Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix Board of Directors

93rd Season 2021 -2022

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.

Frank McPeek, President

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.

 

 

Zak Tenpenny, Vice-President/President Elect

A member for over 23 years,  Zak  served as our Treasurer 2009 – 2012.  He brings his ability to help Orpheus stay current and relevant in the every changing world of the internet.

 

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.

 

David Schwarz, Treasurer

David joined Orpheus in January 2019 and is a member of the Tenor 2 section.  As a retired financial advisor, he brings his accounting, business, and fundraising skills to Orpheus.  He has served on the boards of several other choruses and professional associations.

 

Kolby Kelly, Member at large

Kolby has been a member of the 2nd Tenor section since 2018 and is currently pursuing a BA in Public Relations and Marketing at the University of Arizona Global Campus.

 

Sean McComb,  Member at large

A music section leader for the Bass section, Sean has been singing in choirs since 2006 and is currently in his 4th year as a general music teacher in the Isaac School District.

 

Doug McKenna,  Member at large

Doug joined the Orpheus Bass section in January, 2018.  After 24 years as an Infantry officer, and after retiring from the Army, he served as Associate Dean for 6 years and Dean for 20 years for the Marine Corps Command and Staff College

 

Donald Newsom, Member at large

Don is a retired research engineer at Argonne National Laboratory who is now actively engaged in a variety of musical organizations in his summer/fall residence in Illinois as well as Orpheus in the winter/spring.

 

Karen McNally, Non-Singing Member

Karen is a dedicated Board member with many years of non-profit organizational experience.  She joined the Board in the fall of 2018 and has been an avid fan and supporter of Orpheus for many years.

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Brook Carter Larson

 

Brook Carter Larson

Artistic Director

A proud native of North Dakota, Brook Carter Larson is in his twelfth 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

93rd Season 2021-2022

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.

Frank McPeek, President

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.

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.

David Schwarz, Treasurer

David joined Orpheus in January 2019 and is a member of the Tenor 2 section.  As a retired financial advisor, he brings his accounting, business, and fundraising skills to Orpheus.  He has served on the boards of several other choruses and professional associations.

Kolby Kelly, Member at large

Kolby has been a member of the 2nd Tenor section since 2018 and is currently pursuing a BA in Public Relations and Marketing at the University of Arizona Global Campus.

Sean McComb,  Member at large

A music section leader for the Bass section, Sean has been singing in choirs since 2006 and is currently in his 4th year as a general music teacher in the Isaac School District.

Doug McKenna,  Member at large

Doug joined the Orpheus Bass section in January, 2018.  After 24 years as an Infantry officer, and after retiring from the Army, he served as Associate Dean for 6 years and Dean for 20 years for the Marine Corps Command and Staff College

Donald Newsom, Member at large

Don is a retired research engineer at Argonne National Laboratory who is now actively engaged in a variety of musical organizations in his summer/fall residence in Illinois as well as Orpheus in the winter/spring.

 

Karen McNally, Non-Singing Member

Karen is a dedicated Board member with many years of non-profit organizational experience.  She joined the Board in the fall of 2018 and has been an avid fan and supporter of Orpheus for many years.

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Photo of Brook Carter Larson
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!