Sam Parrott has spent the last three years as the Music Specialist at Brooke Elementary School in Austin ISD. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Studies from Texas State University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at Texas State.
Sam has performed and conducted at state and district music conferences, as well as presented original research at the most recent Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio.
Danton has been a church musician for the past 35 years, serving as organist, director or both in various churches during that time. He currently serves as Director of Music at the Kyle United Methodist Church where he plays and directs two ensembles. He is no stranger to working with non-profit organisations, having worked as the administrator at The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew in New York City for 11 years and served as the President of the Board of the Empire City Men’s Chorus also in New York City for 2 years.
He moved to Kyle, Texas 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York with his partner Jonathan, who accepted a teaching position at Texas State University in San Marcos. Since then, Danton has worked as the Camp Administrator for the Texas State Choir Camps, an accompanist for students in the Voice Department and has played in, and/or Music Directed such productions as “Company”, “The World Goes Round”, “Guys and Dolls” and “Godspell” with the Texas State University Musical Theatre Department and the New Braunfels Theatre Company.
Accompanist – Kathy Brotherton
Kathy Brotherton is the accompanist for the Austin Children’s Choir. She has a degree in piano from the University of Illinois, and has lived in Austin since the mid ‘80’s. Since arriving, Kathy has worked as both organist and music director at several area churches. Currently, she is music director at Faith Presbyterian Church, leading the choir and also the more informal social justice band. Piano pedagogy has also been a driving force in Kathy’s life. She maintains a full-time teaching studio. Additionally, Kathy is a first-call accompanist for the Austin school district, helping budding middle- and high-school students achieve their best performances at local and district competitions. Kathy has worked with a number of musical theater productions over the years. Pippin, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown are just a few of the shows for which she has served as accompanist or music director. She has performed on piano and keyboards with many different players in the Austin live-music scene, including her band Radiola, for whom she plays keyboards and accordion and sings. A life-long musician and educator, Kathy finds working with the kids in the Austin Children’s Choir extremely rewarding and fun.
Board of Directors
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.
Pam Trefny- Secretary
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.
Michael 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.
Founder of 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.
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)
Mary is a Soprano, active vocalist, choral director, and voice teacher in the Austin community. She is joining the San Antonio Chamber Choir for their 2014-2015 season and has been a member of Coro Settecento, the choir of Austin’s baroque orchestra since 2012. Mary is on the staff of St. David’s Episcopal Church where she is a member and soloist of several choirs, Program Coordinator of the Children’s and Youth Choirs, and Director of the Joyful Noise youth choir. She is also on the Youth Ministry team where she plans and implements major fundraisers, trips, and outings and the Communications team where she offers some basic graphic design skills, manages many of the church’s social media accounts and websites, and assists the Retail Director with planning and implementing marketing strategies for the church’s coffee shop, Holy Grounds Café.
Mary is from Virginia, where she graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Music Education. After teaching high school for a couple of years, she moved to Austin to find a better balance between performing and teaching.
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.
Jeffrey is currently a Personal Stylist for J. Hilburn men’s clothier. He was most recently a Senior Account Executive at Yodle, Inc and the Associate Director of Beer and Wine, and Project Manager for the Wine Steward Program for H-E-Butt Grocery, where he placed top wine stewards and coordinates with beer and wine vendors to merchandise and maintain stock with sales. Previously, he was the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Whole Foods Market, Portland, where he developed in store marketing, managed all in-store events and managed strategic opportunities. He has also been the Director of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations for DragonFly Chai , where he initiated expansion plan into natural foods, specialty stores and food cooperatives. He has also been the West Coast Regional Sales Manager of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day at The Caldrea Company, where he was responsible for sales, marketing and public relations of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day aromatherapy natural cleaning products and a Procurement Team Coordinator, Marketing & Procurement Office Healthy Living at H-E-Butt Grocery. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys the outdoors, cycling, snow sports, music of all types, concerts, gardening and playing with his two dogs Beau and Henry. Jeffrey has a 2 year old niece, Vivian, and is expecting a nephew this January. A University of Texas at Austin graduate, Jeffrey recently moved back to Austin from Portland, Oregon to be closer to his friends and family. He plans on pursuing a PhD in Pharmacy in the Fall of 2014 at UT.
As Web Administrator for the Austin Children’s Choir, his role includes Social Media platforms, blogging, as well as capturing and editing video projects. He is currently attending St. Edward’s University, where he is studying towards a BBA in Digital Media Management and is looking forward to graduating in August of 2014. Growing up in Seattle, he was active in music programs. While in High School, he performed in the Vocal Jazz group as well as the Men’s Ensemble. While attending Bellevue College, he was a member of the Choir Ensemble. Eric is glad that he can help out with an organization like the Austin Children’s Choir that aims to educate youth about the importance and benefits of music.