Colin Campbell has been a journalist with The News & Observer and its affiliated publications for the past decade. He's currently serving as editor of the paper's NCInsider State Government News Service, which covers state government and political topics for an audience of government affairs professionals and business leaders. He also writes a weekly column on state politics that appears in newspapers across North Carolina.
Colin is a 2009 graduate of the journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill and a native of Charlottesville, Va. He's a longtime supporter of the arts scene dating back to his time as the host of a classical radio show on WTJU-FM in Charlottesville.
Jim Waddelow is one of the most versatile conductors in the South. A native of Oklahoma, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Haydn Festival. Jim also serves Meredith College as Director of Instrumental Activities, conducting the Meredith Sinfonietta, Meredith Opera, and musical theater productions for Meredith Ensemble Theater. In 2010 he founded White Iris Light Opera in Raleigh, and the following year he led Meredith musicians on a concert tour of Tuscany, Italy. Guest appearances have included Summerstock Productions at the University of Central Oklahoma, Lubbock Moonlight Broadway, Capitol Opera Raleigh, Durham Savoyards, the Triangle Youth Symphony, and numerous all-state and all-region orchestras. Equally at ease with music for the stage, Jim has conducted over 300 performances of more than 70 musicals and operas at the professional and college level. Previous conducting affiliations include the Oklahoma Youth Symphony, Lubbock Youth Symphony, Texas Tech University, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs Arkansas, and the University of Central Oklahoma. A strong advocate of music education, he has conducted orchestras, choirs, and musicals for youth music camps in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and North Carolina. He is currently the Director of Strings of the Next Generation Summer Music Camp in Joplin, Missouri. He is a passionate proponent of the new music of younger composers and is known for innovative programming. Press reviews have referred to performances as "bright, articulate, and beautifully balanced", and "astonishing precision and polish; a joy from start to finish." He holds a doctorate in orchestral conducting from Texas Tech University.
CVNC Director Joel Adams, retired Enloe High School choral music teacher, 1991 recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts and former state chairman of the choral section of North Carolina Music Educators Association, served as the founding general director of Capitol Opera Raleigh, and is on the board of the North Carolina Master Chorale.
George Jack is a college professor and a working actor and director. Since moving to Raleigh almost twenty years ago, he has performed frequently with several local companies, including Burning Coal Theatre Company, Honest Pint Theatre, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, Raleigh Ensemble Players, Theatre in the Park, African-American Cultural Complex, Second Avenue South, and Delta Boys Theatre. Elsewhere in North Carolina, he spent three summers at The Lost Colony along the coast and one summer at Highland's Playhouse in the mountains. He has worked in regional theatre from the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in the East to Chicago Dramatists in the Midwest. He is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Saint Augustine's University, where he also designs and directs theatre productions. He holds a BA from The College of William and Mary, an MFA in Performance from the University of Louisville, and has finished everything but the dissertation for a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from Indiana University – a dissertation he promises to finish soon, but he's been saying that for a very long time.
Dr. Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas, lyric soprano, made her professional debut with the Cleveland Opera in the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Since then she has performed recitals, opera and oratorio throughout the United States and abroad. Twice a regional finalist and award winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, she has performed in 13 countries including China, Spain, New Zealand, and Indonesia. In addition to her professional appearances, she has performed numerous benefit concerts to raise money for schools for the handicapped in Venezuela, Chile and Micronesia. Reviews have described her voice as "extraordinary" and “sublime” (Jakarta Post). La Estrella of Iquique, Chile labeled Dr. Wozencraft-Ornellas "a soprano with extensive range, with notes lyrical, dramatic and an exceptional agility." After a recent performance in Santiago, Chile "the audience in the theatre gave 'la Wozencraft' a standing ovation, wanting more." The El Paso Times applauded her "outstanding versatility" calling her artistic instincts "unimpeachable."
As a founding member of the Trio Encantada (soprano, oboe and piano), and a member of the Terpsichory Trio (horn, soprano and piano), Dr. Wozencraft-Ornellas regularly appears in chamber concerts. Both of the trios specialize in performing new musics, and has performed world premieres of chamber works such as Mark Dal Porto's "Song of the Night," and the first performance of Paul Stanhope's "Songs for the Shadowlands" outside of Australia. Jeanie is also a frequent soloist with Concordia, Santa Fe and the Southwest Symphony.
Dr. Wozencraft-Ornellas, listed among "Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century," served on the faculty at Eastern New Mexico University for the past 32 years, teaching voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, and directing opera and music theatre productions. She received degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (B.M. Vocal Performance), Bowling Green State University in Ohio (M.M. in Vocal Performance), and Florida State University (D.M. Vocal Performance). She is a frequent clinician and judge for choral and vocal festivals in the southwest. Her service to music education has been recognized with her induction into the New Mexico Music Educator's Hall of Fame in 2008, and her receipt of the NMMEA Rollie V. Heltman Distinguished Service Award in 2016.
Maggie Pate is a native North Carolinian with an extensive background in the performing arts. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from East Carolina University, attended Berklee College of Music, and obtained a M.S. Ed. from Sunbridge College, New York.
Having been on both the North Carolina and Washington State Visiting Artist rosters, Maggie has performed throughout the United States in both classical and jazz genres and as well in musical theatre and dance. Some of her most noted local performances include the soprano soloist of Stravinsky's Les Noces and spearheading a concert for Sights and Sounds at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Maggie is a member of the North Carolina Master Chorale.
Maggie has worked for professional organizations within the arts including the Thelonious Monk Institute, WHR-Wilmington, Performance Support Services of Seattle, Long Leaf Opera Company. She also held several positions with Crossroad Herder Publishing for six years. Maggie is currently the North American Sales Representative for Oxford University Press Music.
Andrea McKerlie Luke earned her BM in Music Performance with a concentration in flute, along with a minor in Professional Writing and Presentation Media, from Meredith College in 2013. She began with CVNC through the college internship program in 2011, continuing to become a reviewer/critic after graduating. After additionally taking on the role of Calendar Editor for several years, she was appointed as the new Executive Director in 2021. Luke is also the Web Coordinator for RAFA (Raleigh Area Flute Association), where she is an active performer and has directed several youth flute choirs. She is a Chapel Hill native and was raised both listening to and performing with various local musical organizations, including the Raleigh Flute Choir, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and Triangle Youth Ballet.
Although a native of Louisville, Kentucky, Matthew Hager has called North Carolina home since 1998. Matthew is a graduate of UNC-School of the Arts (High School, Drama, 2005) and UNC-Chapel Hill (BA Dramatic Arts, 2011). He also has trained at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA and DePaul University in Chicago. Matthew has acted with local theatre companies including Burning Coal, Manbites Dog, Theatre in the Park, Koka Booth, Urban Garden Performing Arts, and Bare Theatre.
Chelsea Huber is the choral director at Lucas Middle School in Durham. In addition to teaching. She performs with North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Master Chorale, and the Durham Savoyards. She is a graduate of Meredith College, where she began as an intern at CVNC for three years before becoming a regular contributor. She loves to explore the many performing arts events in the Triangle Area.
Cecilia Whalen is a freelance arts writer based in Charlotte, NC and NYC. She is a practicing dancer, pursuing a career as a modern dancer and choreographer.As a student at UNC Charlotte, Cecilia was a staff writer for the UNCC Niner Times covering artistic events on-campus and city-wide. She has written numerous reviews, previews, and interviews published in print and online for the student-run newspaper. As a high school student, Cecilia was the Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper, The Eagle, and a winner of several writing awards, including the Blumenthal Performing Arts and Charlotte Observer “Best Student Critic” Blumey Award in 2017, and a Scholastic Art and Writing Award “Gold Key” in 2018 for her personal essay on jazz. Cecilia holds a strong interest in jazz music and is also a practicing jazz drummer.
Carolyn Kohring joined CVNC.org in November 2005 and assumed the position of Executive Director on July 1, 2012. On December15, 2020 Carolyn officially retired from CVNC, but she continues as the volunteer bookkeeper.
Carolyn has worked for many years in nonprofit administration in organizations both large and small. Her graduate computer science education in computer graphic design and networks has served her well as website manager for CVNC. She has more than 40 years of technical editing experience, including her work on scientific manuscripts for a NASA contractor. BA Mathematics, Southern Illinois University; graduate work in Computer Science, University of Houston - Clear Lake
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