Stephanie McIlwain Miller - President - Bellevue, WA
Terry Goolsby - Past-President - Dallas, TX
John Sutton - President-Elect - Altadena, CA
Andy Masetti - Secretary-Treasurer- Westfield, NJ
Todd Arant - Apex, NC
Sandra Rosales - Fullerton, CA
Ruth Szucs - Midlothian, VA
Elizabeth Shepley - St. Paul, MN
Dawn Jantsch - Executive Director - Dallas, TX
Stephanie McIlwain Miller took over as president of the Choristers Guild in November of 2019. She 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 passion is for teaching music 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 revitalized programs in Washington, Illinois, and Indiana. Previous posts include serving as Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church, Lafayette, Indiana and teaching music at Holy Family Parish School in Kirkland, Washington. Today she is the Director of Young People’s Music Ministries at Lake Washington United Methodist Church, directing choirs for three-year-olds through 12th grade.
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. "I firmly believe that anyone who wants to sing in a church choir should be encouraged to do so, and I work with all choristers to make it a fun and growth-filled experience," Stephanie says. She is also an actress and theater director. Skills in these areas translate into creativity-developing and fun-filled rehearsals for her choirs, and broaden the range of arts offerings in worship.
Stephanie is a longtime member of the Choristers Guild and completed the training program in Choristers Guild Children's Choir Leadership. She is also a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and the American Choral Directors Association.
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.
Terry Goolsby is Vice President for Horizons Stewardship, and is located in Dallas. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Southern Illinois University, Terry holds 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 Fort Worth, Texas.
Terry began playing the organ in sixth 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 in Richmond, Virginia. Recently, Terry served as the interim director of music at Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano, Texas. His responsibilities included directing the 60 voice Sanctuary Choir and the 95 voice youth choir (Exultation).
He has been the guest conductor at numerous choral and hand bell 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.
John Sutton is a highly active leader in the choral arts. He is a full Professor in the School of Music at Azusa Pacific University (APU), located 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, where he conducts the University Choir, the APU Choral Scholars, and serves as the Director of Choral Activities. In addition, Dr. Sutton is the Artistic Director of the Angeles Chorale; Conductor of Choral Ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California; and Musical Director and Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s annual Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long. His work in the L.A. scene has included conducting on stage with Barbara Streisand and Julie Andrews, and he continues to work actively in the Hollywood Studios, conducting music heard on television and movie theater campaigns for the Spider Man and Harry Potter movie series, and countless others.
Dr. Sutton holds degrees in music from Northwest College, San Jose State University and UCLA, and keeps a busy schedule as workshop leader, choral clinician, and adjudicator in the areas of choral music, and worship leadership. His wife, Cecilia Patino-Sutton, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Andrew (Andy) P. Masetti was born in New York City and was raised in Yonkers and White Plains, New York. 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 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, Anna Rast and Sims.
Sandra (Sandy) Rosales has been the Associate Director of Music at Trinity United Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana, California since June 2010. She oversees the K-8th grade choral program where about 200 children are involved in weekly. Sandy directs the Caroler (grades 4-6) and Crusader Choirs (grades 7-8) and is the assistant director of the high school/young adult choir. In addition to directing, Sandy is also a member of the Chancel Choir where she is a regular soloist. She is also a member of Orange County’s professional chorus, Pacific Chorale, where she has sung since 2006.
Sandy received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Fullerton where she sang under the direction of Maestro John Alexander. She also holds her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University. In 2012 she completed the Directors of Young Singers in Churches and Schools (K-12) program from the Choristers Guild Institute in Louisville, KY.
Sandy resides in Fullerton, CA with her husband José and their daughter, Olivia. She is honored and delighted to serve on the Board of Choristers Guild.
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 completed the Choristers Guild Institute Program 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.
Elizabeth Shepley enjoyed 16 years as a conductor, teacher, and artistic director of the Northfield Youth Choirs, and 26 years as director of children’s and youth music at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church Choir School in St. Paul and at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. Elizabeth holds a MA in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis (University of St. Thomas), a BA in Music Education (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN), and certifications in both Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk. Further music study has taken her to the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Switzerland, the Orff Institute in Austria, The Kodály Institute in Hungary, and the Royal School of Church Music in England. She has taught music education in public and private schools. Elizabeth has chaired inner city music programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul, has served as President of the Twin Cities Chapter of Choristers Guild, as a board member of MN-ACDA and as adjunct professor at Luther Seminary. She has led conferences and festival choirs nationwide, and choirs under her direction have performed across the United States, Canada and Europe. Elizabeth loves to bike, cook, read, golf & travel, and together with her husband, Bob, enjoys keeping up with her four adult sons.
Dawn Jantsch is executive director of the Choristers Guild, a nonprofit 501c3 created in 1949, dedicated to enabling leaders to nurture the musical and spiritual growth of children, youth, and adults. The organization, with over 12,000 stakeholders, publishes educational materials for choral leaders, as well as beautiful music for sacred, school, and festival settings.
An active public speaker, media contact, and business advocate, Jantsch represented businesses and causes at city, county, state, and international levels. She was also appointed to a number of civic and government committees by elected officials from both parties in several cities and counties. A long-time chorister in four different cities, Dawn has sung Rutter's Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and most recently, Orff's Carmina Burana. And, she has been singing Choristers Guild music since she was in her church choir in high school.
She currently volunteers at AARP as an advocate. She lives in the Dallas area with a poodle and a Maltese, two of 39 dogs she has fostered.