Board of Directors 2013-2014

Valley of the Sun Chapter 2013-2014 Board of Directors


President: Alexis Davis Hazell
Vice President, Programs: Dr. Andrea Pitman Will
Vice President, Membership: Jennifer Song Sheldon
Treasurer: Dr. Kerry Ginger
Secretary: Renee Saxon

Advisors and Committee Chairs

Nominating Chair and Fall Auditions Chair: Dr. Judy Durocher
Past President, SNATS Advisor and Spring Auditions Chair: Dr. Rachel Velarde
Advisors: Thomas Jones, Jennifer Nagy and Christy Welty

Arizona District Governor: Deborah Raymond

2013-2014 Nominating Committee

Judy Durocher (Chair), Mary Sue Hyatt, Rachel Velarde, and Kaarin Safsten

Officer Bios

Alexis Davis Hazell, President VSNATS

Alexis Davis Hazell, President

Dramatic Mezzo-soprano Alexis Davis Hazell is emerging as an active performer on the international opera stage. Her performances have earned accolades for the size and quality of her instrument, and the dramatic intensity she brings to the development of character.

Internationally, Alexis has sung the roles “Maria”, “Lily” and “Strawberry Woman” with European tours of the Gershwins’ masterpiece Porgy and Bess, in Russia, Poland, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Germany and Switzerland. These critically acclaimed performances were in collaboration with the Mikhailovsky Opera in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Philharmonic, and the Polish National Opera of Warsaw, leading to her debut at the Kuressaare Operadays Festival in Estonia. She has performed at the Hamburg State Opera, the Festspielhaus of Baden-Baden, and Theatre 11 in Zurich. Her experience with the same opera continued with debuts at the Dresden SemperOper, and the Deutsch Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf.

Alexis’ work regionally has included frequent concert work as a mezzo soloist in works such as Rossini Stabat Mater, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Handel Messiah. Appearances for Alexis in recent seasons include La Badessa in Suor Angelica with the Southern Arizona Symphony; Dritte Dame in the Phoenix Opera production of Die Zauberflöte and Annina in the Phoenix Opera production of La Traviata. During her doctoral studies, she has also accepted regular cover assignments of larger roles with Phoenix Opera and Arizona Opera. Among the most recent are the Amneris cover in the Arizona Opera production of Aida, and Azucena cover in the Arizona Opera production of Il Trovatore.

A recent recipient of The Golden Seat Belt Award presented to faculty with the highest student retention rates, Alexis serves on the Voice Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She has been instructing young voice students in their Performing Arts department along with courses in music humanities since 2004. A magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University, Mrs. Davis Hazell is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at Arizona State University. Alexis is also the Creative Director of Jazzoperetry, Inc.: the production company currently featuring the touring concert series Earl & Alexis: AMERICAN SONGS. top of page


Andrea Pitman Will, Vice President, Programs

Andrea Pitman Will, VP Programs

Andrea Pitman, soprano, made her debut with Arizona Opera as Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera and with The Phoenix Symphony as First Fairy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Most recently she performed the role of Madame Goldentrille in The Impresario with Opera Revolution and appeared as a guest artist in ASU Lyric Opera Theatre’s Die Fledermaus, singing Strauss’ coloratura aria, Frühlingsstimmen.

Andrea’s repertoire displays her versatility in a range of comic and dramatic roles. She has especially enjoyed the comedic characters of Norina (Don Pasquale) and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), as well as the two sopranos in The Impresario, playing the young Mademoiselle Silberklang in addition to the imperious Madame Goldentrille, a role she also performed in Austria with the Salzburg Opernensemble. Other roles include The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), performed with the Salzburg Opernensemble and in the U.S. with Intermezzo Opera; the title role in The Merry Widow; Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride.  She has also been heard as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah.

Equally at home in musical theatre, some of Andrea’s favorite roles include Marian inThe Music Man (for which she received an ariZoni award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), and Sister Sophia (Sound of Music) and Mrs. Mops (Menken’s A Christmas Carol) which she performed with Broadway Palm West.  She has also appeared around the greater Phoenix area in Showtune Productions’ performances of Broadway Showstoppers and Sounds of Christmas.

Andrea recently received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice from Arizona State University, where she also served as Faculty Associate.  She has also earned a Master of Music in voice from Northwestern University, where she served as a teaching assistant.  She maintains a private voice studio in Chandler, where she currently resides with her husband and two young sons.

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Jennifer Song Sheldon, Vice President, Membership

Jennifer Song Sheldon,  VP Membership 

Soprano Jennifer Song Sheldon is Director of Music at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church. Jennifer has served as the Director of Music at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church for 5 years in Scottsdale. For the past 8 years she has been the Director of Music at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee. Having gained her degrees in Vocal Performance, she has traveled the United States and internationally, singing and dancing. She has performed in national industrial tours, cruise ships, theatres, also has performed as a guest soloist in oratorios and with orchestras across the country.  A two time winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition and a finalist in the McAllister Award. Currently she is artist-in-residence with Opera Antics, a talented teaching and performance troupe that educates audiences on aspects of opera in an entertaining and informative way. top of page

Kerry Ginger, Treasurer

Kerry Ginger, Treasurer

Kerry Ginger, mezzo-soprano, is active as a soloist and teacher across the greater Phoenix area. Kerry made her professional opera debut in 2010 as the Third Spirit in Die Zauberflöte with Phoenix Opera, and has also appeared as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony in Hans Krása’s Brundibár. She sings regularly with the Phoenix Opera and Arizona Opera ensembles, and performs as a teaching artist with Arizona Opera’s outreach program, OperaTunity. Kerry maintains an active concert schedule around the Valley of the Sun, including performances as a soloist in the Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass, Duruflé Requiem, Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi Gloria, and more. In 2006, Kerry was a featured performer with the Walla Walla Baroque Festival. Kerry is a new member of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, and also appears regularly with Tucson Chamber Artists and Scottsdale Choral Artists. An avid recitalist, she won the Arizona NATS Artist Award recital competition in 2008. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Kerry has taught at Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale, and from 2008 to 2010, she taught class voice and music theory at Phoenix’s Metropolitan Arts Institute. Her students perform with the AMEA Regional and All-State Choirs and the Arizona Masterworks Chorale, and serve as section leaders at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Parish. Kerry completed her doctorate in Voice at Arizona State University; her favorite roles there include Hansel, La Cenerentola, and Giulio Cesare. top of page

Renee Saxon, Secretary

Renee Saxon, Secretary


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Upcoming Events

  1. VSNATS Board Meeting

    March 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am