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MEET OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dr. Eric Nelson has served as artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale since 1999. He brings extensive training in voice and choral conducting from Houghton College, Westminster Choir College and Indiana University along with experience conducting choirs and clinics around the world. Dr. Nelson constantly finds effective ways to help celebrate the gift of singing – as he says – “shoulder to shoulder, voice to voice, one voice lost in another, each agreeing upon something beyond themselves.” Dr. Nelson is currently Director of Choral Studies at Emory University, where he is a recent recipient of the distinguished Arts and Humanities Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Executive Director, Jim Verrecchia, brings with him a wealth of experience in executive leadership for non-profit organizations, as well as a background in the fields of music, ministry, and education. He has served as the Director of Support Programs, Director of Operations, and later as the Director of Development for Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia as well as executive administrative roles for Church congregations. Jim has also worked as the Grant Manager for both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Georgia and Lutheran Services of Georgia. Jim is excited to join us and utilize his talents and skills to steer Atlanta Master Chorale to even greater heights as a nationally-recognized choral ensemble. Playing in my headphones: Beegie Adair, Jazz Piano

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MEET OUR ACCOMPANIST

Jonathan Easter is a graduate of Emory University, where he studied with Timothy Albrecht and Dr. Eric Nelson and earned a double master’s degree. Easter now serves as the Director of Fine Arts and Organist at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in midtown Atlanta. In addition to his responsibilities at Saint Mark, Easter also works throughout the Emory music community accompanying the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir. Easter earned his undergraduate degree from Shorter College where he studied with Dr. Peter Dewitt, Helen Ramsaur, and sang with the Shorter Chorale under the direction of Dr. Martha Shaw.

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MEET OUR ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Jodi Danis is the Administrative Manager for Atlanta Master Chorale. A former teacher, editor and office manager, she has a bachelor’s degree from Emory University (where she performed in the Emory Chorale and Glee Club), and a master’s degree from Trenton State College. Jodi handles all day-to-day activities for the organization; schedules auditions; creates our concert programs; and also assists our donors and ticket holders with any needs around concert time. When Jodi’s not keeping us organized, she enjoys time with her family, theater, traveling, and writing fiction. Jodi can be easily contacted at info@AtlantaMasterChorale.org or (404) 915-4541 for questions or assistance.

MEET OUR MUSICIANS
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Nick AlmandGainesville, Georgia

Nick is Director of Contemporary Worship and IT/Media at Newnan First United Methodist Church. Playing right now: Anything my son wants to listen to.

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Amy ArnoldLilburn, Georgia

Amy is a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Minister and life-long musician. Playing right now in her headphones: Pentatonix.

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Jacob AugstenGriffin, Georgia

Jacob is a music teacher at James Jackson Elementary School in Clayton County.

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Michelle AugstenMcDonough, Georgia

Michelle works at Dentistry for Children. Playing right now in her headphones: Rascal Flatts, or anything Country.

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Casey BagbyRipley, West Virginia

Casey is Technology Designer at Quality Assist, Inc. Playing right now in her headphones: Nanci Griffith.

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Mark Barilla
Stuart, Florida

Mark is a senior designer at CNN. Playing right now in his headphones: ‘Elevate’ by St. Lucia.

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Laura Leigh BeallMcDonough, Georgia

Laura Leigh is the Choral Director at Osborne Middle School (Gwinnett), and Director of Music Ministries at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. Playing right now in her headphones: Sufjan Stevens.

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Claire BergerParis, France

Claire is Directeur de Recherches, CNRS in France and at The Georgia Institute of Technology. Playing right now in her headphones: Piano Suite by Luka Marinkovic.

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Holly BotellaPeachtree City, Georgia

Holly is the Choral Director at North Cobb High School.

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Emily BoyleJacksonville, Florida

Emily is a stay-at-home mom for two lovely girls. Playing right now in her headphones: What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? by R.E.M.

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Stven CarlbergOklahoma

Stven is retired from Medical Editing. The Beatles are always playing on his headphones along with Warpaint and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4.

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Tom CarswellJacksonville, Florida

Tom is an Assistant Director at the Georgia Office of Comm. of Insurance. Playing right now in his headphones: Agnus Dei from the Bach B-minor Mass.

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Amy ChastainAugusta, Georgia

Amy is a staff singer at St Philip’s Cathedral and works as an Admin Assistant.

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Elyse ChristensenFraser, Michigan

Elyse is the Outreach Manager at the Perimeter Transportation and Sustainability Coalition. Playing right now in her headphones: 97.9 Atlanta’s OG Hip Hop Station.

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Jeffrey ClantonOsceola, Indiana

Jeffrey is a Real Estate Consultant for Keller Williams Realty, Peachtree Road. Playing right now in his headphones: Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band

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Jamie ClementsTifton, Georgia

Jamie is Director of Development for the Alliance Theatre at The Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center. Playing right now in his headphones: Sufjan Stevens.

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Calissa DautermanCincinnati, Ohio

Calissa is Minister for Spiritual Formation and Growth at Grace UMC, and the Communications Specialist at East Cobb UMC. Playing right now in her headphones: “Astro Coast” by Surfer Blood.

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Michael DautermanCincinnati, Ohio

Michael is Director of Choral Music at The Westminster Schools, and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Parish, Decatur. Playing right now in his headphones: “Blue Rondo ala Turk,” by Dave Brubeck.

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Michael DevineElgin, Illinois

Michael is Director of Music Ministries at Northside United Methodist Church.

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Natalie DupuisKennett Square, Pennsylvania

Natalie is associate editor of print, and digital content producer for Collinson Media & Events. Playing right now in her headphones: “Teach Me To Know” by The Lone Bellow.

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Jonathan EasterRoswell, Georgia

Jonathan is the organist at Roswell Presbyterian Church. Playing right now in his headphones: Tik Tok by Ke$ha.

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Tom FitzStephensLivonia, Michigan

Tom is the Choir Director at Lakeside High School. Playing right now in his headphones: The Weepies.

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Donae FourthOrlando, Florida

Donae is a Senior Associate at Triage Consulting Group.

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Stephanie GilbertMontgomery, Alabama

Stephanie is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Georgia State University. Playing right now in her headphones: XM Radio Coffee House

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Jean GoffauxRome, Georgia

Jean is the Community Events Manager at Open Hand. Playing right now in her headphones: Sara Bareilles.

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Amelia GregoryLilburn, Georgia

Amelia writes web content for attorney websites and is Training Director at Chick-fil-A in Lilburn.

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Lisa HayesMemphis, Tennessee

Lisa works in IT for Delta Air Lines. Playing right now in her headphones: Talking Heads.

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Audriana JohnsonWest Palm Beach, Florida

Audriana is Choral Director at Mount Pisgah Christian School.

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James JonesPensacola, Florida

James is a Principal Engineer at Uzun & Case Engineers. Playing right now in his headphones: Electricity by Lee Foss, MK and Anabel Englund.

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Hyejung JunSeoul, South Korea

Hyejung is a graduate student at Emory University pursuing her Master’s in Choral Conducting. Playing right now in her headphones: Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria”.

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Mark KingShelbyville, Kentucky

Mark has a MM in Choral Conducting from Emory and serves the Orthodox Church in Atlanta as choir director and Byzantine chanter. He is also a loan officer with Shelter Mortgage. Playing right now in his headphones: Messiaen, Shostakovich, and Pärt.

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Anthony KnuppelAppleton, Wisconsin

Anthony is a musician and songwriter who does graphic design and photography. Playing right now on his headphones: Shelter Belt.

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Ryan KoterPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ryan is a Research Physical Therapist at the Shepherd Center. Playing right now on his headphones: Vox Luminis

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Amy KuhnGranger, Indiana

Amy is VP of Administration and Conventions at the National Association Management Group. Playing right now in her headphones: Stickshifts and Safetybelts by Cake.

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Elizabeth LambackMacon, Georgia

Elizabeth is Middle and Upper School Orchestra Director at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School as well as a freelance violinist and violist. Playing right now in her headphones: the Sound of Music soundtrack.

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Mark LambackNone…Army Brat!

Mark is the Choral Director at Dunwoody High School. Playing right now on his headphones: They Might Be Giants

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Bronson LeeMacon, Georgia

Bronson is a GE Power customer experience leader and digital change acceleration coach.

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Katie LeverettBuford, Georgia

Katie is the choral director at Simpson Middle School in Marietta. Playing right now in her headphones: Snowfall by Ingrid Michaelson.

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Paul McClungSan Antonio, Texas

Paul is a physician.

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Andrew McLeodCalhoun, Georgia

Andrew teaches music at Calhoun Elementary, directs church choir, and is a professional tenor. Playing right now in his headphones: anything by Fun!

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Donald Milton IIIBeverly Hills, Michigan

Don is a choral conductor, and director of music at UUCA. Playing right now in his headphones: The Punch Brothers.

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Naomi NewtonWatchung, New Jersey

Naomi is a medical student at Emory University School of Medicine.

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Brandon OdomMobile, Alabama

Brandon works in healthcare.

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Ivy OvercashAtlanta, Georgia

Ivy is a graduate student at Emory working on her Master’s in Choral Conducting. Playing right now in her headphones: India.Arie.

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Garrett PaceRoswell, Georgia

Garrett is a Recording/Audio Engineer.

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Joy PutneyYorktown, Virginia

Joy is a graduate student at Georgia Tech in the Quantitative Sciences program.

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Patrick ScottPicayune, Mississippi

Patrick is the Assistant Organist & Choirmaster at The Cathedral of St. Philip. Playing right now in his headphones: Zac Brown Band.

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Kathryn StoneWolfeboro, New Hampshire

Kathryn is an Attorney. Playing right now in her headphones: Paul Simon, Graceland.

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Betsy SwansonSouth Bend, Indiana

Betsy is a staff singer at St Philip’s Cathedral and substitute teacher.

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Wade ThomasCalhoun, Georgia

Wade is the Education Manager for the Atlanta Opera, and an Adjunct member of the Voice Faculty at Emory University. Playing right now in his headphones: Highlights of Barber of Seville; Allison Krauss; Beyoncé.

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Joel ThompsonAtlanta, Georgia

Joel is the Upper School Chorus Director at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Playing right now in his headphones: Snarky Puppy.

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Julie ThompsonAtlanta, Georgia

Julie is Director of Medical Staff at Eastside Medical Center. Playing right now in her headphones: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

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Spence WhiteheadBrandon, Florida

Spence is an engineering graduate student at Georgia Tech. He currently does not own an ipod!

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Don WilsonChattanooga, Tennessee

Don is owner of Duke Tire Company in Forest Park. Playing right now in his headphones: Mozart, and the music of Atlanta Master Chorale.

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Perry WrightAlbany, Georgia

Perry is a music therapist at Therabeat, Inc.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
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Toni Myers
Board Chair

Toni is a long-time community volunteer and supporter of the Arts.

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Ray Chenault
Vice Chair

Ray is the Organist & Choirmaster at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta, and former Director of Fine Arts at The Lovett School, Atlanta.

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Charles R. Beaudrot, Jr.
Special Counsel to the Board

Charles is a senior partner in the Tax Practice of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

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Jeffrey ClantonBoard Member, Concerts

Jeffrey is a Real Estate Consultant for Keller Williams Realty, Peachtree Road.

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Sydney Cleland
Board Member

Sydney is transitioning after teaching at the Paideia School and practicing law with Alston & Bird and Waste Management, Inc.

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Jamie Clements
Board Member, Development

Jamie is Director of Development for the Alliance Theatre at The Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center.

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Sam Hagan
Board Member

Sam is a widely celebrated Tenor, and is staff cantor at St. Jude Catholic Church.

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Tommy Herrington
Board Member

Tommy is a Project Manager at Gay Construction Co.

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Eric Nelson
Artistic Director

Eric is Director of Choral Studies at Emory University.

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Sandy Purdie
Board Member

Sandy is an independent Financial Services professional.

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Mary Slaughter
Board Member

Mary is a management consultant.

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Hamilton Smith
Board Member

Hamilton is retired Senior Vice President, Trust & Investment Services, for SunTrust Banks, Inc.

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Kathryn Stone
Secretary

Kathryn is Managing Attorney of Fair Franchising for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

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Julie Thompson
Treasurer

Julie is Director of Medical Staff Services at Eastside Medical Center.

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Stephanie Watkins
Board Member

Stephanie is an avid community volunteer and lover of performing arts.

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Alex Western
Board Member

Alex is an investment analyst with GMT Capital.

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