Our Directors

Beth Klemm

Beth Klemm

Beth Klemm is in her 34th year teaching music in Atascadero Unified School District, presently teaching at the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy, and providing district elementary music instruction. In her 22nd year with the Central Coast Children’s Choir, she has served as director for the Apprentice and Concert Choirs, and Advanced Vocal Ensemble, and presently is the Premiere Choir Director and Artistic Director for the CCCC organization. She has prepared choruses for collaboration with other community music groups, such as the recent opera productions of “La Boheme” and "Carmina Burana." Beth also directs Gracefull, the adult choir at Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande. She has served on the California Board of Directors for the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA), has presented sessions at the California Music Education State Conference, for the Chorister’s Guild, and State, Divisional and National ACDA Conferences, and coaches singers chosen for Western Division and National Honor Choirs. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Butler University, Indianapolis (Double Major in Choral and Instrumental Music), and a Master of Education degree in Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Beth lives in Arroyo Grande with her husband and 3 children, Derek, Rachel and Aubrey.

Melody Svennungsen

Melody Svennungsen

Melody Svennungsen, Advanced Vocal Ensemble and Concert Choir Director, is a San Luis Obispo native with over forty years of experience in vocal and theatre performance. She has appeared as soloist for the Cuesta Master Chorale and San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble and has also performed with the Mozart Festival Chorus. Melody’s conducting career began after she earned her music degree in vocal performance at Cal Poly in 2007, where she served as assistant conductor for Dr. Davies and studied voice with Katherine Arthur and Jackie Kreitzer. A member of SLOVAE since 1986, Melody is Gary Lamprecht’s Asst. Director and Soprano Section Leader. Melody teaches private voice and music theory, specializing in working with young voices and coaching students for theatre and musical auditions. In her 11th year with CCCC, Melody most enjoys facilitating the deep bonding among the singers through exploring and making music as a team; they will reap the benefits of singing together for their whole lives. She wholeheartedly believes the proverb, "If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing!"

JoAnne Stoddard

JoAnne Stoddard

JoAnne Stoddard, Apprentice Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble Director, is enjoying her 5th year with the CCCC. Originally from Montana, JoAnne graduated from the University of Idaho (Music Education, K-12 with an emphasis on flute). She began her teaching career as an elementary music teacher in Elko, NV. After moving to Paso Robles, she taught elementary music for San Miguel, Pleasant Valley, and Atascadero schools. She has recently retired from Templeton Unified School District, where she helped develop a choral music program encompassing elementary through high school age students. Many of JoAnne’s students were members of State, Regional and National ACDA Honor Choirs. She has been recognized as Templeton Elementary School Teacher of the Year (1993-1994) and TUSD Teacher of the Year (2003-2004). JoAnne has been an active member of the CA ACDA, serving on the Board of Directors. She is currently working as Director of Music at Plymouth Congregational Church in Paso Robles. She also enjoys hiking, gardening and being home with her family. JoAnne is especially grateful to the CCCC Board for their support and encouragement of the Young Men’s Ensemble; as a middle and high school choral director, she has been passionate about encouraging young men to continue singing, especially as their voices become “acclimated” to adulthood. The YME will provide an excellent venue for young men to enjoy the camaraderie of singing and develop their love for all genres of music.

Eden Bywater

Eden Bywater

Eden Bywater is excited to begin her 2nd year with the Central Coast Children's Choir as Director for the Debut Choir and Co-Director for Apprentice Choir. During high school, Eden sang with both Concert Choir and AVE, where her love for singing and participating in choral performances increased profoundly. After high school graduation, she was the Debut Choir accompanist for one short year, as well accompanist for Beth Klemm at the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy from 2010-2012, and for Anne Olson at Templeton Middle and High School in 2011. In 2012, Eden moved to Wisconsin and attended Maranatha Baptist University, studying Piano Pedagogy and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, emphasizing Music Education. She performed with her college Concert choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as accompanying for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Eden also had the wonderful opportunity to sing in the auditioned Madison Symphony Chorus in Madison, Wisconsin. Eden returned to the Central Coast in 2015, where she married her husband David Bywater. In addition to her work as director for the Central Coast Children's Choir, she is also returning to the Fine Arts Academy as a piano accompanist and continues to play and sing for weddings.