Our staff is small but mighty. A combination of well-known leaders in the music industry, experts in non-profit management, and administrative dynamos, we ensure VocalEssence lives up to its reputation as one of the leading arts organizations in the nation. Take a minute to learn more about us.

Artistic Staff (biographies)

Philip Brunelle, Artistic Director
G. Phillip Shoultz, III, Associate Conductor | Director of Learning and Engagement
Mary Jo Gothmann, Accompanist

Administrative Team (biographies and contact information)

Mary Ann Aufderheide, Executive Director
Jeff Bina, Director of Finance and Operations
Rhiannon Fiskradatz, Operations Manager for VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
Robert Graham, Program Manager for Learning and Engagement | Conductor, Vintage Voices
Laura Holst, Development and Marketing Associate
Ethan Johnson, Production Manager and Artistic Assistant
Amanda Timmer, Operations Manager for Learning and Engagement
Katrina Wallmeyer, Director of Development and Communications
Elissa Weller, Institutional Giving and Events Manager

VocalEssence Teaching Artists

Timothy Berry, Vocalist/Composer/Percussionist
Patricia Brown, Dance Instructor/Choreographer
Brandon Commodore, Drummer/Music Producer
Ginger Commodore, Singer/Songwriter/Actress
Karla Nweje, Instructor/Dancer/Choreographer
Julio Morales, Composer/Pianist
T. Mychael Rambo, Musician/Singer
Anita Ruth, Musician/Pianist
Roxane Wallace, Dancer/Choreographer

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