Juliann K. Pickett
Juliann has had a passion for music from a very young age. She started taking piano lessons at the age of seven and continued studying throughout high school. Juliann competed in many piano festivals and competitions. Juliann’s first experience with choral singing was in seventh grade and she has been singing in a choir ever since. She participated in Concert Choir at Woods Cross High School, and during her senior year, she auditioned for and was selected to be part of the Madrigals where she made lasting memories that directly influenced the creation of what now is Utah Voices.
In recent years, Juliann has had the privilege of singing with two exceptional choral groups: Generations of Sound, under the direction of Dr. Robert Bowden, and Utah Master Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Cameron Rose. She also sang with the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Huff. Juliann is thrilled to once again work with Dr. Huff, this time as the Managing Director of Utah Voices. Juliann loves presiding over Utah Voices and is grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Huff, the other members of the Board of Directors and the wonderful singers of Utah Voices. Juliann is incredibly proud of what Utah Voices has already accomplished, and especially of what Utah Voices has the potential to accomplish in its upcoming seasons.
Juliann has two beautiful children, a 12 year-old daughter, a 9-year old son. Juliann is a student at Weber State University, pursuing a bachelor’s and master’s Degree in English; from there, she will apply to a British & American Literature Ph.D. program, then plans to teach literature at the college level. Juliann enjoys running, cycling, swimming, volunteering at her children’s classes, politics, reading and most especially, writing.
Juliann K. PickettManaging Director
Kelly DeHaan received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in choral education and choral conducting from the University of Utah. Kelly has been teaching high school choir at his beloved West Jordan High School since 1997 and is devoted to his students. As a teacher he was awarded the O.C. Tanner Recognition Award in 2003, the Jordan Education Foundation Outstanding Educator Award in 2008, the UMEA Music Educator of the Year Award in 2009, and the Utah Educators Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. Kelly was the assistant accompanist and associate director for the Utah Symphony Chorus and has been seen on stage at many of the local theaters along the Wasatch Front. He has also musically directed many shows at local regional and community theaters. He is a respected honor choir clinician and accompanist, and is a sought after vocal coach and studio musician. Kelly was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and in 2005, he had the distinct honor of being the conductor for the 16,000 voice Day of Celebration Choir for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He led the Sterling Singers, a high quality community choir of 380 singers, for twenty years. Kelly was the associate conductor/principal accompanist for the Utah Voices for five seasons and is honored to return to the choir as the artistic director. He is the proud father of four and husband of one.
Kelly DeHaanArtistic Director
Linsey has always loved music. She was raised in a musical family and began playing the piano at age 8. After she graduated from high school, her grandma encouraged her to start taking organ lessons. She loved playing the organ and continued studying it through college. She also started singing in choir in junior high and continued through college. She is currently the organist for her ward.
Linsey attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics. As part of that degree, she spent a summer living in Moscow, Russia, studying Russian.
She has been singing with Utah Voices since it began in 2009. She is grateful for the chance to make music with such a wonderful group of people every week!
Linsey PagePersonnel Manager
Gary Carter has over thirty years of experience in the fields of accounting and information technology. Since 2006, he has been employed at USANA Health Sciences as Executive Director of Information Technology with duties managing the ERP accounting and operational systems, data warehousing and reporting, as well as QA and Networking groups.
He has experience in both national and international markets – primarily in China and the Asia Pacific Area. He is fluent in Finnish and speaks French and German. Gary has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Brigham Young University with an English Major/Accounting Minor and a Masters of International Management degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).
Gary is married to Karen Carter and is the father of three sons and four grandchildren. Hobbies include running, biking, weight lifting, travel and photography, reading and writing, and working with stained glass.
He has sung with the Weber State Choral, is a charter member of Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus, has sung with Kathy Skidmore Singers, and now excited to be part of Utah Voices.
Mike loves music and has for most of his life. Most of his musical experience as a young person was instrumental, specifically, playing the saxophone. Mike studied under Nick Falone in junior high and then Mr. Bird in high school. When Mr. Bird retired, Mike played under the direction of Howard Johnson. Mike was very privileged to play with a number of very fine musicians that went on to play professionally throughout the country. They were able to take first place in the University of Utah Jazz Festival and third place in the Reno Jazz Festival.
As a young boy, Mike sang with his parents in their ward choir. They were very lucky to sing under the baton of Bonnie Winterton, who later went on to become the assistant conductor of the Utah Symphony Choir. It has been Mike’s honor to sing in several special event choirs with Dr. Huff, as well as under his direction with the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir. He is delighted to sing with Dr. Huff again, now as a member of Utah Voices.
Professionally, Mike is a car nut! He operates Budget Rent-a-Car in the state of Utah. He also flies airplanes and helicopters. Mike loves almost anything that moves with an engine. He has three absolutely amazing children: Niki, Adam and Heidi, along with their spouses and nine grandchildren (Mike is only ten, so he doesn’t know how that happened!)
Mike loves being involved with the great people of Utah Voices and looks forward to many wonderful experiences with the group.
Mike TaylorProduction Manager
Carrie Froyd is a Las Vegas native, where she started piano lessons at age eight. She was involved with band and choir throughout middle school and high school, and studied music education at UNLV. She enjoyed working as an accompanist at the Las Vegas Performing Arts High School, as well as accompanying for several other schools and choirs throughout the valley.
School and work eventually brought Carrie to Utah in 2008. She recently obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah. She currently works in Communications for an international supply chain company. Carrie is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to contribute her talents to the choir – both at the keys and as Marketing Director – and contribute to the success of Utah Voices.
Carrie FroydMarketing Director
Mary Ann Nelson
Mary Ann is originally from California and a graduate of the University of California/Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, Psychology and Music and two Master’s degrees, in Business and Human Resources. Music has always been a part of Mary Ann’s life as she is the daughter of an Italian Opera singer and it is said that she sang before she spoke words! Mary Ann has performed with many choral groups including the Roger Wagner Chorale, San Francisco Symphony Chorus and some of her fondest musical memories are of working with Marvin Hamlisch, Pete Seeger and the great Tina Turner.
Mary Ann served as the President of the Board for the South Davis Civic Chorale and was instrumental in hiring Dr. Huff as the musical director of SDCC and beginning a great musical friendship that is continuing with Utah Voices. She has served as personnel advisor for the Salt Lake Children’s Choir and the International Children’s Choir and also volunteers as a musical therapist.
Life is busy for Mary Ann, but she finds time to read, travel, write short stories and spend time with her only daughter, Christine and three adorable grandchildren. (One thing you may not know about Mary Ann is that loves to Hang Glide) On the business side of life, Mary Ann works in the counseling office at South Davis Junior High School.
Mary Ann is excited to serve on the Board for Utah Voices and to continue to grow with the musical community.
Mary Ann NelsonOperations Manager
Angie developed her love for music early on, as she began to notice how it helped her through many struggles life has thrown her way. She first started singing in middle school and continued throughout high school, where she participated in concert choir at Box Elder High. After high school, Angie joined the Brigham City Tabernacle Choir. Angie’s love for music has led her to many great opportunities, such as singing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg.
Angie is a stay-at-home wife/mother of four children. She thanks her husband, Chad, for all his hard work, dedication and patience in supporting her as she continues to learn and grow as a musician. Once her children are grown, Angie has plans to become a social worker in a hospital setting.
Angie is incredibly honored and excited to serve as the Executive Secretary for Utah Voices. One of her favorite quotes about music is: “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”, Author Unknown. Angie is very excited to see what the coming years will bring.
Angie McBrideExecutive Secretary
Stephen K. Christiansen
Stephen K. Christiansen is Legal Counsel for Utah Voices. He practices with the Salt Lake City law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. He appears regularly in state and federal courts throughout the country. He does not have a very good singing voice but he is pretty good in the courtroom. His wife Christy is an alto in the choir.
Stephen K. ChristiansenLegal Counsel
Advisory Board Chair
Becky has always loved music. As a young girl she started studying piano at age 8 with her next door neighbor, Florence Baird, and continued with Robert Smith at BYU. She also played the violin through high school and loved making music with friends. She and her friends started a group, “The Vivations,” and they sang on Eugene Jelesnik’s “Talent Showcase.”
As an adult she has served as church music chair, organist, and choir conductor. Usually she’s most at home sitting on the piano bench as an accompanist. For the past several years she’s had the opportunity to play the piano once a month at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the LDS Conference Center.
Music has blessed the lives of her family as they’ve had the opportunity to participate in the cast of the LDS productions of the Nauvoo Pageant and “Savior of the World.” Her children have all embraced music and have opened their lives to the beautiful sounds of the oboe, harp, violin, trombone, bassoon, organ, piano, guitar, saxophone, and clarinet. Becky and her family have also met and become friends with an incredible group of teachers in the schools and community who have had a tremendous impact on her children.
While serving for many years as a volunteer in educational and community settings