William R. Adams – Founder & Artistic Director
Director, Tour Choir
William R. Adams, a licensed child psychologist, founded the Fort Bend Boys Choir in 1982 with only 45 initial members. The organization has now grown into five performing ensembles with over 200 choristers. His many years of experience include working with a number of both adult and children’s choirs, including The Singing Boys of Houston and The Phoenix Boys Choir. Having toured extensively both in the U.S. and abroad, he has been a guest conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He personally directs the Tour and Cantabilé Choirs.
Mr. Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in psychology and vocal performance from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts degree in psychology from Arizona State University. He is actively sought as a festival clinician, camp director and adjudicator for various children’s choirs throughout Texas and the nation. Mr. Adams has also directed the sanctuary choirs and the music ministries at two Houston-area churches, serving frequently as a soloist himself. His choral accomplishments include performances with the San Francisco Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera and the Nova Chamber Singers in Houston.
Mr. Adams professional affiliations include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, The Royal School of Church Music and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. He is the former Southwestern Division Chair of the American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards Committee for Boychoirs.
Tiana Mortimer – Executive Director
Tiana Mortimer received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Operations Management and Marketing from the University of Houston. She joined the organization in June 1999 after several years as Office Manager and Project Specialist in the environmental consulting field. She brings extensive organizational skills and experience in management and marketing. She is the proud mother of two sons; her son Bryce is an alumnus of our organization.
Jason Ritchie – Director, Town/Training Choir
Jason Ritchie is a 1997 choir alumnus turned music professional. He is currently teaching elementary music education at Griffin Elementary in Katy ISD after having taught Kindergarten through fourth grade in Alief ISD. He graduated summa cum laude from Moore’s School of Music at the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in piano. During his college career, Mr. Ritchie was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He also is a member of Cantabilé, our alumni choir.
Amanda Sanderson – Accompanist, Tour Choir
Amanda Sanderson holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University. An accomplished teacher and performer, Amanda maintains a private woodwind and piano studio and performs weekly with the orchestra and praise band at Tallowood Baptist Church. She also regularly accompanies band, choir, and orchestra programs for multiple school districts in the Greater Houston area. Amanda’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the International Clarinet Association, and the Texas Choral Directors Association. Her brother Blair is an alumnus of our organization.
Rebecca Chua – Accompanist, Town/Training Choir
Rebecca Chua holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Moore’s School of Music at the University of Houston under the mentorship of Nancy Weems. Born and raised in Malaysia, she has years of experience working with children of many backgrounds as a youth counselor, piano teacher, choir accompanist, choir conductor, and other roles. Rebecca also has worked as a pianist and vocalist for several organizations such as New Heart Music School, Melody and Rhythm Chinese Choir, Light & Salt Association, and ACTS (Performing Arts Ministries). In addition to teaching private piano, Rebecca currently works as the main pianist and choral accompanist for the Houston Chinese Church.