Our Staff

Elizabeth Lenti

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

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.

Emily Mason

Emily Mason

Director of the Town Choirs

Emily Mason, a Charlotte native, began singing at the age of six with The Choir School and graduated from the Mastersingers in 2013. The Choir School inspired her to pursue the profession of sharing music with young children. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of South Carolina in 2017, she spent the next two years there studying Choral Music Education and recently earned her Master’s degree. In addition to her new work with The Choir School, she will serve as the General Music Teacher at a CMS elementary magnet school, Chantilly Montessori in the coming school year.

Dan Kirsch

Dan Kirsch

Interim Executive Director

A longtime arts and nonprofit leader, 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. In Charlotte, he was the founder of One Voice Chorus, Festival Director of OutCharlotte, and the first Executive Director of the Lesbian & Gay Community Center on Central Avenue.

Kay Johnson

Kay Johnson

Director of Program & Finance

Kay Johnson is Director of Program and Finance for 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.

MasterSingers Assistants

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.