Conductor, Stele & Voci de Lumina
Deah McReynolds holds a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida. Deah is Artistic Director for Lumina Youth Choirs. This diversified program of vocal arts sustains six choirs of boys and girls, grades K-12, which perform locally, nationally and internationally in choral festival, concert and competition settings. She is Conductor of Lumina Stele & Voci de Lumina. In 2018, she conducted the combined Lumina Youth Choirs in their debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
An active adjudicator and clinician, Deah regularly works with high school, middle school, and elementary school choirs, ensembles & solo musicians across the state of Florida. In addition to her work with young singers, Mrs. McReynolds is Outreach and Education Conductor for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, bringing in-class workshops and formal concert experiences to over 1000 elementary students in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties each year. While attending USF, she conducted the USF Chamber Singers, Collegium and Collegiate choirs.
Mrs. McReynolds is also adjunct Artist Faculty at The University of Tampa, currently teaching Studio Voice. An active performer, Deah has had the pleasure of singing with celebrated Broadway performers Kristin Chenoweth, Susan Egan, Allie Mauzey and Kyle Dean Massey. She was a featured soloist with The Florida Orchestra in performances of Video Games RePlay and performed as soloist twice for The Orchestra Sings educational outreach concerts, also with the Florida Orchestra. She is an active member of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and has enjoyed singing as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years
Conductor, Aurora – Tampa
Ms. Kyla Bailey is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Music Education. While at UCA, Ms. Bailey was the winner of the 2007 UCA Concerto Aria Competition and performed her winning selctions with the Conway Symphony Orchestra. She was then invited to represent UCA as a guest soloist with the Fujian Symphony Orchestra in Fuzhou, China during the Christmas season later that year.
Ms. Bailey has been with Hillsborough County Schools for 6 years and is currently the Elementary Music Teacher at Lanier Elementary in South Tampa. Ms. Bailey also serves the District as a member of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council as well as co-sponsoring the Student Council at her own school. She currently conducts four performance groups at Lanier including two choruses, Orff Ensemble, and World Drumming. She has twice been selected as the conductor for the West Chorus in the Hillsborough County Fine Arts Festival. Last year she was voted Lanier Elementary's Teacher of the Year, and was then named a finalist for the 2013 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year.
Judy Williams has a degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. She has been teaching both elementary and secondary music in Hillsborough County since 2002 and currently serves as the Chorus Director at Davidsen Middle School.
Judy has sung with the USF Chamber Singers, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and the St. Lawrence Chorale. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Vocal Association and the Florida Orchestra Association. She enjoys helping young people appreciate and understand the music in their lives, as well as molding a well-rounded education.
Originally from Greensboro, NC, and formerly a Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Singer, Rodney Shores is a music educator, performer, choral conductor, and lecturer who also specializes in the history of Christian worship and philosophy. Rodney has taught at the University of South Florida and Trinity College of Florida, conducted for the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs, and has served as guest conductor for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay’s Festival of Voices. In addition to conducting Lumina Youth Choir's Serata ensemble, Dr. Shores currently serves as Artist Associate Faculty at the University of Tampa, where he conducts the Camerata Singers and the Women’s Glee Club, and teaches courses in music theory and voice. Rodney is also a tenor in the Bay area’s own Florida ProMusica and maintains a private studio of twenty voice and piano students.
Rodney has a master’s degree in piano performance and a masters degree in choral conducting, as well as the advanced graduate certificate in piano performance and pedagogy from USF. Additionally, he studied theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo prior to completing his doctorate in historical liturgics at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida.
Accompanist, Stele & Lumina de Voci – Tampa
Phil McReynolds received his Masters in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Florida. Phil has also accompanied the Elementary All County Choir for the Hillsborough County Fine Arts Festival for seven years. Phil has performed extensively in the Tampa Bay Area, including playing with national touring musicals casts of The Radio City Music Hall Revue and Evita. Currently he is employed as an Elementary Music Specialist at McDonald Elementary in Tampa, Florida as well as pianist/organist at New Hope United Methodist Church in Brandon.
Accompanist, Aurora & Prima