Dr. Christina Svec
Conductor of Concert Choir
Dr. Christina Svec is currently the Assistant Professor of Music Education at Iowa State University where she teaches courses in elementary and secondary choral music methods. She received her PhD and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education degree from Michigan State University. She has also earned three levels of certification in Music Learning Theory and three levels in Kodály.
Before coming to Iowa State and the Ames Children’s Choirs, Dr. Svec taught elementary music for six years and has been involved with early childhood music for nearly fifteen years. She has served as Director of Children’s Music for First United Methodist Church of McKinney, TX and as Director of Music (including Children’s Choirs) for First Presbyterian Church of McKinney, TX.
In addition to her music-making and educating, Dr. Svec is a passionate music education researcher. Her research interests include research methodology, research pedagogy, and singing voice development. She has presented papers, research posters, and sessions at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally. Her publications can be found in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and Kodály Encounter with several pieces in the submission process.
Conductor of Preparatory and Chorale Choirs
Mindy Phomvisay has enjoyed returning to the Ames Children’s Choirs! Mindy is a native of Alta, Iowa, and is a graduate of Iowa State University in Music Education. She served as an Assistant Director with Dr. Sylvia Munsen while in college, and then co-directed the Chorale following her Iowa State years.
Mindy has taught elementary music in the Ames, Ankeny, Green Mountain-Garwin, Perry and West Des Moines schools. She is currently teaching K-5 General Music at McKinley Elementary in Des Moines. She is also the Director of Music at First Baptist Church of Ames, where she plays for services, directs the Adult Choir, youth and children music, and has directed a Children’s Music Camp for 18 years. Mindy has served as a private flute instructor, private piano teacher, and has been a featured soloist at the Bandshell Park summer concerts.
Mindy and her husband Aiddy live in Des Moines and are the parents of three children.
Shon Stephenson joined the Ames Children’s Choirs in 2003 as the Executive Assistant. She is a graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Music in Education. As a student, Mrs. Stephenson performed as a flutist with the Iowa State Symphony, ISU Wind Ensemble, and ISU Wind Quintet. Upon graduation she worked as the music librarian for WOI public radio. Prior to joining the Ames Children’s Choirs, Mrs. Stephenson worked as an educational assistant with the Ames Community Schools.
Mrs. Stephenson has been a flutist with the Central Iowa Symphony since its inception in 1987, holding the principal chair since 2009. In addition, she has been an active member of the Ames Municipal Band since 1998. Over the years, Mrs. Stephenson has performed in numerous community recitals and special events, regularly accompanying the Ames Children’s Choirs concerts. For fifteen years, she was also a pianist with her church’s music team.
Mrs. Stephenson and her husband live in Ames. They have five grown children and five grandchildren. In addition to musical endeavors, Mrs. Stephenson enjoys gardening, traveling, and family time.