Spring Concert - "An American Quilt" featuring a Jazz Mass and American folk music
Pam Cochrane is the Conductor and the Managing and Artistic Director of the Regal Opera Company Chorale. She began the company twenty three years ago for professional singers in the area to perform their craft,and she produced over forty operas and operettas. The operas were phased out three years ago, and now the Chorale is the focus of the company. Ms. Cochrane is an alumna of the University of Oklahoma and Texas Woman’s University graduating with a BME and an MA in Vocal Pedagogy. She has taught music to students from elementary age to the university level and was the “Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year” from Harrison Lane Elementary in Hurst, Texas. With over twenty years’ experience in sacred music, Ms. Cochrane has conducted many anthems and major works with church choirs in Georgia, Kentucky and Texas and was Director of Choirs at Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas. Maintaining a voice studio in her home has always been an important part of her life for forty years and over thirty of her students have been selected to the Texas All-State Choir. Several of her students have sung with major opera companies and in professional musical theaters. In 2003 Ms. Cochrane received the Women’s Shelter “Legacy of Women Award” for excellence in the Arts category. She believes that “the arts elevate the spirit and stir the imagination!”
Dorenda has enjoyed playing piano in a variety of capacities since the age of seven, accompanying choirs, vocal soloists, instrumentalists, and musical productions. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with an emphasis in piano and choral directing. In addition to teaching private piano, she has taught public school music ranging from elementary general music to high school concert choir. As past accompanist for the Regal Opera Company, she played for Tales of Carmen and South Pacific, Little Mary Sunshine, Yeoman of the Guard, Mystery of Sherwood Manor, Patience, and The Mikado. Dorenda currently serves as accompanist for a number of local middle and high-school choral and band programs, voice studios, and the Regal Chorale. She lives in Keller with her husband, Woody, and son Landon.
Mike was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Services Administration. He has been involved with the Regal Opera Theater Company and Chorale since 2011 and has appeared in all winter Chorale performances and several of the Company's stage productions, such as “The Mikado” and the final performance, "Celebration." Mike currently lives in Colleyville, TX and is married to Kathy. Together they have two daughters, one son and one granddaughter. In his role as a board member, Mike serves as the President of the Regal Opera Company.
Celeste was born and raised in Ohio, living mainly in Canton, Ohio. In 1999, Celeste moved to Fort Worth, Texas. While Celeste does not sing, she does have a love of live theater and a love for Opera that developed when she was a college student in Ohio. She worked behind the scenes in props, costuming, lighting, sound, and set painting at the Players Guild Theater in Canton, Ohio, for the Canton Ballet, and for the Canton Civic Opera Company. A friend introduced Celeste to the Regal Opera Company’s production of The Elixir of Love in the fall of 2007. Celeste was appointed to the Regal Opera Company Board in 2011 and appointed as Secretary of the Board in January 2015.
Kelli’s choral career began while living in Austin more than 25 years ago. After moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Kelli performed in plays and musicals in Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, and Grapevine. She first sang for Regal Opera in 1998 but left soon after to raise her children. She rejoined in 2013 and in 2017 became treasurer for the Regal Opera Chorale. Kelli has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in history from Southern Methodist University. She is the curator for the Visitor Center and Museum in Roanoke, Texas.
Crys began her singing career as a vocal student of Pam's in high school. She was a member of her university choirs and studied music education, eventually graduating with a business degree. She has been a member of the Chorale since 2017 and serves as The Chorale's marketing chair concentrating on its online presence and promotion.