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The Board and Staff

Board of Directors:


Vice President

Joseph Cuestas

William "Bill" Grisham

David Scott

Bob Sartor

Gary Sartor

Ron Schaffer

Dee Woolridge

Margarette Shelton

Artistic Staff:

Ray Norris
Artistic Director

Peter Gross
Principal Accompanist

Gary Sartor
Artistic Director: 
Ray Norris

Ray is excited to be the new Artistic Director for Live Oak Singers, the chorus' third season.  

A California native, Ray moved to Texas in early 2000, and has been in San Antonio the past 4 years.  His music background spans four decades and includes participation in various vocal performance groups and choirs including Redeemed, Voices of Hope and Resounding Harmony.  Ray was also part of the cast of HMS Pinafore at the Long Beach community Playhouse, and various other local productions.  

Ray has over ten years’ experience as Director of Music for several churches and religious organizations.  He has also directed music for several ECWR conferences, and the ‘Bloomin Ball’ in Dallas for the Aids Interfaith Network. 

His leadership began at an early age of 15 leading his DeMolay (a Masonic youth group) chapter in California as Master Councilor.  Since then he has held many board officer and member roles, and in his professional career has led technology departments, teams, and projects for over 30 years.  

Ray is currently a Project Manager for a local San Antonio based company. 

Peter Gross
Peter Samuel Gross III

Peter Gross received his Piano Performance degree from Texas Lutheran University.

He is a choir Accompanist for various churches and Staff Accompanist at St. Mary's University.

Peter is a private piano instructor and was the Accompanist for the Alamo City Men's Chorale for 15 years.

Founding Artistic Director: 
Ron Casola

Ron Casola earned his Bachelor's degree in Performance of Voice with a minor in both conducting and piano from Illinois Wesleyan University. He studied voice under Dr. David Nott. Additionally Ron studied conducting with Margaret Hillis (founder and director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus), Robert Shaw (founder and director of the Robert Shaw Chorale) and Ned Rorem (contemporary composer and director). Ron has soloed with the Phoenix Symphony, the San Diego opera, and the Boston Pops under the direction of Doc Severinson at Carnegie Hall.

Ron has been a guest vocal and conducting clinician throughout California, Arizona and the Chicago areas. He has been directing choirs for forty years and teaching and coaching voice for forty-five years. Ron was the Founding Artistic Director of the Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus in 1990 (gay men's chorus), the Founding Artistic Director for Soul Survivors in 2007 (breast cancer survivors singing to raise funds for student nurses in cancer research) and the Founding Artistic Director of the Voices of the Desert in 2008 (LGBT and allies chorus in Phoenix raising funds for displaced LGBT youth).