Our Directors

Melody Svennungsen

Melody Svennungsen

Melody Svennungsen is the Concert Choir and Advanced Vocal Ensemble Director, as well as Co-Artistic Director for the CCCC. She is a San Luis Obispo native with over forty years of experience in vocal and theatre performance. She appears as soloist for local choral groups including Cuesta Master Chorale and San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble. A member of SLOVAE since 1986, Melody is Gary Lamprecht’s Assistant Director and Soprano Section Leader. She also teaches private voice lessons and musicianship to all ages. Melody’s official conducting career began 11 years ago this fall with the CCCC shortly before she earned her music degree in vocal performance at Cal Poly in 2007. As a music student, she served as assistant conductor for Dr. Davies and studied voice with both Katherine Arthur and Jackie Kreitzer. Melody is grateful for the richness and meaning that music brings to her life, and for the opportunity to facilitate the deep bonding among the CCCC singers that results from singing together.

JoAnne Stoddard

JoAnne Stoddard

JoAnne Stoddard, Apprentice Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble Director, and also Co-Artistic Director for the CCCC, is enjoying her 5th year with the organization. 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 the Director for the Debut Choir and Co-Director for Apprentice Choir. In 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, she accompanied the CCCC's Debut Choir, and for the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy under Beth Klemm, and for Anne Olson at the Templeton Middle and High Schools. 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. In addition to her work with CCCC, she accompanies the Fine Arts Academy Choirs and continues to play and sing for weddings.