Rachel Cox, Conductor, loves to share the joy and beauty of music with children. She holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University with a minor in Choral Conducting. She then completed post-graduate opera studies at the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria. Rachel has served as conductor for both the TU and DSU Women’s Choruses. She has also been a member and soloist with fine choral chamber ensembles including the BYU Singers, the Lexington Chamber Chorale, the Deseret Chamber Singers and currently sings with and serves as president of the St George Chamber Singers. Rachel has toured and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, including performances in Canada, South Africa, and throughout Western Europe. Rachel loves to teach and has been a teacher in many capacities including private and group voice classes, Vocal Literature and Sight Singing classes at BYU, TU and DSU. She is a Let’s Play Music teacher, maintains a private voice studio and is mother to four amazing children.
Mary Illions Wilde, Board, has been a member of the St. George Chamber Singers since it’s second season. She previously sang with the Minnesota Chorale (the symphonic chorus of the Minnesota Orchestra), World Voices, and the Radio Choir for NPR. She has had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of projects and professional productions, such as Verdi’s Aida, Mahler’s Symphonies, and world premier pieces composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre. Wilde has also done solo performances and recordings, including a recent series at Grace Episcopal Church benefitting the community soup kitchen.
She and her husband are parents to 8 sons, who also enjoy and actively participate in music.
Professionally, Dr. Wilde is a pediatrician and owner of Imagine Pediatrics, a consulting practice focused on child behavioral issues.
Harrison Budge, Assistant Conductor, has been directing choirs and teaching young children in many different capacities since he came to Utah in 2013. He has been an Assistant Director of the Concert Choir at Wasatch Elementary School in Provo Utah, the Music Teacher at Adventure Time Preschool, a Choir Director for several LDS Ward Choirs, and the Assitant Director of the BYU Men’s Chorus during their African Humanitatian Trip in the Summer of 2015. While obtaining his Bachelors of Choral Music Education at Brigham Young University, he was tutored in conducting and rehearsal techniques by Rosalind Hall and Jean Appolonie, and was a private conducting student of Dr Ronald Staheli. Harrison is honored to be a part of St George’s first classical children’s choir.
Cindy Coombs, Accompanist
Marta Harr, Board