Board of Directors
Dr. Roger Hale, Assistant Conductor, joined the faculty at Dixie State University in August of 2014. He received a Bachelor of Music Education (2001) and Masters of Choral Conducting (2006) from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University (2009). Dr. Hale studied closely with John Cooksey, André Thomas, Kevin Fenton, and Clifford Madsen. Dr. Hale is Director of Choral Activities at DSU where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Men’s Chorus. He is a sought-after clinician and guest conductor. His research interests include using technology in the classroom for a more engaged rehearsal. His teaching load includes Advanced Choral Conducting and Choral Literature. He enjoys living in the St. George area with his wife KayDe and their five children.
Rachel Cox, President, is both an active performer and voice teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University with a minor in Choral Conducting. Following graduation she completed post-graduate opera studies at the AIMS Institute in Austria. Rachel has been a member and soloist with fine choral chamber ensembles including the BYU Singers, the Lexington Chamber Chorale, and the Deseret Chamber Singers. Rachel has toured and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, including performances in Canada, South Africa, and throughout Western Europe. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Dixie State, a Let’s Play Music teacher and also maintains a private voice studio.
Mark Robertson, Treasurer & Librarian, has been been a life-long singer and supporter of the Arts. His participation in the Arts includes membership in the BYU Oratorio Choir and the Southwest Symphonic Chorale as well as many performances with the St. George Musical Theater including leading roles such as George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life, Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz, and the Stage Manager in Our Town. A supporter of local choral music, Mark has sung with Lieto Voices since its inception and has served as both president and board member for the organization. Mark has performed in Carnegie Hall under esteemed director John Rutter and has assisted local youth choruses for over ten years.
Ann Hatch, Website Editor, grew up in a home brimming with music and has loved singing since she was little. She was taught voice lessons while growing up by her mother, who has a degree in vocal performance. She has played the flute and piano since elementary school. Ann sang in her high school’s choirs in Salt Lake City, then sang for 4 years under the direction of Dr. Brady Allred with the University of Utah Singers, soloing as well. With that choir, she went on 3 month-long tours through Europe for international choral competitions. After moving to St. George, Ann was a soloist in the Southwest Symphony’s production of The Messiah. Ann has taught voice lessons at home, and enjoys sharing a love of music with her husband and three kids. Her life is also enriched by participating in this choir!
Dan Sadler, Publicity Specialist, began singing in children’s choirs at the age of 8, in his home town, Pittsburgh. At twelve, he was selected for the lead in a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, but the inevitable and untimely voice change had other ideas. Dan played trombone for twelve years in school concert and jazz bands, brass choirs and orchestras. Friends introduced him to the St. George Chamber Singers. In his first season with SGCS, the choir sang a Menotti piece. The twelve-year-old inside him knew that this was where he wanted to be.
Working to help the choir with publicity and fund raising are a natural extension of his work of over 35 years in media sales and promotion. He recognizes that a choir with the quality, dedication and leadership of the St. George Chamber Singers is very rare in an area this size, and believes that there is a huge market for this kind of performance in St George. Dan is working to help more people discover and hear the choir, so that there will be even more eager supporters.
Regina Roper, Principal Accompanist, built her career in the Silicon Valley of Northern California before semi-retiring to Southwest Utah. Prior to moving to Ivins in 2015, she had spent the previous 36 years teaching, evaluating, accompanying, performing, and presenting pedagogy workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Music Theory, with graduate studies under the tutelage of harpsichord virtuoso, the late Fernando Valenti. As a graduate-assistant accompanist at San Jose State University in the 1970’s, she was engaged to play for the University Choir, the SJSU Choraliers (world-class a cappella singers), SJ Opera rehearsals, various studio vocal and instrumental lessons on campus, as well as the city of San Jose’s Children’s Musical Theater productions. In 1987 she had the good fortune to accompany a group of Suzuki-trained string students. As a result of this collaboration, Ms. Roper pursued training to become one of the earliest Suzuki piano instructors in the Bay Area and over the course of the next 28 years became one of the most respected and sought-after piano instructors in the Santa Clara valley.
A current and long-standing member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California, Ms. Roper has held offices at branch, regional and state levels in various capacities. She is also co-author of an 11-level series of theory workbooks for students preparing for the California “Certificate of Merit” examinations as well as Texas students preparing for their State MTNA theory tests. For over 37 years, her students have consistently earned high marks in their examinations and frequently are chosen to perform on county and state-wide Honors recitals. Several have gone on to earn music degrees and establish their own careers while others have simply developed a skill which continues to bring them joy and self-fulfillment.
Cynthia Coombs, Assistant Accompanist, attributes her music foundation to her childhood piano teacher, Mildred Millett. Cindy has also studied piano under Dr. Jeffrey Shumway, and most recently, under Dr. Nancy Allred. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, having garnered over 25 years’ piano teaching experience. From 2011-2015, she accompanied the Pine View Middle School choirs, and she is the current accompanist for the St George Children’s Choir. When she is not making music, she enjoys cooking, hiking and playing outdoors with her wonderful husband and four children.