Dr. Adam Stich
Dr. Adam Stich is in his fifth season as Artistic Director and Conductor for ProMusica Arizona (PMAZ), after having spent one season as the Co-Artistic Director. Under his artistic leadership, PMAZ has enjoyed extensive artistic expansion and development. Since his tenure began, PMAZ has performed at notable locations across the Phoenix metro area including: The Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Herberger Theatre, and Camelback Bible Church. Programming has included unstaged musicals and operas, video game music, and renowned guest performers. Known for innovative programming and expressive conducting, Dr. Stich has been a guest conductor and clinician at multiple clinics across the Valley and has presented to the American Choral Directors Association and Arizona Music Educators Association state conferences. PMAZ has received multiple awards for programming, including a $5000 Arizona Commission on the Arts Art Tank grant for The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee, which Dr. Stich and his wife co-wrote. PMAZ was also recognized as a finalist for the Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Awards in 2015.
In addition to his work at PMAZ, Dr. Stich is in his seventh year as the Director of Choral Music at Scottsdale Community College where he conducts the Concert Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble as well as overseeing two other choirs. He also teaches Conducting, Private Voice, Music Theory, and Aural Perception courses as well as serving as an academic advisor and faculty senator. Dr. Stich also sits on the Arizona Executive Board of the American Choral Directors Association where he is the repertoire and resource chairperson for two-year colleges.
A native of the Southeast, Dr. Stich went to high school at the prestigious Davidson Fine Arts School and holds undergraduate degrees in theatre and music from Rollins College. He was awarded a graduate assistantship and received a Master’s and Doctorate in Music from the University of South Carolina. He taught public school chorus, orchestra, and band in South Carolina for five years before his first college faculty appointment at Eastern Illinois University. He has studied conducting with Larry Wyatt, Carol Krueger, and John Sinclair. He lives in Mesa with his wife, two children, and three dogs.
Assistant Chorale Conductor
With a music career spanning more than 30 years, Women in Song Conductor and ProMuscia Arizona Assistant Chorale Conductor, Patti Graetz, is a skilled opera singer, choral conductor, voice and piano teacher, vocal coach for opera and musical theater, worship leader, pianist, and organist. A two-time District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has sung leading roles with major opera companies including Houston Grand Opera, Texas Opera Theater, and Arizona Opera and has sung numerous solo recitals, as well as having performed as soprano soloist with symphony orchestras in the US and in Australia.
As is true with many musicians pursuing professional performing careers, she has had her hand in many different professional musical endeavors over the past 35 years. Currently, in addition to her duties with ProMusica Arizona, she is Director of Creative Ministries at Reunion Church in Peoria, is the music teacher at Ethos Academy in Glendale, teaches private piano and voice, and is the owner/creator of The Music Bus – a music teaching studio on wheels.
Patti lived in Australia from June 2004 to February 2012 where she was a featured soloist with Australian Music Events, sang numerous recitals and concerts, was vocal teacher/coach for the Opera Scholars Australia program, was teaching artist-in-residence for Murray Conservatorium, taught privately, gave master classes in vocal technique for opera and musical theater, conducted the Murray Conservatorium Choir and the M-Con Youth Choir as well as singing on the worship team at her church.
She was head of vocal departments at the Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics for its inaugural year in 2003 and at the Arizona School for the Arts from 1998 – 2002. She was Director of Music at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Phoenix from 1995 – 2004. From 1991- 2006, Patti also directed the choir for Temple Beth Israel’s High Holy Days.
With feet on two continents, Patti continues teaching, performing, and conducting. She will return to Perth, Australia in June of 2018 to sing a lead role in the world premiere of “The Folds of Time,” a musical-opera by Australian composers Peter Ratnik and Ron Siemiginowski.
Assistant Orchestra Conductor
Eager to experiment and find new ways to reach and engage his community with music, Dr. Cullan B. Lucas works to incorporate innovative programming and collaborative efforts with local artists, musicians, and composers. Enthusiastic about all music, he studies and performs a variety of genres, from Bach and Verdi to video game and film music. His goal is to interact with a wide array of music that actively engages, enlightens, and grows audiences in his community.
Dr. Lucas is currently the assistant conductor with ProMusica Arizona and was recently an assistant with the orchestras and Lyric Opera Theatre at Arizona State University. While in Phoenix, he has helped organize various chamber orchestra performances locally and additionally appeared with the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra in California as a guest conductor. Prior to this position he served as Principal Conductor of the Columbia Community Orchestra and assistant to the University of South Carolina opera and orchestras in Columbia, SC. Dr. Lucas has also participated in both domestic and international conducting workshops and festivals, including a performance with the Nanchang University Philharmonic Orchestra in China and the PRISMA Festival Orchestra in Canada. Dr. Lucas is actively involved in commissioning and premiering new works for chamber orchestra, as well as exploring various avenues of interdisciplinary collaboration through performance.
Helen was born and raised in the Netherlands. In 2000, her family moved to a small town in Iowa. In 7th grade, she started to accompany her grade school choir, which sparked her interest in accompanying. In high school, she became the accompanist for the Siouxland Boys Choir, toured with them, and recorded 12 CDs. She also served as a local church organist. During high school and college, she was the rehearsal and performance pianist for many musical and opera productions such as Oklahoma!, the Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Helen moved from Iowa to Arizona and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with an emphasis on accompanying. She went on to complete her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. During her years of study, she had the opportunity to participate in many masterclasses, including those led by Jeffrey Swan, Dmitry Rachmanov, and Zuill Bailey. Helen has studied privately with Prof. Rita Borden, Dr. Walter Cosand, and Prof. Russell Ryan. She is currently a music faculty adjunct at Grand Canyon University and teaches piano at Kat’s Artist Tree.
Yvonne Dolby is the Executive Director for ProMusica Arizona and oversees the business, marketing, and development operations. Prior to joining ProMusica Arizona in 2011, she served on the Anthem Country Club Communication Committee and the Anthem Veterans Memorial Planning Committee. She also worked with a team of communication professionals to create the North Valley Posse communication plan, website, and brochure, and she served as website administrator for the Anthem Community Council. Yvonne has numerous articles on a variety of topics published in magazines, newspapers, and online, and she has received both a Service Award and Citizen Award from the community for her contributions.
Prior to moving to Arizona in 2004, Yvonne worked for 12 years as General Manager of a privately-held business that sold shipping containers to industrial clients. She holds a BA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton where she graduated with honors.