Adam Stich, Artistic Director
Dr. Adam Walker Stich, Artistic Director for ProMusica Arizona, joined PMAZ in June 2011. Dr. Stich is also currently the Director of Choirs at Scottsdale Community College. There he directs the Concert Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble and teaches classes in aural perception, conducting and the humanities.
He did his undergraduate studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. There he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Music and Theatre. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he earned an assistantship at the University of South Carolina, where he completed a Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting. While at the University of South Carolina, he was the Director of the Honors College Choir, the Graduate Vocal Ensemble and the Men’s Chamber Choir. He studied conducting with John Sinclair and Larry Wyatt.
Prior to his position at Scottsdale Community College, he spent two years as Instructor of choral music at Eastern Illinois University conducting the University Mixed Chorus and the Music Theatre and Opera Ensemble, and teaching Interacting with Music and Beginning Conducting. As a certified music teacher, and committed educator, Dr. Stich spent five years in the public school system of South Carolina at the middle and high school levels teaching beginning strings, band and varying levels of choral ensembles. With his extensive expertise and engaging personality, Dr. Stich is also in demand as a clinician and guest conductor. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Ashley, and their two children.
Karen Taylor, Accompanist
Karen Stephens Taylor, Accompanist for ProMusica Arizona, earned a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano pedagogy from Brigham Young University in 1987. Mrs. Taylor has been actively involved throughout her life in piano, organ and vocal performance for high school, university, community, church and theater groups throughout the United States. In 2006, she won a national award for music composition. Mrs. Taylor has over 25 years of experience teaching piano and currently operates her own music studio with an enrollment of over 30 students. . She enjoys playing for several school choirs in the area and for high school musical productions. For the last several years, Mrs. Taylor has provided organ accompaniment for various choirs performing Handel’s Messiah. She is a loving mother of six children.