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. KidSingers' rehearsal home and concert venue is First Presbyterian Church Santa Ana where McNeff served for twenty-three years as Director of Music until 2018.

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

Dalyn Shutts

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Dalyn Shutts is the music teacher at Valle Vista and Coyote Canyon Elementary Schools. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach and her teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. Dalyn has been associate director with KidSingers since 2005 and was recently promoted to Music Director where she works alongside Founder/Artistic Director, Paul McNeff, to lead all things musical in KidSingers. She is also the artistic director of the Profectus Chamber Choir. Dalyn lives in Pomona with her young son and daughter.

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.

YESENIA (YESI) GARCIA

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Yesenia (Yesi) Navarro Garcia is a graduate of Chapman University where she received her degree in Choral Studies. Yesenia continued her studies at California State University, Fullerton, and received her teaching credential. She came to KidSingers in 2010 as an Associate Director and quickly won the admiration of staff and KidSingers alike. After three years with KidSingers, Yesenia took on a full-time choral music teaching position in the Palm Springs area. In the summer of 2016, she moved back to Orange County to teach elementary vocal music. She's currently teaching at El Sol Science & Arts Academy as a TK-5th vocal music teacher. With her return to Orange County, we welcomed Yesenia back to the KidSingers family to resume her work as Associate Director.

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.

GUADALUPE CASILLAS

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Guadalupe Casillas was an outstanding singer and soloist in KidSingers for seven years. She graduated in 2017 from Santa Ana High School and has come back to serve as an intern since her graduation. With scholarship funds from KidSingers, she attended Santa Ana College for two years, but is now full-time employed at T-Mobil. She and husband Itsai Casillas, have associate directed KidSingers’ MasterClass for the past three years to much success. For the past several years Lupe has also sung the perennial favorite, The Prayer, with KidSingers’ Founder/Artistic Director, Mr. Paul. She was promoted in 2021 to Associate Director.

RIGOBERTO OROZCO

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Rigoberto Orozco joined the staff of KidSingers as Associate Director in 2021. Rigo received his degree in music from California State University, San Bernardino where he had the chance to co-direct with the LA philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Currently, he is  currently returning to California State University, Fullerton to acquire his teaching credential. Rigo is also a board member and assistant director of Profectus Chamber Choir alongside Dalyn Shutts, who is the director of the choir. Rigo was both a substitute teacher and a children's choir director for a small after school tutoring program, Enlightened Learning Club (ELC).

Accompanists

VICKI COOK

KIDSINGERS CONCERT CHOIR & ACT 3 ACCOMPANIST

JULES VOGEL

ACT 2 ACCOMPANIST

RICHARD ABRAHAM

MASTERCLASS ACCOMPANIST

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