Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix consists of directors elected from within the Chorus as well as members of the community. With skills in finance, development, marketing, and strategic planning, the Board is committed to working with the members of the organization and the community to ensure the high standards of the Chorus and outstanding community reputation are maintained.

 

 

Ira Rubins, President

Ira joined Orpheus in 2009 and is a member of the Baritone section. He is a retired college dean, former Executive Director of Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, and Past President of Arizona Society of Association Executives.  Ira has just completed a 2-year term as Orpheus Secretary.

 

Dick Janac, Vice-President

A former Board Member-at-Large 2015-2017, Dick is a Bass who joined Orpheus in January 2013.  Owned his music business in the Chicago area from 1984 to 2001.  He has served on several not-for-profit boards and is currently the Orpheus Webmaster and Videographer.

 

Alex Areno, Secretary

A member of the Bass section since September 2007,  Alex is a former schoolteacher and IT professional.  He edits and publishes our weekly newsletter and writes program notes for our concert playbills.

 

 

Robert Meier, Treasurer

Bob has been with Orpheus since 2001 and sings with the bass section. He is the owner of Adaptive Insurance Agency and has been active in planning and finance for Orpheus since joining the Chorus.

 

Makoto Matsumoto, Non-Singing Member

We are indeed fortunate to have Makoto back with us as a member of our board.  A devoted, dedicated, and experienced member of the business community as well as a member since 2001, he brings his many years of marketing and organizational experience to Orpheus.

 

Karen McNally, Non-Singing Member

Karen is our newest board member.  She joined the board in the fall of 2018 and has been an avid fan and supporter of Orpheus for many years.

 

Frank McPeek,  Member at large

Frank joined the Baritone section in January 2017.  A retired electrical engineer, he is involved in many volunteer activities including two other choirs  and Orpheus.

 

 

Skip Pepers, Member at large

Elected to a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2018, Skip joined the Chorus in August 2014 and is a member of the Baritone section.  He owns and operates an organ repair business.

 

David Schwarz, Member at large

David joined Orpheus in January 2019 and is a member of the Tenor 2 section.  As a Financial Advisor and Chief Financial Planner, he brings his accounting, business, and fundraising skills to Orpheus.

 

Owen Swenson, Member at large

Owen is retired and has been a member of Orpheus since August 2015.  He sings with the 2nd Tenor Section.

 

Judy Wagner, Non-Singing Member

Judy has been an active volunteer in the front of the house for concerts for 6 years.  A designer for 24 years with Blandford Homes/Robson, and  4 years as a manager for a mortgage company.  Judy is the wife of Baritone John Wagner.

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Photo of Brook Carter Larson

 

Brook Carter Larson

Artistic Director

A proud native of North Dakota, Brook Carter Larson is in his eleventh season as the Artistic Director of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix.  Since taking the podium with Orpheus, the group has more than tripled in size.  Before joining Orpheus, Larson taught Choral Music Education classes at Arizona State University for six years.  During his time at ASU, Dr. Larson founded and directed two choirs, the Sun Devil Singers and the ASU Men’s Chorus. In addition to directing choir, Larson taught Choral Methods, supervised student teachers, and coordinated field experience for music education majors. Before his time at ASU, Larson taught at the middle and high school levels.

Larson received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University. He also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and Moorhead State University (Minnesota). Larson’s mentor teachers at these institutions include R. D. Mathey, Paul Sahuc, David Stocker, and George Umberson. Upon completion of his doctoral studies, Dr. Larson also had the great honor of studying privately with the late Doug McEwen, emeritus professor of Arizona State University.

In July, 2016, Brook was presented the Arizona American Choral Director’s Association Choral Director of the Year Award. Recently, Larson has conducted the Cantaremos Boys Honor Choir, Arizona Music Educators Association Junior High School All-State Choir, the Greater Phoenix Honor Choir, Tucson’s inaugural Boys to Men Festival, Regional Honor Choirs throughout Arizona, and was a Co-conductor with Charles Bruffy (Artistic Director of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale) of the Phoenix-area Boys to Men Festival which featured Chanticleer.  Dr. Larson was the Repertoire & Standards Chair for Male Choirs for the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Directors Association for eight years. Larson’s edition of A New Commandment by Thomas Tallis was published by Alliance Music in 2010. Larson directed the Chancel Choir at St. Peter Lutheran Church (Mesa) for 15 years and has also taught choir and theory at Scottsdale Community College.  He loves to travel with his family and watch his daughter play soccer.

Cyndee Chaffee

Operations Director

Cyndee Chaffee is a Wisconsin native where she received a four-year tuition scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a Bachelor of Choral Music Education degree, followed by a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Oklahoma-Norman.  She did post-graduate clarinet study at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and studied clarinet privately in Germany with Hans Deinzer and Suzanne Stephens.

Cyndee was Professor of Clarinet at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1996 until she moved to Tucson, AZ in May 2002 to serve as Director of Music at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley and from 2006-2008 as Minister of Music and Worship at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley.  She is also the former Founder and Artistic Director of The Catalinas Community Chorus in Tucson and The Clarinet Ensemble of Greater Oro Valley and was a charter member and singer in The Tucson Chamber Artists.

Cyndee resides in Gilbert, AZ, is a former clarinetist with the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and served for 11 years as Director of Worship & Arts at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe, AZ.

Jon Lang

Accompanist

Jon Lang is a Phoenix native and has been active as a teacher and performer around the valley since 2007. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Arizona State University where he was an accompanist for several student singers and instrumentalists and became involved in numerous ensembles, including the ASU Men’s Chorus, Marimba Maderas de Comitán, and the “Children of the Mud Volcano” Gamelan, with which he still occasionally performs throughout the community. He also co-founded and served as music director for ASU’s first all-male a cappella ensemble, Priority Male. Currently, he teaches Music and Latin at Archway Classical Academy North Phoenix and maintains a private studio of piano and theory students from home. He is delighted and honored to be able to play for Orpheus in their 91st season!

Board of Directors

Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix consists of directors elected from within the Chorus as well as members of the community. With skills in finance, development, marketing, and strategic planning, the Board is committed to working with the members of the organization and the community to ensure the high standards of the Chorus and outstanding community reputation are maintained.

Ira Rubins, President

Ira joined Orpheus in 2009 and is a member of the Baritone section. He is a retired college dean, former Executive Director of Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, and Past President of Arizona Society of Association Executives.  Ira has just completed a 2-year term as Orpheus Secretary.

Dick Janac, Vice-President

A former Board Member-at-Large 2015-2017, Dick is a Bass who joined Orpheus in January 2013.  Owned his music business in the Chicago area from 1984 to 2001.  He has served on several not-for-profit boards and is currently the Orpheus Webmaster and Videographer.

Alex Areno, Secretary

A member of the Bass section since September 2007,  Alex is a former schoolteacher and IT professional.  He edits and publishes our weekly newsletter and writes program notes for our concert playbills.

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Robert Meier, Treasurer

Bob has been with Orpheus since 2001 and sings with the bass section. He is the owner of Adaptive Insurance Agency and has been active in planning and finance for Orpheus since joining the Chorus.

Makoto Matsumoto, Non-Singing Member

We are indeed fortunate to have Makoto back with us as a member of our board.  A devoted, dedicated, and experienced member of the business community as well as a member since 2001, he brings his many years of marketing and organizational experience to Orpheus.

Karen McNally, Non-Singing Member

Karen is our newest board member.  She joined the board in the fall of 2018 and has been an avid fan and supporter of Orpheus for many years.

Frank McPeek, Member at large

Frank joined the Baritone section in January 2017.  A retired electrical engineer, he is involved in many volunteer activities including two other choirs  and Orpheus.

Skip Pepers, Member at large

Elected to a 2-year term as of July 1, 2018, Skip joined the Chorus in August 2014 and is a member of the Baritone section.  He owns and operates an organ repair business.

David Schwarz, Member at large

David joined Orpheus in January 2019 and is a member of the Tenor 2 section.  As a Financial Advisor and Chief Financial Planner, he brings his accounting, business, and fundraising skills to Orpheus.

Owen Swenson, Member at large

Owen is retired and has been a member of Orpheus since August 2015.  He sings with the 2nd Tenor Section.

Judy Wagner, Non-Singing Member

Judy has been an active volunteer in the front of the house for concerts for 6 years.  A designer for 24 years with Blandford Homes/Robson, and  4 years as a manager for a mortgage company.  Judy is the wife of Baritone John Wagner.

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Photo of Brook Carter Larson

Brook Carter Larson

Artistic Director

A proud native of North Dakota, Brook Carter Larson is in his eleventh season as the Artistic Director of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix.  Since taking the podium with Orpheus, the group has more than tripled in size.  Before joining Orpheus, Larson taught Choral Music Education classes at Arizona State University for six years.  During his time at ASU, Dr. Larson founded and directed two choirs, the Sun Devil Singers and the ASU Men’s Chorus. In addition to directing choir, Larson taught Choral Methods, supervised student teachers, and coordinated field experience for music education majors. Before his time at ASU, Larson taught at the middle and high school levels.

Larson received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University. He also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and Moorhead State University (Minnesota). Larson’s mentor teachers at these institutions include R. D. Mathey, Paul Sahuc, David Stocker, and George Umberson. Upon completion of his doctoral studies, Dr. Larson also had the great honor of studying privately with the late Doug McEwen, emeritus professor of Arizona State University.

In July, 2016, Brook was presented the Arizona American Choral Director’s Association Choral Director of the Year Award. Recently, Larson has conducted the Cantaremos Boys Honor Choir, Arizona Music Educators Association Junior High School All-State Choir, the Greater Phoenix Honor Choir, Tucson’s inaugural Boys to Men Festival, Regional Honor Choirs throughout Arizona, and was a Co-conductor with Charles Bruffy (Artistic Director of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale) of the Phoenix-area Boys to Men Festival which featured Chanticleer.  Dr. Larson was the Repertoire & Standards Chair for Male Choirs for the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Directors Association for eight years. Larson’s edition of A New Commandment by Thomas Tallis was published by Walton Music in 2010. Larson directed the Chancel Choir at St. Peter Lutheran Church (Mesa) for 15 years and has also taught choir and theory at Scottsdale Community College.  He loves to travel with his family and watch his daughter play soccer.

Cyndee Chaffee

Operations Director

Cyndee Chaffee is a Wisconsin native where she received a four-year tuition scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison earning a Bachelor of Choral Music Education degree, followed by a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Oklahoma-Norman.  She did post-graduate clarinet study at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and studied clarinet privately in Germany with Hans Deinzer and Suzanne Stephens.

Cyndee was Professor of Clarinet at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1996 until she moved to Tucson, AZ in May 2002 to serve as Director of Music at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley and from 2006-2008 as Minister of Music and Worship at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley.  She is also the former Founder and Artistic Director of The Catalinas Community Chorus in Tucson and The Clarinet Ensemble of Greater Oro Valley and was a charter member and singer in The Tucson Chamber Artists.

Cyndee resides in Gilbert, AZ, is a former clarinetist with the Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and served for 11 years as Director of Worship & Arts at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe, AZ.

Jon Lang

Accompanist

Jon Lang is a Phoenix native and has been active as a teacher and performer around the valley since 2007. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Arizona State University where he was an accompanist for several student singers and instrumentalists and became involved in numerous ensembles, including the ASU Men’s Chorus, Marimba Maderas de Comitán, and the “Children of the Mud Volcano” Gamelan, with which he still occasionally performs throughout the community. He also co-founded and served as music director for ASU’s first all-male a cappella ensemble, Priority Male. Currently, he teaches Music and Latin at Archway Classical Academy North Phoenix and maintains a private studio of piano and theory students from home. He is delighted and honored to be able to play for Orpheus in their 91st season!