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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.

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 and does freelance photography, video, and web/graphic design.

Amy

Amy ArnoldLilburn, Georgia

Amy is a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Minister and life-long musician.

Jacob

Jacob AugstenGriffin, Georgia

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

michelle

Michelle AugstenMcDonough, Georgia

Michelle works at Dentistry for Children.

casey

Casey BagbyRipley, West Virginia

Casey is Technology Designer at Quality Assist, Inc.

Mark

Mark BarillaStuart, Florida

Mark is a senior designer at CNN.

Laura Leigh

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.

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Claire BergerParis, France

Claire is Directeur de Recherches, CNRS in France and at The Georgia Institute of Technology.

Holly

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.

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Stven CarlbergElk City, Oklahoma

Stven is retired from Medical Editing.

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Tom CarswellJacksonville, Florida

Tom is an Assistant Director at the Georgia Office of Comm. of Insurance.

elyse

Elyse ChristensenFraser, Michigan

Elyse is the Outreach Manager at the Perimeter Transportation and Sustainability Coalition.

jeffrey

Jeffrey ClantonOsceola, Indiana

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

jamie

Jamie ClementsTifton, Georgia

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

Hayley

Hayley ConroyGaithersburg, Maryland

Hayley teaches creative writing and English literature at Pace Academy in Buckhead.

calissa

Calissa DautermanCincinnati, Ohio

Calissa is Minister for Spiritual Formation and Growth at Grace UMC, and the Communications Specialist at East Cobb UMC.

Michael

Michael DautermanCincinnati, Ohio

Michael is Director of Choral Music at The Westminster Schools, and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Parish, Decatur.

Michael

Michael DevineElgin, Illinois

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

Patty

Patty DontjeElmira, New York

Patty is retired after 35 years with Cox Media Group.

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Jonathan EasterRoswell, Georgia

Jonathan is the organist at Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Andrew

Andrew ForsythPhoenix, Arizona

Andrew is a product manager with Brightlink Technology in Roswell.

Jesse

Jesse GilbertChattanooga, Tennessee

Jesse Gilbert is the choir director at Ridgeview Charter Middle School in Sandy Springs.

stephanie

Stephanie GilbertMontgomery, Alabama

Stephanie is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Georgia State University.

jean

Jean GoffauxRome, Georgia

Jean is the Director of Donor Engagement at Open Hand.

Brianna

Brianna GreerBristol, Tennessee

Brianna is the choral director at North Gwinnett High School.

Taylor

Taylor GreerHampton, Georgia

Taylor is the assistant choral director at Buford High School.

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Amelia GregoryLilburn, Georgia

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

Meg

Meg GurtcheffAthens, Georgia

Meg serves as Minister of Music at Cannon UMC in Snellville. She is also the Artistic Director of the Meridian Women’s Chorus in Athens.

lisa

Lisa HayesMemphis, Tennessee

Lisa works in IT for Delta Air Lines.

Richard

Richard HolzKearny, New Jersey

Richard retired in 2009 after 44 years as a music educator and church music administrator and continues to be active in church music leadership.

Audriana

Audriana JohnsonWest Palm Beach, Florida

Audriana is Choral Director at Mount Pisgah Christian School.

james

James JonesPensacola, Florida

James is a Principal Engineer at Uzun & Case Engineers.

Mark

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.

ryan

Ryan KoterPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ryan is a Research Physical Therapist at the Shepherd Center.

amy

Amy KuhnGranger, Indiana

Amy is VP of Administration and Conventions at the National Association Management Group.

elizabeth

Elizabeth LambackMacon, Georgia

Elizabeth is Middle and Upper School Orchestra Director at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School as well as a freelance violinist and violist.

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Mark LambackNone…Army Brat!

Mark is the Choral Director at Dunwoody High School.

Bronson

Bronson LeeMacon, Georgia

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

katie

Katie LeverettBuford, Georgia

Katie is the Children’s Ministry Director at Stonebridge Church.

Jeffrey

Jeffrey MaranoKingsland, Georgia

Jeffrey is an administrative assistant at Goldman Sachs.

Alexandra

Alexandra MauneyGreenville, South Carolina

Alexandra is in her final year of a Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary and is a Candidate for Ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Paul

Paul McClungSan Antonio, Texas

Paul is a physician (Internist) at Emory University Hospital.

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Andrew McLeodCalhoun, Georgia

Andrew teaches general music at W.L. Swain Elementary, is a worship leader, leads a small private voice studio, and is a professional tenor.

Eric

Eric NewellNashville, Tennessee

Eric is pursuing his Master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Georgia.

Naomi

Naomi NewtonWatchung, New Jersey

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

ivy

Ivy OvercashAtlanta, Georgia

Ivy is a graduate student at Emory working on her Master’s in Choral Conducting.

Garrett

Garrett PaceRoswell, Georgia

Garrett is a Recording/Audio Engineer.

Megan

Megan PeeblesBolingbrook, Illinois

Megan is a real estate agent and has three children.

Joy

Joy PutneyYorktown, Virginia

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

Patrick

Patrick ScottPicayune, Mississippi

Patrick is the Assistant Organist & Choirmaster at The Cathedral of St. Philip.

kathryn

Kathryn StoneWolfeboro, New Hampshire

Kathryn is an Attorney.

wade

Wade ThomasCalhoun, Georgia

Wade is the Education Manager for the Atlanta Opera, and an Adjunct member of the Voice Faculty at Emory University.

julie

Julie ThompsonAtlanta, Georgia

Julie is Director of Medical Staff at Eastside Medical Center.

James

James TurnerMacon, Georgia

James is the Director of Audio/Visual and A/V Floor Manager at Infinite Energy Center.

spence

Spence WhiteheadBrandon, Florida

Spence is an engineering graduate student at Georgia Tech.

don

Don WilsonChattanooga, Tennessee

Don is owner of Duke Tire Company in Forest Park.

Perry

Perry WrightAlbany, Georgia

Perry is a music therapist at Therabeat, Inc.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
stephanie

Stephanie Watkins
Board Chair

Stephanie is an avid community volunteer and lover of performing 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.

Chuck

Cheryl Bachelder
Board Member

Cheryl is a retired restaurant chain CEO who serves on the board of Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

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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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Sydney Cleland
Board Member

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

jamie

Jamie Clements
Board Member, Development

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

Sam Hagan

Sam Hagan
Board Member

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

tommy

Tommy Herrington
Board Member

Tommy is a Project Manager at Gay Construction Co.

marianna

Marianna Magee
Board Member

Marianna is Vice President of Marketing at Prime Risk Partners.

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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.

Mary Slaughter

Mary Slaughter
Board Member

Mary is Executive Vice President at the NeuroLeadership Institute, headquartered in NYC.

kathryn

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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Alex Western
Board Member

Alex is an investment analyst with GMT Capital.

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