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.



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.



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.


Amy Kuhn has been working with associations and non-profits for the past 14-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 6 and Emerson (Emie) age 4.

MEET OUR MUSICIANS (2019-2020 Season)

Nick Almand

Michelle Augsten

Laura Leigh Beall

Emily Boyle

Elyse Christensen

Huston Collings

Michael Dauterman

Jared Duncan

Andrew Forsyth

Jesse Gilbert

Amelia Gregory

Audriana Johnson

Ryan Koter

Mark Lamback

Jeffrey Marano

Andy Mcleod

Zachery Nyein

Megan Peebles

Denny Shin

Julie Thompson

Don Wilson

Amy Arnold

Casey Bagby

Claire Berger

Stven Carlberg

Jacob Augsten

Amy Baker

Holly Botella

Tom Carswell

Jeffrey Clanton

Jamie Clements

Hayley Conroy

Michael Devine

Calissa Dauterman

Patty Dontje

Jon Easter

Dane Erickson

Samantha Frischling

Ameya Gangal

Stephanie Gilbert

Lisa Hayes

Jean Goffaux

Richard Holz

James Jones

Mark King

Amy Kuhn

Elizabeth Lamback

Bronson Lee

Katie Leverett

Reid Masters

Eric Newell

Paul McClung

Naomi Newton

Ivy Overcash

Garrett Pace

Joy Putney

Maria Ryan

Kathryn Stone

James Turner

Wade Thomas

Spence Whitehead

Perry Wright


Stephanie Watkins; Board Chair
Stephanie is an Arts Advocate
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.
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.
Charles R. Beaudrot, Jr.; Counsel
Charles serves as Senior Counsel for Morris, Manning, and Martin.
Sydney Cleland; Board Member
Sydney is Chief of Staff for Georgia Congresswoman Mary Margaret Oliver.
Jamie Clements; Board Member
Jamie is the Director of Development for Alliance Theatre.
Samuel Hagan, Board Member
Tommy Harrington; Board Member
Tommy is Project Executive for Gay Construction Company.
Marianna Magee; Board Member
Marianna is a Vice President of Marketing.
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Eric Nelson; Artistic Director
Eric is Artistic Director of the Atlanta Master Chorale and Director of Choral Studies at Emory University.
Ray Payne; Board Member
Ray is a CPA and founder of Cerner Capital Management, providing financial planning and analysis.
Sandy Purdie; Board Member
Sandy is an independent Financial Services professional.
Mary Slaughter; Board Member
Mary is the Managing Director, People Advisory Services at Ernst and Young.
Kathryn Stone; Secretary
Kathryn is Chief of Staff for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.
Julie Thompson; Treasurer
Julie is the Director of Medical Staff Services at Eastside Medical Center.
Jim Verrecchia; Executive Director
Jim serves as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Master Chorale.
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Eric Nelson; Artistic Director

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