Meet Matthew Frable, The STCPA and
Artistic Director of the
San Tan Chorale,
possesses three decades of choral directing experience, including first and
secondary educational settings, community choirs, music programs
for several congregations, and musical drama productions. Following a
childhood filled with music, his educational emphasis led him to
bachelor degrees in both Music Therapy and Music Education and later a
Masters of Sacred Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. A keyboard
instrumentalist of merit, Matthew has achieved the status of Colleague
with the American Guild of Organists.
In addition to directing the San Tan
Chorale and the Fountain Hills Community Choir,
he is the Director
of Music Ministry at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert.
Serving as the Fine Arts
Department Chair at Seton Catholic High School, and in addition to
classroom teaching, Matthew directs a full season of drama productions
with casts ranging from a select few to over sixty enthusiastic youths.
He has also coordinated many choral festivals and performances of choral
masterworks that have included chamber ensemble accompaniment. Matthew
considers a career highlight to be the rapid growth and musical
San Tan Chorale
and is eager to develop future creative endeavors within the
San Tan Community Performing Arts
organization to encompass orchestral and dramatic pursuits. His family
includes wife, Betty, and their three children.
Meet Katherine Shields - Director of the San Tan
Shields, conductor, is Adjunct faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community
College and a member of the Arizona Opera Orchestra. She holds a
Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and
the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Arizona
State University (Tempe) where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda.
Katherine began her study of conducting as a high school student in
Winnetka, IL. She has worked with youth orchestras in Phoenix and
Orlando (FL) and has adjudicated Solo & Ensemble Festival, Regional
Orchestra and All-State Orchestra auditions in both states. She has been
clinician for Tempe District Honor Orchestra and presented a session
entitled “Boot Camp for Band Directors” at the Arizona Music Educators
Association annual conference. For the Arizona Department of Education
Katherine presented a three-day workshop on “Literacy through Music” for
students at Tsaile School on the Navajo Reservation. She has conducted
at ASU High School Invitational Strings
Day and Virtuoso Violas Day. Katherine has conducted the Western State
College (Gunnison, CO) College/Community Orchestra and is a former
Orchestra Director for Tempe Unified High School District.
An avid chamber musician, Katherine is a member of ensembles Seventh
Roadrunner and Quartet Sabaku, a group on the Teaching Artists Roster of
the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Katherine is faculty for the West
Valley Youth Orchestra’s “Chamber Music Camp,” the “Fall Colors Chamber
Music Workshop” in Silverton, CO and is Director of the Chamber Music
Workshop of Chaparral MusicFest in Prescott.
Katherine’s articles have been published in “The Leading Tone,” the
newsletter of the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) and
online at AZOOMA.com and Scribd.com. She is a former member of the
Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, Florida Symphony
Orchestra, and the Chicago String Ensemble. Katherine resides in the
East Valley with her family of humans, canines, and assorted musical
Meet Carol Eisenbise - Assistant
as Assistant Director and Treasurer of the San Tan Chorale is Carol
Eisenbise. Carol was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She attended
Lebanon Valley College where she was a music major. She accompanied
several community choruses and theatre groups in and around the Lehigh
Valley. Carol majored in special education and she currently teaches
students with emotional disabilities at Mesquite High School in Gilbert
and is Treasurer of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Kathy Renfro, Accompanist for
the San Tan Chorale!
Kathy Renfro, accompanist for San Tan Chorale,
began her studies of piano at age four and cello in the 4th grade. At
sixteen, she became the youngest member of the Oklahoma City Symphony.
Under a full scholarship, Kathy studied piano and cello at Oklahoma
University, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota
with a degree in ethnic and urban studies, and became a member of Phi
Beta Kappa. A church pianist for 30 years, she also taught private
lessons, accompanied lyric operettas, recitals, and students’ college
juries. Kathy is employed by a local law firm, makes her home in
Gilbert, AZ, and is the proud mother of four children, eight
grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.