Brayton Bollenbacher - Artistic Director
Brayton brings a unique leadership perspective to Desert Voices and Reveille Men’ Chorus. After receiving Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Sexualities from The Ohio State University, Brayton earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington, Seattle. Since 2011, Brayton has worked as an Inpatient Social Worker, living out his commitment to equity and social justice daily.
On top of his social work experience, Brayton has also served the LGBTQ+ community with his choral expertise, particularly LGBTQ+ youth. In 2011, Brayton became the Director of Diverse Harmony, the country’s oldest gay-straight alliance youth chorus. Under his direction, he more than doubled the Diverse Harmony’s membership and significantly developed the long-term financial viability of the chorus. He also successfully created Diverse Harmony’s small ensemble group, Spectrum, in 2014. Brayton was able to bring 47 singers from Diverse Harmony, as well as 16 of Spectrum’s singers to GALA Chorus Festival 2016, where Brayton also directed the festival’s “Youth Invasion Chorus” (consisting of 130 16- to 26-year-old singers). Brayton also reached out to area Gay-Straight Alliances during his tenure as Artistic Director of Diverse Harmony, and even assisted in the formation of a successful youth chorus in Portland, Oregon. We are especially excited for Brayton’s leadership as both organizations attempt to develop youth outreach initiatives in the future.
“I am so excited about being able to work with Desert Voices and Reveille Men's Chorus. Knowing the rich history of community advocacy and musicality, I am excited to continue that growth process with the groups. Also, I look forward to continue to spread love and acceptance throughout the community and Arizona. My goal is for us to continue engaging our queer community and allies and bringing our message of love and acceptance to youth and 'soon-to-be' allies.”
Dr. Kyungsun Choi - Accompanist/Coach
Dr. Kyungsun Choi has been praised in the press as “a great energetic pianist” (Arizona Daily Star) and “a pianist with rich emotion and sensitivity” (The Korean Arizona Times). He has been enjoying varied careers as a soloist, chamber musician, an accompanist and a teacher. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Pianist Kyungsun Choi graduated from the Yonsei University in Seoul, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees (BM) in Piano Performance and was awarded as “High Honored Student” by the president. He went on to the University of Northern Iowa on a full scholarship where he received a Masters of Music (MM) and served as a graduate teaching assistant. He received a Doctoral degree (DMA) in Piano Performance at the University of Arizona and served as a graduate teaching assistant. His teachers have included Dr. Paula Fan, Prof. Sean Botkin, Prof. Myonghak Lee, and Hyeran Lee.
Pianist Kyungsun Choi has given many solo recitals and chamber recitals both locally in the United States and internationally – Mexico and South Korea. He appeared as a soloist two times with Tucson Repertory Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”. Recently, he performed Morton Gould’s “Invention” for Four Pianos and Orchestra in March with Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He was invited and performed at several symposiums at the University of Arizona celebrating the music of Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and Johann Sebastian Bach. He also gave master classes and lecture recitals in several colleges. As a collaborative pianist, he participated and performed numerous chamber recitals, chamber series, and festivals. In addition, he has worked as an opera pianist and participated in many productions such as University of Northern Iowa Opera, University of Arizona Opera, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra Opera, Wieck Chamber Singers, and Opera Guild of Southern Arizona. He also has been an accompanist for Reveille Men’s Chorus, with whom he traveled to perform in Mexico and throughout the United States. As a teacher, his students have been appearing as prize winners at many competitions.
Keith Koster - Asst. Director
Keith has been singing with Reveille Men’s Chorus since 2013 and has served as Assistant Director and vocal coach of Reverb since her inception in 2014. Reverb continues to wow audiences through community outreach partnerships and collaborations in Tucson. Reverb’s debut to a standing room only crowd at GALA Festival in Denver this past summer drew raves and critical acclaim.
An educator for Amphi Schools, Keith has taught chorus and musical theater to middle and high school students since 2001. He is Creative Worship Director, accompanist and bandleader for Shelter at Saguaro Christian Church, designing and creating worship weekly, bringing ancient and modern together for a unique and experiential worship experience.
He is founder and past Artistic Director of Great Lakes Men’s Chorus in southeastern Michigan and past Artistic Director of Desert Voices where collaborations, commissions and touring were key. He served on the GALA Board for four years, his legacy being the creation of youth policies to include GLBTQ youth in GALA Choruses and events. These policies led to the creation of several queer youth choruses around the nation.
Keith is an active member of Arizona Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association and Association of Disciples Musicians.