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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 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.

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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 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 (2022-2023 Season)

Nick Almand, Bass, has been singing with AMC since 2012. He started singing at age 3 in his church choir.

Nick Almand

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Claire Berger

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Amy Arnold

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Natalie Boehnlein

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Casey Bagby

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David Bonaker

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Holly Botella

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Stven Carlberg

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Hayley Conroy

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Jared Duncan

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Ameya Gangal

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Jean Goffaux

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Lisa Hayes

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Justin Bowen

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Jeffrey Clanton

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Calissa Dauterman

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Jon Easter

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Emily Boyle

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Huston Collings

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Michael Devine

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Samantha Frischling

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Jesse Gilbert

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Meg Granum Gurtcheff

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Stephanie Gilbert

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Amelia Gregory

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Richard Holz

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Perry Houck

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Audriana Johnson

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Ryan Koter

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Mark Lamback

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Katie Leverett

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Andy Mcleod

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Garrett Pace

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James Jones

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Amy Kuhn

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Bronson Lee

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Ava Maalouf

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Caitlin Norton

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Sam Potts

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Mark King

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Elizabeth Lamback

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Joseph Legaspi

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Paul McClung

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Ivy Overcash

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Joy Putney

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James Ranson

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Kirk Rich

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Joseph Ripley

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Megan Schuitema

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Meredith Starks

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James Rashaad Turner

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Katie Schumacher

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Kathryn Stone

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Stephen Van Dorn

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Denny Shin

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Wade Thomas

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Sylvia Ware

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June Webb

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Spence Whitehead

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Ross Wilcox

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Stephanie Watkins; Board Chair
Stephanie Watkins; Board Chair

Stephanie is an Arts Advocate

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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 a retired lawyer and educator

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Jamie Clements; Board Member
Jamie Clements; Board Member

Jamie is the Vice President of Development at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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Samuel Hagan, Board Member
Samuel Hagan, Board Member

For many years, Sam has been one of the most visible singers in the Atlanta area

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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 a Marketing Executive in the Foodservice Industry

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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 Global Head of Employee Experience at Morningstar, a life-long musician, published author and the proud mom of two amazing young women

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Kathryn Stone; Secretary
Kathryn Stone; Secretary

Kathryn is Counsel & Corporate Secretary for the American Hotel & Lodging Association

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Julie Thompson; Treasurer
Julie Thompson; Treasurer

Julie is the Director of Medical Staff Services at Eastside Medical Center and also Atlanta Master Chorale's Treasurer

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Stan Segal; Board Member
Stan Segal; Board Member

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

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Jim Verrecchia; Executive Director
Jim Verrecchia; Executive Director

Jim has served Atlanta Master Chorale as Executive Director for five years

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