We are a team of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience who are all dedicated to the advancement of the arts in our community and beyond. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.
Kellie LaMar grew up in California until meeting her husband and beginning the 20 year long adventure of moving around the world with his Air Force career. Their first assignment was to Maryland, where Kellie attended the University of Maryland and earned a degree in Elementary Education, and subsequently taught 2nd grade. From there they moved to Texas and started their family, and Kellie began her “second career” as professional organizer and caretaker of the family through 9 more assignments with the Air Force, including two years in South Korea. They have now been in Phoenix for two years and have decided to settle down and call Arizona home.
Kellie has always loved music and began singing in high school with her church. She has kept this a part of her life throughout all the moving and has found music to be a meaningful way to connect with people and be involved in the community in each new place. Her four children are also involved in the performing arts in various ways including piano, ballet, voice, and theatre. This has given Kellie the opportunity to volunteer with many productions over the years, utilizing her skills in photography, sewing, and organization, among other things.
It has been a rewarding experience watching her children gain confidence, take risks, express themselves and find purpose through the performing arts. She is excited to be a part of Triad, and to help facilitate opportunities that will allow others in our West Valley community, children and adults alike, to experience those same rewards.
Dr. David Wilson
Brief Resumé for Dr. David Wilson
Dr. David Wilson, teacher, scholar and conductor, is Professor Emeritus from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where for twenty-eight years he guided the graduate choral and sacred music programs and conducted university choirs and orchestras. In addition, he was artistic director and conductor of the Long Beach Bach Festival for twenty-four years, and Director of Music at Riviera United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach for twenty-two years. Currently, he is Director of Music at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear, Arizona where he now resides.
A graduate of the University of the Pacific and University of Illinois, he also studied conducting at the Berkshire Music Festival with the Boston Symphony, at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, and received grants and fellowships to conduct research in London, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Venice and Vienna.
Before joining the USC Thornton of Music in 1978, he directed choral programs at Foothill College, University of Arizona and Portland State University. For five summers he was visiting professor at the Seminario de Inverno de Music Sacra in Brazil. In 1997 he was named the Distinguished Performing Artist of the Year, an award given by the Public Corporation of the Arts.
As a recognized expert on 18th century music, he had conducted hundreds of works of Bach, Handel and their contemporaries and authored numerous articles. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Dresden Manuscript: Unearthing an18th century Musical Genius. As a professional singer Dr. Wilson has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is presently in demand as a speaker, guest conductor, and adjudicator.
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Summer Nickerson a musicologist whose focus is 20th century American music and politics. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in Music Education (choral/vocal emphasis) and a Master’s degree in Music History and Literature from California State University, Sacramento. Mrs. Nickerson has been teaching courses online and on campus at various of colleges in the Bay Area and Arizona since 2009. These courses include Music Appreciation (Western Music), American Music, African American Music, World Music and Music Fundamentals. She has presented papers at national conferences including the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the Society of American Musicology. Titles of these papers have included “The Federal Music Project: Government Funded Music” and ““Seeger Sings Anti-American Song in Moscow,” Pete Seeger and the New York Times, 1965”. Mrs. Nickerson has also guest lectured on a variety of topics at CSU Sacramento, Tarleton State University (Texas) and Lon Morris University (Texas).
Summer currently sings in the alto section of the Sounds of the Southwest Singers, a community choir in Glendale, AZ. She is excited to be on the board of Triad Performing Arts of Arizona to help bring performance opportunities to students of the arts in the West Valley
Katarzyna Honsberger, (soprano) was born into a musical family in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. Mrs. Honsberger has been a featured solo performer in festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, the United States, Singapore, and Malaysia. Although Katarzyna holds diplomas in classical piano performance and music education through movement from the Fryderyk Chopin Conservatory in Krakow, it was Katarzyna’s voice that brought her to the United States in 1999. Living in Chicago, Mrs. Honsberger earned a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University with honors (2007) and a Bachelor’s from Roosevelt University (2005). Mrs. Honsberger earned recognition as an award winner in the acclaimed Bel Canto Competition and in The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Competition. In addition, Katarzyna was a Margaret M. OMalley-Liput Endowed Scholarship Recipient and took part in the Czech Vocal Competition in Green Bay, WI
Katarzyna has performed frequently with both the Phoenix Opera and Phoenix Symphony, including productions of Aida, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Die Zauberflote, and La Traviata. Some of her favorite roles to perform have included the Countess from Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart, Madame Glawari in The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, Damigella and Venus in lincoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, and the Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote by Mozart. Other roles she has performed include Antonia from Tales of Hoffman, Frasquita (Carmen), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Lucia (Lucia Di Lammermoor), Norina (Don Pasquale), Musetta and Mimi (La Boheme), Rusalka (Rusalka), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and more.
Katarzyna has formed a musical partnership with Larry Loeber, renowned pianist of the Phoenix Symphony since 2010. Together, they have performed countless chamber music concerts throughout the Valley and released a CD of Polish and American songs. Her concert soloist credits include the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Idomeneo by W.A. Mozart, La Demoiselle Elue by Debussy, and the Mozart Great Mass in C Minor amongst others.
In 2012, Mrs. Honsberger established Kat’s Artist Tree, a Music Dance and Arts Academy in Goodyear, Arizona which has served over 1000 students since its inception. Mrs. Honsberger works with both professional and amateur singers and has become one of the Valley’s most sought after vocal coaches. She has helped numerous students gain exposure, earn scholarships, and achieve success as singers. She has also directed annual Musical Theatre productions at Kat’s Artist Tree as well as up to 40 concerts, recitals, and showcases each season.
Mrs. Honsberger looks forward to bringing her passion for excellence to Triad Performing Arts of Arizona as its Artistic Director.
Brian Honsberger is an entrepreneur and active Audio Engineer and Musician throughout Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Audio Production from Ithaca College and a Master’s in Music from the University of North Texas. In the past ten years, Mr. Honsberger has started two successful businesses in the state of Arizona. UPstage Group is an A/V production company that provides equipment and expertise for concerts across the state as well as providing design and installation services of theatrical sound and lighting systems. Kat’s Artist Tree is a Music, Dance, and Art Academy located in Goodyear which serves to help students of all ages develop their skills and reach their dreams in the creative and performing arts.
As a musician, Mr. Honsberger has been a frequent performer with the Phoenix Symphony, as well as the Musica Nova Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony and he has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Thailand. Mr. Honsberger was the 2006 winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and an Alternate in the 1999 Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone competition held by the International Trombone Association. He is also a former member of the internationally acclaimed One O’clock Lab Band and has appeared on numerous CD releases.
In addition, Mr. Honsberger has had a successful teaching career which began in 2001 as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. Since then he has served on the teaching staffs of Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, Eastern Washington University, and Arizona State University.
Mr. Honsberger’s sound design credits include over 50 productions within the state and his work has frequently been nominated for the AriZoni Theatre Excellence Awards. He has enjoyed working with Arizona Broadway Theatre, Actors Theatre, Khris Dodge Entertainment, The Phoenix Opera, and Valley Youth Theatre amongst others.
Brian is thrilled to be joining the Board of Triad Performing Arts of Arizona and looks forward to bringing top-quality performance opportunities to the West Valley and beyond.