Board and Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Claudio Gutierrez - Board Chair

David Stix - Vice Chair

Laura-Hill Taylor - Board Treasurer

Claire Sewell- Board Secretary

Danielle Charvoz - Marketing and Communications Director

Bruce Sealy - President of the Chorus

Jamie Allen - Director

Kieran Wheeler, J D - Director

Wynette Stuntz - Director

Susan Garrison - Director

Sarah Bubutievsky - Director

HOUSTON MASTERWORKS CHORUS STAFF

Tom Jaber - Artistic and Music Director

 

Tom Jaber

Artistic and Music Director

Tom Jaber is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and Music Director of the Rice University Chorale. For the past thirty years, he has coached singers, collaborated as pianist, organist, and harpsichordist in countless recitals with both faculty colleagues

and students, conducted chorus and orchestra concerts, and several operatic productions at Rice University and around the country.

Mr. Jaber has been the Artistic and Music Director of the esteemed Houston Masterworks Chorus for the past six years. With that ensemble he has led concerts with music from the standard large choral ensemble repertoire. He has also led the group on a highly successful concert tour of Italy in the summer of 2016. Additionally, Tom Jaber is currently the Director of Music and Organist

of Houston’s St. Anne Catholic Community, one of the largest and most active Parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Mr. Jaber has had a long association with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival
as vocal coach and conductor. He regularly works as an audition pianist for the San Francisco Opera Center Merola Program, the Metropolitan Opera,
as well as the Santa Fe Opera. He has also worked as principal coach in the Chautauqua Opera (1992), the Houston Grand Opera (Tosca, Porgy and Bess, Lucia di Lammermoor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and the Opera Company of Philadelphia (1979–88, and including the first two of the Luciano Pavarotti International Competitions).

Mr. Jaber is an honor graduate of Arkansas State University, Indiana University and the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music where he was a member of the faculty from 1976-88. In addition, he was conductor and vocal coach at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts from 1977–86, and was Music Director of the Temple University Opera Theater from 1986–88.

As Director of Music and Organist at Houston’s Chapelwood United Methodist Church for twenty-five years (1989–2013), he led Chapelwood’s Chancel Choir in seven international concert tours, and played for thousands of services of worship throughout his tenure at Chapelwood and elsewhere over a very long career as a church musician. Mr. Jaber was also the Organist-Choirmaster of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1977–88. There he led a professional chorus of singers, and was heard regularly as organ recitalist on the magnificent Alexander McCurdy Organ.

Timothy ``Cooper`` Johnson - Executive Director

Bryan Anderson - Accompanist

Bryan Anderson

Accompanist

Recently named one of The Diapason’s “20 under 30” Class of 2017, Bryan Anderson has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Woolsey Hall at Yale, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Spivey Hall near Atlanta, Princeton University Chapel, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. He has been featured in performance at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, and broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” radio program. Currently working toward a master’s degree at Rice University under Ken Cowan, Bryan’s undergraduate work was at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he earned degrees in organ under Alan Morrison and harpsichord with teacher, Leon Schelhase. Bryan serves as associate organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston; other recent positions have been as organ scholar at Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England, and as organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Bryan also served as an assistant organist of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Macy’s department store in Philadelphia for several years. In addition to work at the organ, Bryan has enjoyed extensive collaboration as a chamber musician, performing many times as a continuo artist and ensemble pianist.

Shelby Brewer - Program Intern

FOUNDING MUSIC DIRECTOR EMERITUS

Ara Carapetyan