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,
DR. MICHAEL VEECH
Michael Veech received his PhD in music education from the University of Arizona. He holds a Masters in Piano Performance from Drake University. His teaching experience ranges from preschool to retirees in both public and private settings.
Dr. Veech has had the privilege of performing in a wide variety of settings. He competed in piano competitions through middle school, was the featured soloist in the Illinois Wesleyan University Concerto Competition as an undergraduate, played pit orchestra piano for the Broadway show Guys and Dolls, and performed in a variety of large and small jazz and rock groups in the Midwest, Colorado, and Florida.
Dr. Veech’s philosophy of teaching is a student-centered approach. Students are exposed to the classic literature of the piano, but also have the opportunity to explore music that is of a particular interest to them. Helping students achieve their potential and accomplish their goals is his passion.