MEET OUR DIRECTORS & ACCOMPANIST
Matthew has more than three decades experience in directing choral and instrumental ensembles in community, school, and church settings. He has bachelor’s degrees in music therapy and music education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a master’s degree in sacred music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He is the Minister of Worship and Creative Arts at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church here in Fountain Hills. In addition to directing vocal choirs, Matthew's performing arts experiences include piano and organ recitals, directing handbell choirs, writing and teaching music and drama classes, and directing theatrical productions. When not teaching, directing, or doing music, Matthew can often be found running as he trains for various races and marathons.
Joan joined the chorus in 1996 and became the Assistant Director in 2000. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the Crane School of Music-SUNY in Potsdam, New York. Joan also played flute with the Fountain Hills Chamber Players for many years. Following a career in human resources, she currently works full-time as a concierge at Fountain View Village, and does volunteer work for Fearless Kitty Rescue & Best Friends Animal Society,
Lois, an accomplished pianist, has been the Chorus accompanist since 1996. She was a founding member of the Fountain Hills Chamber Players and continues to play for several local music, theatre & church groups. Lois has a doctorate in chemistry and, following a career in industry research & development, currently works as a math & science coach for the Fort McDowell Education Department at Fountain Hills High School.