Biographies of Board of Directors and Staff

CVNC Board of Directors

Colin Campbell, Chair

Colin Campbell

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, DMA, Vice Chair

Joe Kahn

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.

Joel Adams, Treasurer

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.

Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas, DM Vocal Performance

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.

CVNC Staff

Maggie Pate, Editor in Chief

Maggie Pate Duffey

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, Executive Director

Andrea McKerlie Luke

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.

Matthew Hager, Theatre Editor and Intern Coordinator

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, Music and Dance Editor

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.

Tanner Benson, Calendar Editor

Tanner Benson earned his Master’s in Critical Film Studies from UNCW in 2022, specializing in Latin American film and “Slow Cinema.” Originally from Utah, Tanner grew up going to the theater as a fan, as well as performing in plays and musical groups. He believes that the arts have a way of making life more vibrant and colorful, and is grateful to be immersed in the unique cultural landscape of North Carolina. He began as an intern in 2021 and continues to contribute both as a writer/critic and as CVNC's Calendar Editor as of July 2022.

Irene Burke, Financial Operations

Irene Burke has a Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music in New York and performs professionally with several arts groups in the Raleigh area. She has also performed with other orchestras in the Northeast as well as being a member of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra since relocating to this area in 1986. She is a member of the Durham Symphony and the Carolina International Orchestra, and performs regularly with Carolina Philharmonic in Southern Pines. Ms. Burke was a student of Samuel Baron and Donald MacDonald. Currently, Ms. Burke is the Financial Manager and Bookeeper of the Raleigh Symphony and is also certified by the State of North Carolina as a CPA with her own private CPA firm.