JOSEF CURTIS is in his sixth season with the Chorale. Originally from Orem, Utah, he holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from BYU and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from ASU. As a graduate student, Josef performed in numerous opera roles and served as a teaching assistant to ASU’s voice faculty. As a soloist, Josef enjoys performing with Helios: A Modern Renaissance. He has also performed with Solis Camerata, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, and the Tempe Wind Ensemble. Josef is an enthusiastic teacher, he currently teaches at Central Arizona College and Phoenix College, and operates a private voice studio in Mesa.
JOSIAH HAGSTROM is entering into his third year with the Chorale. Josiah is an Arizona native and after growing up in Mesa, now resides in Gilbert with his amazing wife Mindy, his beautiful two-year old daughter Kayla, their golden retriever Kaia, and come late Jan/early Feb the addition of baby Noah! 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 in his eleventh season singing with the Phoenix Chorale, and fourth as assistant conductor. In addition to singing professionally, Kevin is in his tenth year of teaching at Glendale Community College where he conducts four choirs, teaches piano, voice, and the diction classes. He 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 third 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 previously served 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 continue his second season with the Chorale. An Arizona native, he resides in Peoria with his wife, Genny, an accomplished pianist and educator, and five children: Rylie, Jace, and triplet boys Asher, Brooks, and Caden. J.J. graduated magna cum laude from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Music Education with Choral Conducting emphasis. He later earned his Master’s in Music Education from Kent State University. J.J.’s previous ensembles include varied ensembles with GCU, MCC, GCC, and twelve years with the Sonoran Desert Chorale. He has also had various solo and conducting opportunities with his church, elementary, and high school honor choirs. J.J. is in his fifteenth year of teaching and is the Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chair at Greenway High School in Phoenix.
JORDAN RAKITA is in his third 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 two hundred of Arizona’s youth in five 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. 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 happily married to his wife Kayla and enjoys playing frisbee with his golden retriever, Sweetie. He is also thrilled to announce the arrival of his baby girl Ruby Mae this past June!
KYLE RANSOM is thrilled to be returning to the Phoenix Chorale for his second season and is eager to get back to work with his favorite singing buddies. When he is not rocking out with the Chorale he teaches general music to grades K-3 at BASIS Goodyear. He obtained his BM in Music Education from California State University, Los Angeles (where he is from originally) and his MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This past Summer he traveled to Italy to join the UMass Chamber Choir as an alumni where they participated in the Brescia International Early Music Summer School & Festival as choir in residence.