Speakers and Performers

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Maria-Elena Grant

Maria-Elena Grant is a member of Lavender Light Gospel Choir, a New York based LGBTQIA+ ensemble. She has been a singing member of the chorus for 29 years and served as chairperson for the last 27. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors of GALA Choruses and is a member of the New...

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María Guinand

María Guinand, choral director, college professor, teacher, and leader of national and international choral projects, has specialized in Latin American choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been awarded the Kulturpreis (1998) by the Inter Nationes Foundation (now the Goethe-...

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Emily Haney-Caron

Emily Haney-Caron, JD, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She conducts research and teaches at the intersection of psychology and law, with a particular focus on the juvenile justice...

Erin Harris

Erin Harris

Erin Harris is the chief program officer for the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) in Nashville, Tennessee and has been with the organization since 2014. Erin's passion and purpose in life is to encourage more joy in the world by facilitating millions of opportunities where all people can share a...

Susan Howlett

Susan Howlett has been strengthening nonprofit boards for over 40 years, as a trustee, executive director, and consultant to thousands of organizations nationwide, from grassroots groups to major institutions. Author of Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully, Susan’s...

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Rex Isenberg

Rex Isenberg is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music has been described as “timeless” and “inviting” (Herald Times, IN). Many of Isenberg’s choral works touch upon the nature of human relationships from the personal to the societal throughout history and the present day. He is also devoted...

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Robert Istad

Robert Istad is Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale and Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Istad’s regularly conducts and collaborates with Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Sony Classical Records, Yarlung...

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Lynnel Joy Jenkins

Lynnel Joy Jenkins is artistic director of the Princeton Girlchoir and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey. Dr. Jenkins’ varied conducting and teaching experience ranges from the elementary to collegiate level....

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Angie Johnson

Angie Johnson received a bachelor of arts degree in music education with honors from Northern Illinois University in 1991 where she studied piano with Donald Walker and choral music with Mona Wis. Upon graduating, she taught choral/general music for Circle Center Middle School (Yorkville, IL)...

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Craig Hella Johnson

Craig Hella Johnson is the founding artistic director and conductor of Conspirare and music director of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble. Known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners, Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest...

Holly Kellar

Holly Kellar

Holly J. Kellar joined Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) as chief marketing officer in March 2017. She brings to the Society broad experience in marketing and customer strategy, consulting, nonprofit management, fundraising, and audience development activities; including extensive work in...

Susan LaBarr

Susan LaBarr (b. 1981) is a composer and choral editor living and working in Springfield, Missouri. Her compositions are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Walton Music, and Morningstar Music. Central to Susan’s musical vocabulary is the knowledge she gained from studying with Alice...

Robyn Reeves Lana

Interpreting choral music for diverse audiences in a way that is relevant to young people while maintaining the highest standards of music education and performance sums up the work of Robyn Reeves Lana.

When not leading the Cincinnati Youth Choir, ensemble-in-residence at the University...

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Sara Langworthy

Sara Langworthy, PhD is a creative communications consultant, author and video creator. She has years of experience creating educational and promotional videos, and loves weaving her creative flair into strategic and meaningful storytelling to help nonprofits and small businesses better engage...

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Alysia Lee

Alysia Lee’s roles as an artist, arts educator, strategic consultant, and 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist give her a broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Her work has received national recognition for advancing access, equity, and justice between artists, organizations, and...

Erick Lichte

Erick Lichte

Enjoying a diverse career as a conductor, composer and record producer, Erick Lichte has been hailed by Washington Post for the “audacity” of his programming and noted by the Chicago Tribune for the “meticulous preparation” of his choirs. The New York Times recently...

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Brad Lister

Brad Lister is an arts administrator and educator at Florida State University, where he is also pursuing his Ph.D. in Arts Administration. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance and education, he served as a high school choral director for 13 years before moving to...

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Kenny Litvack

Kenny Litvack is the President of Princeton Pro Musica in Princeton, NJ. He has sung as part of PPM’s professional core since 2005, and has served on its Board of Trustees since 2015. With particular interests in development, strategic planning, and communication, Kenny’s practice as an arts...

Kelly Lucera

Appointed President of the Long Beach Symphony in 2013, Ms. Lucera’s tenure includes ending each year with a surplus, increasing the Board of Directors from 25 to 42, growing the donor base and giving levels, negotiating multi-year collective bargaining agreements with the local musicians’ union...

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Lucio Maramba

Lucio Maramba is a seasoned Sound Designer, Audio Producer, Recording Engineer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, with a focus on choral productions of all sizes. He has produced audio and consulted on choral performances from renowned high-capacity venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and...

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José Meza

José Meza is a performing arts administrator in Los Angeles. He is president of The Sunday Night Singers, a self-governed chorus based in Palmdale, CA. The Sunday Night Singers is composed of a 24-voice chamber ensemble and a 65-voice chorale. SNS has competed and performed internationally, and...

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Bob Middleton

Bob Middleton has been the director/owner of the Arts Insurance Program since 2006 and has over thirty years experience in the insurance industry as an agent and risk manager. He received a BA from the College of William and Mary in 1985 and attended the USF&G School of Insurance in 1986. A...

Jane Ramseyer Miller

Jane Ramseyer Miller

Jane Ramseyer Miller is the Artistic Director for One Voice Mixed (LGBTA) Chorus, and serves as Artistic Director for GALA Choruses, an association of just under 200 LGBTQ choruses. She holds an MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Psychology from the University...

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Sarah Morrison

Dr. Sarah Morrison maintains an active career as a choral conductor, music educator, and performer. She is the artistic director of the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth, a vibrant seven-choir organization focused on building leadership and community through singing. A passionate educator,...

 

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