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Board of Directors

Houston Grand Opera Board of Directors 2017–18 Officers

James W. Crownover, Chairman of the Board
Janet Langford Carrig, Chairman Elect; Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc., Senior Chairman
Lynn Wyatt, Vice Chairman of the Board
John Mendelsohn, M.D., Senior Chairman of the Board
Beth Madison, Chairman Emeritus

Members at Large

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

*Senior Director

 

 

 

Administration & Staff

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

Perryn Leech, Managing Director
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chair

SENIOR MANAGEMENT  
Richard Bado, Head of Music Staff/Chorus Master*
Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master Chair
Molly Dill, Producing Director*
Dale Edwards, Director of Marketing and Communications 
Carleen Graham, HGOco Director
Deborah Hirsch, Senior Director of Development*
Gregory S. Robertson, Chief Advancement Officer*
Brian Speck, Director of HGO Studio
Lise Suino, Chief Financial Officer

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL DIRECTOR
Dawn Gillespie, Governance and Business Manager
Jami Howard, Assistant to the Music and Artistic Director
Lisa Oswald, Chief of Staff and Associate to the Managing Director

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Maria J. Blake, Systems Manager*
Luis Franco, Office Services Coordinator*
Denise Fruge, Accounts Payable Administrator*
Matt Gonzales, Database Administrator*
Debbie Loper, Payroll Administrator*
Tanya Lovetro, Director of Finance*
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
Alicia Chen, Development Officer
Ashley Coffey, Development Information Manager
Kelly Finn, Director of Development, Institutional Giving
Scott Ipsen, Director of Patron Services*
David Krohn, Director of Development
Caitlin Long, Special Events Coordinator
Kelly Nicholls, Development Officer
Lindsey Peters, Associate Director of Special Events 
Brooke Rogers, Director of Special Events
Denise Simon, Special Events Operations Manager*
Christine Stevens, Development Officer
Jim Townsend, Development Communications Manager
Rachel Wardzinski, Development Officer
Jennifer Wijangco, Director of Development, Individual Giving

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Rachel Block, Graphic Artist
Laura Chandler, Director of Publications*
Marion Frizzell, Communications Coordinator
Kevin Kendrick, Videographer
Cynthia Lewis, Team Lead*
Andi Russell, Graphic Designer
Emily Sitton, Marketing Coordinator
Allison Wagner, Marketing Manager
Richard Wong, Director of Sales and Services*

ADVANCEMENT SERVICES
Ashley Bales, Advancement Data Assistant
Natalie Burrows, Advancement Operations Manager
Patrina Johnson, Prospect Research and Data Specialist
M. Jane Orosco, Advancement Data Manager*
Nicole Sackllah, Development Associate
Joanna Torok, Director of Advancement Operations*

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

HGOco
Dennis Arrowsmith, Touring Programs Manager*
Alisa Magallon, Education Manager
Meredith Morse, Operations Manager
Emily N. Wells, Programs Manager

ARTISTIC/MUSIC
Richard S. Brown, Orchestra Personnel Manager*
Jamie Gelfand, Artistic & Rehearsal Coordinator
Carolyne Hall, Associate Company Manager
Daniel James, Artistic Media Manager/Music Administrator
Jeremy Johnson, Dramaturg
Lindsey Kirgan, Artistic & Rehearsal Coordinator
Kirill Kuzmin, Assistant Conductor
Mark C. Lear, Associate Artistic Administrator*
Geoffrey Loff, Assistant Conductor
Aspen McArthur, Music Librarian
Peter Pasztor, Principal Conductor*
Karen Reeves, Juvenile Chorus Director*

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*
Esmeralda De Leon, Costume Coordinator
Meg Edwards, Assistant Stage Manager/Assistant Director
Joseph Farley, Assistant Technical Director/HGOco Technical Director
Vince Ferraro, Master Electrician
Becky Fryberger, Assistant Stage Manager
Paul Gibson, Assistant Master Electrician/ Lighting Board Programmer
Andreas Hager, Assistant Director
Ed Hamala, Assistant Carpenter, Head Flyman
Eduardo Hawkins, Head Soundman*
John Howard, Assistant Head of Properties
Clair Hummel, Costume Coordinator
Zach Jenkins, Asssistant Stage Manager
Nara Lesser, Costume Technician
Rachel Lucas, Assistant Stage Manager
Judy Malone-Stein, Wardrobe Coordinator
Melissa McClung, Technical and Production Administrator
Brant McNamara, Technical Assistant/Driver
Megan, Properties Design Director*
Merceses Ramirez, Draper*
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, Head of Properties*
Annie Wheeler, Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager
Miranda Wilson, Assistant Stage Manager
Richard Worley, Head Carpenter
Mo Zhou, Assistant Director

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 2017 - 2018

Samuel Abraham
Josh Adler
Mrs. Anthony G. Aiuvalasit ‡
Thomas Ajamie
Edward H. Andrews III
Christos Angelides
Bryan W. Bagley
Denise Bush Bahr
C. Mark Baker
Saúl Balagura, M.D.
Dr. Barbara Lee Bass
Martin D. Beirne
Judith D. Belanger
Linda Bertman
Joan Hacken Bitar, M.D.
Wirt Blaffer
Dr. Michael Bloome
Adrienne Bond
Nana Booker
Margaret Anne Boulware
Tony Bradfield
Walter Bratic
Janet M. Bruner, M.D.
Melinda Brunger
Richard Burleson
Kiana Caleb
Gwyneth Campbell
Mrs. Marjorie H. Capshaw
Neal Carlson
Sylvia J. Carroll ‡
Thierry Caruso
Joseph Carvelli
Hon. Theresa Chang
Anthony Chapman
Angelo Ciardella Jr.
Mathilda Cochran
Estela Cockrell
William E. Colburn
Christa M. Cooper
Sarah Cooper
Efraín Z. Corzo
Catherine Crath
Mary Davenport
Joshua Davidson
June Deadrick
Tracy Dieterich
David Dorenfeld
Connie Dyer
Brad Eastman
Barbara Eaves
Warren A. Ellsworth IV, M.D.
Scott Ensell
Mark Evans
Richard E. Evans
Sheryl A. Falk
Dr. Mauro Ferrari
Carol Sue Finkelstein ‡
Brannon Fitch
Carol Lay Fletcher 
Richard Flowers
Ron Franklin
Patricia B. Freeman
Carolyn Galfione
Christine Gaynor
Lynn Gissel
Sandra S. Godfrey
Michaela Greenan
Nicholas Greenan
Fred Griffin
John S. Griffin
Claudio Gutierrez
Brenda Harvey-Traylor
Nancy Haywood
Michael Heckman
Robert C. Hewell ‡
Jackson D. Hicks


 

 

 

 

 

        

Mike Hilliard
David Hindman
Todd Hoffman
Dr. Gary Hollingsworth
Eileen Hricik ‡
Lee M. Huber
José Ivo
Mark F. Jacobs
Joan B. Johnson
Marianne Kah
Stephen M. Kaufman
John Keville
Yolanda Knull
Simon J. Kukes
Connie Kwan-Wong
Blair Labatt
Michele LaNoue
The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
Bryan Leibman
Richard Leibman
Marcheta Leighton-Beasley
Benigna Leiss
Dr. Mike Lemanski
David LePori
Carolyn J. Levy
Heide Loos
Dr. Jo Wilkinson Lyday
Andrea Maher
Michael Malbin
Michele Malloy
R. Davis Maxey
Barbara McCelvey
Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan ‡
Robert C. McNair
Miss Catherine Jane Merchant ‡
Mark Metts
Craig Miller
Alexandra Mitch
Kathleen Moore
Sid Moorhead
Charlene Nickson
Beverly Ogilvie
Marion Roose Pullin ‡
Dr. Angela Rechichi-Apollo
KaRan Reed-Mathis
Todd Reppert
Jill Risley
David Rowan
Jean B. Rowley ‡
Judy Sauer
Nan Schissler ‡
Sue S. Schwartz
John Serpe
Helen Shaffer
Hinda Simon
Janet Sims
Kristina Hornberger Somerville
C. Richard Stasney, M.D.
Ishwaria Subbiah, M.D.
Rhonda Sweeney
Katherine Thomasson
Betty Tutor
Tom Van Arsdel
Alexander van Veldhoven
Birgitt van Wijk
Mr. Georgios Varsamis
Marietta Voglis
Bob Wakefield
Beth Williams
Chris Williams
Nancy Williams
Margarida Williamson
Helen Wils
Elsa Wolf ‡
Trey Yates
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
Sarah and Ernest Butler Concertmaster Chair
Jonathan Godfrey, 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, 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
Kyle Gordon

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

2017-18 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
Andrew Briggs
Christopher Childress
Patrick Contreras
Esteban Cordero
Sybil Elizabeth Crawford
Ann Scott Davis
Robert Dee
Callie Jo Denigh
Robert Dingman, Jr.
Justin Kunkle
Ashley Duplechien
Ashly Evans
Peter Farley
Don Figg
Ami Figg
Stewart D. Gaitan
Juan Garza
Brian M. Gibbs
Suzanne Gregory
Megan Gryga
Nancy Hall
Sarah Jane Hardin
Douglas E. Henshaw
Frankie Hickman
Carolyn Hoehle
Julie Hoeltzel
Austin Hoeltzel
Jon Janacek
James R. Jennings
Joe Key
Kirsten Lutz Koerner
Eric Laine
Wesley Landry
Sarah L. Lee
Laurie Lester
Katie Loff
Amelia Love
Britany Lovett
Miles Robert Lutterbie
Lindsay Lymer
Sarah Lysiak

               

Keenan Manceaux
Antonio Martinez
Neal Martinez
Brianne Mathews
Katherine McDaniel
Jason Milam
Natasha Monette
Jeff Monette
Stacia Morgan Dunn
Jammieca Mott
Matthew Neumann
Laura Elizabeth Patterson
Miguel Pedroza
Cristino Perez
Nicholas Rathgeb
Kendall Reimer
Hannah Roberts
Kathleen Ruhleder
Priscilla Salisbury
Alexander Scheuermann
Paul Joseph Serna
Brian Shircliffe
Kate Smith
Kade I. Smith
Haley Stage
Kaitlyn Stavinoha
John Stevens
Lauren Stocker
Naonobu Sugitani
Leigh Whitney Rosh
Lauren Henderson-Turner
Denise Ward
John Weinel
Benjamin Williams
Jennifer Wright
Patrick Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.