Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Laura Lofgren – President

Laura has had the honor of singing Alto with the Sacramento Master Singers since 1990. During that time, she has also served on the Board in several positions and is proud to be its Board President. As a retired educator of 37 years, she is now looking forward to many future possibilities not only with Sacramento Master Singers, but in life.

Chris Dainard – Vice President

Chris Dainard joined the Sacramento Master Singers back in 2008, and has never found the joy of singing with friends to B♭. Chris has been a public servant for the State of California for over 15 years, and is passionate about providing outreach and guidance to non-profit and community-based organizations, both personally and professionally. Chris previously served on the Board as Choral Liaison and Secretary, and is elated to serve the Board once again as Vice President.

Caroline Bamforth – Treasurer

Caroline Bamforth joined the Sacramento Master Singers in 2015. With a passion for the arts as both a performer and administrator, Caroline holds her BA in Music from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Arts Education from California State University Sacramento. Caroline is an experienced event planner and holds her Certified Meeting Professional and Certificate in Meeting Management credentials. She worked for six years in a variety of roles at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) and returned in 2016 as a contractor to manage the organization’s Annual Conference. She holds a full-time job as Events and Programs Manager for the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis.

Ian Tillman – Secretary

Ian Tillman joined the Sacramento Master Singers in 1997. He works at UCD in IT for the Phoenix cluster. He enjoys solving interesting problems and singing. He has a degree in Information Technology Management.

Michael Kuykendall – Choral Liaison

Michael Kuykendall joined the Sacramento Master singers in the spring of 2020. He is active in his church. He plays organ, piano, and sings in the choir. Michael holds an associate degree in the social sciences with a background in anthropology. He loves camping, hiking, fishing, and the “great outdoors.”

Artistic Advisory Board

Lynn Stevens

Lynn Stevens began her choral music career while a student at the University of Southern California. She sang professionally and toured internationally with the Ray Coniff Singers, singing in concert with the Norman Luboff Choir, and later performed and recorded with the Carpenters.

Lynn received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Southern California and began her teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Following a move back to her hometown of Sacramento, Lynn taught for 25 years in local elementary and middle schools.

While undertaking more advanced studies at California State University, Sacramento, Lynn founded the Sacramento Children’s Chorus and received her master’s degree in choral conducting. Lynn served for many years as the Artistic Director and Conductor with the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, Lynn teaches in the music education department at California State University, Sacramento.

It was a special treat that both the Sacramento Master Singers and the Sacramento Children’s Chorus were chosen to sing at the 2012 American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conference. Go Sacramento choirs!

James Wheatley

James Wheatley retired after 36 years of state government service. His idea of retirement, however, would exhaust most of us. James founded the Celebration Dance Company in 1976, and brought it under the umbrella of Celebration Arts in 1986. Wheatley directs the majority of the plays during the annual theater season. He also teaches dance and choreographs for the company.

He is also an actor, and the recipient of six Elly acting awards (and an Elly for his original play, Petra). As a director he has been at the helm for many local productions including Ain’t Misbehavin, Eden, and Is the Color of Mississippi Mud. In addition to acting and directing he has composed music for several plays.

Wheatley is active as an Arts advocate serving on several arts organization boards. Additionally, he has worked on committees and task groups for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. He serves as a volunteer consultant and advisor to many arts groups and individual artists. SMS has been fortunate to have him as not only an Artistic Advisory Board Member, but also a collaborative artist. He has choreographed for and danced in several of our concerts. James Wheatley received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance and the Sacramento Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Staff

Kailey Diggs – Patron Services Coordinator

Kailey, a recent graduate of the University of the Pacific, has immersed herself in the world of opera after earning her bachelors degree, summa cum laude, studying voice. Eager to share her passion with audiences, she is embarking on auditions for various programs and companies across America. Her journey took a significant step forward with her recent debut in March 2024, where she took on the title role in Handel’s Alcina.

With gratitude for her time as an alumna of the Sacramento Master Singers, Kailey is delighted to lend her support to the organization’s current season. Transitioning from performing to a behind-the-scenes role, she is applying her organizational skills and interpersonal finesse to assist the choir. Kailey’s involvement with the Sacramento Master Singers began in the 2021-2022 season, during which she joined their European tour. She is excited about the opportunity to give back to the organization that has played such a significant role in her musical journey.

Heidi Van Regenmorter – Accompanist

Accompanying is Heidi Van Regenmorter’s passion. She enjoys playing piano and organ as the accompanist for the Sacramento Master Singers. She enjoys the challenge of reading the minds of conductors and soloists and the requiste non-verbal communication that yields a good performance. She has worked with countless soloists and ensembles in the Sacramento region including the California State University, Stanislaus (Stanislaus State) Concert Chorale, the Camellia Symphony, and the River City Chorale.

Heidi has been active as an accompanist, solo performer, and educator for over thirty years. Heidi studied piano with Phyllis Tieck, Dr. Richard Carpenter at CSU-Sacramento, as well as piano and harpsichord with Sylvia Ghiglieri. She also studied organ with Steven C. Grubb at Stanislaus State. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music (piano performance) in 1984 from Stanislaus State. In addition to her keyboard studies, Heidi played clarinet in the Stanislaus State Symphonic Band as well as alto saxophone in the CSUS Jazz Band.

After teaching piano lessons privately for many years, Heidi began teaching all levels of piano classes as an adjunct music professor at American River College in 1996. She has worked with Dr. Ralph Hughes as the ARC Choir accompanist since 1991. Heidi has served as an organist for many churches and ensembles in Sacramento and Modesto. She has been the organist/pianist at Northminster Presbyterian Church since 1987 and is a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Emily Carbrey – Assistant Conductor

Emily began singing with the Sacramento Master Singers in 2009, three years after moving to California from her hometown in upstate New York. While in NYS, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Binghamton University. Emily has enjoyed her experiences conducting various college and university groups, but she finds nothing can surpass the feeling of being one voice surrounded by so many others, striving together, to create magic.  She feels incredibly fortunate to be a part of SMS as both soprano section leader and assistant director, and she continues to marvel at the consistently high caliber of the group.

Emily was recently married and works as a manager at a community bank. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and living in perfect harmony with her husband, a professional musician.

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