Meet Our Members!


Jan Taylor - Lead, On Temporary Leave

     I have been a musician almost all my life, with seventeen years of training as a classical pianist followed by five years of vocal training, and lots of years of dance (ballet, jazz, and a little tap). Prior to joining Red RockAppella in 2011, my only public singing was recitals, my wedding, and around campfires. I am also on the board of directors of the Benefactors of Red Rock State Park and the Grand Canyon River Runners Association.

     My hobbies are hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, and knitting. Since joining RRA, I have served on the board as membership chair, recording secretary, show chair, and acting president.



Sandy Adams - Tenor


Sandy joined Sweet Adelines International November 1, 1990 as a member of the Harborlites Chorus in Huntington Beach, CA and sang with Harborlites for 9 years. She has also sung with other International Champion choruses: Rich-Tone Chorus; Pride of Baltimore Chorus; and Scottsdale Chorus. During her 28 years as a member of Sweet Adelines International, she has been involved in singing, management and directing aspects of the barbershop art form. She has sung tenor, lead, and baritone in choruses and quartets.


Sandy was one of the founding members of Red RockAppella in September 2006 and was the Director from July 2008 to July 2017. She currently is singing tenor in the chorus and with the Reflections Quartet; and is the tenor section leader for the chorus.



Sue Buffum - Bari

I grew up in Rhode Island, graduating from Brown University with a BA in mathematics and economics, followed by an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut. I relocated from New Jersey to the beautiful red rocks of Sedona in June 2017, after a 40+ year career as an investment professional.        

My musical experience includes singing in my church choir in New Jersey. Prior to that I sang in the choirs of the First Baptist Church of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Calvary Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island. I sang in the mixed chorus in junior high but opted to play in the band instead once I got to high school.

            I love traveling, golfing, biking, and hiking, and when I’m not doing those things—or singing—I volunteer at the library and am still in the process of renovating my house.

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Sharon Madison - Lead

My music background consists of singing in my church and school choirs while growing up in upstate New York and singing in a women’s a cappella group in college. Over the years I have sung in various school and community musicals as well as performing “on the road” with my a cappella group in Bermuda.

Once I left college, I did not sing with a group until I moved to Sedona, where I became a charter member of Red RockAppella in 2006. I have held various positions in the chorus from music committee, to section leader, to team leader. I have also written most of the show scripts for our annual performances. I am willing to serve on the team although I am frequently (and literally) “on the trail.”

Jeanie Carroll - Former Director, Bari and Bass Smile



Deb Sanders - Lead

     A long-time Sedona resident, Deb has been exposed to Barbershop music her whole life thanks to her dad who was an avid Barbershopper! She has lent her sensational lead voice to Red RockAppella since its inception and to several quartets and has an unparalleled mastery of the Barbershop tone. Deb has been an educator for many years, leading the gifted program for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District forming the leaders of tomorrow.    

     Red Rockappella is grateful for all the education received through her wonderful warm-up exercises where she shares her expansive knowledge about great vocal production!


Dianne Evans - Bari

     Dianne is enjoying her third year with Red RockAppella and Sweet Adelines.  Her baritone voice has also been heard in two RRA quartets:  Calliope and Plan B. 

     Dianne was born in Michigan and ran a hospital blood bank in her home town.  Wanderlust later took her to a 300-year old house in Boston where she sold hospital information systems.  Her next leap was to Northern Virginia to manage training for an information systems firm from her Civil War Era farmhouse. 

     Ten years ago she finally discovered her true home in the Verde Valley.  When she isn't singing, she runs a home remodeling business, teaches water aerobics, and attempts abstract painting.


Karen Harrison - Bass

     I am a Navy Brat, born and raised in Edmonds, Washington. I moved to Arizona  in 1970, and have been here in Cottonwood for about 38 years.

     Music has been part of my life since I was a child.. In the 3rd grade, I played “Little Red Riding Hood” in a puppet show, singing the title song. I have been in every Glee Club, Chorus and specialty choir, from grade school through High School. And for a time sang at open Mic. night, in the Clubhouse, in the community where I live.

     I joined Red RockAppella Chorus in 2014 since I was seriously bit by that old “Barbershop Bug”!

     My Second love(s) are, cake decorating, & sewing, I do a lot of wedding things, from garters, flower girl, and bridesmaid dresses, etc. I also make Raggety Ann & Andy Style dolls, and Christening gowns.

     I especially love designing and making our chorus costumes.



Katherine Whitacre - Tenor


Katherine Whitacre hails from Louisiana and was taught to harmonize at a young age by her opera-singing mother. As a young girl, Katherine sang in school choirs, both in mixed and girls’ groups. After a long hiatus that included traveling the country and getting a Master’s Degree in Soil Science, she returned to singing and joined Red RockAppella in 2012 for several years.  

Katherine took a short leave and returned to the chorus in January 2018. She is married to Jeffrey Whitacre and lives in Flagstaff, where she works as a Research Specialist at NAU. When you’re in Flagstaff, listen carefully and you will sometimes hear her lovely voice around town…singing alone or with her jazz trio, Orpheus.



Andrea Guerrette - Bass


     Hi! Andrea here. I am a texas-born Arizonan raised in Mississippi. I met my husband in Texas and we relocated to Flagstaff for Northern Arizona University.

     I had five children, taught at Carden of the Peaks School for 25 years then when the school closed, went to work at San Francisco de Asis Catholic School as a pre-school aide.

     I sang in  a chorus in high school, joined the Flagstaff Sweet Adelines group, Flagstaff Gateway Chapter, as an adult and loved it from the first rehearsal. That chapter closed, but I remained chapter-at-large until becming a charter member of Red Rockappella in 2006. I still love singing with the group and look forward to singing for many more years to come!


Julia Trainor - Tenor


Ivory Lanoue - Lead

     Ivory has lived in Central Arizona since 1975.  She has sung professionally since 1979.  Ivory sang for three recording studios, in an Andrews Sister a Capella tribute trio, a Renaissance and Celtic a Capella trio, and was the singer for a Celtic band for 10 years.  Her band, "Wild Thyme" performed concerts around Arizona and in Las Vegas.  For the last six years Ivory has been a featured singer in the Arizona Celtic Women show in Phoenix.  Her business is Sedona Soul Sisters where she is a psychic medium, angel communicator, spiritual counselor, coach, and healer.

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