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Board Director, Chair
Dottie moved to Florida in 2002 from Long Island, NY where she taught high school biology and also worked as an office manager/underwriter for a high risk insurance firm. Since moving to Hobe Sound, she has remained active volunteering in her community, at MacArthur Beach State Park and with TCCS.
Singing has been a major part of her life since childhood. While in high school, her choir director instilled in her a love for choral music. Through the years, she has sung in her college choir, a few different church choirs and a Hibernian Choir that afforded her opportunities to sing at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and to travel to Ireland to perform. Presently in addition to singing with TCCS, Dottie sings in the choir at St. Christopher’s in Hobe Sound.
Board Director, Vice Chairman Performance
Don moved to Florida in 1979 from Long Island, NY, where he taught Preschool and Kindergarten. Since moving to Jensen Beach, Don has taught at Jensen Beach Elementary School and is now Principal there. He has 3 grown children and 4 beautiful and growing grandchildren who are “Grandpa Passion”.
A love of music has always been one of Don’s other passions singing for a number of years in his church choir. Treasure Coast Community Singers is his new passion where Don sings bass and baritone along with volunteering where help is needed in the organization. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for TCCS and enjoys the family feel to singing in both Community and Ensemble choirs.
Board Director, Treasurer
After leaving the Washington DC area in the 1980’s, Pat and her husband settled in Lake Worth, FL. While working at Skilled Nursing Facility for Traumatic Brain Injury patients, she was offered an opportunity to develop a Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Facility in North Palm Beach. After 23 years as Administrator, Pat will be looking forward to retirement and to continue her interests in Music and Art.
While attending a small private school in Dearborn, Michigan, Pat’s love of chorus was nurtured by encouraging teachers at a very earl age. Throughout these years, Pat has sought out Church groups and organizations to continue her love for choral singing.
After moving to Palm City, FL., Pat discovered th Treasure Coast Community Singers and since 2005 has been a member and strong supporter of TCCS philosophy. Pat believes if people, especially children, have an opportunity to sing as a group, they will live a more fulfilling and happier life.
Shirley’s career was in education but it didn’t start that way. She got her BS in textile chemistry at Drexler University. But when she wanted to get married she realized she couldn’t traipse all over the world with Dupont. So Shirley went back to school and prepared to teach Home Economics, which she did in Bennfauken, New Jersey, for 29 years.
Shirley started studying ballet as a child and stayed with it for 18 years. She started singing at the age of four. As an adult, she studied music with a teacher from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. That led to roles as church soloist for 13 years, Lewis Shearer Chorale, Greater South Jersey Chorus and leads in 30 shows in community theater. While in college she sang in two operas and two operettas.
Shirley was a founder and president of the South Jersey Home Economics Association. She was active in the Morristown United Methodist church choir. She also served that church as the bridal coordinator and then as the Worship Chair handling 17 committees.
She was married twice and widowed twice. She has a son living in Pennsylvania and a daughter living here in Florida. Shirley moved here after her last husband died to help her daughter raise her daughter.
Not many months passed after arriving in Florida before she joined TCCS and returned to music.
Judi has been employed in the travel industry since 1978, receiving her Certified Travel Consultant certification in 1984 and Accredited Cruise Consultant designation in 1994. Her specialty is small ships and groups. She has traveled extensively through Europe, Chins, Thailand, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand as well as US, Mexico, Caribbean, and Canada. She loves singing in a chorus and water aerobics. “The world is a book, if you do not travel, you only see one page”.
Jackie Azzarto, Ph.D. is a retired university professor who moved from New York City to Florida in 2013. During her teaching career she volunteered for several non-profit boards, serving as board president for Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council and the New York State Social Work Education Association. She received numerous awards for community service including the National Community Action Award from the New York State Assembly and the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and University Community Service Award. Jackie enjoyed her years of teaching and was honored in 1992 by being selected by students to deliver the faculty commencement address.
Although she has loved music her entire life Jackie comes to vocal performance late in life. In addition to singing with Treasure Coast Community Singers she directs and performs in the Cascades Music and Performing Arts Club variety shows in her 55 and over Port St. Lucie community.
Tori is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She worked on her education degree at Edinboro State College until employed with Bell Telephone in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Following a move to Florida in 1982, and after her children reached schoool age, Tori taught at the preschool level. She then shifted gears and worked for many years as practice manager for a veterinary clinic.
Tori is currently employed as an assistant to a physical therapist.
Although her musical background is minimal, Tori’s children were members of Opus while attending Martin County High School and music has continued to play a large role in her life. Tori has been a member of TCCS and the TCCS Ensemble since 2005. Her visit struck a chord and she decided to learn what she could about singing. She now claims a new confidence; not only in music, but in life.
Jeanne lives in Port Saint Lucie with her husband Curt & their two cats. She taught speech & theater in Michigan, then shifted into a career in banking. Jeanne maintains she has the world’s most understanding husband as her jobs moved them all over the country, finally bringing them to Florida where they have lived since 2005. They opened a consulting company in 2008 and are now happily self-employed helping companies analyze their operations.
Jeanne’s been singing most of her life starting with church & school choirs, playing piano & viola, and later performing in musicals & chorale groups along with her husband and daughter. She also sings to her cats – they especially like Beethoven and Scarlatti.
You can recognize her from the coffee cup or iPad in hand. She enjoys traveling, especially when combined with singing, like this past summer when TCCS members traveled to Italy and performed two different concerts in Florence. È stato bellissimo!
Jeanne is honored to be part of the Board and wants to help spread the word about TCCS so people can experience the joy of singing or just listening to beautiful music.
Ex Officio Member
Elsie Long is one of the founding members of TCCS. She served as Board Chair from 2005-2006 and as a Board member-at-large from 2009-2011. In the past, she has served on the Board of the Bach Society of Saint Louis, Four County Mental Health in St Charles County, MO and the St. Charles, MO Chamber of Commerce.
She began voice lessons at age nine and has sung in various church choirs over the years. She sang the role of Juliet in Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” as a sophomore at Massapequa High School in NY. She was a vocal performance major at Indiana University in Bloomington and a paid section leader for the Bach Society of Saint Louis.
Elsie has been proud to be an active member of TCCS since day one, and looks forward to helping our organization grow and flourish as a Board member once again.
Dr. Douglas Jewett
CEO, Artistic Director
Doug is the CEO and founding Artistic Director of TCCS. He holds a BA degree in Music Theory from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, a Masters’ degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a doctorate degree in Education in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Since moving to Stuart in 2001, he has been actively involved in teaching singing to adults, youth, and children throughout the community. Formerly Minister of Music at churches in Stuart, FL & in Tennessee, he is currently teaching elementary music and will be involved this year in designing the music curriculum for a new charter school in Martin County. In addition to conducting and guiding TCCS, Doug recently took over as Principal Conductor for the Indian River Pops Orchestra.
Board Director (non-voting), and Assistant Artistic Director
Michael is a vocalist, instrumentalist, conductor, and composer who lives to share, teach, and explore the endless possibilities of music.
Fascinated with music since early childhood, Michael wanted to join a church choir as soon as he was big enough to fit in the robes. Besides lunch, band and choir were always his favorite classes in school. It was no surprise to his family when he chose a career in music.
While living in Springfield, MO, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education from Missouri State University. During this time, he was an active performer with several different orchestras, concert bands, and theaters. He performed in Branson MO, with Manheim Steamroller’s Christmas Show and played in the nationally televised ‘World’s Largest Concert’ with the OakRidge Boys and the St. Louis Children’s Choir. While touring in London, he performed in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abby, and the internationally televised 2007 London New Years’ Day Parade.
Performing in Universal Studios and Disney gave Michael the opportunity to see the beauty of Florida.
After college he taught band, choir, and elementary music for four years while playing in several orchestras.
As a middle and high school band teacher in Missouri, his bands won awards both in parades and on stage. They were also broadcasted nationally in the Branson “Promenade of the Stars” parade. As a middle and high school choir teacher, he learned the importance of public outreach by performing for different civic organizations and his elementary choir performed sixteen different musicals.
He was featured playing both movements of Mozart’s first Concerto in D with the Ozarks Festival Orchestra the year before he moved.
Seeking warmer weather, less tornadoes, and more alligators, he moved to Florida taking the position of music teacher at Pinewood elementary in 2013. He is enjoying his third year at this school where he focuses on teaching keyboard, guitar, and vocal technique.
When not saving the world from misspelling Tchaikovsky, Michael ponders the meaning of “Salt Life” and can often be observed in his natural habitat at local music venues. He is looking forward to cultivating the Treasure Coast Youth Choir toward its full potential by including all the children on the treasure coast who love to sing and helping them grow as young musicians.
Director – Treble Chorus
Gina LaVere is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor degree in Choral Music Education. In her 18 years of Choral experience her choirs have received several superior ratings and she has had multiple state choir participants. She has been a clinician for Santa Rosa All County Honor Choir and was 2010 teacher of the year at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in North West Florida. We are fortunate Gina moved south to teach at Anderson Middle School here in Martin County, where for the past two years her choir students have sung in the state choir and have received superiors at District MPA both years!
Accompanist – Chamber Singers
Cynthia – a resident of St. Lucie County for over 30 years. Has a BS in French and MEd a Millersville University. Founder of Barnabas Christian Academy and Served as its Administrator for 20 years. Retired and I enjoy singing, serving as pianist/organist at North Stuart Baptist Church.
Accompanist – Community Chorus
Carol has been the accompanist for the Treasure Coast Community Singers since its inception and is currently the organist at North Stuart Baptist Church, a position she has held since 1979. Carol was born in northeast Texas and moved to Florida with her family while still in high school. She began singing in church with her family and playing the piano at a very early age. She accompanied the Martin County High School OPUS choir as a volunteer for 13 years and has accompanied many other schools and musical groups in the area when needed. Carol has a fantastic husband who supports all her musical interests, two outstanding sons, one wonderful daughter-in-law and three amazing granddaughters. An additional joy in her life is watching her son, James Paul, direct the incredible Jensen Beach High School Jubilate Choirs.