Encore Vocal Ensemble is San Diego’s go-to choral group for quality, entertaining performances of musical theatre at a great value. Through main stage and community performances, and a robust schedule of master classes, we are sharing our love of live performance with the San Diego region while expanding our capabilities as performers.

Encore is committed to contributing to the arts community in San Diego. We are a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 45-2038760.

Direction Team

Tim McKnight
Artistic Director

Tim McKnight has proudly served as Encore Vocal Ensemble’s Music/Artistic Director since 2012. Tim originally hails from the Midwest where he received his Bachelors in Music Education and his Masters in Accompanying & Vocal Coaching from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign. Over the past 17 years, he has also as the Director of Music at Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Escondido. Tim is a private piano teacher, accompanist, vocal coach, and award-winning musical theatre director & conductor. He has received 3 National Youth Arts Awards for Outstanding Music Direction as well as 4 nominations for his work at JCompany Youth Theatre in La Jolla. In addition, Tim has had the honor of being the Music Director for the Broadway San Diego Awards since their inception in 2014.

Jennifer Savion
Assistant Music Director

Jennifer Savion is originally from Syracuse, NY, and has been Encore’s Assistant Music Director since January 2017.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, and is a singer, instrumentalist, teacher, and conductor.  Jennifer operates a private lessons studio and is an active member of the San Diego performing arts community.  She has worked with several different arts organizations over the years, including Center Stage Productions, Coronado Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre, Young Actors’ Theatre, Pickwick Players, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Daybreak Games, the Francis Parker School, and the San Diego Women’s Chorus. .

Aimee Meredith
Show Director

Aimee’ Meredith ihas helmed 10 mainstage show with Encore. Her works with the group include “HAIR in Concert”, “The Murder Mystery Show” and “Hollywood Hits”. Aimee is a nationally recognized choreographer and dance instructor as well as a two-time Telly Award winning producer/ Director for the sketch comedy television show THE HOUSE. She also co-hosts the weekly podcast “The House of Pop Culture”.


Board of Directors

Lisa Harris-Schiewe
Board President

Lisa has been a member of Encore Vocal Ensemble since the very first show over 10 years ago. She is also a founding member of the north county youth theatre, Center Stage Productions.  As her day job, Lisa is proud to work as a Technical Program Manager for Sony Interactive Entertainment (anybody heard of PlayStation?).   As President of Encore Vocal Ensemble, she is excited to work with such a talented board and artistic staff to create new, innovative ways to bring music and entertainment to San Diego during these difficult times. She cannot wait to begin making music again with her fellow members as soon as it is safe to do so!


Matthew Starkey
Board Vice President

Matthew has been a member of Encore Vocal Ensemble since Spring 2015. Before Encore he could be seen in numerous staged productions throughout the San Diego area. He is also a professional endurance sports announcer for events from 5Ks to marathons and triathlons. Matthew also keeps busy at his day job as a Project Manager. As Vice President of Encore Vocal Ensemble, he hopes to help push Encore through this pandemic by supporting its members and working side by side with the artistic staff to bring great music & entertainment (in virtual form) to you until we all get to sing together in one space again.

Katie O'Leary
Board Secretary

Katie was lucky enough to join the Encore family in Spring 2019. And she looooves it. Katie works in Communications for Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is currently working from home where her neighbors get to hear her singing to her plants all day and dancing in her kitchen. She's a part-time dog sitter on Rover.com and full-time dog obsessed. As Secretary she takes mad notes for Encore and edits everyone's content like the grammar police officer that she is.

Stephanie Starkey
Production Chair

Stephanie is new to singing although she has enjoyed Musical Theatre throughout her life. She was inspired to try it out from seeing her husband take the stage countless times and she knew she needed to be a part of that. She is the Director of Operations for an ecommerce company so her skills for coordinating and helping the artistic team plan the productions is right in her lane. She is excited to serve as Encore's Production Chair for another season. 

Matt Soto
Marketing Chair

Matt is a new face to the Board in 2021 but has been an active member since joining Encore in Spring of 2019. He served as Vice Chair for Membership as well as Marketing over the past years and is excited to build take on the role this year! By day, Matt works for SAP America as a Director for Demand & Marketing. By night, when not belting out Green Day or one of his other 90's grunge bands of choice, you will find Matt trying to keep up with his wife and daughter, wearing his cheesehead proudly on Sundays, and sharpening his mind with whichever board or card game has caught his eye this month.

Vice Chair Board Members

Giana Rodriguez
Vice Chair Treasurer

Tiffany Spence
Vice Chair Marketing

Jacob Davis
Vice Chair Social & Membership