Danya Tiller, Artistic Director
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DANYA TILLER has conducted choirs of all age ranges and levels for more than 25 years. In 2016 she was presented in her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall with a 200 voice women's choir comprised from singers all across the country, including our Bella and Cantabile choirs and PGC Alumni. Earning a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alabama, she is A.B.D. for the Doctoral Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Ms. Tiller has been choral clinician for many regional festivals and workshops around the country and has toured extensively worldwide, including performances in England, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria and Canada. Ms. Tiller is is in her twelfth season singing with the Grammy Award-Winning Phoenix Chorale and is also a founding member of Helios, a seven voice early music ensemble in its second full concert season.She was Music Curriculum Consultant for Great Hearts Academies, where she trained new music teachers for their network of charter schools; she also founded and conducted the annual Great Hearts Academies High School Honor Choir and was the high school Music Theory and Choir Instructor at Great Hearts’ Chandler Preparatory Academy. Other past positions include Men’s Choir Director at Arizona School for the Arts, Associate Director of the Phoenix Boys Choir, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at New Mexico Highlands University, Conductor/Director of the Jefferson Children’s Chorus in New Orleans, and Assistant Director of the Alabama Boychoir.
Kandis Tutty, Assistant Artistic Director
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KANDIS TUTTY graduated from Boise State University where she received her Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy. Her bachelor’s degree was completed at the University of Washington in music and speech communications. She has taught at Arizona School for the Arts, sung in the Phoenix Chorale, played for Opera Idaho, accompanied Cantabile, and currently teaches general and choral music at Gilbert Christian Schools. Mrs. Tutty loves working with Melodia and Harmonia, reading, hiking with her three children and going on coffee dates with her husband.
Rebekah High, Accompanist
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Rebekah High is entering her 6th season with the Phoenix Girls Chorus. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the International Baptist College and Seminary, where she studied piano. Previous freelance musical experiences include the following: staff accompanist for six years for the voice department at Scottsdale Community College, accompanist for the Scottsdale Oratorio Society, staff accompanist for six years at the International Baptist College and Seminary, and freelance accompanist at both Glendale Community College and Grand Canyon University. It is Ms. High's deepest joy and honor being part of the PGC family.
Olivia Gardner, Accompanist
Olivia Gardner received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Arizona State University in 2014, studying piano under Walter Cosand. She then studied voice with David Britton at ASU, where she received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2016. Ms. Gardner served as the choral director at Peoria High School for three years, where her choirs won numerous superior distinctions at choral festivals. She is currently the choral director at American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North 7-12 Campus. Being a new school, Ms. Gardner is building the program as the first choral director in the school’s history, and hopes to help empower her students to be leaders in their personal lives as well as leaders in the choral community. Outside of school, Ms. Gardner serves as a professional accompanist for the Phoenix Girl’s Chorus and Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church. In addition to her musical interests, Ms. Gardner loves to travel, explore the outdoors, and read classic novels.
Christopher Metz, Theory Instructor
Christopher Metz joins the Phoenix Girls Chorus staff this year as a music theory teacher. Having received his BA in Music from NAU and his MM in Music Education from ASU, Christopher has performed with a number of choirs under the direction of Dr. Craig Peterson, Dr. Edith Copley, Dr. Ryan Holder, and Bart Evans. He is currently a music teacher and building a choir program at R. E. Simpson School here in Phoenix. Christopher will begin writing a small-scale musical for his choirs at Simpson this year. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active by hiking and running, as well as making his own editions of music from 15th and 16th century manuscripts. He is also involved with early music here in Phoenix writing program notes for Helios, a seven voice ensemble specializing in bringing to light music of the Renaissance.
Laura Stevens, Theory Instructor
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Laura Stevens is a college student currently studying Music Education. She is a former member of the Phoenix Girls Chorus and was in the Chorus for 10 years. She has participated in Choral Education events such as AzACDA Conferences, ACDA Regional Conferences, and ACDA National Conferences. She has gone on many trips with the chorus and is excited to be with the Chorus again.