We also use several professional soloists to further enhance our music ministry experience. They include Sara Bruton, Debby Rosenthal Wojtas, and Jeffrey Stevens. In addition to our choir and soloists, we have a variety of guest instrumentalists that come throughout the year and participate in our worship services. We are fortunate to be joined by musicians from the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona State University, Arizona Opera Orchestra, and other fine musical institutions in the Valley.
As mentioned above, our three wonderful soloists appear regularly in our worship services. They often perform as a soloist, as part of a duet or trio, and/or as part of our choir. See below to learn more about each one.
Sara Bruton has been living in Arizona since 2013 and is originally from Northern California She attained her Bachelors degree in Voice Performance from Cal State Fullerton and then came to ASU for her Masters in Voice Performance Pedagogy, and Doctorate in Voice Performance. Currently she is an adjunct professor of voice at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Sara enjoys performing throughout the valley as a Music Theatre artist. Most recently she was Hattie in Childsplay's production of Ella Enchanted which performed at the Herberger Theater downtown, and Jack's Mom in Into the Woods with Mesa Encore Theatre. Some church members may have seen her as Ali in Mamma Mia with The Phoenix Theatre Company.
Debby Rosenthal Wojtas has been a member and a soloist since 1999. She became the soprano section leader of the choir in 2008, as well as being a member of the Trio in the summer months. In addition to singing in the church, Debby performs professionally in theatre, films, commercials and voice-overs. Her proudest role is being the mother to her two children, Tommy and Abby, and wife to her husband, Tom.
Jeffrey Stevens lives in Tempe, Arizona and is originally from El Paso, Texas. He attended Arizona State University for both his Masters and Doctorate, and has also been part of the Opera Institute at Boston University, a two year post graduate opera program. Dr. Stevens is a regular performer for Opera-Antics, an opera outreach troupe, Arizona Opera, and the Renaissance Singers where he peaks sixth graders' curiosity in the Renaissance period. He resides with his wife, Dr. Melanie Ohm in Tempe, AZ and teaches at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.