TEAM MEMBERS

 

 

Dawn Jantsch
Executive Director

Dawn Jantsch has been Executive Director of Choristers Guild since 2017. She specializes in organizational management, focusing on strategic planning, financials, and governance, with specialties in the entrepreneurial field. She has 31 years of experience serving as chief executive of trade and professional associations, as well as charitable and educational foundations. Dawn is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and Accredited in Public Relations (APR).  She serves on the executive committee of The Church Music Publishers Association, and on the Church Music Publishers Association Action Fund, and served as a nonvoting member on the Dallas Chapter of Choristers Guild for four years.

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, The Gift of Life and Visions, Faure’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Orff's Carmina Burana. Dawn is a true Chorister, having been taught  to sing by member Gordon Palmer at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, IL, in high school.  

She currently volunteers at AARP as an advocate. She lives in the Dallas area with her husband Ted, a poodle, and a Maltese, two of 39 dogs she has fostered.

 


Pam Harris
Director of Marketing

Pam Harris, Director of Marketing since 2018, leads our communications outreach to tell the Choristers Guild story and all we offer as a nonprofit organization that supports choir leaders in churches, schools and communities. Through email, social media and more, Pam helps connect choral leaders and music educators with resources and educational opportunities. 

Pam earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, going on to serve as an editor at several North Texas media outlets including The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, and WFAA-TV. Before joining the Choristers Guild team, she worked in marketing communications for Dallas-area United Methodist churches. 

When she’s not working, Pam and her husband enjoy exploring the greater DFW area and beyond with their teenage daughters.


Amy Farnell
Editor of The Chorister and Permissions Associate

Amy Farnell
Amy joined Choristers Guild as an intern in 2017, and stayed on the team in various roles before becoming Editor of The Chorister and Licensing & Permissions Associate in 2021.

Amy grew up playing instruments, singing in choirs, and was drum major of her high school's marching band – now a professional singer, she performs regularly in ensembles across America and Europe, including the Zurich Chamber Singers, La Cetra Vokalensemble, Junger Kammerchor Basel, Verba vocalis, La Fiamma, Contre le Temps, and Quod Balensi. In June 2022 she recieved a Masters in Renaissance Ensemble Performance from Schola Cantorum Basilisnsis in Switzerland, and she is continuing at the conservatory working on an artist diploma. She also holds degrees from Baylor University in Church Music (2015), and the University of Birmingham, England in Early Music (2017).

In her free time Amy enjoys knitting, yoga, playing with cats, thrifting, exploring, and working for Choristers Guild!


Victoria Kennedy

Communications Associate 

Amy Farnell

Victoria Kennedy is the Communications Associate at Chorister’s Guild. She received both her Bachelor’s in Music and her Master’s in Public Administration on the Nonprofit Management track from the University of North Texas. She has interned with the Cayambis Institute for Latin American Studies in Music as their Operations Assistant and at KERA as their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Intern. She has a passion for classical music and grew up taking voice lessons and being in choir.

In her free time, she loves baking, thrifting, listening to vinyl, and movie nights with her friends

 

 


Janelle Pendleton

Operations Associate 

Amy Farnell

 

Janelle graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. She worked as a K-6 music teacher in the Little Rock School District for one year and then her career took a turn into the business world in the tech industry in which she worked for 35+ years. She is currently singing throughout the DFW area for various churches. When not singing or working, Janelle loves to play disc golf with her husband Greg, shop, travel, or read a good book!