Board of Directors
Forty three years experience in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Thirty five years expertise in the analysis of electrical deaths, CO deaths, electrical and mechanical fire causation, electrical injuries. Consultant to numerous public sector agencies (police, DA's offices, morgues, prisons, crime labs) regarding deaths related to machinery or electrical mechanisms. Analysis of electrical and mechanical systems. Court Special Master for 2 years. State Electrical Board 2003-2007. Appointed State Fire Marshal Office Scientific Advisory Workgroup 2012 to 2018. Peer reviewer, Fire & Arson Investigator Journal, 2005-2015. Dept of Commerce appointee to the NIST / OSAC, rewriting forensic standards for the US.> 500 appearances as an expert in depo or trial Zero successful Robinson / Daubert challenges.Secretary of Commerce appointee to the BoD for the US Patent Office, 2014-2020Allowed 25 patents, 4 pending. FELLOW, Am Acad of Forensic Sciences.Licensed Engineer PE in 14 states
William Norcross is an Emergency Physician in the Emergency Department at Parkland Memorial Hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Born in Denton, Texas, William has Bachelor and Masters degrees in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His wife Glenda Norcross is a ballet dancer/teacher and a member of the New York Baroque Dance Company. They have no children and far too many cats; he is open to a trade.
Patrick J. Gnage
Patrick J. Gnage studied voice at the Eastman School of Music and holds two degrees in Voice Performance and Literature. Mr. Gnage has been featured as soloist in all of the major oratorios of J.S. Bach, as well as the oratorios and choral works of Handel, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, and Duruflé, performing with such ensembles as The Publick Musick, Orchestra of New Spain, Rochester (New York) Bach Festival Chorus, Concert Royal and the Dallas Bach Society. Recently noted for “a deep and resonant bass voice” (Christ, Membra Jesu Nostri by Schutz) and a “rich and full” tenor (Sancho Panza, Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeitdes Camacho by Telemann), Patrick’s flexibility yields him to perform a wide variety of Early Music roles. Other favorite parts portrayed with the Dallas Bach Society include La Discorde in M.A. Charpernier’s Les Arts Florissants and Testo in Monterverdi’s Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Patrick’s first performance of the bass arias in Bach’s St. John Passion was with the Rochester Bach Festival Chorus & The Publick Musick, the live recording of which was released by Sonabilis.
Clare Adkins Cason began violin studies at the age of 4, having been born into a family of musicians. She attended the University of North Texas, where she was chosen as Outstanding Undergraduate in Music. She was introduced to baroque music by her father Dr. Cecil Adkins, who was instrumental in founding the early music program at UNT. While in college Clare participated in Les Petits Violons, UNT's baroque music ensemble. Presently she holds leadership positions in the Sherman Symphony, East Texas Symphony, and the Dallas Bach Society. She also maintains an active private studio and is the author of the thirteen-volume Mountain Road series for violin and viola students. Clare also enjoys playing Irish fiddle music, and serves as music director of the O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp and the North Texas School of Irish Music. She and her husband David, a cellist, live in the country with seven rescued dogs and four cats.
Ha Viet Dang
A Vietnamese, award winning and accomplished modern and Baroque violinist, Ha Viet Dang’s mission is to bring early music performed in historical performance practices to audiences. She has appeared as soloist with University of North Texas’s Baroque Orchestra and has also performed as chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout Europe, North America and Asia and at music festivals such as American Bach Soloists Academy, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Canada, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Boston Early Music Festival, Valdres Music Festival in Norway, Vietnam Connection Music Festival, Canton International Summer Music Academy, China, Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in Thailand.
In 2019, Ha Dang was the recipient of the “Adams-Nordstrom Early Music Award” at UNT for excellence in scholarship and performance. She was awarded second prize in the chamber music category and third prize in the solo violin category in Vietnam’s Concours Autumn Competition 2007. She also won second prize in the Group A of 2011 Thailand’s Mozart International String Competition.
She holds degrees from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of music (YSTCM) in Singapore, and UNT, and is a doctoral of musical arts candidate at the University of North Texas.
Grant Everett is a Dallas attorney that represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate matters. As a partner at a global law firm, his practice focuses principally on mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures as well as equity and debt securities offerings. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Grant moved to Malibu for undergraduate work at Pepperdine University, where he received his B.S. in International Business and spent his sophomore year with Pepperdine’s international program based in Heidelberg, Germany. Grant has lived in Dallas since 2009 where he and his wife participate in various nonprofit and community endeavors. Grant also serves on the Board of Directors of the HeROs auxiliary of Genesis Women’s Shelter.
Arend Julius Koch
Arend Julius Koch moved to Dallas in 1965. His objective was to learn more about the cotton business, in which his family had been involved since 1868. Here he became active in many business and cultural organizations. He served on the boards of the German Day Council, the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, and was President of the German American Chamber of Commerce, North Texas Chapter. Arend was Board member of the Wagner Society of Dallas, and for 10 years he served as President and is the Honorary President of the Dallas Goethe Center. Since 1991 he serves on the board of the Dallas Chamber Music Society of which in 1998, he became First Vice President, and then served 3 consecutive terms as President. He was elected President Voices of Change, and in May 2006 was voted to the Executive Board of the Dallas Bach Society and in 2007 was elected 2 terms as its president.
Arend also is a member of the American Council on Germany in New York and is actively involved in its Texas Warburg Chapter. In 1990, the German government awarded him the Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award.
Arend is married and has two children.
Pianist Leonard Hayes is the prize winner of numerous piano competitions including first prize in the 2015 National Piano Competition sponsored by the National Association of Negro Musicians. As recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Hayes has performed across the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Hayes received a High School Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lawrence University and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Mr. Hayes is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music within the University of Southern California.
Larry serves as organist of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas. Larry joined DBS and the Board in the early 1990’s shortly before James Richman came as Artistic Director.
Larry McCain is a native of Tyler, Texas, and grew up in Arlington, Texas. He is an accomplished pianist and is an adjunct piano instructor at Brookhaven College where he also accompanies the Brookhaven Choral Society. Larry serves as Secretary of the Dallas Chapter of American Guild of Organists, and has served as Board President of the Dallas Bach Society. He is a Sales Consultant for Church Organ Associates, representing Allen Organs.
Larry received his Bachelor of Music from Texas Christian University, his Master of Music from Midwestern University, and has done post-graduate study. His compositions are published by Alfred Music Publishing and Myklas Music Press. Larry has served as organist and director of music for many churches, most recently serving 26 years at Central Lutheran Church of Dallas.Larry, his wife Diane and their cat J.T. live in the Lakewood area.
Rev. Dr. Robert Preece is Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School of Dallas. He was born and raised in Austin and came to Zion in 1990, having served previously for 17 years at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waterloo, Illinois (metro St. Louis). A 1973 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1981 from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.
Pastor and his wife Linda, she with roots in San Antonio and Austin, have two married sons, Justin and Matthew, and three grandsons. Linda is a retired fundraiser, having served Southern Methodist University for 22 years. She had a professional soprano career in St. Louis as co-Principal of the American Kantorei under the direction of The Rev. Robert W Bergt. Pastor Preece also sang in the American Kantorei and keeps his copy of J. S. Bach – 371 Four-Part Chorales, Edition Breitkopf, on the home piano and plays regularly for pastoral inspiration, rest, and peace.
Wolfgang Schmidt-Nowara MD is a Board-certified specialist in pulmonary and sleep medicine. He has worked at university, the VA and in private practice in Albuquerque, Dallas and Santa Fe, and he is now retired from practice. His affiliation with the Dallas Bach Society began in 1997 and continues through the present with enthusiasm. Highlights have been Board leadership by his wife, Ellen Marder, concerts at their Dallas residence and attendance at most events, continuing after the move to Santa Fe.