Greater Seattle Choral Consortium Board of Directors
Members of the GSCC Board of Directors are elected each year at the Annual Meeting to 2-year terms.
Laurie Betts Hughes
Board member since 2015
Laurie Betts Hughes is a spirited conductor of creative connection who fosters community through choral singing; both community within the choir as well as between the choir and the greater community. To this end, she builds choirs and is the founding artistic director of the Redmond Chorale, now in its 8th year, and its developing chamber ensemble. She directs the Women’s University Club Chorus of Seattle, the G# Choir at Google in Kirkland, and teaches music at Northwest University. She is an enthusiastic choral adjudicator and guest clinician. Laurie’s compositions have been published by Walton/GIA, Santa Barbara Music Publishers, and her own Dandelion Music Press. Many of her pieces are featured in Project: Encore’s catalogue of contemporary post-premiere vetted choral catalogue and two compositions are semifinalist and finalist in their divisions for The American Prize 2017. She is president of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, the initial conductor of project-based Summer Fling Vocal Ensemble, a founding vocalist of Seattle's professional Emerald Ensemble, and a guest vocalist with Choral Arts Northwest.
Heather MacLaughlin Garbes
Board member since 2013
Heather MacLaughlin Garbes is currently Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, where she helped develop and maintains the UW Baltic Choral Library, the first collection of its kind in the United States. She is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Mägi Ensemble, a women’s ensemble that performs and records Baltic music. Dr. MacLaughlin Garbes has presented at ACDA Divisional, College Music Society’s National and International conferences, the Library of Congress and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies conferences. She co-authored the chapter “Baltic Languages: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian” in the book The Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet in the Choral Rehearsal, (Scarecrow Press). She has conducted numerous collegiate and community ensembles in the Seattle, Chicago and Houston areas and currently conducts the Finnish Choral Society of Seattle as well as works with the Eesti Koor (Estonian) and Vakarai Lithuanian choirs in Seattle.
Angela de Oliveira
Board member since 2014
Angela de Oliveira was born and raised in Brazil. In 1967 she immigrated to the U.S. where she earned a Master’s degree in mathematics and minored in music. She married, raised two children, and worked as a pension actuary for a multinational human resources consulting firm until retirement in 2006. With retirement came the opportunity to spend more time on music, her first love. Angela joined the Bainbridge Chorale in 2007, and served in many roles on their Board of Trustees, including Treasurer and President. Currently, Angela sings with the Magnolia Chorale. Soon after the GSCC was established, Angela volunteered for the Choral Festival Committee. She is very proud of their work producing the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Festivals.
Board member since 2016
David is president of the board of Choir of the Sound and was a founding member of BlueStreet Voices. A strong believer in the use of video as a promotional tool, David is grateful for the connections he's made through the GSCC and always enjoys seeing one of the GSCC member choirs for the first time. In his spare time, he can often be found attending local performances of musical theatre.
At Large Members
Board member since 2017
A newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, Allan Andrews moved to Seattle in 2012 after retiring from a 34-year career of teaching choral music in Oklahoma and Texas. He currently serves as Artistic Director for the Swedish Singers of Seattle, a member chorus of the American Union of Swedish Singers. Mr. Andrews began his career as choral director at Lawton High School (Lawton, OK). After completion of his master’s degree, he taught at both the high school and college level in Texas, retiring after serving as Head Choral Director at R. L. Turner HS in Carrollton, a suburb of Dallas, and at Northlake College, one of the colleges in the Dallas County Community Colleges. His choirs were consistent sweepstakes winners in UIL competition, as well as winning multiple choral festivals across the United States. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator across the Southwest and has served as an adjudicator in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska as well. Mr. Andrews received his BMus from Oklahoma City University, and his MMus from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. In addition to his work with the Swedish choirs where he also holds the position as a national director of the AUSS, he also serves as Director of Music at Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church in Seattle and sits on the boards of both the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium and the Washington Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association where he is the Music in Worship Chair.
Returning board member since 2017
Jim Fry lives in the south end of Snohomish County with his wife of over 51 years. In July of 2012 Jim retired from a career in the Heating and Air Conditioning field. Jim spent 50 years in this field culminating with his retirement as an Account Executive from Johnson Controls. Jim has sung continually in high school, college and church choirs and, for the past 7 years, the Everett Chorale where he served on the board of directors and was the vice president of the chorale for two years. Jim has served as a board member for many non-profit organizations including Seattle Seafair, Building Owners and Managers Association, Washington State Society of Healthcare Engineers, Puget Sound Hotel Engineering Association and Polio Outreach of Washington. Jim has been a volunteer for the Seafair Unlimited Hydroplane Races for the past 37 years and spent 12 years as the chairman of this event.
Board member since 2016
Aaron Giles enjoys finding ways to connect music and technology. He is responsible for developing GSCC's online GIGS system, as well as day-to-day management of GSCC's online presence, both at seattlesings.org and on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Outside of his GSCC activities, Aaron is the founder of the Summer Fling Singers, and an active tenor in the Seattle Bach Choir, the Vicars of Christ Church Compline Choir, and the St. Margaret's Episcopal church choir. Aaron previously spent four years as General Manager of the (now defunct) Sacred Music Chorale. He is also the owner of the rehearsaltracks.net website, which presents singers with tools for learning their music and navigating through recorded rehearsal tracks. A veteran software developer with over 25 years of industry experience, Aaron currently works at Microsoft in the Windows kernel team.
Board member since 2018
Lars has been singing in choir since he was in kindergarten, as a member of school choir, Columbia Choirs, UW Chorale, and Emerald City Voices. Since joining Columbia Choirs as a staff member, Lars has lead marketing and recruitment efforts, planned and managed events, and helped establish organizational tools and procedures to ensure that the choir best serves the community. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from UW and working at the university for a few years, Lars started his own media production company with his wife, providing video and photography services to businesses, nonprofits, and arts organizations in the community.
Board member since 2016
Julie Parsons is the conductor of the Snoqualmie Valley Girls' Choir (Snoqualmie), Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle, and music specialist at St. Thomas More Parish School (Lynnwood). She served for 10 years as the music director for Maplewood Presbyterian Church (Edmonds), and has been a regular musical director for local community theatre companies including Youth Theatre Northwest (Mercer Island) and SecondStory Repertory (Redmond). She is the President of the Washington state board of the American Choral Directors Association. Julie has worked with the board since 2010 as the Youth & Student Activities Chair, promoting communication and interaction among Washington's fine student members and young teachers. With the support and collaboration of the board, she has helped to develop student-centered sessions and opportunities at the Summer Institute and at divisional conferences. She has sung with choirs all over the world, currently with the Seattle-based Mägi Ensemble, a women's choir that specializes in music from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. She holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Central College (IA), a MM in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory, and is pursuing her DMA (currently ABD) from the University of Washington.