Elizabeth Lenti, Artistic Director

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 the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. 

Garrett Law, Assistant Director

Garrett Law is Assistant Director of The Choir School. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Garrett holds degrees in Music Theory and Organ Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He earned the graduate diploma in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. He previously served as Organist-Choirmaster at St. James’ Anglican Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and as Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio, where he helped lead chorister training and music theory ribbon training.
As Assistant Director at The Choir School, his responsibilities include music theory instruction, vocal training, conducting, and accompaniment.

Karen Kearney, Director of the Town Choirs

Karen Kearney is Director of the Town Choirs for The Choir School. She earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Florida State University and her Master’s Degree in Church Music with an emphasis in Organ and Voice from Westminster Choir College. Karen served as a musician in parishes in New York, Alabama, and Virginia prior to joining the artistic staff at The Choir School. A solo artist and recitalist, Karen is also a licensed Kindermusik Educator.

Kay Johnson, Director of Finance and Program

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

Dan Kirsch, Interim Executive Director

Dan Kirsch is Interim Executive Director of The Choir School at St. Peter’s. A longtime arts and nonprofit leader, he has led a diverse group of nonprofits over a more than 30 year career. As an executive director and consultant, Kirsch’s expertise in nonprofit development has helped him lead million dollar annual fund and capital campaigns in arts and social justice organizations. At The Choir School, Dan is responsible for strategic planning and governance matters with the Board of Directors, executing our mission, leading fundraising efforts, and sharing The Choir School’s story with the Charlotte community and beyond. Recently, he developed and led efforts for Time Out Youth Center’s $3.4 million capital campaign in Charlotte. His extensive work in the arts nonprofit space includes time as Cultural Arts Director at Fairfax, Va.’s Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, and Executive & Artistic Director of Diversionary Theatre in San Diego.

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.

Erik Johnson is a charter member of the Boys Choir at St. Peter’s. A former NCSU Park Scholar, he holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Physics and Mathematics, and earned a minor in Viola Performance. He has performed with a variety of musical ensembles including Renaissance and the Salisbury Symphony.