Devine Virtuosos is a branch of Cy-Hope comprised of music educators that develop and implement social and educational music events for the purpose of raising charitable funds for music students in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. Through these funds, the district’s music department will be able to provide students with the resources necessary to not only be successful, but also have competitive programs. Through this organization, music students will be provided with opportunities for creativity, confidence, and community.
We believe that learning these skills will ultimately help kids be successful in life.
Co - Director
Matthew Utter is currently the head band director at Truitt Middle School in Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. After graduating from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with a Bachelor of Music Education, Matthew moved to the Cypress area and has been involved in the community for many years. While working with economically disadvantaged students, he witnessed how much music can enrich their lives and desired to help cultivate this passion in the community. Apart from his musical career, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young children.
Co - Director
Elaine Waier is currently an elementary music specialist at Pope Elementary School in Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Music Education and is currently working on her Masters in Music Education at the University of Houston. She enjoys playing Horn in multiple community ensembles. Elaine also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband.
Betty Devine's musical academic background includes a Bachelor Degree from Texas Tech, a Masters Degree from the University of Houston and a Doctorate from the University of Texas. She has a teaching career that began at Groves Junior High in Port Neches, continued at Houston’s Kinkaid School, and finally at Houston Community College, where she became Fine Arts Department Director. In 1985 Dr. Devine became music minister at Foundry United Methodist Church, where she was ordained in 1996, and now serves as Worship Pastor. Dr. Devine is on the Board of Advisors of Cy-Hope and is an advocate and supporter of music in the schools. Her ambition is to encourage a relationship between schools and churches in Texas that would allow support of the incredible work that our music teachers accomplish under very difficult circumstances.