Leadership

Dr. Paul Wiens, Conductor, Wheaton College Professor Emeritus, conducted choirs at the college level for over 40 years. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa where he studied with Don V. Moses.  Paul sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Choir under the legendary Robert Shaw, and later taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Robert Fountain.  During his 31 years at Wheaton Conservatory of Music, his Concert Choir appeared regularly in ACDA conventions: National, Central Division, State of Illinois.  The pinnacle of his conducting career was conducting Bach’s B-minor Mass with the Concert Choir and a professional baroque orchestra in 2012.

Paul Wiens served as Chorus Master for the Wheaton College Artist Series performances under the baton of John Nelson.  These performances included Mendelssohn’s Elijah,  Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Berlioz’ Requiem, which involved more than 400 singers from the Apollo Chorus, Valparaiso University Chorale, Northern Illinois University Concert Choir and the Wheaton College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale and Men’s Glee Club.  The 2011 collaboration involved the Wheaton choirs with the Apollo Chorus in two performances of the Brahms Requiem in Edman Chapel (Nelson, conducting) and Chicago’s Symphony Hall.

Under his leadership as Artistic Director and Conductor, the West Suburban Choral Union presented masterworks at Wheaton College from 1983-2006.  With the Choral Union, Paul Wiens conducted most of the major choral/orchestral masterworks.

Paul is delighted to be the conductor of the St. George Singers and admires the vision of the founders.  He is anticipating many wonderful hours of making beautiful choral music with musicians who care as much about the art as he does.

 

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, Choral Literature. He lives in the St. George, UT area with his wife KayDe an 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.

 

 

 

Regina Roper, Pianist, 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 Franciso 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.

 

Tami Creamer, Assistant Accompanist, is a professional pianist, keyboardist, accompanist, piano teacher and an award-winning composer and arranger.

Tami began playing the piano at the age of 4 and wrote her first song at the age of 10. She began teaching piano at the age of 12 and has continued doing so ever since. She attended BYU-Provo and was an accompanist for BYU’s Young Ambassadors where she was a member of the first US collegiate group to perform and tour in Mainland China. She then attended BYU-Hawaii and was the assistant director for their performing group, Showcase Hawaii.

Tami raised her family while moving around the world to support her husband’s career, and then about 20 years was able to start pursuing her dream of writing music. She began by writing a musical for youth titled “Stand As A Witness”. It saw great success. She was then asked to write a song for a children’s choir to perform in an LDS meeting. The result became a song that is loved all over the world, “I Know That My Savior Loves Me”. It has been featured in two worldwide LDS Primary Sacrament Meeting Programs and has been sung and recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In March of 2014, her new song titled “Daughters In His Kingdom” was sung in the LDS Conference Center by a choir of over 350 girls, young women and women, at the first LDS General Women’s Meeting for girls ages 8 and up. Tami has also written a theory and music book titled “Musical Minds,” for piano students and teachers. It has been used by schools in their piano labs as well as by private teachers.

Tami is a private piano teacher and a highly sought after accompanist for local and professional performers. She plays keyboard for the pit orchestra at Tuacahn Outdoor Theater in Ivins, Utah and often accompanies rehearsals. Some of the shows she has played include Disney’s “When You Wish,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Newsies,” “Mamma Mia” and “Plaid Tidings.”

Tami and her family have lived several places around the world including England and Guam. She loves to travel and took up a new hobby later in life, scuba diving. She loves music, painting, decorating, traveling, seashells and mostly her family.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Rachel Gee, Media Specialist, began her love for music with piano lessons at age 8. That led to her finding music in school where she was choir and percussion president at Dixie High School and participated in numerous all-state bands and choirs.  She attended Snow College where she met her husband, followed by Dixie State University where she earned her degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Choir. She enjoyed continuing her percussion skills in the Southwest Symphony. Rachel now has her first child at home where she continues to pursue her photography business and greatly enjoys being a part of St. George Chamber Singers every week.

 

 

 

Ann Hatch, Publicist and editor of the Newsletter, grew up in a home brimming with music and has loved singing since she was tiny. She was taught voice lessons while growing up by her mother, who graduated in vocal performance from BYU. 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 unforgettable and successful month-long tours through Europe for international choral competitions.  Ann has taught voice lessons at home, and enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. Her life is also enriched through participation in this choir!