Musical Directors

Mike Elliott - Director

Mike received his Masters in Music Education Degree from the University of Oregon and his Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education from Boise State University.  His teaching experience has included positions at Eastern Washington University,  the University of Northern Colorado,  Western Oregon State College, the Salem/Keizer School District in Salem, Oregon,  and  the  West  Valley  and  Central Valley School Districts in Spokane, Washington.

Mike is currently the Master Director of the “Spirit of Spokane Chorus”, a Spokane chapter of Sweet Adelines International.  Under his direction, Spirit of Spokane has won 5 Region 13 Championships.  Mike is in demand as a Barbershop coach, clinician and consultant throughout North America.

Outside of Barbershop, he has  conducted numerous state and regional honor choirs and has served as a festival administrator and adjudicator for many choral festivals throughout  the Western United States.   Mike recently retired as the Director of the Choral Music Department at Central Valley High School.


LouAnn Hommel
LouAnn Hommel is the proverbial “Barbershop Brat”.  Her parents began singing barbershop the year she was born.  She sings tenor in the current regional championship quartet, Pepper. LouAnn is a charter member of the Spirit of Spokane chorus and has served in many capacities over the years.  She is currently the Choreographer, Tenor Section Leader and Assistant Director for the Spirit of Spokane chorus.  LouAnn serves on the North by Northwest Region 13 Education Committee and is also on the regional coaching staff.  She has coached choruses and quartets throughout the region and in Germany.  LouAnn works at Eastern Washington University as an Enterprise Application Administrator and Technical Analyst in the Office of Information Technology. 

Cris Conerty
Since joining Sweet Adelines International in 1995, Cris Conerty has sung lead in several quartets including “The Radiations”, “Takin’ A Chance”, and “SnapShot!” which earned a Wildcard performance on the Sweet Adelines International stage in 2017.  She is a Sweet Adelines International Certified Director who has served on many regional and chorus committees including membership, education, show production, and faculty. She is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and barbershop arranger. Cris began playing the piano at six years of age and has performed many types of music over the years, but her favorite musical pursuit has been within Sweet Adelines where her love for music, singing, harmony, and friendship are combined into a thrilling and challenging hobby. Cris is happily married to "Jimdear," her biggest fan, and is the mother of five incredible children and a grandmother of ten.