David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, lecturer, and clinician. He joined Arizona Cantilena Chorale as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor in May 2018. While inspiring excellence through artistic mastery, discipline, and musical integrity, Dr. Thye consistently delivers cutting-edge live performances with sincerity, focus, passion and enthusiasm. He also remains active as a conductor of music festivals across the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Robert Mills is a Clinical Associate Professor of Music and the vocal coach/accompanist for Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera. He is a frequent guest artist with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale and the Three Tenors of Mexico and is in high demand as a coach accompanist in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Dr. Mills concertizes throughout the United States as a collaborative pianist and has special affinity for contemporary American art song.
David has his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University where he studied with Dr. Jerry Doan. He also holds a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems from Western Governors University. He has been singing and directing choirs for many years, having performed many musical theater roles including the Caliph in Kismet, Enoch Snow in Carousel, and Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld. David is a pilot for American Airlines and owns Artos Claret, a technology company. Married to Pamela Watson and the father of three musical daughters, he lives in Mesa, Arizona.
Pamela is from Mesa, Arizona, where she lives with her husband, David Watson. They have three daughters, Lauren, Erin and Amber. Pamela has her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University, having studied under Judy May. She has sung with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and various other groups in the valley. A flight attendant for American Airlines for 29 years, Pamela enjoys photography, history, scuba diving and travel.
Wendy earned her Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and Bachelor of Religious Studies from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College, both in Music. While living in Minnesota, she founded the Crystal Flute Choir and ran a flute studio that included monthly master classes with her students. She has been President of the Upper Midwest Flute Association, adjudicator and flute choir director for flute competitions, soloist and orchestra member with the St. Paul Jewish Community Center Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Exultate. In 2008 Wendy moved to Arizona with her husband and three children, joining the Maricopa Music Circle in 2010. As a singer, Wendy has had the opportunity to sing under the batons of Helmuth Rilling, Kazuhiro Koizumi and William Baerg. She began singing as a child, has sung throughout her life in the church, and remembers most of the words from a certain genre of music spanning the 1970s and 1980s. She is thrilled to be a part of the Arizona Cantilena Chorale.
Hillary holds a BS in Business with a Minor in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona. She has been singing for 23 years and this is her first year with the Chorale. When she is not singing she enjoys playing softball, swimming long distances, going to church and keeping up with her 3 active children ages 9, 5 and 4.
Marlynn received a bachelor degree in Biblical Studies and a bachelor degree in Sacred Music from Ambrose University College in Canada. She studied piano, conducting and composition with Canadian composer David McIntyre and with the late world-class concert pianist Stella Goldberg-Brimo. Marlynn has 30+ years of experience as a piano teacher and choral conductor, both in Canada and the United States. Marlynn is a composer whose choral music has recently been performed in Arizona, New York and Texas. Ms. Rey has served as a rehearsal director for MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall, in Greece and in Italy. She joined the MidAmerica staff as a program developer and conductor in 2018. Marlynn is also on staff at Sun Valley Community Church as a choir director and worship leader.
Vicki has a Master of Vocal Performance from Arizona State University. She is presently on faculty in the music department at Mesa Community College. She’s been a Soprano soloist in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area through the years, collaborating with Scottsdale and Mesa symphonies as well as many other community groups as their guest artist for concerts. She treasures most singing wonderful music alongside her fellow Arizona Cantilena Chorale members.
Robert is from a family of singers in Indiana with a rich musical history ranging from his father who sang for Fred Waring in Carnegie Hall, to an uncle who sang Back Home Again in Indiana at the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, to a brother and a sister who are professional jazz/rock ’n’ roll musicians. Robert graduated in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University where he was a soloist for the Purdue Glee Club and a professional group, Collegiate Singers, that traveled extensively in the Midwest. In Arizona, Robert has studied voice at Arizona State University, sang as a soloist at Trinity Cathedral, and is a tenor soloist for the Dayspring Chorale and Arizona Cantilena Chorale. He is a retired educator of 45 years. Robert and his wife, Pauline, have two grown sons and two beautiful granddaughters.
Karen has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She has been a member of Cantilena since 2006, when the Chorale began at Mesa Community College as Mesa Schola Cantorum. Her love of music has provided the opportunity to perform as a chorister and a soloist. She is proud to be a founding member of the Arizona Cantilena Chorale and the Vice-President for its inaugural year. When she is not singing she works for Great American Title, Inc. as a Senior Escrow Officer.