Lindsay Reilly is originally from the great state of Montana, but found her way to Houston in 2012 after 9 years in the New Orleans area. A lifelong performer, joining a choir was a priority when she relocated to Houston 8 years ago. In fact, joining IVH (UNAIC at the time) was one of the first things she did in Houston, even before she and her husband had found a house! Lindsay has been a part of the choir’s leadership team since her early days in the choir. She has served as Soprano section leader, Auditions Coordinator, Membership Director, and currently serves as President.
As President, Lindsay is able to give back to this incredible organization that has brought so much joy to her life. “It is awe-inspiring to sit in the same room with over 100 people from all different backgrounds, united for a single purpose. Music is what brings us together, but we are constantly learning from one another, sharing our languages, cultures and traditions, embracing our diversity. We truly embody our mission of creating global harmony by celebrating and giving voice to human difference. And that’s a beautiful thing.”
Tony is originally from the Chicagoland area and has lived in Houston since late 1983, with a two-year hiatus in Wisconsin from 1987-89. He holds an MA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MLS from Louisiana State University. Currently an educational software trainer for a Florida-based company, Tony has also served as a university librarian, director of institutional effectiveness & planning, and director of institutional assessment at three US colleges.
He has been with IVH since at least 2006, starting when the choir was affiliated with UNA-Houston as UNAIC. Tony serves as vice-president on the Board of Directors and has also served as section head for the basses. He initially was attracted to the choir because of the variety and quality of international music performed, and it is the family feeling of the group that keeps him active.
Doreen Lee was born in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and has lived in Sugar Land, Texas since 1998.
Doreen is a proud alumna of the University of Houston, where she studied Spanish, Italian, and earned her Master’s in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. In 2006, she received a scholarship to study at the Università di Siena in Italy. This experience played an instrumental role in developing her appreciation for the rich culture and history that different parts of the world has to offer.
This love of world cultures inspired Doreen to pursue a career in education. Since 2009, she has taught Spanish at the Gifted and Talented Academy in Fort Bend ISD. As she often shares her passion for music with her students, it was in fact a student who made the connection between music and world cultures, and mentioned the United Nations Association International Choir — soon to become International Voices Houston — on a fateful day in 2014.
In January 2015, Doreen began singing with International Voices Houston. What drew her here was the possibility of exploring global music, to sing in different languages and learn about the cultures that the music came from. Through the years, what was once a hobby quickly grew into a passion. There is something so sublimely powerful in being able to use music to celebrate human diversity. This drove Doreen to join the Board of Directors in June 2016, where she continues to help IVH spread its mission today.
Andrew McDiarmid is originally from Oak Harbor Washington in the Northwest. He has called Houston home for 18 years. He has Bachelors Degree in Business Management and professionally is an accountant in oil and gas royalties. Andrew has been a member of International Voices Houston for a year and a half, after spending 25 years in GALA Choruses in Los Angeles, Denver and Houston.
International Voices Houston allows our singers to explore the passion and resilience of the world. Realizing that the power of music in many languages changes people’s lives and opens up their horizons to lives and livelihood outside Texas. It is a unique and joyous place to perform and participate. Andrew is honored to be asked to be part of the board as the Treasurer. Keeping our financial picture focused and updated is a great aspect of his work with International Voices Houston.
Jeff Basen-Engquist has been a Houstonian since 1950, aside from a journey to New Orleans for undergraduate and grad school at Tulane University. He received his MA from U. of Houston in 1982. Jeff volunteered and worked in the Battered Women’s Movement for over ten years, receiving Houston Area Women’s Center 1985 Community Service Award, Texas Council on Family Violence 1988 Statewide Leadership Award, & Texas Women’s Political Caucus 1993 Good Guy Award.
Jeff later worked as a Program or Executive Director in mental health, child abuse and family service nonprofit organizations while also providing numerous invited addresses, trainings, and consultations for a variety of meetings and organizations. Jeff retired to do his best work as stay-at-home Dad in 2002. He has been singing with the choir since 2013 and serves as Development Chair. A veteran of the shower, he joined IVH at a friend’s urging, not having sung publicly since his high school choir and octet. The joy of singing with a welcoming, diverse, and creative assemblage motivates him to stay.
Sowmya Balasubramani was born in Bangalore , the Silicon Valley of India. She moved to Houston in 2004 as a graduate student to pursue her dream of becoming an architect.
Learning about world architecture at the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture at the University of Houston reinforced the love she had in learning about diverse cultures and traditions. She is a practicing architect at a commercial design firm in Houston.
Sowmya is a trained Indian classical dancer and singer. This passion for music and dance coupled with her desire to learn more from the world around her, led her to International Voices of Houston in 2016.
Sowmya has been on the board since June 2017 so that she could be actively involved in sharing the joy that the chorus has given her. As Culture and Community Outreach Coordinator she oversees the chorus’ community appearances and coordinates its various volunteer opportunities.
As a mother of two boys, she believes that raising a future generation that embraces and celebrates human differences is the key to a peaceful tomorrow. Being a part of International Voices Houston has enabled her to do just that.
Alexis S Mobley was born in Rome, New York, but spent most of her time growing up in San Angelo, Texas. In 2016, she moved to Houston, TX to work on her doctoral degree in Neuroinflammation at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Before working on her doctorate, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry magna cum laude from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas and a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Abilene, Texas. Her work focuses on biomedical research in aging and stroke.
Alexis has been part of the choir since Spring 2017. Since her joining the soprano section, she has also worked as the Social Media Manager soon after her joining. She was drawn to the choir as a sense of community and stress relief from grad school troubles. She has enjoyed learning cultural awareness and singing songs in their native languages. She found a family away from family and continues to find love and support from all of the members.
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