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Board of Directors

Houston Grand Opera Board of Directors 2018–19 Officers

Janet Langford Carrig, Chairman of the Board; Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc., Senior Chairman 
Lynn Wyatt, Vice Chairman of the Board, Governance Commitee Vice Chair
James W. Crownover, Senior Chairman of the Board
John Mendelsohn, M.D., 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
Dorothy Brockman
Zane Carruth
Anna Catalano, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
Albert Chao
Donna P. Josey Chapman
Mathilda Cochran
Mrs. Bobbie-Vee Cooney
Albert O. Cornelison Jr.*
Dan Domeracki*
David B. Duthu*
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 
Beth Madison
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., Studio and Training Committee Vice Chair
Thomas Rushing, Houston Grand Opera Endowment Inc., Chairman
Manolo Sánchez
Harlan C. Stai
Patrick Summers
John G. Turner
De la Rey Venter
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
Morgan Cluck, 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*
Alison Butler, Budget Manager
Luis Franco, Office Services Coordinator*
Denise Fruge, Accounts Payable Administrator*
Matt Gonzales, Database Administrator*
Debbie Loper, Payroll Administrator*
Tanya Lovetro, Director of Finance*
Robyn Shelton, Staff Accountant
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
Kelly Finn, Director of Development, Institutional Giving
LaKiesha Henderson, Operations Manager, 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*
Stephanie Chen, Associate Director of Marketing
Natalie Collet, Associate Director of Communications
Marion Frizzell, Communications Coordinator
Kevin Kendrick, Videographer
Cynthia Lewis, Team Lead*
Will Oliason, Digital Marketing Manager
Andi Russell, Graphic Designer
Emily Sitton, Marketing Coordinator
Allison Wagner, Marketing Manager
Richard Wong, Director of Sales and Services*

ADVANCEMENT SERVICES
Ashley Bales, Development Data Manager
Natalie Burrows, Advancement Operations Manager
Patrina Johnson, Prospect Research and Data Specialist
M. Jane Orosco, Marketing Data Manager*
Nicole Sackllah, Development Operations Coordinator
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
Hadia Mawlawi, Community Initiatives Manager
Meredith Morse, Operations Manager
Emily N. Wells, Producing Manager

ARTISTIC/MUSIC
Richard S. Brown, Orchestra Personnel Manager*
Nathaly Garcia, Artistic & Rehearsal Coordinator
Joel Goodloe, Company Manager
Carolyne Hall, Associate Company Manager
Daniel James, Artistic Media Manager/Music Administrator
Jeremy Johnson, Dramaturg
Kirill Kuzmin, Assistant Conductor
Mark C. Lear, Associate Artistic Administrator*
Geoffrey Loff, Assistant Conductor
Peter Pasztor, Principal Conductor*
Karen Reeves, Juvenile Chorus Director*
Damien Sneed, HGOco Music Director/Composer in Residence and HGO Cover Conductor

TECHNICAL/PRODUCTION
Philip Alfano, Lighting Associate*
Ciara Ayala, Assistant Stage Manager
Katrina Bachus, Assistant Director
Kristen E. Burke, Production Manager*
Katherine M. Carter, Assistant Director
Michael James Clark, Lighting Supervisor*
Andrew Cloud, Properties Associate*
Norma Cortez, Head of Costumes*
Esmeralda De Leon, Costume Coordinator
Meg Edwards, Assistant Stage Manager
Joseph Farley, Assistant Technical Director/HGOco Technical Director
Vince Ferraro, Master Electrician
Paul Gibson, Assistant Master Electrician/ Lighting Board Programmer
Andreas Hager, Assistant Director
Ed Hamala, Assistant Carpenter, Head Flyman
Eduardo Hawkins, Head Soundman*
Joshua Horowitz, Assistant Director
John Howard, Assistant Head of Properties
Clair Hummel, Costume Coordinator
Nara Lesser, Costume Technician
Rachel Lucas, Assistant Stage Manager
Judy Malone-Stein, Wardrobe Coordinator
Melissa McClung, Technical and Production Administrator
Josh McIntosh, Technical Director
Brant McNamara, Technical Assistant/Driver
Megan, Properties Design Director*
Merceses Ramirez, Draper*
Kaley Smith, Assistant Stage Manager
Dotti Staker, Wig and Makeup Department Head*
Christopher Staub, Stage Manager/Assistant Stage Manager*
Caitlin Stoddard, 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
Jamie Gelfand, Studio Manager
To view the full list of HGO Studio Faculty, click here.


*denotes 10 or more years of service

 

Trustees

2018-19 Houston Grand Opera Trustees

Samuel Abraham
Josh Adler
Mrs. Anthony G. Aiuvalasit ‡
Thomas Ajamie
Edward H. Andrews III
Christos Angelides
Mike Arellano
Bryan W. Bagley
Denise Bush Bahr
C. Mark Baker
Saúl Balagura, M.D.
Dr. Barbara Lee Bass
Dr. Gudrun H. Becker
Martin D. Beirne
Judith D. Belanger
Linda Bertman
Joan Hacken Bitar, M.D.
Larissa Bither
Wirt Blaffer
Dr. Michael Bloome
Adrienne Bond
Nana Booker
Margaret Anne Boulware
Tony Bradfield
Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Walter Bratic
Janet M. Bruner, M.D.
Melinda Brunger
Richard Burleson
Kiana Caleb
Gwyneth Campbell
Mrs. Marjorie H. Capshaw
Beto Cardenas
Neal Carlson
Dr. Jess G. Carnes
Sylvia J. Carroll ‡
Thierry Caruso
Joseph Carvelli
Hon. Theresa Chang
Anthony Chapman
Bob Chapman
Patsy Chappelear
Angelo Ciardella Jr.
Mathilda Cochran
Estela Cockrell
William E. Colburn
Roberto Contreras
Christa M. Cooper
Sarah Cooper
Efraín Z. Corzo
Catherine Crath
Kathleen R. Cross
Mary Davenport
Joshua Davidson
June Deadrick
Elaine Decanio
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
John E. Frantz
Caroline Freeman
Patricia B. Freeman
Carolyn Galfione
Christine Gaynor
Lynn Gissel
Sandra S. Godfrey
Michaela Greenan
Nicholas Greenan
Claudio Gutierrez
Kendall Hanno
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
Gwen Hulsey
José Ivo
Mark F. Jacobs
Joan B. Johnson
Marianne Kah
Stephen M. Kaufman
John Keville
Yolanda Knull
Bill Kroger
Simon J. Kukes
Connie Kwan-Wong
Blair Labatt
Michele LaNoue
Stephanie Larsen
Erik Lautier
The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
Bryan Leibman
Richard Leibman
Marcheta Leighton-Beasley
Benigna Leiss
David LePori
Carolyn J. Levy
Heide Loos
Dr. Jo Wilkinson Lyday
Andrea Maher
Michael Malbin
Michele Malloy
Juliet Markovich
R. Davis Maxey
Barbara McCelvey
Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan ‡
Robert C. McNair
Miss Catherine Jane Merchant ‡
Mark Metts
Craig Miller
Valerie Miro-Quesada
Alexandra Mitch
Kathleen Moore
Sid Moorhead
Charlene Nickson
Beverly Ogilvie
Marion Roose Pullin ‡
Dr. Angela Rechichi-Apollo
Todd Reppert
Katherine Reynolds
Jill Risley
Kelly Brunetti Rose
David Rowan
Jean B. Rowley ‡
Judy Sauer
Nan Schissler ‡
Sue S. Schwartz
John Serpe
Helen Shaffer
Denmon Sigler
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
Nanette van Gend
Alexander van Veldhoven
Birgitt van Wijk
Mr. Georgios Varsamis
Marietta Voglis
Bob Wakefield
Beth Williams
Chris Williams
Nancy Williams
Margarida Williamson
Helen Wils
Debra Witges
Elsa Wolf ‡
Trey Yates
Mr. R. Alan York
David P. Young 

‡ Life Trustee 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
         
 

Orchestra

2018–19 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
Rasa Kalesnykaite, Acting Assistant Concertmaster
Natalie Gaynor, Principal, Second Violin 
Carrie Kauk, Assistant Principal Second Violin
Miriam Belyatsky
Anabel Detrick
Hae-a Lee-Barnes
Chavdar Parashkevov
Mary Reed
Erica Robinson
Linda Sanders
Oleg Sulyga
Sylvia VerMeulen
Melissa Williams

Viola

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

Cello 

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

Double Bass

Dennis Whittaker, Principal
Erik Gronfor, Assistant Principal
Carla Clark

Flute

Seth Morris †, Principal
Christina Medawar †

Oboe

Elizabeth Priestly Siffert, Principal
Liam Boisset

 

     

Clarinet

Sean Krissman, Principal 
Eric Chi

Bassoon

Amanda Swain, Principal

French Horn

Sarah Cranston, Principal
Kimberly Penrod Minson
Spencer Park

Trumpet

Jim Vassallo, Principal
Randal Adams

Trombone

Thomas Hultén, Principal
Kyle Gordon
Mark Holley

Tuba

Mark Barton, Principal

Harp

Joan Eidman, Principal

Timpani

Nancy Nelson, Principal

Percussion

Richard Brown, Principal

Orchestra Personnel Manager
Richard Brown

 

† - On Leave




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Chorus

2018-19 Houston Grand Opera Chorus 

Richard Bado, Chorus Master
The Sarah and Ernest Butler Chorus Master

Nathan Abbott
Christopher Abide
Ofelia Adame
Geordie Alexander
Sydney E Anderson
Dennis Arrowsmith
Stephen Ash
Sarah A. Bannon
Zachary Barba
Megan Berti
G. Leslie Biffle
Brennan Blankenship
Fredy Bonilla
Andrew Briggs
Sarah Brindley
Rameen Chaharbaghi
Christopher Childress
Patrick Contreras
Esteban Cordero
Sybil Elizabeth Crawford
Ann Scott Davis
Robert Dee
Callie Jo Denbigh
Robert Dingman
Justin Dunkle
Ashley Duplechien
Ashly Evans
Peter Farley
Ami Figg
Don Figg
Stewart D. Gaitan
Juan Garza
Brian M. Gibbs
Suzanne Gregory
Nancy Hall
Sarah Jane Hardin
Chelsea Helm
Frankie Hickman
Julie Hoeltzel
Austin Hoeltzel
Jiajun Hong
Jon Janacek
James R. Jennings
Joe Key
Kirsten Lutz Koerner
Brianne Mathews
Wesley Landry

               

Sarah L. Lee
Laura Lisk
Katie Loff
Amelia Love
Britany Lovett
Lindsay Lymer
Sarah Lysiak
Alisa Magallon
Alejandro Magallón
Keenan Manceaux
Kathleen Manley
Antonio Martinez
Neal Martinez
Norman Lee Mathews
Katherine McDaniel
Jason Milam
Jeff Monette
Natasha Monette
Stacia Morgan Dunn
Jammieca Mott
Matthew Neumann
Casey Jones Parrish
Laura Elizabeth Patterson
Cristino Perez
Ardeen Pierre
Nicholas Rathgeb
Gabrielle Reed
Kendall Reimer
Jessica S. Richards
Hannah Roberts
Kathleen Ruhleder
Johnny Salvesen
Christina Scanlan
Valerie Serice
Paul Joseph Serna
Brian Shircliffe
Kate Smith
Kade I. Smith
Haley Stage
John Stevens
Lauren Stocker
Naonobu Sugitani
Lauren Turner
Riley Vogel
Denise Ward
John Weinel
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 mainstage 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.