Our Staff

Rick Dillard in Budapest on an International Performance Tour

Rick Dillard


Rick Dillard was motivated to found American Classic Tours and Festivals because of his strong belief in the many benefits of student travel. His own travel experiences showed him both the rewards and the challenges of planning, organizing, and supervising music and education trips for both students and adults. Since 1987, Rick Dillard has traveled the world escorting tours and assisting participants in creating memories to last a lifetime.  American Classic Tours & Music Festivals is committed to making your travel experience simpler, smoother and more enriching so you can relax and focus on your objectives for the trip.

Penny Compton

Festival Coordinator

Penny Compton taught band for over 30 years. She maintains a trumpet studio and performs with the Olmos Basin Brass Quintet and in the pit orchestras at the Playhouse San Antonio and the Woodlawn Theater.

Kyle Friesenhahn

Festival Coordinator

Kyle Friesenhahn is a retired Texas band director with 35 years of teaching experience in Central Texas. She is an active clinician and adjudicator and is heavily involved in dog rescue.

Sally Schott

Festival Coordinator

Sally Schott became a consultant for American Classic in 2004 following a 39 year teaching career. Choirs under her direction have performed at ACDA and MENC national conventions, for 3 ACDA divisional conventions and 4 times at TMEA. A past president of TMEA and the ACDA Southwestern Division, she has supervised student teachers for UH since 2004 and is an editor, author and publisher of educational materials.

Jo Scurlock-Dillard

Host for the Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival

Jo Scurlock-Dillard met Rick as a tour director for the South Houston HS choir’s performance at the National MENC Convention in Washington, D. C. After relocating to San Antonio, she had an exemplary career at MacArthur and Reagan, including multiple performances at TMEA and at the ACDA national convention. A TMEA past president, she is an active clinician and supervises Texas Tech University student teachers.

Ellen Goos

Operations & Festival Administration

Ellen Goos holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Marketing from UTSA, where she played violin in the orchestra for four years.

Sherry Spencer

Operations & Festival Administration

Sherry Spencer is a church hand bell choir member and was a high school trumpet player. Her 3 children are all percussionists, and one has traveled with Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps.

Yoli Mora

Operations & Festival Administration

Yoli Mora is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree from the University of the Incarnate Word and has more than 10 years of customer service experience, including 4 years with Travelocity

Jean Shaner


Jean Shaner has been the bookkeeper at American Classic for over 26 years and has extensive experience in accounting and banking.

Greg Phillips

Tour Administrator

A Certified Paramedic, Greg has 17 years of travel experience with Northwest and American Airlines, JetBlue and Bambardier Flexjet.  He plyed tuba in the Humble High School band.

Dianna L Jarvis

Tour Administrator

Dianna joins American Classic after a notable career as a choral director, clinician, presenter and public speaker. This experience allows Dianna to bring an insightful perspective concerning what directors truly need when planning student travel.