BAYS Team

Brenda VarvoutisBrenda Varvoutis Renander is artistic director of the Bay Area Youth Singers. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Houston and a performance certificate in flute from the International Academie in Nice, France. Her teaching and conducting experience spans 25 years in public and private schools at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. She currently serves as the choral director at South Houston High School in the Pasadena Independent School District, Music Director for Lakeside Lutheran Church, and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for UIL contests and choral festivals. Mrs. Renander has served as the choral director for the BAYS summer Music Camp for three years.


Carol BarwickCarol Barwick serves as the executive director and Apprentice Choir accompanist. One of the founders of the organization, Ms. Barwick has a background of more than 30 years teaching choral music in the public schools. She maintains an independent piano studio, serves as pianist for Taylor Lake Christian Church, and frequently accompanies musicians and choirs in the Clear Lake area. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bay Area Chorus and is a member of the Bay Area Youth Singers board. She and her family own and operate a manufacturing company, B&B Pipe and Industrial Tools.


Carol ColvinCarol Colvin graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas with a Bachelor in Music Education. She also holds a Kodaly Certification in elementary music. Ms. Colvin has just completed 29 years of teaching elementary music for Goose Creek GCCISD schools in Baytown, Texas. She has been a member of the Bay Area Chorus for the past two years and worked with the BAYS music camp for one summer a few years back. Currently she also teaches piano at the First Baptist Fine Arts Academy and is the Music Director at Wooster Baptist Church in Baytown directing the adult choir and the praise band. She has two children who share her love for music. Daniel completed an Associates Degree in Music from Lee College and Katelyn will be transferring from Blinn College to Texas A&M in the fall.


BAYS Board of Directors

  • President: Julie Jackson
  • Secretary: Delia Stephens
  • Treasurer: Warren Renander
  • Members: Sandra Strickhauser, Wendy McClain, Patricia Lachance, Bobra McAdams