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.
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 thrilled to be serving the chorus and organization and utilizing his talents and skills. He hopes to steer Atlanta Master Chorale to even greater heights as a nationally-recognized choral ensemble.
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 ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
Amy joined the Atlanta Master Chorale staff in 2020, and she has been working with non-profit organizations and associations for more than 15 years. Before her position with Atlanta Master Chorale, 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 elementary aged children, Collin and Emerson.
MEET OUR MUSICIANS (2023-2024 Season)
Meg Granum Gurtcheff
James Rashaad Turner
MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Stephanie is an Arts Advocate
Sydney is a retired lawyer and educator
Jamie is the Vice President of Development at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
For many years, Sam has been one of the most visible singers in the Atlanta area
Tommy is Project Executive for Gay Construction Company
Leonard is the owner of Maintenance of Man, a dietary supplement company, and a retired Global Director at the Coca Cola Company
Ray is a CPA and founder of Cerner Capital Management, providing financial planning and analysis.
Stan is retired and serves as Chair of the City of Brookhaven Planning Commission in addition to volunteering with SCORE and serving as Assistant District Director for Georgia
Mary is a global human capital executive, consultant, executive coach, life-long musician, published author, and the proud mom of two amazing young women
Kathryn is Counsel & Corporate Secretary for the American Hotel & Lodging Association
Julie is the Director of Medical Staff Services at Eastside Medical Center and also Atlanta Master Chorale's Treasurer
Jim has served Atlanta Master Chorale as Executive Director for five years