Jill Clayton was born with performing in her blood, evidenced by the hundreds of home video tapes in her parents closet. As a very young child she always had a show to put on and her siblings were the cast, crew and audience! Even early in life she could feel that music has a power to lift the soul and feed the spirit, a method of communication that transcends language and goes straight to the heart. Her passion for the performing arts has led to a lifetime of involvement in theatre, band, choir, dance, piano, photography and anything else that fed her creative hunger. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and used her time in school to participate in every musical outlet she could find. She has done everything from musicals, to show choirs to choreographing for a traveling dance team. Jill’s artistic work with her college show choir was publicly awarded where she served as president, choreographer and performer. She has participated in multiple productions both on and off the stage and understands the full spectrum of work required to have a great show. Jill believes the arts build self-esteem and help people find inner strength by working hard to create a masterpiece and develop God given talents and gifts. She has seen that manifest in her own life, and has felt the footprint left when spirit and music meet to create something bigger than one’s self. Her greatest claim to fame, however, is being a wife, and a mother to her 5 beautiful children who are following in her footsteps and filling up home video tapes of their own. She is excited to use her passion to uplift and inspire others as she has been, by creating shows and an environment formulated from the heart
Joseph Haws has been singing in choirs for as long as he can remember. His many years of vocal training and experience have earned him a spot in the distinguished Mid-Columbia Mastersingers for the past 6 years. As much as he loves singing, however, he loves teaching and conducting music even more. Joe has an optimism and a passion that has inspired his choirs and his students over the years to discover their own gifts and to excel in musicality. Joe is self-employed and has a private piano studio, where a third of his students are teenagers. He has also been a registered piano technician/tuner since 2005. Joe earned a Bachelors of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. He and his wife Adrienne are the parents of 8 girls who have become their own Treble Choir.
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 6. Since then she has performed in many plays, musicals, and concerts, as an actress, dancer 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 Bachelor's 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 Christine, and all the teens. Julie would like to thank her wonderful husband for supporting her with the unique challenge of doing Forte! while enjoying motherhood with their new little girl. "Thank you, Sweetheart, I love you!"
Christine Riesenweber has been teaching and choreographing dance for 16 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. She recently started the Eastern Washington Dance Collective, and dance community for adults over 18 looking to grow in their craft and create new works. Christine has a passion for helping students reach their full potential and also letting each individual performer find their voice.
Aaron Michael Sintay,
Aaron Michael has been associated with Forte! since 2012 when he joined the tech crew. He auditioned and was selected to perform with Forte, his first season being Fall 2012. He continued with Forte! as a performer through his senior year in Spring 2016. During that time he excelled as a performer and was selected for multiple solos. He attended the BYU Remix Vocal Academy in both 2015 and 2016 where he was also selected for substantial solo parts. After graduation in 2016, he continued his volunteer efforts with Forte! and has served as both a lighting technician and the lighting designer. We are very happy to have Aaron Michael's help this season.
Tri-City Youth Choir Board of Directors
Our board of directors includes the following people:
Denae Jeppson- President
Scott Sintay- Executive Producer
Brett Amidan- Treasurer
Laura Montgomery- Secretary
Christine Jones- Physical Needs/Community Liaison
Denise Shoemaker- Marketing Representative
Stacie Ostler- Building/Scheduling Representative