Rainier Youth Choirs

Leora Schwitters

Artistic Director/Founder


Young Women's Ensemble,

Consonare, Colla Voce

Leora Schwitters retired after 25 years of teaching K-12 choral, instrumental, and general music in the public schools, mainly at Cedar Heights Junior High in Kent, WA. She holds a Bachelor's of Music, Summa Cum Laude, from Yankton College Conservatory of Music, South Dakota, and a Master of Arts for Teachers in Music Education from the University of Washington.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."  -  Plato

Karen Fulmer

Executive Director

Karen Fulmer is retired from the Sumner School District after teaching choral music for 31 years at the junior high and high school levels and serving as district Music Coordinator. She holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in secondary music education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

"I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the Arts are the keys to learning." - Plato           

Brian Hoskins, Director Young Men's Ensemble, Consonare

Brian Hoskins is the choral director at Nelsen Middle School and Lindbergh High School in Renton, WA. He received his BA in Music Education from Washington State University and Masters Degree in Music Education from the Steinhardt School at New York University.

Amy Fuller, Director

Bella Voce  

Amy Fuller is the choral director at Bonney Lake HS in the Sumner School District.  Ms. Fuller has a B.A. in Choral Music Education from Central Washington University, and an M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University.  

“The music master familiarizes children’s minds with rhythms and melodies, thus making them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves, and more capable in whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential to the whole of life.” - Plato

Karen Martin, Director Primo Voce

Karen Martin is the general music specialist at Kent Elementary.She holds a Bachelor of Science in instrumental music from Moorhead State University, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein          

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.." - Aristotle                       

Tia Monsen,                  Accompanist, Bella Voce, Colla Voce

Tia Monsen is an accompanist for the Auburn School District and accompanies many local soloists for recitals, festivals and competitions. Tia is also the Worship and Music Coordinator for Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Montana in Missoula. 

She and her husband Bill have led music at the contemporary worship service and have sung in the chancel choir at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church in Renton for over 30 years. Lori accompanies both children and youth choirs directed by her husband at the church. Together they provide music for weddings and other special events.

Lori McEwen, Lead Accompanist, Consonare, Colla Voce

Lori McEwen studied piano and voice at Central Washington University and currently accompanies many local school choirs and their students for large group and solo/ensemble contests and for NATS competitions.