Artistic Director - Matthew Everett
For twelve years, he was active as a private piano instructor in Houston, TX and also worked as a freelance pianist and music director. Mr. Everett served as the Director of Music and pianist/organist at Church of the Redeemer Episcopal in Houston where he conducted the adult choir, instrumental ensembles, and handbells. Before moving to Austin in 2008, he also was the Director of Music at Covenant Lutheran Church. During his tenure at Covenant, he founded the church’s children’s choir, VOCIS.Mr. Everett holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. His principle area of focus was piano performance with supplemental studies in composition, voice and choral methods.
With Austin as his home base, Mr. Everett continues to work as a freelance musician and composer. His setting of the Lamb of God is published by the Neil J. Kjos Music Company (kjos.com)
Director of Operations - Beth Beauchamp
Beth is a Seattle native, and is active nationally as a soloist, chorister, non-profit consultant, and is in demand as a music educator in the Austin area. In 2007 Beth received her Bachelors in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Music – where she studied voice , pedagogy and choral studies with former ACDA. While at University, Beth was the section leader of the UNT A Cappella choir and was active in the University Opera Theater where she coached with Dr. Stephen Dubberly, and Dr. Elvia Puccinelli.
Beth has performed with Texas Camerata, Texas Choral Artists, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Tucson Chamber Artists, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and is the Executive and Vox Humana. Beth serves as the Executive Director of the Convergence Vocal Ensemble as well as Salon Concerts, Inc. and as the Director of Operations with the Austin Children’s Choir. Recently, Beth has also worked as a consultant helping to form Arcus, a new non-profit based in Brooklyn which is devoted to creating a musical safe-haven to LGTB youth, and as a media consultant with Roomful of Teeth, a polyglot vocal octet based in Williamstown, MA. Beth currently resides in Austin, Texas where she maintains a sizable studio of voice and piano students is also a Masters Candidate in Arts Administration at Drexel University.
Staff Accompanist - John Churchill
John Churchill is a composer, song writer, arranger, and accompanist working and teaching in Austin, TX. In 2010, he received his bachelors degree from Kansas State University where he studied composition and piano performance. While attending the university he was an active member of the men’s choir and the chorale. He was also actively composing and performing music for the Department of Dance. Currently he teaches piano, guitar, and percussion privately and he is the co-director of group ensembles at Blue Frog Music School in Austin. He is a composer at heart, having written for multiple genres and ensembles. His portfolio includes pieces for orchestra, wind ensemble, modern dance, string quartet, men’s choir, solo piano, and more.
Board President - Gino Drake
Gino is the Founder and CEO of New Quest Staffing Solutions, LLC, with an extensive background in Healthcare Operations Management. He has worked with the Department of Defense and various Hospitals and Physician Group Practices. His studies have included Business Management and various certifications relating to healthcare. A native of San Antonio, he has volunteered with various Non Profit organizations in both San Antonio and Austin, including the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Texas, Octopus Club, Hill Country Ride for Aids and United Way. Through those contributions he provided support in many areas of fundraising, marketing, and PR.
Board of Directors
Pam Trefny was appointed to the Board in the summer of 2012. She received her BS in Biomedical Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. After working in the veterinary field for 7 years, Pam became a full time stay-at-home mom, home schooled for several years, and has volunteered in several organizations including the PTA, Boy Scouts of America, and the Austin Children’s Choir. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cycling, has done many triathlons over the past 9 years and recently completed her second marathon. Pam has 2 boys, ages 12 and 15. The oldest, Anthony, has been in the choir since 2007.
Kim Pham is currently an auditor for a public accounting firm and has over five years of experience. Her experience includes the preparation of financial statements, financial analysis, business reviews, budget procedures, expense tracking and internal controls. Kim graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA in Accounting and Finance and has previously worked at a natural gas company as well as a consulting firm. Kim is excited to join a wonderful organization such as the Austin Children’s Choir and hopes to lend her expertise to help grow the organization.
Ray Schafer is the founder InQuinox, a data storage company. He is regarded as an authority on data storage, protection, and restoration solutions, and has nearly a quarter century of information technology and data protection industry experience. Shafer holds a BA in Microbiology from UT Austin. His daughters were members of the Austin Children’s Choir for 10 years.
Patricia ‘Pat’ Martin grew up in Houston, and attended and graduated from Spring Branch High School. She moved to Austin in 1965 to attend the University of Texas, where I earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with honors and a Master of Arts in Art History. She was employed by the Austin Community College in 1976 to teach art and art history. In 1988 Patricia accepted a position at St. Edward’s University where she taught art history, design, and the humanities.
Patricia attends Faith Presbyterian Church here in Austin where she has served on the Session for several terms, has been Clerk of the Session, and served as a member of the Child Development Center (CDC) Board. As a member of the CDC Board, Pat wrote and applied for numerous grants to benefit the program which was created by the church to specifically serve children from low income families.
Michael Garza was born in 1968 in Rockport, Texas, and graduated from Rockport-Fulton High in 1986. Joining the US Navy after high school, he served on the USS Saratoga. After receiving his undergrad from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas in 1993 he moved to Austin, Texas. While working in the accounting/finance industry, he received an MBA from LeTournea University in 2006, spending most of his career in a Controller capacity. He enjoys his two dogs, cooking & entertaining, and traveling.