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.


April 21st, 2017 at 8:00 PM 


330 S. 13TH STREET 

Mozart's Requiem & Other Works

 Free Admission 





Associate Conductors

Michael Mahla, M.D., 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 BaroodyM.M., 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.