People

Board of Directors

Houston Grand Opera Board of Directors 2016–17 Officers

James W. Crownover, Chairman of the Board
Lynn Wyatt, Vice Chairman of the Board
John Mendelsohn, M.D., Senior Chairman of the Board
Beth Madison, Chairman Emeritus

Members at Large

Richard E. Agee
Judy Agee, HGOco Committee Chair
Robin Angly, Development Committee Vice Chair
John S. Arnoldy
Marcia Backus
Philip A. Bahr
Michelle Beale, Development Committee Chair 
Astley Blair, Audit Committee Chair
Pat Breen
Janet Langford Carrig, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Chairman
Zane Carruth
Anna Catalano, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
Albert Chao
Donna P. Josey Chapman, Special Events Committee Vice Chair
N.A. (Neil) Chapman
Mrs. Bobbie-Vee Cooney
Albert O. Cornelison Jr.*
Dan Domeracki
David B. Duthu, Governance Committee Chair
Larry Faulkner
Benjamin Fink
Dr. Ellen R. Gritz, Studio and Training Committee Vice Chair
Robert C. Hunter*
Alfred W. Lasher III
Perryn Leech
Claire Liu, Finance Committee Vice Chair 
Richard A. Lydecker Jr., Finance Committee Chair
Frances Marzio, Studio and Training Committee Chair
Brucie Moore
Sara Morgan
Terrylin G. Neale, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Senior Chairman
Franci Neely*
Ward Pennebaker
Cynthia Petrello, HGOco Committee Vice Chair  
Gloria M. Portela
Allyn Risley, Development Committee Vice Chair
Glen A. Rosenbaum
Jack A. Roth, M.D.
Mark R. Spradling - General Counsel and Secretary; Audit Committee Vice Chair
Harlan C. Stai
Patrick Summers
Ignacio Torras
John G. Turner
Margaret Alkek Williams
Frederica von Stade, Honorary Director
Samuel Ramey, Honorary Director

*Senior Board

 

 

Administration & Staff

  • Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director*
    Margaret Alkek Williams Chair

    Perryn Leech, Managing Director

    SENIOR MANAGEMENT  
    Gregory S. Robertson, Chief Advancement Officer*
    Molly Dill, General Manager*
    Carleen Graham, HGOco Director
    Deborah Hirsch, Senior Director of Development*

    Judith Kurnick, Director of Communications 
    Bradley Moore, Head of Music Staff/Music Director, HGO Studio
    Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Alkek Chair
    Brian Speck, Director of HGO Studio
    Diane Zola, Director of Artistic Administration*

  • OFFICE OF THE GENERAL DIRECTOR
    Dawn Gillespie, Governance and Business Manager
    Jami Howard, Assistant to the Music and Artistic Director 

    Tamara Johnson, Executive Assistant

  • FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
    Maria J. Blake, Systems Manager*
    Henry Cantu III, Staff Accountant
    Luis Franco, Office Services Coordinator*
    Denise Fruge, Accounts Payable Administrator*
    Matt Gonzales, Database Administrator
    Debbie Loper, Payroll Administrator*
    Tanya Lovetro, Director of Finance
    Taylor Twohy, Assistant to the General Manager
    Ken Vaughn, Director of Information Systems*
    Lee Whatley, Director of Business Analytics*
    Melissa Williford, Director of Human Resources*

    DEVELOPMENT
    Richard Buffett, Director of Major Gifts and Legacy Planning
    Ashley Coffey, Development Information Officer
    Kelly Finn, Director of Development, Institutional Giving
    Clare Greene, Associate Director of Special Events
    Scott Ipsen, Director of Special Events*
    David Krohn, Director of Development
    Patrick Mühlen-Schulte, Development Officer
    Andrea Richardson, Special Events Coordinator
    Denise Simon, Special Events Operations Manager
    Jim Townsend, Development Communications Manager
    Andrea Ward, Annual Giving Officer
    Jennifer Wijangco, Director of Development, Individual Giving

    MARKETING
    Allison Kirk, Marketing Manager
    Kelly Laning, Director of Marketing
    Cynthia Lewis, Team Lead* 
    Jacob Millwee, Manager of Customer Service
    Emily Sitton, Marketing Coordinator
    Richard Wong, Director of Sales and Services*

    ADVANCEMENT SERVICES
    Meredith Morse, Development Administrative Assistant
    M. Jane Orosco, Marketing Data Manager*
    Joanna Torok, Director of Advancement Operations
    Justine Welch, Development Operations Manager

  • COMMUNICATIONS
    Laura Chandler, Director of Publications*
    Christine Lee, Communications Manager
    Gracie Padron, Graphic Designer

    Pattima Singhalaka, Art Director*

    THE GENEVIEVE P. DEMME ARCHIVES AND RESOURCE CENTER
    Brian Mitchell, Archivist*

    HGOco
    Dennis Arrowsmith, Touring and Ensembles Manager
    Wesley Landry, Bauer Family High School Voice Studio Manager
    Jason Lester, Bauer Family High School Voice Studio Dirctor of Vocal Studies
    Stacey Michael, HGOco Operations Manager
    Kathleen Staten, Education Manager
    Emily Wells, Program Manager

  • ARTISTIC/MUSIC
    Richard Bado, Chorus Master*
    The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master
    Richard S. Brown, Orchestra Personnel Manager*
    Lindsey Cavanaugh, Artistic & Rehearsal Coordinator
    Jamie Gelfand, Artistic & Rehearsal Coordinator
    Carolyne Hall, Associate Company Manager
    Patrick Harvey, Assistant Conductor
    Paul Hopper, Dramaturg
    Daniel James, Music Administrator
    Mark C. Lear, Associate Artistic Administrator*
    Aspen McArthur, Music Librarian
    Lisa Oswald, Company Manager
    Peter Pasztor, Associate Conductor*
    Karen Reeves, Children's Chorus Director*
    Emily Senturia, Assistant Conductor/Assistant Chorus Master

    TECHNICAL/PRODUCTION
    Philip Alfano, Lighting Associate
    Katrina Bachus, Assistant Director
    Kristen E. Burke, Production Stage Manager
    Michael Clark, Lighting Supervisor
    Andrew Cloud, Properties Associate*
    Norma Cortez, Head of Costumes*
    Kyle Coyer, Assistant Technical Director
    Esmeralda De Leon, Costume Coordinator
    Meg Edwards, Assistant Stage Manager
    Mary Elsey, Assistant Stage Manager
    Zoltan Fabry, Master Propertyman*
    Vince Ferraro, Assistant Master Electrician/Lighting Board Programmer
    Megan, Properties Design Director*
    Ed Hamala, Assistant Carpenter, Head Flyman
    Eduardo Hawkins, Head Soundman*
    Clair Hummel, Costume Coordinator
    Nara Lesser, Costume Technician
    Judy Malone-Stein, Wardrobe Coordinator
    Brant McNamara, Technical Assistant/Driver
    Liz Petley, Assistant Stage Manager
    Albert Pike, Master Electrician*
    Mercedes Ramirez, Draper*
    Evelyn Rossow, Assistant Stage Manager
    Maria Luisa Salinas, Costume Technician
    Logan Schoenbaechler, Assistant Technical Director
    Omer Ben Seadia, Assistant Director
    Dotti Staker, Wig and Makeup Department Head*
    Christopher Staub, Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager
    Paully Lea Tran, Costume Technician
    Myrna Vallejo, Costume Shop Supervisor*
    Sean Waldron, Assistant Head of Properties
    Annie Wheeler, Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager

    HOUSTON GRAND OPERA STUDIO
    To view the full list of HGO Studio Faculty, click here.

     

     
    *denotes 10 or more years of service

 
 

Trustees

Houston Grand Opera Trustees 2015 - 2016

 

Samuel Abraham
Gary Adams
Mrs. Anthony G. Aiuvalasit ‡
Thomas Ajamie
Edward H. Andrews III
Christos Angelides
Hon. Mary E. Bacon
Denise Bush Bahr
C. Mark Baker
Saúl Balagura, M.D.
Jonathan Baliff
Dr. Barbara Lee Bass
Martin D. Beirne
Judith A. Belanger
Linda Bertman
Wirt Blaffer
Dr. Michael Bloome
Adrienne Bond
Nana Booker
Margaret Anne Boulware
Tony Bradfield
Walter Bratic
Janet M. Bruner, M.D.
Melinda Brunger
Ralph Burch
Gwyneth Campbell
Mrs. Marjorie H. Capshaw
Sylvia J. Carroll ‡
Thierry Caruso
Joseph Carvelli
Hon. Theresa Chang
Anthony Chapman
Mathilda Cochran
Estela Cockrell
William E. Colburn
Christa M. Cooper
Sarah Cooper
Efrain Z. Corzo
Catherine Crath
Mary Davenport
Joshua Davidson
Darrin Davis
Sasha Davis
June Deadrick
Tracy Dieterich
Gislar R. Donnenberg
David Dorenfeld
Connie Dyer
Brad Eastman
Barbara Eaves
Warren A. Ellsworth IV, M.D.
Scott Ensell
Mark Evans
Richard E. Evans
Dr. Mauro Ferrari
Carol Sue Finkelstein ‡
Richard Flowers
Patricia B. Freeman
Sandra S. Godfrey
Michaela Greenan
Fred Griffin
John S. Griffin
Lynn Guggolz
Claudio Gutierrez
A. John Harper III
Brenda Harvey-Traylor
Nancy Haywood
Michael Heckman
Robert C. Hewell ‡
Jackson D. Hicks


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Todd Hoffman
Dr. Gary L. Hollingsworth
Eileen Hricik ‡
Lee M. Huber
Richard Husseini
Joan B. JohnsonCarey Jordan
Marianne Kah
Stephen M. Kaufman
John Keville
Yolanda Knull
Claudia Kreisle
Connie Kwan-Wong
Michele LaNoue
The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
Marcheta Leighton-Beasley
Dr. Mike Lemanski
David LePori
Carolyn J. Levy
Kevin Lipson
Heide Loos
Gabriel Loperena
Dr. Jo Wilkinson Lyday
Andrea Maher
Michael Malbin
Michele Malloy
Ginger Maughs
R. Davis Maxey
Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan ‡
Robert C. McNair
Miss Catherine Jane Merchant ‡
Jerry Metcalf
Mark Metts
Alexandra Mitch
Sid Moorhead
Frank Neukomm
Charlene Nickson
Beverly Ogilvie
John B. Onstott
Maria Papadopolous
Marion Roose Pullin ‡
Gary Reese
Todd Reppert
Jill Risley
David Rowan
Jean B. Rowley ‡
Thomas Rushing
Nan Schissler ‡
Helen Shaffer
Denmon Sigler
Hinda Simon
Janet Sims
Kristina Hornberger Somerville 
C. Richard Stasney, M.D. 
Ishwaria Subbiah, M.D. 
Dan Summerford
Rhonda Sweeney
Becca Cason Thrash
Dr. John F. Thrash
Betty Tutor
Sheila Tweed
Birgitt van Wijk
De la Rey Venter
Alfredo Vilas
Marietta Voglis
Bob Wakefield
Beth Williams
Nancy Williams
Margarida Williamson
Helen Wils
Elsa Wolf ‡
R. Alan York
David P. Young 

 

 

‡ Life Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
         
 

Orchestra

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra 

Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair

Violin 

Denise Tarrant, Concertmaster
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Concertmaster Chair
Jonathan Godfrey, Assistant Concertmaster
Erica Robinson, Principal, Second Violin 
Carrie Kauk, Assistant Principal Second Violin
Miriam Belyatsky
Rasa Kalesnykaite
Hae-a Lee
Sarah Ludwig
Chavdar Parashkevov
Anabel Ramirez
Mary Reed
Linda Sanders
Oleg Sulyga
Sylvia Ver Meulen
Melissa Wilmot

Viola

Eliseo Rene Salazar, Principal
Lorento Golofeev, Assistant Principal
Mary Fulgham 
Gayle Garcia-Shepard 
Erika Lawson 
Suzanne LeFevre

Cello 

Barry Sills, Principal
Louis-Marie Fardet, Assistant Principal
Erika Johnson, Acting Assistant Principal 
Wendy Smith-Butler 
Steve Wiggs

Double Bass

Dennis Whittaker, Principal
Erik Gronfor, Assistant Principal
Carla Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

Flute

Seth Allyn Morris, Principal
Christina Medawar

Oboe

Elizabeth Priestly Siffert, Principal
Alison Chung

Clarinet

Sean Krissman, Principal 
Eric Chi

Bassoon

Amanda Swain, Principal
Conrad Cornelison

French Horn

Sarah Cranston, Principal
Kimberly Penrod Minson
Spencer Park

Trumpet

Jim Vassallo, Principal
Randal Adams

Trombone

Thomas Hultén, Principal
Mark Holley

Tuba

Mark Barton, Principal

Harp

Joan Eidman, Principal

Timpani

Nancy Nelson, Principal

Percussion

Richard Brown, Principal

Orchestra Personnel Manager
Richard Brown

Librarian
Aspen McArthur

 

† - On Leave

 

 

 

 

For audition information, please visit our Employment and Auditions page.

 

Chorus

2016-17 Houston Grand Opera Chorus 

Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master
Emily Senturia, Assistant Chorus Master

Nathan Abbott
Ofelia Adame
Geordie Alexander
Debra Alons
Sydney E. Anderson
Dennis Arrowsmith
Sarah Bannon
Bethany Baxter
Megan Berti
G. Leslie Biffle
Brennan Blankenship
Jessica Blau
Laurelle Brown
Zachary Bryant
Christopher Childress
Darlene Clark
Gary L. Clark
Patrick Contreras
Esteban Cordero
Sybil Elizabeth Crawford
Ann Scott Davis
Robert Dee
Callie Jo Denbigh
Robert Dingman, Jr.
Cecilia Duarte
Justin Dunkle
Ashley Duplechien
Lazaro Estrada
Ashly Evans
Peter Farley
Ami Figg
Don Figg
Julia Fox
Stewart D. Gaitan
Brian M. Gibbs
Suzanne Gregory
Megan Gryga
Nancy Hall
Sarah Jane Hardin
Douglas E. Henshaw
Frankie Hickman
Julie Hoeltzel
Austin Hoeltzel
Sasha Holloway
Quiterius Jackson
Jon Janacek
Jawan CM Jenkins
James R. Jennings
Joy Jonstone
Joe Key  

 

 

 

               

Duke Kim
Senhica Klee
Kirsten Lutz Koerner
Eric Laine
Wesley Landry
Sarah Lee
Joseph Leppek
Laurie Lester
Katie Loff
Amelia Love
Britany Lovett
Hannah Celeste Lu
Miles Robert Lutterbie
Lindsay Lymer
Sarah Lysiak
Keenan Manceaux
Kathy Manley
Heath Martin
Antonio Martinez
Neal Martinez
Byron Mayes
Katherine McDaniel
Natasha Monette
Jeff Monette
Stacia Morgan Dunn
Dylan Morrongiello
Jammieca Mott
Gary V. Navy
Matthew Neumann
Laura Elizabeth Patterson
Patrick Perez
Cristino Perez
Juan T. Polanco
Saïd Henry Pressley
Teresa Proctor
Lonnie T. Reed, Jr.
Jessica S. Richards
Hannah Roberts
Jay Rockwell
Kathleen Ruhleder
Priscilla Salisbury
Angel M. Vargas
Christina Scanlan
Alexander Scheuermann
Valerie Sercie
Paul Joseph Serna
Amy Sheffer
Brian Shercliffe
Kate Smith
Kade I. Smith
Haley Stage
Kaitlyn Stavinoha
John Stevens
Lauren Stocker
Taelon Stonecipher
Naonobu Sugitani
Leigh Whitney Rosh
Riley Vogel
Gabriel Walker
Denise Ward
John Weinel
Jennifer Wright  
Patrick Wright
Anna Marie Zmolek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Chorus

2015-16 Houston Grand Opera Children's Chorus

Sonya Azencott
Victoria Black
Amelie Bonilla
Katie Butler
Chiara Cohen
Mia Dowler
Maria Gelves
Isabella Godfrey
Bridget Gray
Sophia Groen
Emilia Haymon
Alice Heather
Maggie Henneman
Jackie Hickman
Thomas Hickman
Chloe King
Sneha Kumar
Johana Lenington
Victoria Martinez
Sasha Mintz
Lexi Mireles
Anastasia Morrow
Sarah Navy
Eden Nielson
Gia Ochsenbein
Sruthi Panja
Faith Parle
Jefferson Rivera
Matilda Smolij
Estus Stephens
Owens Taylor
Leah Teagarden
Parker Vance
Christopher Wolff
David Wunder
 

Supernumeraries

A supernumerary (or “super”) is a non-speaking, non-singing role in an opera, much like an extra in a film.

Houston Grand Opera regularly seeks adult and child supernumeraries for their main stage productions. If you are interested in being considered for supernumerary roles, please send a headshot or current photo, resume, and current height and weight to company@hgo.org.

 

 

Dancers

2015-16 Solo Dancers

Jacquelyne Boe
Ashley Carfine
Ashley Chasteen
Ben Deloney
Judson Emery
Bahiyah Hibah
Stephanie Kim
Marty Lawson
Sarah Lyman
Michael Munday
Adam Perry
Andrew Pirozzi
Abigail Simon
Emily Snouffer
Ryan Steele
James Monroe Števko
Charlie Williams