Laura Stevens

Alto Section Leader

Laura Stevens is currently studying Music Education at Phoenix College. A true lover of choral music, Laura is the Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix College student ensemble. As a member of the Phoenix Girls Chorus, she traveled with the group to Florida, Canada, Austria, and Germany, and participated in several local and national ACDA conferences over several years. She remains a prominent member of the PGC staff, teaching music theory to younger students and sight-singing for upper-level choirs.

Paul Lee



Robert Payne



Jordan Tompkins



Stephen Schermitzler

Music Director


Stephen has served as a musician in the church in various capacities at Chaparral Christian Church (2000-2007) and the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (2007-2011). He graduated from ASU in 2010 with a degree in music composition with piano emphasis. An accomplished singer, collaborative pianist, and handbell ringer, Stephen is also an active musical theatre director in the Valley. He is committed to creatively growing the fellowship and outreach of the music ministry program at Beatitudes.

Derick Claes


Derick is a student and musician in his senior year at Arizona School for the Arts. He joined Beatitudes choir as baritone section leader in 2018. Outside of Beatitudes, he serves as a volunteer violin teacher, robotics and cross country team captain, math tutor, and student council president. A lover of both music and science, Derick plans on pursing a chemistry degree and medical career while maintaining a life surrounded by the arts. 

Alicia Werner


Alicia Werner is currently a senior at Desert Vista High School, and will be studying vocal performance and business at ASU in the Fall. Alicia is versatile in the creative arts, participating in band, theater, choir, and ceramics.

Gabrielle Almeter


Currently a senior at Arizona School for the Arts, Gabrielle plans to study journalism at university next year and pursue a career abroad. As a member of Phoenix Children’s Chorus for 8 years, she has performed internationally in Australia and Argentina and participated in regional, all-state, and ACDA choirs. Gabrielle is a choral teacher’s assistant at her school and has the privilege of teaching choir to students from grades 7-12 on a daily basis. She has immensely enjoyed her time working at Beatitudes and looks forward to continuing as a member of the community.

Dr. Katherine  Thilakaratne 


Katherine received her degree in vocal performance at Arizona State University. Recent performances include Die Zauberflöte (First Lady) with the Landesbühnen Sachsen-Germany, Owen Wingrave (Mrs. Coyle) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Marcellina) with Arizona State Lyric Opera Theater. She has appeared in recitals across the United States, Mexico, Italy, and Germany. In addition to being an avid performer, Katherine has taught both at West Valley Music Studio, Milano’s Music Studio, RLS Music Studio, and as a Teaching Assistant at Arizona State University.


Beatitudes Church, a progressive Christian church, affirms that every person has worth as a unique creation made in the image of God. We recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of the Church persons of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability and economic status.




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