Board and Staff


Kay W. Boyd, EdD, CFP - Board Chair

Kay W. Boyd, EdD, CFP

Board Chair of The Houston Masterworks Chorus.

Throughout her business career, has been a tireless leader and supporter of the performing arts. Kay has been helping clients meet their financial goals since joining EF Hutton in the 1980s. Currently she is Senior Vice President – Wealth Advisor with Sovereign Wealth Advisors, LLC. She has been a daily Financial Radio Talk Show Host, Adjunct Faculty with the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, and speech coach of First Lady Barbara Bush. To quote Mrs. Bush, “Kay, you made life easier for all.”

Laura-Hill Taylor - Board Treasurer

Deborah Hamilton - Board Secretary

Danielle Charvoz - Marketing and Communications Director

Bruce Sealy - President of the Chorus

Jamie Allen - Director

Charles Blackmon - Director

Claudio Gutierrez - Director

Kieran Wheeler, J D - Director

Claire Sewell - Recording Secretary, Ex Officio


Tom Jaber - Artistic and Music Director


Tom Jaber

Artistic and Music Director

Mr. Jaber has been the Artistic and Music Director of the esteemed Houston Masterworks Chorus for the past five 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. Musical highlights of the festival tour included singing in the Cathedral of Sorrento, Mass in the Vatican/St. Peter’s, Rome’s Santa Maria Degli Angeli e dei Martiri, as well as the Cathedral of Pisa.

Timothy ``Cooper`` Johnson - Executive Director

Dr. Yi-Chiu Rachel Chao - Pianist


Dr. Yi-Chiu Rachel Chao


A native of Taiwan, Dr. Yi-Chiu Rachel Chao has performed in solo and collaborative recitals in Taiwan, Canada and the United States. Rachel is currently on the piano faculty at New Heart Music Ministries, and is the pianist for Houston Masterworks Chorus. She served as the staff pianist for the voice and opera program at Rice University, and has collaborated with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet. She received her Doctor of Music in piano performance under the guidance of Alan Chow at Northwestern University.

Shelby Brewer - Program Intern


Jane Becker

Robert Brewer

Richard Brown

John E. Hemmenway

Dr. Rena D'Souza

Ann Webb

Dr. Gerald B. Ray

Dr. Robert Linder

Stephen H. Roddy

Hon. Frank Ryan


Ara Carapetyan