Leadership

Staff

ronbechtelRon Bechtel
Executive Director
Ron oversees ACM’s daily operations, directs the ACM Festival Choir, and serves as President of the board. Since 1993 he has served on the music staff at Faith Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Washington, where he is currently Organist and Music Director. He operates a private music studio of piano and organ students, and is a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, American Guild of Organists, and American Choral Directors Association. As a lifelong church musician, he has composed over a dozen hymn tunes for congregational singing. Since 2002 he has served many as a licensed Realtor®. Ron is married to Ruth, and their children and grandchildren live in Salem, Oregon.

Education:
B.A., Church Music, Cedarville University, Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary

EAH website photoElissa Hastings
Executive Assistant
Elissa manages ACM’s administrative office functions and coordinates ACM’s events.  As an experienced graphic artist, she designs and produces ACM’s publicity and correspondence.  Her creative skills have given her opportunities to create commissioned works for individuals as well as for ministry organizations including Wilderness Northwest and The Refuge. She is a published illustrator of a full-length story written by children’s author Mary Elizabeth Edgren. She attends Providence Reformed Baptist Church with her family.

 

Board of Directors

Kirk Bentson
Kirk has had a life-long interest in music, participating in church and community choirs in several different locations.After retiring from the Air Force and a second career with the State Department, he returned to Tacoma, Washington.His interest in music, and especially the use of music in corporate worship, led him to become involved in ACM. In addition to his professional education and training, Kirk has a Master of Theological Studies degree from Chesapeake Theological Seminary.

MRL - sized for websiteMaddie Lee
Maddie holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA. She has served as a choral and soloist accompanist since elementary school, and worked as staff accompanist for Covenant College. She currently accompanies the Faith Presbyterian Church and ACM choirs, and works with various student and professional musicians in the South Sound area. Maddie lives in Fife with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Marshall.

Jim Price
Jim is formally trained as an aerospace engineer, works primarily as a software developer, and has played guitar since inheriting his grandfather’s 1926 Martin 2-17 parlor guitar at nine years of age. He has studied classical guitar since 2005, and has a particular fondness for Bach. He is an elder and plays occasionally at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, where he has attended since becoming a Christian in 2003 and discovering what music was for. Now sporting three generations of dings and (repaired) cracks, the Martin is still going strong.

Paul Schmucker
Paul Schmucker brings to ACM a great love of good music. From high school days in Hutchison, Kansas, as a high tenor in 16-voice chorale, to choir at University of Kansas at Lawrence. As a Christian worshiper, he finds great joy in congregational singing, especially to a strong organ accompaniment.

He comes from a business career, food manufacturing first, then commercial real estate owner, and finally as a owner in the property and casualty insurance business.  Paul and his wife Carolyn (now with the Lord) have two musical adult children a musical son-in-law, and two grandchildren who are developing young musicians.

 

Board of Advisors

Martha Alford
Martha holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houghton College and a Master of Flute Performance from the University of Idaho.

Martha resides in Holland, Michigan and travels the country as flutist and handbell clinician.  She served as adjunct professor of Woodwind Methods at Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, taught Music History, Basic Experiences in Music, and flute at Lancaster Bible College (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), directed the concert bands at Delaware County Christian School (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania), and the orchestra at The Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania). She taught general and instrumental music at Westminster Academy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and in the South Colonie School District (Albany, New York).

Martha played principal flute with the Washington Idaho Symphony, the Gold Coast Opera, the Florida Symphonic Pops, the Florida Wind Symphony, and the New York State Band Director’s Association Intercollegiate Band. Winning a Northwest collegiate orchestral competition, she soloed with the Spokane Symphony. She studied with Gary Schocker, David Cramer, Kimberly Reighley, Christine Nield, John Oberbrunner, Richard Hahn, and Joanna Bassett, and has performed in masterclass with Bonita Boyd and James Galway.

Martha founded and conducted Philadelphia Bronze, an advanced auditioned community handbell ensemble. She was Pennsylvania State Representative for Handbell Musicians of America.

Margaret Eby
Margaret holds an Associate of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Cottey College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration from the University of Puget Sound (UPS).While at UPS, Margaret sang with the Adelphian Concert Choir where she experienced the joy of singing in a choir. Before she graduated from UPS she got a job as the Minister of Music at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, Washington. There she stayed for 7 years directing adult and children choirs, choreographing youth musicals, and encouraging soloist of all ages.For nearly 10 years, Margaret sang in a 6-voice woman’s acapella group, but now she worships the Lord by singing in the Faith Presbyterian Church choir (which she also assists as substitute conductor) and in the ACM Festival Choir.

Ross - for websiteRoss Hauck
Ross is a resident of Maple Valley, Washington, where he lives with his wife and four children. He maintains an active concert career in sacred oratorio, appearing regularly with symphonies across the country. He has sung Messiah with the symphonies of Seattle, Dallas, Portland, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Kansas City, and recorded the work with the Apollos Fire Orchestra. He is adjunct professor of voice at Seattle University. The son of music educators, he grew up singing in the church. His true passion is the intersection of art and faith. He often programs sacred concerts and creative collaborations with ministries, universities, or churches. Ross leads the music ministry at his home church, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Issaquah. This fall, he became a member of the ACM board, and is delighted to be a part of this evening’s program. For more information, visit www.rosshauck.com.