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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.

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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

Amy Kuhn has been working with associations and non-profits for the past 15 years. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff/Associate Executive Director with the Georgia Dental Association (2016-2020). Prior to that, Amy was working with an association management company that managed multiple client associations/non-profits (2006-2016). Amy received her Bachelors of Music from Indiana University South Bend with a major in vocal performance. She has been singing with the Atlanta Master Chorale since 2006 when she relocated to Georgia from Indiana with her husband Chris. They currently reside in Smyrna and have two children, Collin age 8 and Emerson (Emie) age 6.

MEET OUR MUSICIANS (2021-2022 Season)

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Nick Almand

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Brandon Baker

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Natalie Boehnlein

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Justin Bowen

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Amy Arnold

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Amy Baker

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David Bonaker

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Casey Bagby

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Claire Berger

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Holly Botella

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Emily Boyle

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Stven Carlberg

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Jeffrey Clanton

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Michael Devine

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Huston Collings

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Jared Duncan

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Samantha Frischling

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Ameya Gangal

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Stephanie Gilbert

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Justin Han

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Perry Houck

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Ryan Koter

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Mark Lamback

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Ava Maalouf

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Caitlin Norton

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Joy Putney

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Jean Goffaux

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Lisa Hayes

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Audriana Johnson

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Amy Kuhn

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Bronson Lee

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Paul McClung

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Zachery Nyein

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James Ranson

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Calissa Dauterman

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Jon Easter

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Jesse Gilbert

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Amelia Gregory

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Richard Holz

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James Jones

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Elizabeth Lamback

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Joseph Legaspi

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Andy Mcleod

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Ivy Overcash

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Joseph Ripley

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Megan Schuitema

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Kathryn Stone

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Sylvia Ware

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Denny Shin

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Wade Thomas

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Spence Whitehead

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Meredith Starks

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James Turner

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Stephanie Watkins; Board Chair
Stephanie Watkins; Board Chair

Stephanie is an Arts Advocate

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Ray Chenault; Vice Chair
Ray Chenault; Vice Chair

Ray was the Organist & Choirmaster at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Atlanta for 43 years and was the Director of Fine Arts at The Lovett School, Atlanta for 31 years. Ray and his wife, Beth, are international duo concert organists and record for Gothic Records.

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Cheryl Bachelder, Board Member
Cheryl Bachelder, Board Member

Cheryl is a retired restaurant chain CEO who serves on the boards of US Foods Holding Corporation, Chick-Fil-A Inc., the Atlanta Metro Salvation Army and WorkMatters.

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Charles R. Beaudrot, Jr.; Counsel
Charles R. Beaudrot, Jr.; Counsel

Charles serves as Senior Counsel for Morris, Manning, and Martin.

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Sydney Cleland; Board Member
Sydney Cleland; Board Member

Sydney is Chief of Staff for Georgia House Representative Mary Margaret Oliver.

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Jamie Clements; Board Member
Jamie Clements; Board Member

Jamie is the Director of Development for Alliance Theatre.

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Samuel Hagan, Board Member
Samuel Hagan, Board Member
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Tommy Herrington; Board Member
Tommy Herrington; Board Member

Tommy is Project Executive for Gay Construction Company.

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Marianna Magee; Board Member
Marianna Magee; Board Member

Marianna is the Director of Marketing for Chicken Salad Chick

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Eric Nelson; Artistic Director
Eric Nelson; Artistic Director

Eric is Artistic Director of the Atlanta Master Chorale and Director of Choral Studies at Emory University.

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Ray Payne; Board Member
Ray Payne; Board Member

Ray is a CPA and founder of Cerner Capital Management, providing financial planning and analysis.

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Sandy Purdie; Board Member
Sandy Purdie; Board Member

Sandy is an independent Financial Services professional.

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Mary Slaughter; Board Member
Mary Slaughter; Board Member

Mary is the Managing Director, People Advisory Services at Ernst and Young.

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Kathryn Stone; Secretary
Kathryn Stone; Secretary

Kathryn is Chief of Staff for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

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Julie Thompson; Treasurer
Julie Thompson; Treasurer

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

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Stan Segal; Board Member
Stan Segal; Board Member

Stan is a seasoned marketing and technology executive

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Jim Verrecchia; Executive Director
Jim Verrecchia; Executive Director

Jim serves as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Master Chorale.

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