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.

Michael Peterson, President

Michael is in his second term as President of the Orpheus Board of Directors. He is a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial and has been singing with Orpheus for 4 years in the bass section.

 

Drew Peterson, Vice President

Drew is a physician with CIGNA Medical Group and is a member of the second tenor section. He is in his fifteenth year with Orpheus.

 

Leslie Mullen, Secretary

Les joined Orpheus in 2014 and is a member of the first tenor section. He is retired from a career in medical imaging.

 

 

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.

 

 

Gary Hapip, Member at large

Gary is a retired business insurance agency owner and has been a member of the bass section for the past five years. He is active in the Development. Outreach and Marketing Committees for Orpheus in addition to singing with the Chorus.

Jeremy Harris,  Member at large

Welcome to our new board member, recently elected to fill a vacancy until July 1, 2017.

 

Dick Janac, Member at large

Dick is the retired owner of a national musical instrument and marching band supply company located in Chicago.  He is presently employed at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort by Hilton as their  payroll administrator and head cashier.  Dick joined Orpheus in January 2013 as a member of the bass section.  He is also a freelance provider of video production services to select individuals and organizations.

 

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.

Skip Pepers, Member at large

Welcome to our new board member, recently elected to fill a vacancy until July 1, 2018.

Mike Peterson

Drew Peterson

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Brook Carter Larson

Artistic Director

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

This past 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.

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Carric Smolnik

Pianist and Assistant Conductor

Carric Smolnik is currently the Pianist and Assistant Conductor for the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. He holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University, where he conducted the ASU Men’s Chorus and worked extensively as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. He holds an MM in Choral conducting and a BM in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, Dr. Smolnik founded and directed Impressions, and eight-voice chamber choir. He served as pianist for numerous students and was the Assistant Conductor to the BYU Women’s Chorus, playing piano and conducting on their first commercial recording, Wondrous Love. Dr. Smolnik served as conductor of the Arizona Deseret Choir from 2010 – 2015. He enjoys collaborative music as well as time with his family.

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.

Michael Peterson, President

Michael is in his second term as President of the Orpheus Board of Directors. He is a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial and has been singing with Orpheus for 4 years in the bass section.

Drew Peterson, Vice President

Drew is a physician with CIGNA Medical Group and is a member of the second tenor section. He is in his fifteenth year with Orpheus.

Leslie Mullen, Secretary

Les joined Orpheus in 2014 and is a member of the first tenor section. He is retired from a career in medical imaging.

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.

James Gant, Member at large

Originally from Pinehurst, North Carolina. He grew up in a preacher’s household. and also spent eight years in the Marine Corps, where he was a sergeant and a recruiter.  James has been a worship pastor at his church in Surprise, Arizona and is currently serving his second term on the church board   He joined Orpheus in the fall of 2015.

Gary Hapip, Member at large

Gary is a retired business insurance agency owner and has been a member of the bass section for the past five years. He is active in the Development. Outreach and Marketing Committees for Orpheus in addition to singing with the Chorus.

John Jackson, Member at large

John joined Orpheus in 2014 as a member of the baritone section. Presently, the chairman of our Production Committee.  He is retired after a career as a marketing and sales executive and a business relations manager.

Dick Janac, Member at large

Dick is the retired owner of a national musical instrument and marching band supply company located in Chicago.  He is presently employed at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort by Hilton as their  payroll administrator and head cashier.  Dick joined Orpheus in January 2013 as a member of the bass section.  He is also a freelance provider of video production services to select individuals and organizations.

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.

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Brook Carter Larson

Artistic Director

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

This past 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.

Photo of Carric Smolnik

Carric Smolnik

Pianist and Assistant Conductor

Carric Smolnik is currently the Pianist and Assistant Conductor for the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. He holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University, where he conducted the ASU Men’s Chorus and worked extensively as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. He holds an MM in Choral conducting and a BM in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, Dr. Smolnik founded and directed Impressions, and eight-voice chamber choir. He served as pianist for numerous students and was the Assistant Conductor to the BYU Women’s Chorus, playing piano and conducting on their first commercial recording, Wondrous Love. Dr. Smolnik served as conductor of the Arizona Deseret Choir from 2010 – 2015. He enjoys collaborative music as well as time with his family.