Bruce Jaster

Executive Director

bjaster@turtlecreek.org

Bruce Jaster’s relationship with Turtle Creek Chorale extends for more than 30 years. A singing member for 15 years and a board member for 10 years, Bruce has extensive working knowledge of all aspects of the Chorale.

With a history of commitment to his community, Bruce currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Orthotics and Prosthetics and on the national Board of Directors of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation. Previously, Bruce has served on the Boards of Directors for The Dallas Way, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Oak Lawn Counseling Center, Amputee Coalition and Meeting Professionals International and also on the Governing Committee of the DFW Federal Club and as an Elder of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. He is the proud recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Texas Department of Health for his establishment and growth of “Caring for Caregivers,” a series of conferences established at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis to provide the necessary education and support networks to caregivers of persons living with HIV/AIDS.

While majoring in a combined curriculum of Radio-Television/Film and Business at the University of Texas at Austin, Bruce’s fondness for both singing and administration became very apparent. He sang with and served as President of UT’s Longhorn Singers.

Sean Baugh

Artistic Director

sbaugh@turtlecreek.org

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sean attended Oklahoma Baptist University where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Nancy Hill Cobb, and received a bachelors degree in music education and trumpet performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. At Oklahoma Baptist University, Sean was a two-time winner of the annual university-wide concerto competition and student conductor of the OBU Chorale.

Sean received a master of music degree in instrumental conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University where he was named outstanding graduate conducting student. At SMU, Sean served as Assistant Conductor of the world-renowned Meadows Wind Ensemble, studying with Dr. Jack Delaney and Dr. Paul Phillips.

For four years, Sean was Artistic Director and Founder of the Camerata Chamber Winds. As the only professional ensemble dedicated to the highest quality chamber wind repertoire in the North Texas area, the Camerata Chamber Winds performed for audiences at the Coppell Center for Performing Arts and other local arts venues. Sean is Associate Director of Music and Worship at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas where he leads the orchestra and choir for Sunday services and special events. Sean has served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Dallas, and he has served as guest conductor for numerous ensembles in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He is a member of ACDA.

Tri Truong

Director of Marketing

ttruong@turtlecreek.org

Tri has been a member of TCC since Spring 2008, and he has served in numerous committees and leadership roles including Membership Vice President.

Prior to taking the position of Director of Marketing with TCC, Tri worked as an Events Manager for Jonathan’s Place, Sales Activation Manager for SPI Marketing representing MillerCoors, and Marketing Coordinator with Piranha Culinary Concepts.

Gene Olvera

Manager of Operations

golvera@turtlecreek.org

Gene joined our team in November 2015. He was a TCC singing member from Fall 2008 – Fall 2015.

Scott Ayers

Principal Accompanist

sayers@turtlecreek.org

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Scott has been a church musician since the age of twelve and has accompanied musical theater productions since his late teens. He has served churches in South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as presenting keyboard concerts in more than a dozen states. Scott serves as accompanist and coach for various musicians and schools in the area as well as being Music Office Administrator at St. Andrew United Methodist Church and Organist for Third Church of Christ Scientist.

Annually, he is the musical director for several local theaters as well as several schools in the Plano area. Scott holds a degree in Music Theory and Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University and has done graduate work in Jazz Theory and Composition at the University of South Carolina. He has produced four albums and has a number of published arrangements for choir, keyboard, and orchestra.

Don Jones

Sign Interpreter

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Don has served as Sign Language Interpreter for Turtle Creek Chorale for over 20 years. Mr. Jones earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Music from the University of Oklahoma. It was at OU that he had his first exposure to sign language interpretation. After answering an ad in the student newspaper for “a tutor for a hearing impaired student,” Jones soon found himself taking Sign Language classes, interpreting for a deaf-blind art major at the university, and teaching that student Sign Language.

Upon graduation, Jones moved to New Orleans, where he taught in the Program for the Deaf at Delgado Junior College. He attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education. Since then, he has been a teacher in the Dallas area, primarily in private schools, specializing in the teaching of Reading and Technology. In addition to interpretation for TCC, Mr. Jones interprets for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

David Hess

Board Chair

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David has been on the board for 5 years and is currently in his third term as Board Chair. David is a retired attorney and has been a patron of TCC for over 20 years.

John Rieger

Board Treasurer

jrieger@turtlecreek.org

John has been on the board since Spring 2015.

Fred Ellis

Board Member

fellis@turtlecreek.org

Fred was born in 1952 in Lufkin, TX.  He attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1970-1974 playing in the Longhorn Band and serving for 3 years as Student Assistant to the Director of the Longhorn Band. Following graduation, Fred went to work in the hospitality industry and was in various locales throughout the country including Denver, Boston, Houston, Miami Beach, and Nashville.  In 1987 Fred transitioned to the IT industry working for US Airways, Sabre, and then working 25 years with EDS and Hewlett-Packard.  After retiring from HP in 2012, Fred went to work for Insight Direct, an IT company headquartered in Tempe, AZ.

Since 1993, Fred has been very involved with LGBT efforts, particularly in the Episcopal Church.  He served on the national board of Integrity from 1994-2000.  During that time he served 1 year as Director of Development and a 4 year term as the National President.  He has served on 3 different committees of the National Episcopal Church, as delegate to Diocesan Convention multiple times from St. Thomas the Apostle in Dallas, co-chair of the Diocesan Reconciliation Cmte. of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and currently serves on the vestry of The Episcopal Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Dallas.

Fred is a member of both Lambda Legal and the HRC Federal Club.  He has been a season subscriber of Turtle Creek Chorale since 2001 and has been a board member since Summer 2015.

Kathy Leonard

Board Member

kleonard@turtlecreek.org

Kathy has been on the board since Fall 2014.

Kent Piacenti

Board Member

kpiacenti@turtlecreek.org

Kent is an associate in the Dallas office of the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. His principal areas of practice are complex commercial litigation and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on issues of religious liberty and free speech. He has also worked on securities cases, matters involving financial institutions, and investigations by government agencies. Kent holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review. He holds a B.A. in Music (voice) from the University of California at Irvine, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Kent has been on the board since Summer 2015.

Kent Cochran

Board Member

kcochran@turtlecreek.org

Kent has been on the board since Spring 2015.

Gary Kearns

Membership President

gkearns@turtlecreek.org

Gary is currently serving as Membership President of the Turtle Creek Chorale.  Previously, Gary served as Secretary for the Board of Directors and as Tenor 2 administrative section leader.

He has been a member of the Chorale for 11 years.

Kevin Stone

Membership Vice President

kstone@turtlecreek.org

Kevin has been a member of TCC since Fall 2010 and is currently serving as Membership Vice President.

He has also served in the following committees and leadership roles:

  • Retreat Committee Chair (2012-Present)
  • Turtle Cares Committee Co-Chair (2013-2015)
  • TCC 2014 Dallas Pride Committee Co-Chair
  • Baritone ASL (2014-2015 season)
  • TCC 2015 Dallas Pride Committee member
  • 2016 GALA committee member

Chris Campbell

Membership Secretary

ccampbell@turtlecreek.org

Chris has been a member of TCC since Spring 2013 and is currently serving as Membership Secretary.