Tenors and Basses
Ben Bouton, Tenor
Billy Buhl, Bass
Phillip Denton, Tenor
Dan Colgan, Tenor
A native New Englander, Benjamin Bouton is currently the Choral Director at Gaiser and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools in Vancouver, Washington. Benjamin earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, and his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. As a choral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, and currently sings with Portland based Choro in Schola. Benjamin lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Tara, and three kids Cormac, Conley, and Liadain.
Billy Buhl is the director of choirs at Heritage High School, Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA. He received his B.M. in Choral Music Education and a Masters in Music Education from Central Washington University. Billy previously served as the director of choirs at Mark Morris High School in Longview, WA. In the summer of 2021, Billy received the "Outstanding Emerging Choral Director Award’ from the Washington State Chapter of ACDA. He currently serves as
the tenor/bass R&R Chair on the WA ACDA Board. An active performer and clinician, he is a member of NAfME, ACDA, and JEN, Billy strongly believes that a quality choral music education serves as the vehicle to create better human beings.
Originally from the New England area, Dan Colgan is the Founder and Director of the Capital City Chorus of Olympia and serves as the Director of Music and Organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia. Dan is the voice instructor at Centralia College and maintains a studio of private voice and organ students. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education (voice) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He will also soon finish a graduate degree in organ at Concordia University Wisconsin. Dan hopes that as a singer, organist, and music educator, he can continue to spread his love and appreciation of music to others.
Phillip's photo and bio to be printed soon.
Bass, Camas, WA
Gary Gross, Tenor
Battle Ground, WA
Sydney Guillaume, Bass
Brian Hoskins, Bass
Maple Valley, WA
Erik became a member of Chor Anno in 2013. Erik is the director of vocal music at Camas Middle School in Camas, Washington. He has been a member and soloist for the Columbian Choral Ensemble as well as ensembles at Portland State and the University of Oregon. He lives in Camas with his wife, Bethany, and his two children, Jasmine and Elijah.
Gary first sang in a choir directed by Howard Meharg in 1973 at Kelso High School. He has a diverse choral experience, both international and domestic. Gary retired recently. He formerly owned and was Meadmaster of Ethereal Meads LLC (honey-based wines). He lives just outside Vancouver.
Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sydney Guillaume is currently residing in Portland, Oregon working as a full-time composer, conductor and clinician. His recent activities as conductor include the 2022 Georgia All-State Senior Treble Choir, the 2019 Florida All-State Middle School Treble Chorus, the 34th annual Idaho State University Choral Invitational Festival, the 2018 Maine All-State High School Mixed Chorus, an all-Guillaume concert at the Lincoln Center in NYC, and concerts with the Imbroglio Sextet at Carnegie Hall and at the 2018 ISME World Conference in Azerbaijan. Guillaume also writes film music – he has written original film and documentary scores for the Los Angeles based company Loyola Productions.
Brian Hoskins has degrees in music education from WSU and from the Steinhardt School at New York University. He currently serves as the choral director at Nelsen Middle School and Lindbergh High School in Renton, Washington. He is a two-time recipient of the “Ahead of the Class: Excellence in Teaching Award” given to outstanding teachers by the Renton Chamber of Commerce. Brian studied choral conducting in New York with Francisco Nunez, founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and world-renowned composer. He performs with the Wes Weddell “Super Band” throughout the year. Brian is currently director of the Young Men's Ensemble and Director of the Rainier Youth Choir's Consonare.
Evan Miles, Tenor
Brian Mitchell, Bass
Matt Pierce, Bass
Justin Raffa, Tenor
Evan is the Founding Artistic Director of the Eugene Gay Men's Chorus and the Director of Worship Music at Moreland Presbyterian Church. Most recently, Evan served as Adjunct Director of Choral Activities at Linfield College and as a Guest Conductor for the Portland Gay Men's Chorus China Tour in 2018. Evan has sung with the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, the St. James Collegium of the Proto-Cathedral in Vancouver, Vox Resonat of Eugene, and with the Eugene Symphony Chorus. Evan earned a Bachelor's of Music Education from Portland State University, where he studied under Dr. Ethan Sperry, and a Master's in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon under Dr. Sharon Paul.
Brian began teaching at Mark Morris High School, Longview, in 1996. Both his Bachelor's degree and his Master's degree were earned at Central Washington University. Mitchell performs regularly in the Longview/Kelso area with church and civic groups and is the vocalist in a jazz quartet “Off the Cuff.” He is a past- president of Washington's chapter of ACDA. Brian earned credentials as an administrator and began work as Assistant Principal at Mark Morris High School in 2018. He is now the principal at Mint Valley Elementary in Longview. Brian and his wife Jenny are both educators. In his spare time Brian loves wood working, photography, and fly fishing.
Matthew Pierce is a choir director, performer, dad and self-proclaimed nerd from Bend, Oregon. He teaches choir at Bend High School and Pilot Butte Middle School. Matt sings in several performing groups in the Northwest including Male Ensemble Northwest, Chor Anno and Bend Camerata where his role tends to be “singing the bottom notes” as well as embracing many different styles and genres of music. In his spare time Matt enjoys cooking and spending time with his family, as well as exploring comic books, video games and various other imagination-scapes. Matt would love to be a Druid in real life but most often ends up as a Bard
Justin is originally from South Jersey. Justin has a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He taught music in Bisbee, AZ before receiving his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Justin has sung with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Voces Novae et Antiquae, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, and ongoing performances as a founding member of the Tucson Chamber Artists (now called True Concord). In addition to Chor Anno, Justin is a member of Male Ensemble Northwest alongside his friend and voice instructor, Reginald Unterseher
Jeff Selden, Bass
Joseph To. Tenor/Bass
Reginald Unterseher, Bass
Daniel's bio to be printed here soon.
Jeff Selden joined Chor Anno in 2019. Although his formal education is in mathematics (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2004), Jeff has been devoted to music since his early teens. His previous choral experience includes the Birmingham Symphony Chorus (UK) and the University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale. In addition to singing, Jeff plays guitar, banjo, and bass.
Joseph To graduated from the University of Washington with a BM in Music Education (vocal emphasis) He is actively involved in professional choral activities, including singing in Opus 7 and Seattle Symphony Chorale. He also founded and served as director of Viva Voce (2014) and Amusia (2017) at Seattle Central College and the University of Washington. He also served as choir director of the Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle and led the children music program on Sunday. He started his graduate study in the Fall of 2018 at Washington State University focusing on choral conducting.
Reg Unterseher is a composer, conductor, and voice teacher based in Kennewick, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and at his web site, www.reginaldunterseher.com. He is the music director at Shalom UCC in Richland, WA, and associate director of Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. His voice students range from beginners to a Tony Award winner.
Reg has more works performed inside nuclear reactors than any other composer in the history of the world, living or dead.
Bass, Kelso, WA
Justin Wisness, Tenor
David Walworth (Kelso) was Music Coordinator for the Longview Schools. David has enjoyed a full career in music education spanning over 40 years in Bellingham, Kelso and Longview. He spent most of his career teaching high school choral music, but also worked at the middle school level in both choral and instrumental music. He has served as musical director and orchestra conductor of over 30 school and community musical productions at R. A. Long High School in Longview. He remains active as a percussionist with the Southwest Washington Symphony, choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church, and as a singer with Columbian Choral Ensemble.
Justin's bio will be printed soon.