JOSEF CURTIS is in his fifth season with the Chorale. Originally from Orem, Utah, he is in Arizona pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at ASU. Josef received his Bachelor’s degree in music from BYU, and Master’s degree from ASU. Recent performances with ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre include Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, and Panatellas and Tarapote in La Perichole. Josef has sung with the Tucson Chamber Artists and was a soloist with the Tempe Wind Ensemble. In addition to working on his final degree, Josef also operates a private vocal studio in Mesa.
JOSIAH HAGSTROM is incredibly grateful and excited to be in his second year with the Chorale. No longer a “newbie”, or “rookie”, he now knows what an incredible blessing it is to be singing with such a gifted family of singers. Josiah is an Arizona native and after growing up in Mesa, now resides in Gilbert with his amazing wife Mindy, his beautiful one-year old daughter Kayla, and their golden retriever Kaia. After studying at MCC and ASU for a degree in Choral Education, opportunity for a different profession took precedence. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from ASU in 2012, and currently manages an optometry practice in Phoenix after working in the field since the age of 18. Josiah’s previous and current ensembles include Craig Peterson’s Canto Vivo, varied ASU ensembles, Vocal Fix, as well as serving as lead vocalist at Harvest Bible Church in Gilbert.
KEVIN KRIEGEL is thrilled to be singing with the Phoenix Chorale for the start of his tenth season and third season as assistant conductor. In addition to singing professionally, Kevin is in his ninth year of teaching at Glendale Community College where he conducts four choirs, teaches piano, voice, and the diction classes. Kevin has held positions at Augustana College, Quincy University, and Idaho State University. Kevin has conducted numerous High School Regional Honor Choirs in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Illinois, and is a frequent adjudicator for choir festivals. Kevin graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education under the supervision of Anne Petrie and the late David Williams. He received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Choral Conducting under the supervision of William Hatcher, Timothy Stalter, and Richard Bloesch from the University of Iowa.
LUKE LUSTED is in his second season with the Chorale. Luke holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music in Choral Conducting, both from the University of Arizona, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana Tech University. Luke currently serves as Pastor of Worship and Music at Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, AZ, is a member of True Concord, previously serving as Assistant Director, and is an active member of The American Choral Directors Association and Arizona ACDA, where he currently serves on the board as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs. Previously, Luke served as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church and Artistic Director of Tucson Masterworks Chorale.
J.J. RAFFERTY is excited to start his first season with the Chorale. An Arizona native, he resides in Peoria with his wife, Genny, an accomplished pianist and educator, and 5 children: Rylie, Jace, and triplet boys Asher, Brooks, and Caden. After attending Grand Canyon University on full baseball and music scholarships, J.J. graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Music Education, Choral Conducting emphasis. He later earned his Master’s in Music Education degree from Kent State University. J.J.’s previous ensembles include varied GCU ensembles, vocal jazz ensembles from MCC, GCC, and GCU, 12 years with the Sonoran Desert Chorale, including a solo on their CD, “City Called Heaven”, as well as various solo and conducting opportunities with his church. J.J. is in his 14th year of teaching and is currently Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chair at Greenway High School in Phoenix. He is passionate about preparing the next generation of musicians, and has had several former students join him as colleagues in the world of professional music.
JORDAN RAKITA is in his second year with the Phoenix Chorale and is thrilled for the opportunity! He is the Choir Director at Heritage Academy in Mesa where he serves over 250 of Arizona’s youth in six different ensembles. Jordan received his B.M.E. and M.M. at Northern Arizona University. In his time at NAU he directed the Chamber Choir and University Singers, a mixed ensemble for non-music majors. While in Flagstaff, he also pioneered a men’s ensemble with the Flagstaff Youth Chorale where he served as Associate Director. For the last three years, he has held the position of voice instructor at the Curry Summer Music Camp teaching private lessons and master classes. As a soloist, Jordan has performed varied works including Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s L’elisir d’amore and Carissimi’s Jonah. He is currently in his second year with Helios, a seven-voice early music ensemble here in the valley. He is happily married to his wife Kayla and enjoys playing frisbee with his golden retriever, Sweetie.
KYLE RANSOM is honored to be joining the Phoenix Chorale for the first time this season! He has relocated to Arizona after finishing his Masters in Choral Conducting this past May. Kyle currently teaches music full time at BASIS Goodyear to grades K-3 and directs their choirs. He holds the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Bachelors of Music in Music Education from California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to Arizona, Kyle directed the UMass Women’s and Recital Choirs and has sang professionally for various churches and ensembles throughout Los Angeles and Western New England.