Ken Berg, Music Director Susan Berg, Associate Music Director Margaret Stinnett, Executive Director Susan Simon, Business Director Jeff Caulk, Senior Chorister Music Assistant Erin Evans, Junior Chorister Music Assistant Phillip Ritchey, Junior Chorister Music Assistant David Mandt, Music Assistant David Berg, Music Assistant Michael Megginson, Music Assistant
A native of the Virginia / North Carolina region, Ken Berg graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a BME in 1977 and an MME in 1981. For 28 years he was the Director of Choirs and Fine Arts Chairman at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham before retiring in 2005 to become the Music Minister and Composer in Residence at Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
In 2011, Ken retired from church work to become the 1st full-time Music Director of the BIRMINGHAM BOYS CHOIR, having been part time with them since 1978. He and his wife, Susan are the proud parents of two sons, Michael and David; both fine musicians in their own right!
Ken has served as a State and Southern Division officer with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and has also served on the Training Courses Committee of the Royal School of Church Music in America. In addition to touring extensively throughout Europe, Japan and North America, his choirs have sung at ACDA, OAKE and MENC State, Division and National Conventions.
Ken often serves as clinician and adjudicator throughout the U.S. His music is published with Alfred Music, Bella Voce Press (www.bellavocepress.com), Carl Fischer, Chorister’s Guild, Colla Voce, Emerson Music, Hal Leonard, Hinshaw Music, Kjos Music, MorningStar Music, National Music Publishers, Pavane Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishers and Walton Music.
Susan Berg earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Samford University. She has worked for many years alongside her husband Ken with the Birmingham Boys Choir as the Director of the Junior Choristers (3rd – 5th graders), and also is the accompanist for the Senior Choristers. Susan maintains a private piano studio in her home and has served as an officer for local and state Music Teachers’ Associations. She has also served as church pianist and children’s choir coordinator in several churches in the Birmingham area.
Margaret Stinnett is the Executive Director for the Birmingham Boys Choir. She has over 25 years of business and non-profit experience and holds a degree in English and Music. A Birmingham native and the daughter of a second generation steel worker, her education began at Birmingham Southern College and was completed at the University of California in Irvine. Margaret has three magnificent children and enjoys meeting new people, fantastic food, attending quality, professional musical performances, going to France, literature and November. Her mission is to introduce the state of Alabama to one of the finest boy choirs in the world. Birmingham – this is YOUR choir!
Susan Simon is the Business Director for the Birmingham Boys Choir and has served in this capacity since June of 2007. Prior to that time, as a busy mother of four sons, she was a homemaker and was actively involved with the BBC through the lives of her sons. Collectively, her boys sang for a period of twelve years during which Susan served, along with her husband, Harold, in various capacities on the Board of Directors for the BBC. She also served as a music assistant for several years as well. It has been said that she has done everything one can do with the BBC with the exception of conducting! The Simons are passionate about the Birmingham Boys Choir!
Susan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. She actually worked as a chemist during the early years of her marriage while her husband completed his medical training. A native of Savannah, Georgia, Susan appreciates all things southern. She enjoys interacting with the BBC boys and their families, reading, cooking, fine dining and is very active in her church home.
Senior Chorister Music Assistant
Jeff Caulk grew up in Collierville, TN, where he played lots of soccer and sang in choir as well, all the while unaware how much better he was at music than soccer. After coming to his senses, he went to Samford University and earned a Bachelor’s in Vocal/Choral Music Education, Orff Levels 1 and 2 Certifications, and a Masters in Music Education. During that time, Mr. Caulk performed in shows and recitals, worked in local churches as a singer and children’s choir director, and began and still works with the Birmingham Boys Choir.
Mr. Caulk is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society of Music, and is on the board of the Alabama Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He currently teaches at Bagley and Irondale Community Schools in the Jefferson County School System as the K – 5 music teacher and middle school choir director.
He lives in Vestavia, AL with his wife, son, and daughter. Fun facts about Mr. Caulk: he was voted Most Likely to Brighten Your Day, his high school choir director was a groomsman in his wedding, and he is a twin.
Erin Evans has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women. Erin’s older brother was in the Birmingham Boys Choir (class of 1993), and Erin always wanted to join, despite the obvious setback. She finally got her chance when she was asked to be a part of the BBC staff in 2006! Being a part of choirs at John Carroll Catholic High School, UAB, and the BBC, Erin has been fortunate enough to get to travel the world, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Japan, and Costa Rica, as well as all around the United States.
Phillip Ritchey began singing with the BBC in the 3rd grade, in August 2001. He graduated from the BBC in 2007 and continued to sing throughout high school, both in the BBC and in his school choir. He graduated from Spain Park High School in 2011, and continued to sing with the BBC as a Music Assistant, as well as in the UAB Concert Choir. In April 2015, he graduated from UAB with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and works with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, while still proudly singing with the BBC!
Phillip has traveled all over the world to sing, both with the BBC and with other choirs. He sang on tour with the BBC in Florida (2007), Japan (2009), Arizona and New Mexico (2011), Costa Rica (2013), and Germany and the Czech Republic (2015). He also traveled to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg with the Sound of America National Choir; to the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Italy, and Austria with the UAB Concert Choir; as well as all over the US, singing all the while! He also sings at his church, St. Symeon Orthodox Christian Church, and is one of the choir directors there. He thanks God for his musical ability, and thanks Ken and Susan Berg for their training and example throughout his life!
David Mandt – Music Assistant
David Mandt is the newest addition to the Birmingham Boys Choir Music Staff. He began singing at the age of 8 in the third grade with the Birmingham Boys Choir, where he continued to sing for 10 years. He recently finished his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Florida State University. At Florida State, he had the amazing opportunity to work with the esteemed faculty there: Dr. Andre Thomas, Dr. Judy Bowers, and Dr. Kevin Fenton. He served as President of multiple musical organizations at Florida State; each of these ensembles competed and traveled internationally to Europe, Asia, and Central America. He returned to Birmingham upon his graduation and considers himself very fortunate to be a staff member of this wonderful organization.