We also use several professional soloists to further enhance our music ministry experience. They include Shana Bousard, 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.
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. Please feel free to view her professional website at www.debbyrosenthal.com.
Shana Bousard has been professionally involved in music and theatre all of her adult life, and is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. She was a featured singer/dancer for Holland America and Regency Cruise Lines, and has performed several cabaret acts in New York City, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Since she moved to Arizona in 1995, Shana has performed for many local and regional theatre companies and is an AriZona Award winning actress/director. Shana also claims an extensive list of national and local commercial and voice-over credits. In addition to performing, Shana spends her time as a loving wife to Dominik and mother to Alexander and Emma, and currently works full time as a professional, Board-Certified music therapist.
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.