Our Staff

GET TO KNOW US

PAUL MCNEFF

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Founder – Received his B.A. degree in Choral/Vocal Music from Cal State Long Beach and his M.A. degree in Vocal Performance from Cal State Fullerton. Additionally, he has studied with many of the leading choral conducting pedagogues of our day, including Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, and Paul Salamunovich. He has performed professionally with Opera Pacific, Irvine Camerata, L.A. Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Master Chorale of Orange County and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. He has consistently led his choirs in performances that have inspired audiences throughout the world. Paul has also served as Director of Choral Ministries at the Crystal Cathedral where he led the Hour of Power Choir before a weekly television audience of 20 million people. In 1997 he founded KidSingers. He is currently minister of music at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, where the KidSingers’  often perform their concerts.

BEVERLY MCNEFF

CO-FOUNDER & MC

"Mrs. Cool”! A former actress, broadcaster, and talent agent in Hollywood, Beverly brings years of professional performance experience and understanding to the KidSingers’  program. “Mrs. Cool” (as she is known by the kids) provides the children with the training they need to not only perform well, but to increase their skills in self-esteem and confidence. In 1978, Beverly founded Miracle Distribution Center, a non-profit organization which focuses on spiritual healing through personal responsibility focused on the power of forgiveness. She is married to KidSingers’ founder, Paul McNeff, and they live in Anaheim Hills with their son, Jeffrey.

SANDY BRISBIN

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Sandy Brisbin has years of administrative experience working in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to working for KidSingers, she was employed for five years as the Assistant to the Emergency Shelter Program Director for Human Options, a non-profit domestic violence agency, providing service to abused women and their children. Sandy has served as the Program Director for KidSingers since 2004. She states, “Working with these kids is the most rewarding work I have ever done. They come to us painfully shy — some not able to even look at whoever is talking to them. By the end of their first season these same kids are raising their hands to audition for solo pieces that they will sing in concerts in front of hundreds of people.”

Directors

COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE

LIANNE BREWER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Lianne Brewer grew up in Southern California, and has a BA in Music from California State University, Los Angeles. She has been teaching music to children for more than 30 years. She taught private piano for many years, and then studied early childhood music in Salzburg, Austria and in Chicago, IL. After getting married, she and her husband moved to Springfield, IL where she started, and still owns, an early childhood music studio called “The Music Factory.” Children from birth up to age 10 are enrolled in music classes there! She and her husband, Greg, returned to Southern California in 2013, and Lianne started volunteering for KidSingers in the fall of 2014. After two years of assisting with Act 2, she became the director of Act 2 for the 2016-17 season.

ITSAI CASILLAS SORIANO

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

After seven years in the KidSingers program, Itsai Casillas graduated in 2015 with $3,500 in KidSingers Scholarship money. Itsai is presently enrolled at the University of La Verne with a major in Business Administration. He came back to KidSingers to be an intern/associate director of MasterClass, as well as doing Production Management work. We are so proud to have “home grown” talent coming back to KidSingers teaching and giving of their time and talent to a program that meant so much to them in their development.

ANDREA HILLIARD

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Andrea Hilliard was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. She grew up singing and playing music instruments for children’s ensembles. Andrea graduated from the University of Indonesia with a degree in French Language and subsequently studied music at Singapore Bible College, majoring in Voice. After coming to California in 2004, she pursued a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at Azusa Pacific University. Andrea joined KidSingers in the summer 2017 as Associate Conductor. Besides teaching at KidSingers, she is active as a professional singer with groups in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and as a soloist, adjudicating and giving training to church choirs. Andrea has taught piano and voice lessons and has directed many choirs of varying ages in churches and other locations. Andrea and her husband Don live in Anaheim with their feline boys, Dell and Taylor.

Dennis Frayne

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Dennis serves actively as a musician and teacher throughout Southern California. Dennis directed the Act 2 choir with KidSingers for the 2014-2016 seasons, and returned in 2019 to rejoin the KidSingers team. Dennis received his BM in Music Education, with Choral/Vocal and Piano emphases, from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach, as well as a BA in Theater Arts, and California teaching credentials in Music and Theater Arts. Dennis received his Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Social Justice and Equity from CSU, Fresno, and presently attends CSU, Channel Islands, working on his Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Accompanists

VICKI COOK

KIDSINGERS CONCERT CHOIR & ACT 3 ACCOMPANIST

JULES VOGEL

ACT 2 ACCOMPANIST

RICHARD ABRAHAM

MASTERCLASS ACCOMPANIST

Interns

GUADALUPE CASILLAS

A previous KidSinger came back to help intern due to her love of the program. Guadalupe helps our soprano and alto section in the main choir and Act 2, In addition to this she is also the choreographer for MasterClass.

3947 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807

714-630-3883