Concert Choir Director
Ryan received his bachelor and masters degrees in Music Ed. from Brigham Young University, and received his PhD at the University of Utah in Educational Psychology. Ryan teaches religion classes at the Orem University Institute, where he also directs the Orem Institute Singers. Ryan also directs the Provo Missionary Training Center Choir, the Utah Valley Children's choir, the Lex de Azevedo Millennium choir, and the Michael McLean Forgotten Carols choir. Ryan and his wife, Angie, have six children, four girls and two boys, and one grandson.
Hi-Lo, Intermezzo and Concert Choir Director
Suanne has been teaching and leading children's choirs for over twenty-five years. She is currently the Administrative Director of the Utah Valley Children's Choir and has been closely involved with this remarkable organization her entire career. Suanne is the daughter of UVCC’s founder, Beverly M. Thomas. She has taught music in public and private schools across Utah County and has been active in community art programs as well. She attended Brigham Young University and BYU Hawaii and is a licensed instructor for the "Let's Play Music" music instruction system. Suanne is also a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and LOVES IT! She is a mother of six children and 11 grandchildren and is married to her best friend and biggest fan, Carl Bowcut.
Assistant Concert Choir Director,
Assistant Intermezzo Choir Director
Rebecca has a Bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education from Brigham Young University and has been teaching with the choir since 2010. She has taught music privately and has been involved with a number of school choirs. Rebecca loves teaching children the joy of singing, but thinks the best thing about being a choir director is getting to sing Christmas music September through December! She is the mother of 4 girls and one son and is married to Lon Young. Rebecca enjoys exercising, home renovation projects, and quality time with friends and family.
Beginning Choir Director
Founder, Artistic Director
Heather Young has been involved with the choir as a parent since 2001. She has been on many Concert Choir tours as a chaperon and has enjoyed each one. She loves working as the choir secretary and being able to listen to the beautiful music each week. Heather is married to Brad Young and they have four children and one granddaughter. Spending time with her family brings her the greatest joy in life. Heather also enjoys traveling, indexing and cooking.
Carl L. Bowcut has been an Administrative Director of The Utah Valley Children’s Choir with his wife, Suanne, for nearly sixteen years. He is currently an Institute Director over off-campus religious education for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been a professional educator for over a quarter of a century. He has been the Tour Director for the choir since their start with the choir in 1999. He is an avid runner, outdoor enthusiast, and loves time with his family.
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