Irene is also a graduate of Florida Culinary School’s international baking and pastry arts program.

Sally sang with The Yuletide Carolers in NYC for 8 years before launching TYC in Denver. As a classically trained soprano, Sally quickly fell in love with musical theatre and small ensemble singing at a young age. She worked professionally in the performing arts in NYC for 8 years, performing in off-broadway, touring, and regional productions as well as cabarets around the city. Sally is the winner of the Maine National Association of Teachers of Singing award, the National Artistic Recognition and Talent Search competition, the Interlochen Outstanding Performer award, and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

​Bringing joy to people, combined with the light that a holiday quartet evokes is one of Sally’s favorite things about singing. http://www.sallyswallow.com

 
John Koski

NASHVILLE

Direct from The Yuletide Carolers in New York City, John Koski is excited to be the new regional director for The Yuletide Carolers in Nashville, Tennessee. John is a professional singer and performer. His work includes performing with Tony winner Ted Sperling’s MasterVoices during the 2018 season at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He was an original cast member (and current co-producer) of Kalevala The Musical, and popular NYC a cappella group 7th Ave Sound System. On stage he has been seen as Oliver Warbucks in Annie and in the award winning production of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. As a broadcaster John is a two-time regional Emmy award winner and former tv station manager. He is currently a Multimedia Specialist for iHeartMedia Nashville and the Tennessee Radio Network. John's an independent voice-over artist, and a writer/producer of commercial jingles. John has teamed up with Julia Wilson Nolan, to bring the harmonies of The Yuletide Carolers to Music City USA. Julia is a successful theatre director and performance coach in the Nashville area. She is a former pop star in Japan, and toured with Earth, Wind and Fire, Lee Greenwood, Disney, and was the featured voice in the Maybe It’s Maybelline commercial campaign. Together John & Julia welcome the opportunity to bring the magic of The Yuletide Carolers to your holiday event.