Staff

Elizabeth Lenti

Elizabeth Lenti is Artistic Director of The Choir School. A native of Rochester, NY, Ms. Lenti is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Before joining the staff of The Choir School as Assistant Director in 2014,  she was Associate Director of Music and Worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, OH. Ms. Lenti has also served as a member of the organ faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is active as a recitalist, having performed on concert series throughout the United States, and has played at regional and national conventions of both the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. 

Colin Burns

Colin Burns conducts the Town Choirs, accompanies the choirs, teaches the introductory levels of music theory, and plays a lead role in chorister recruitment. A 2007 graduate of The Choir School and a founding member of the MasterSinger ensemble, he holds degrees in Church Music and Choral Conducting, respectively, from Furman University and Boston University. Colin has served as Music Director of New Life MCC at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Charlotte, and Assistant Director of Seminary Singers at Boston University School of Theology. He was Organist/Choir Director at Nahant Village Church in Nahant, Massachusetts, and Founding and Artistic Director of the Kendall Square Singers in Cambridge Massachusetts. Most recently, he served as Associate Director of Music for Children and Youth at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Kay Johnson

Kay Johnson is Managing Director of The Choir School. A founding member of the school’s staff, she has managed Choir School operations, financial reporting, rehearsal and concert scheduling, summer camps and tour for more than two decades. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from WVCOGS, now a component of Marshall University. She is the parent of three Choir School alumni. 

Kay Johnson

Allison Elrod

Allison Elrod is Director of Development and Communications for The Choir School. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A writer, publicist and marketing strategist, her expertise includes brand management, copywriting, event planning and promotion, public relations and fundraising. A poet and essayist, she serves on the board of CPCC’s Sensoria Arts Festival. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies that include The Living Church, Anglican Theological Review, Pembroke Magazine, and Cave Wall.

Kevin Beyer assists with the tenor section of the MasterSingers. He attended Wingate College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. A private voice instructor, he has also appeared in various stage productions including “1776” and “Smoke on the Mountain.” He is a member of the St. Peter’s Choir and the Evensong Choir.

John Hall assists with the bass and tenor sections of the Master Singers.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia where he studied voice and saxophone in addition to performing in or vocal directing various musicals including Evita and The Canterbury Tales.  He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville and provides clinical video telehealth for veterans with PTSD and serves as the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator for the Salisbury VA Healthcare System.  He has served as section leader and soloist for various local churches, synagogues, and community choruses.