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).
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.
Director of Marketing
Director of Marketing since 2018, Pam Harris has taken the helm for everything that falls under the marketing umbrella. From making sure the bi-monthly magazine The Chorister is out the door on time to keeping the website up to date, Pam has probably played a hand in making it happen.
Pam graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She has served as an editor in one capacity or another for many North Texas publications including the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, and WFAA-TV.
She made her jump from media to Marketing and Communications when she was named Communications Coordinator at Spring Valley UMC where she stayed for almost five years before joining the team at Choristers Guild.
When she’s not working, Pam and her husband enjoy exploring the greater DFW area and beyond with their two teenage girls.
Customer Enhancement Director
Collen Oates has been the Customer Enhancement Director for Choristers Guild since 2018. She brings a wealth of experience to her position, making sure CG customers feel welcome.
Much of the reason she’s so talented in that, is because she’s a part of our customer base. She’s been singing since before college where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Choral and General Music Education from Western Illinois University.
From there, she moved to the Dallas area and quickly became a choir section leader and liturgical soloist with several area churches as well as a reform synagogue. Colleen has also been a part of the Texas Winds Musical Outreach, a nonprofit organization that brings music to retirement and senior care facilities, hospitals, and Head Start programs, for over 25 years.
Colleen and her husband enjoy travel, finding new restaurants to try out, and rescuing Shetland Sheepdogs.
Membership Enhancement Associate
Russell Almand is the Membership Enhancement Associate for the Choristers Guild team, working to strategize and implement new ways our members can be taken care of. He also manages our YouTube page, something you should definitely check out if you haven’t already. It’s a role he’s been in since the beginning of 2018.
His three biggest passions are music, teaching, and discipleship. Three things that go hand-in-hand with what Choristers Guild is all about.
Outside of CG, Russell is currently working towards a Master of Theology at the Dallas Theological Seminary after graduating from Maranatha Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies/Counseling. He’s also recently been active in the musical world, participating in both the Cast of Bronze Handbell Ensemble in Dallas as well as being a music leader in his local church.
Editor, The Chorister
Susan Eernisse is Editor of The Chorister, the journal for church musicians published by Choristers Guild. She also currently serves part-time on the staff of First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Georgia, as Director of Children’s Music.
Susan taught music in public and private schools for 20 years, and taught courses in music education at the college level for several years. She’s a veteran writer of children’s music curriculum materials, including work for Growing in Grace Children’s Music Curriculum, Lifeway’s Children’s Music Series, Dovetail Musicals, and Hal Leonard’s Sing and Celebrate series. She is a respected children’s choir clinician, and has served on the faculties of children’s music camps and festivals for many years.
Susan is married to Dr. Glenn Eernisse, Associate Pastor of Music and Worship at First Baptist in Carrollton, Georgia.
Customer Enhancement Associate
Lauren Carter has been with Choristers Guild since early 2019 where she takes her passion for music to help enhance the experience you, our customer, gets.
Lauren studied music at University of Southern Mississippi, where she majored in Music Education. She then got her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at University of Alabama. Besides the work she does here at CG, Lauren teaches voice in the Dallas area. She has also performed in various roles throughout the Metroplex, including the Dallas Opera, RCT Theatre in Richardson, and the Dallas Chamber Choir.
Lauren currently sings with the Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Ensemble at First Presbyterian Church of Richardson.
Keith King has joined Choristers Guild for the summer as our Marketing Associate. He’s responsible for updating the website as well as editing and writing articles for The Chorister, something that certainly puts his talents as a storyteller to work.
Music has always been a big part of Keith’s life. Whether it was playing in a jazz band, pit orchestra, marching band, or choir, he’s spent much of his life heavily involved in music.
Keith, who is originally from the Chicago suburbs, graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Journalism. He has spent most of his career behind the scenes as a News Producer, Assistant Managing Editor, and Executive Producer. His passion for storytelling and travel led him to write his first book, Cracking the Code to Travel Hacking.
When not busy with work, Keith enjoys volunteering in the DFW area and traveling to new places with his wife, Crystal.
A music professor by trade, Judy Bozone is helping Choristers Guild out for the next few months as an Administrative Associate. Don’t let that title fool you, though. She’s going to be staring at a lot of music this summer.
And she’s got quite a musical background to back it up. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Composition with minors in Philosophy and History at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, before earning a Master of Music in Composition and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Michigan. From there, she moved to Asia where she was a professor at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. After living there for four years, she came to Texas to teach at Stephan F. Austin State University in Nacadoches and then Texas A&M - Commerce.
In addition to her teaching, she has also written several works for orchestra, wind symphonies, and chamber groups.