About Forte!

Forte! is an audition-only show choir for high school students (grades 9-12) with a repertoire that includes choreographed music from a wide variety of genres. It is our mission to uplift, inspire and entertain our community through music and dance. A dedicated Board of Directors provides administrative and production assistance to the artistic director and choreographer. Forte! offers an excellent, uplifting environment where youth can have fun while striving for musical excellence.

Forte! upholds the mission statement of the Tri-City Youth Choir (TCYC)


Artistic Director

Artistic Director, Mariann Richards Adams

Mariann, MS, NCTM has taught the performing arts over 35 years. Her students have soloed with orchestras, danced in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, acted in national showcases, and composed for combos/orchestras. She was a first place state winner in gymnastics, music, drama, and dance in high school. She did Broadway and opera shows as a singer and dancer in college, and was a BYU Young Ambassador. She has performed on many of the major stages in the United States, coast to coast, done approximately 70 major shows, and won many awards. She is a performer, choreographer, music director, composer, writer, and director and her work has been on high school, college and professional stages. She has done everything from advanced hip hop to classical ballet, rock’n roll to Mozart, and children’s theater to Shakespeare. She was awarded membership in the National Association for Teachers of Singing, achieved Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Suzuki Music Teacher Certification, and various dance certifications. She completed her Masters Degree at Eastern Oregon University, in Music/Drama/PE (Dance) Education. Her thesis was on Performance and Educational Anxiety, of which she is a national consultant, author, and pursuing a Doctorate. She has six children (one of which was a performer in Forte!, another a choreographer.) She loves Forte! and is delighted to bring her expertise to the great kids in Forte! Most of all she adores her sweet husband who is an excellent performer in his own right, but also a backstage rock (who rocks!)

Choreographer Julie Adams

Julie grew up heavily involved in theater. Some of her earliest memories are exploring the theater while her mom choreographed. Her theatrical debut was as a chorus member in Fiddler On the Roof at age six. Since then she has performed in many plays, musicals, and concerts both as a dancer, actor, and singer. When she got to college, she explored different majors but was always drawn back to the performing arts. In 2014, Julie graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors Degree in Theater Arts Studies with an emphasis in Makeup Design and minors in Music and Ballroom Dance. Julie has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of forte and working with Heather, Christine and all of the teens. Julie would also like to give a shout out to her amazing parents and family for always supporting, loving, and teaching her. “I love you!”

Choreographer Christine Riesenweber

Christine has been teaching and choreographing dance for 15 years in studios, musicals and high school. After graduating with a Dance Performance degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, she performed as an apprentice with a modern dance company, Out On A Limb, and a hip hop, jazz and contemporary company, RACE. Her love of dance led her to teaching dance in public schools for 3 years before she moved to the Tri-Cities. Christine has a passion for helping students reach their full potential and also letting each individual performer find their voice.