Cary Burns, Director of the Tempe Community Chorus since August 1998, shares his wealth of music knowledge, enthusiasm and love for the musical art form. Cary has been engaged with music since childhood. Cary has directed and coached singing groups including jazz choirs, barbershop choruses, chamber choirs, mixed choruses, and local ensembles and performers. He writes and arranges music for several vocal groups. Currently, Cary is a music judge in the music category for the internationally known Barbershop Harmony Society, previously known as S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., where he judges music competitions and coaches vocal groups all over the United States and Canada. Cary is the director of the Fiesta Chorus, a member of the international female barbershop organization, Sweet Adelines. Cary is also Assistant Director for the Spirit of Phoenix Chorus, an internationally competitive men’s barbershop chorus.
Mary Sievert, Tempe Community Chorus Pianist, has been playing piano since early childhood. She started piano lessons at age 4 (and her mother never let her quit!). Mary has sung alto in the Bach and Madrigal Singers, has directed numerous hand-bell choirs, and has accompanied multiple musical productions, singers, and instrumentalists over the years. Mary has been the pianist for Dayspring United Methodist Church for 20 years and has also sung with the Chorale in Europe four times. Mary is a Licensed Family Therapist working for managed care, and she also has a small private practice. She made her way through graduate school by playing the piano at night – mostly musicals. Mary feels very fortunate to be involved in her two loves of life – psychology and music!
Lib Wong, President of the Tempe Community Chorus Board, has sung all her life, starting even before her uncle recorded her pipsqueak soprano way back. High school and college choruses eventually followed, leaving nothing after graduation but the radio to sing along and harmonize with for many years. She played an assortment of instruments throughout her life. Lib has lived in Japan and China, and even learned to play instruments for Japanese court music when she lived in Japan. After many years away from choral singing, she was delighted to find TCC, and has been 'hooked' ever since. She teaches Japanese at ASU during the day, and decompresses with choral music every Monday night with a growing group of TCC singers who love to have an enjoyable time learning to improve our sound year by year.
The all-volunteer, elected Board of Directors of the Tempe Community Chorus manages daily operations of the Choir including selecting practice and performance venues, collecting dues, maintaining the sheet music library, marketing and other operating responsibilities. The Board consists of a president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary, and various at-large members. Active chorus members are encouraged to attend any board meeting, and are urged to consider joining the board to help out with the business of running the Tempe Community Chorus.
The Tempe Community Chorus Music Team’s primary goal is to make sure that we have a musically successful season. The Team makes music decisions, serves as a feedback loop for musical issues of choir members, and determines performance dress.