Teri Larson, President - Maple Grove, MN
Terry Goolsby - President-Elect - Plano, TX
Heather Potter, Past-President- Charlotte, NC
Andy Masetti, Secretary-Treasurer- Westfield, NJ
Todd Arant - Apex, NC
Stephanie McIlwain Miller - Bellevue, WA
John Sutton - Altadena, CA
Ruth Szucs - Midlothian, VA
Jim Rindelaub, Executive Director (Ex-Officio) - Dallas, TX
Teri Larson received her undergraduate degrees from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where she studied under Dr. Kenneth Jennings, former director of the St. Olaf Choir, Robert Scholz and Alice T. Larsen. She received her Masters in Choral Conducting and Literature from Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, under the direction of Stephen Fuller. Ms. Larson has served as interim conductor of the St. John's University Chamber Choir in Collegeville, the Campus Singers at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota where she led their concert tour to England and Wales in January 2000, and is a former director of the Concert Choir at Saint Cloud State University. Ms. Larson served three years as an adjunct conductor for the College of Saint Benedict Women’s Choir at the College of Saint Benedict. She is currently serving her sixteenth year as Choral Director and Director of Music at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Under Ms. Larson's direction The Basilica Cathedral Choir has grown to over ninety members, published three compact disc recordings, embarked on a concert tour of Italy and Austria (1999) and the West Coast (2009), and been selected to perform at both local and national ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conventions.
Ms. Larson is the founder of three children’s choirs at the Basilica, and directs a semi-professional Schola Cantorum. The Basilica Cathedral Choir, along with the Cathedral Choristers, joined forces with the Minnesota Orchestra for a repeat performance of “To Be Certain of the Dawn,” (Stephen Paulus and Michael Dennis Browne) under the direction of OsmoVänskä which culminated in a professional recording on the BIS label, released in February of 2009.
Ms. Larson has served as contest adjudicator, festival chorus director at numerous choral festivals, and is a member of ACDA, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Choristers Guild, the American Federation of Pueri Cantores and the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians. She has served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Worship in the Minnesota Central Division Chapter of ACDA, served a three year tenure as the Twin Cities Chapter President of Choristers Guild. She currently is proud to serve on the National Board of Directors for Choristers Guild. In October of 2009 she was inducted in the Arts and Activities Hall of Fame at Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington, MN and in April of 2010, received the 2010 Lake Conference Achievement Award for Fine Arts. She resides in Maple Grove, Minnesota with her husband, Don Krubsack and children, Jeff and Ellan.
Terry Goolsby is Senior Vice President for Resource Services, Incorporated-the largest capital stewardship company in the US. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Southern Illinois University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Business Administration. His Master’s Degrees are in Church Music and Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth.
Terry began playing the organ in 6th grade and his been Organist Choirmaster/Director of Music in churches in Illinois, Virginia and Texas. His experience includes leading multi-faceted/multi-staff music programs. Between 1990 and 2000, Terry was the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. Recently Terry served as the interim director of music at Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano, Texas. His responsibilities include directing the 60 voice Sanctuary Choir and the 95 voice youth choir (Exultation).
He has been the guest conductor at numerous choral and handbell festivals and workshops throughout the United States. He has served on the board of directors for Choristers Guild and the Baptist World Alliance. Choirs under his direction have sung at the White House, Duke Chapel, Washington National Cathedral, and cathedrals throughout Great Britain and Europe.
Heather Potter joined the Choristers Guild Board of Directors in November 2008. She is the Associate Conductor of the Charlotte Children's Choir and conductor of its Lyric Choir. She also serves as the Director of Youth and Children's Music at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. As an active clinician, Dr. Potter frequently conducts treble ensembles for music conferences and festival choirs and presents children's choir training workshops. She serves on the advisory board for the Choristers Guild Institute and as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children's Choir for North Carolina American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She has completed Level III in the Choral Music Experience certification course and holds the Choristers Guild Children's Choir Leadership certification.
Heather lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Kenney, and their children, Syl and Calvin.
Andrew (Andy) P. Masetti was born in New York City and was raised in Yonkers and White Plains, NY. After receiving his B.A. with honors in music from Williams College, he joined General Electric's Financial Management Program in Schenectady, New York. During a fifteen year career with General Electric, Andy was a Corporate Auditor and held financial management positions in GE's power generation services, turbine, and aerospace businesses and was a consultant for government compliance programs. Subsequent to the sale of GE Aerospace to Martin Marietta, Andy joined Diagnostek Inc., a pharmacy benefit manager, as their Chief Financial Officer. He has been CFO of Harte Hanks Response Management business, VP-Finance and Principal Accounting Officer for Sun Healthcare Group, a leading senior care provider, CFO of Marriott's Senior Living Services business, CFO of ASI Health, a healthcare technology and business processing company and most recently, CFO of The PromptCare Companies. Andy is a member of the Financial Executives International, the Maryland Technology Council, and is a board member of the MidAtlantic Business Group on Health.
Todd Arant is thrilled and honored to be joining the Choristers Guild Board of Directors. Todd serves as the Director of Traditional Worship Arts at Apex United Methodist Church in Apex, North Carolina, where he oversees a growing worship arts ministry including vocal and instrumental choirs for adults, youth, and children. He earned his bachelor’s degree in church music from Furman University and his master’s degree in choral conducting from Emory University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in worship studies from the Institute for Worship Studies. In 2014, Todd completed his final year at the Choristers Guild Institute, becoming a certified director of young singers. Todd also holds leadership roles in the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. He recently chaired the worship team for Music and Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, and currently serves as vice-president of the North Carolina Chapter of the Fellowship, which revived its highly successful children’s choir festival in 2015. Todd is married to his hometown sweetheart Allison, and they have three children: Clarkson, 3 and 6 month old twins, Anna Rast and Sims.
Stephanie McIlwain Miller joined the Choristers Guild Board of Directors in November 2014. Her first contact with Choristers Guild was as a child in the St. Cecelia Girls’ Choir of the First United Methodist Church in South Charleston, West Virginia. She still treasures her award pin and her introduction to music as a ministry.
Stephanie’s true passion is for teaching music and other worship arts to young people as an impetus for their faith formation and an introduction to service in the church, the community, and the world. She has been directing choirs for children and youth since 1985, and has founded or re-vitalized programs for three-year-olds through young adults in Washington, Illinois, and Indiana. She also served as Director of Music and Resource Director at Grace United Methodist Church, Lafayette, Indiana. She taught music at Holy Family Parish School in Kirkland, Washington and currently serves as the Director of Young People’s Music Ministries at Lake Washington United Methodist Church. http://www.lwumc.com/do/worship/music-ministry/joyful-noises-angel-choir/
A long-time member of the Choristers Guild, Stephanie is also a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and the American Choral Directors Association. She holds the Choristers Guild Children's Choir Leadership certification. Her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Ohio University and work in that field have provided her with expertise and extensive experience working with individuals of varying developmental levels and special needs. She is also an actress and theater director who leverages her skills in these areas to augment the music ministry with puppetry, semi-staged readings, tableau, story-telling, and drama.
Stephanie is married to Kevin McIlwain Miller, Principal Program Manager at the Microsoft Corporation, composer, and her accompanist extraordinaire. Their daughter, Kathryn Grace, is a secondary school English Language Arts teacher.
John Sutton is a highly active leader in the choral arts. Dr. Sutton serves as the Director of Choral Activities and lectures in the School of Music at Azusa Pacific University located 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. There he conducts the Oratorio Choir, and the University Choir and Orchestra. He is Artistic Director of the Angeles Chorale; Conductor of Choral Ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA; and Musical Director and Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association annual Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long. His Los Angeles work has included conducting on stage with Barbara Streisand and Julie Andrews as well as conducting music heard on publicity campaigns for the Spider Man and Harry Potter movie series.
Dr. Sutton holds music degrees from Northwest College, San Jose State University and UCLA. Included in a busy international guest conducting schedule is his serving as the founding conductor/choral clinician for the Exulate Deo Festival in Buenas Aires. His wife, Cecilia Patino-Sutton, MD, PhD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Ruth Szucs has been the Music Ministry Associate directing Children's Choirs & Handbells at First Baptist Church in Richmond, VA since 2000. She leads music in worship in the absence of the Associate Pastor for Christian Worship and is the preschool music teacher. She received the Choristers Guild Institute Certification as a Director of Young Singers in 2013. Ruth is a native of Charlottesville, VA. She graduated from James Madison University in 1985 with a BS, double majoring in Learning Disabled and Emotionally Disturbed Education with a minor in music. Ruth taught school in Chesterfield County for eight years. She is married to Richard Szucs and they have two children, Alexandra and Matthew.
Jim Rindelaub has served as the Choristers Guild Executive Director since January 1, 2004. From 1985 through the end of 1999 he served as full-time Cantor of Saint Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Beginning in 2000 Jim served as Director of Music at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn until joining Choristers Guild. In 1990 he founded Jacksonville's Community Bach Vespers Chorus and Chamber Orchestra and culminated ten years directing the group by preparing them for a performance in 2000 at Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter. Since 2004 Jim has served First United Lutheran Church in Dallas as part time Music Minister. His church music degrees are from Westminster Choir College and St. Olaf College where he performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Robert Shaw, Joseph Flummerfelt, Kenneth Jennings, Sigrid Johnson and John Ferguson.