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Houston Grand Opera Board of Directors 2022–23

Officers

Clair Liu, Chair of the Board
Allyn Risley, Senior Chair; Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Chair Emeritus
Janet Langford Carrig, Chair Emeritus of the Board
Lynn Wyatt, Vice Chair of the Board

Members at Large

Richard E. Agee, Finance Committee Vice Chair 
Thomas Ajamie
Robin Angly, Community and Learning Committee Vice Chair
John S. Arnoldy *
Christopher V. Bacon, Secretary; General Counsel 
Michelle Beale, Governance Committee Chair 
Astley Blair, Audit Committee Chair
Albert Chao
Louise Chapman
Mathilda Cochran, Community and Learning Committee Chair
Albert O. Cornelison Jr. *
James W. Crownover
Khori Dastoor
David B. Duthu *
Warren A. Ellsworth IV, M.D., Studio Committee Vice Chair
Benjamin Fink, Finance Committee Chair
Michaela Greenan, Audit Committee Vice Chair
Dr. Ellen R. Gritz
Robert C. Hunter *
Richard Husseini
José M. Ivo, Philanthropy Committee Vice Chair  
Myrtle Jones
Marianne Kah, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc Vice Chair
Yolanda Knull, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Chair
David LePori, Governance Committee Vice Chair
Gabriel Loperena, Philanthropy Committee Chair 
Richard A. Lydecker Jr.
Beth Madison *
Paul Marsden
Sid Moorhead
Sara Morgan
Terrylin G. Neale, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. Secretary; Treasurer
Ward Pennebaker, Audiences Committee Chair
Cynthia Petrello 
Gloria M. Portela
Matthew L. Ringel, Audiences Committee Vice Chair
Kelly Brunetti Rose
Glen A. Rosenbaum
Jack A. Roth, M.D., Studio Committee Chair
Harlan C. Stai
John G. Turner*
Alfredo Vilas
Margaret Alkek Williams

* Senior Director

Administration & Staff

 

Khori Dastoor

General Director and CEO
Margaret Alkek Williams Chair

Meet Khori

Patrick Summers

Artistic and Music Director*
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chair

Meet Patrick

 

ADVISOR
Ana María Martínez, Artistic Advisor

 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP GROUP
Richard Bado, Director of Artistic Planning/Chorus Director *
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Director Chair
Molly Dill, Chief Operating Officer *
Elizabeth Greer, Chief Financial Officer
Gregory S. Robertson, Chief Philanthropy Officer *

 

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Natalie Barron, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Jennifer Bowman, Director of Community & Learning
Kristen E. Burke, Director of Production *
Sharon Ellinger, Director of Human Resources
Deborah Hirsch, Senior Director of Philanthropy *
Scott Ipsen, Director of Patron Experience*
Daniel James, Associate Director of Artistic Planning
David Krohn, Director of Philanthropy
Alisa Magallón, Associate Director of Programming & Engagement in Community & Learning
Brian Speck, Director of HGO Studio*

 

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL DIRECTOR
Mary Elsey, Chief of Staff to the General Director and CEO
Amber Sheppard, Governance Manager

 

ARTISTIC
Chris Abide, Rehearsal Coordinator
Lyanne Alvarado, Artist Services Coordinator
Richard S. Brown, Orchestra Personnel Manager *
Emilia Covault, Music Administrator
Joel Goodloe, Manager of Rehearsal Planning & Artist Services
Eun Sun Kim, Principal Guest Conductor
Kirill Kuzmin, Head of Music Staff
Mark C. Lear, Associate Artistic Administrator *
Joshua Luty, Music Librarian
Benjamin Manis, Resident Conductor
Kevin J. Miller, Assistant Conductor
Peter Pasztor, Principal Coach *
Karen Reeves, Children's Chorus Director *
Madeline Slettedahl, Assistant Conductor

 

AUDIENCES
Chelsea Crouse, Creative Manager
Jessica Gonzalez, Marketing Manager
Maricruz Kwon, Digital Content Coordinator
Catherine Matusow, Associate Director of Communications
Joel Nott, Customer Care Center Specialist
Candace Pittman, Digital Marketing Manager
Christopher Robinson, Graphic Designer
Alan Sellar, Videographer
Charlotte Weschler, Customer Care Center Manager

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

 

COMMUNITY & LEARNING
Sonia Hamer, Programs Coordinator
Jeremy Johnson, Dramaturg & Manager of New Works and Community Engagement
Chelsea Lerner, Programs Manager
Karen Mata, Operations Manager
Joel Thompson, Composer-in-Residence
Lisa Vickers, Bauer Family High School Voice Studio Manager

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Natalie Burrows, Director of Business Intelligence
Christian Davis, Human Resources Generalist
Ariel Ehrman, Business Intelligence Manager
Luis Franco, Office Services Coordinator *
Denise Fruge, Accounts Payable Administrator *
Matt Gonzales, Database Administrator *
Vicky Hernandez, Business Intelligence Coordinator
Chasity Hopkins, Accounting Manager
Ty Jones, Network Administrator
M. Jane Orosco, Business Intelligence Manager *
Denise Simon, Office Administrator *

 

OPERATIONS
Christopher Staub, Operations Manager*

 

PHILANTHROPY
Sarah Bertrand, Philanthropy Officer
Kelly Finn, Director of Institutional Giving*
Jonathan Guez, Philanthropy Officer
Tessa Larson, Philanthropy Officer
Sarah Long, Associate Director of Philanthropy
Patrick Long-Quian, Philanthropy Associate
Catie Lovett, Donor Event Specialist
Meredith Morse, Operations Manager, Institutional Giving
Kelly Nicholls, Director of Individual Giving
Allison Reeves, Associate Director of Special Events
Sherry Rodriguez, Philanthropy Officer for Institutional Giving
Brooke Rogers, Director of Special Events
Madeline Sebastian, Philanthropy Officer

 

TECHNICAL/PRODUCTION
Philip Alfano, Lighting Associate*
Brian August, Stage Manager
Ciara Ayala, Assistant Stage Manager
Bruno Baker, Assistant Director
Katherine Carter, Assistant Director
Audrey Chait, Assistant Director
Michael James Clark, Head of Lighting & Production Media*
Andrew Cloud, Properties Associate*
Norma Cortez, Head of Costumes *
Meg Edwards, Assistant Stage Manger
Caitlin Farley, Assistant Stage Manager
Vince Ferraro, Master Electrician*
Erik Friedman, Assistant Director
Mark Grady, Assistant Electrician/ Light Board Operator
Bridget Green, Wig and Makeup Assistant
Jackson Halphide, Assistant Technical Director
Terry Harper, Technical Director
Eduardo Hawkins, Head of Sound*
Hannah Holthaus, Assistant Stage Manager
John Howard, Head Carpenter
Jennelle John-Lewis, Assistant Stage Manager
Esmeralda De Leon, Costume Coordinator
Christopher Kittrell, Associate Technical Director
Nara Lesser, Costume Production Assistant
Judy Malone-Stein, Wardrobe Supervisor*
Melissa McClung, Technical and Production Administrator
Megan, Properties Design Director *
Kristie Osi, Costume Coordinator
Frances Rabalais, Assistant Director
Colter Schoenfish, Assistant Director
Stephen Sposito, Assistant Director
Dotti Staker, Wig and Makeup Department Head *
Myrna Vallejo, Costume Shop Supervisor *
Sean Waldron, Head of Props
Annie Wheeler, Stage Manager *


HOUSTON GRAND OPERA STUDIO
Jamie Gelfand, Studio Manager
Maureen Zoltek, Studio Music Director
Mr. & Mrs. Albert B. Alkek Chair Endowment Fund


*denotes 10 or more years of service

Orchestra

202-23 Houston Grand Opera Orchestra

Patrick Summers, Artistic and Music Director
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chair

Violin

Denise Tarrant, Concertmaster
Chloe Kim, Assistant Concertmaster
Natalie Gaynor, Principal, Second Violin
Carrie Kauk, Assistant Principal Second Violin
Hae-a Lee-Barnes
Miriam Belyatsky
Anabel Detrick
Rasa Kalesnykaite
Chavdar Parashkevov
Mary Reed
Erica Robinson
Linda Sanders
Oleg Sulyga
Sylvia VerMeulen
Melissa Williams

Viola

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

Cello

Barrett Sills, Principal
Erika Johnson, Assistant Principal
Ariana Nelson
Wendy Smith-Butler
Steven Wiggs

Double Bass

Dennis Whittaker, Principal
Erik Gronfor, Assistant Principal
Carla Clark

Flute

Henry Williford, Principal
Tyler Martin

Oboe

Elizabeth Priestly Siffert, Principal
Mayu Isom

Clarinet

Sean Krissman, Principal
Eric Chi

Bassoon

Amanda Swain, Principal
Michael Allard

French Horn

Sarah Cranston, Principal
Kimberly Penrod Minson, Second Horn
Spencer Park

Trumpet

Tetsuya Lawson, Principal
Randal Adams

Trombone

Thomas Hulten, Principal
Mark Holley

Bass Trombone

Justin Bain

Tuba

Mark Barton, Principal

Harp

Joan Eidman, Principal

Timpani

Alison Chang, Principal

Percussion

Richard Brown, Principal

Orchestra Personnel Manager

Richard Brown

 

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

Chorus

2022 - 23 Houston Grand Opera Chorus

Richard Bado, Chorus Director *
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Director Chair

Nathan Abbott
Ofelia Adame
Geordie Alexander
Preston Andrews
Dennis Arrowsmith
Sarah Bannon
Zachary Barba
Alyssa Barnes
Megan Berti
Asha Brooke
Steve Buza
Christopher Childress
Scott Clark
Patrick Contreras
Esteban Cordero
Christine Cecilia Cummins
Robert Dee
Callie Denbigh
Stacia Dunn
Ashly Evans
Peter Farley
David Ferguson
Ami Figg
Don Figg
Dallas Gray
Evelyn Grayson
Tabitha Greene
Nancy Hall
Sarah Jane Hardin
Frankie Hickman
Austin Hoeltzel
Julie Hoeltzel
Patty Holley
Audrey Hurley
Jon Janacek
Katherine Jones
Joe Key
Alison King
Melissa Krueger
Carolena Lara
Wesley Landry
Sarah L. Lee
Marcus Lonardo
Aarianna Longino
Alejandro Magallón
Kathy Manley Montgomery
Heath Martin
Neal Martinez
Norman Mathews
Byron Mayes
Katherine McDaniel
Jeff Monette
Natasha Monette
Leah Moody
Matthew Neumann
Lance Orta
Patrick Perez
Abby Powell
Said Pressley
Teresa Procter
Nicholas Rathgeb
Brad Raymond
Gabrielle Reed
Kendall Reimer
Francis Rivera
Hannah Roberts
Emily Louise Robinson
Kathleen Ruhleder
Johnny Salvesen
Christina Scanlan
Valerie Serice
Kade Smith
Kaitlyn Stavinoha
Rebecca Tann
Lisa Borik Vickers
Miles Ward
Jennifer Wright
Chloe Zimmerman

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 mainstage productions. Upcoming supernumerary auditions are posted HERE. If no auditions are currently posted, please send a headshot or current photo, resume, and current height and weight to rehearsal@hgo.org.

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