Speakers & Performers

Alysia Lee

Plenary Speaker - Online and In-Person Event

Alysia Lee’s roles as an artist, arts educator, strategic consultant, and 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist give her a broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Her work has received national recognition for advancing...

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Alan Brown

Plenary Speaker - In-Person Event

Alan Brown, principal of WolfBrown, is a leading researcher and management consultant in the arts and culture sector worldwide. His work focuses on understanding consumer demand for cultural experiences, evaluating support structures for...

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee

Plenary Speaker - In-Person Event

Celeste Headlee is an internationally recognized journalist and radio host, professional speaker and author of bestselling book ...

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George S. Everly

Plenary Speaker - Online Event

George S. Everly, Jr., Ph.D., A.B.P.P., F.A.P.A., F.A.P.M. is acknowledged as a pioneer in the fields of psychological trauma and disaster mental health. In 2016 he was rated the leading author in the world on the subject of psychological...

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Tom Hall

Plenary Speaker - Online Event

Tom Hall is the host of Midday, the highly rated news and public policy program that features interviews with elected officials and community leaders, as well as thought provoking authors, artists, researchers, journalists, and...

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Alessandra Brown

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Alessandra Brown is the founder and CEO of A Brown Consulting Group and partner consultant of Unlock Creative. Prior to forming ABC Group, she spent over 15 years focused on Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Engagement, and...

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Joseph Caulkins

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Joseph Caulkins, Key Chorale's Artistic Director and CEO has been instrumental in developing outstanding relationships with our local high school choral directors and community stakeholders such as the Neuro Challenge Foundation in...

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Tom Clareson

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Tom Clareson is project director of Performing Arts Readiness, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations protect their assets, sustain operations, and prepare for emergencies. As senior...

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Margaret Clark

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

A San Francisco native, Margaret Nomura Clark joined the Children’s Chorus of...

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Clarissa Crawford

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Clarissa Crawford is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clarissa Crawford...

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Ann Cyptar

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Ann Cyptar, M.S., CCC-SLP, Trained Singer. Ms. Ann Cyptar has over 20 years of experience and presents regionally on vocal health issues and on various types of voice problems. Ms. Cyptar specializes in the diagnosis and...

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Caron Daley

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities at the Mary Pappert School of Music at...

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Ashley Walden Davis

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Ashley Walden Davis is the Founder and Executive Director of Unlock Creative. Ashley...

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Jessica Davis

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Jessica Davis, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT has been practicing orthopaedic physical...

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Nancy Donner

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

A native New Yorker, Nancy Donner has spent the better part of her career working to promote education, the fine and performing arts, and mission-driven organizations.  She is a communications, marketing, and branding expert who...

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Erin Freeman

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Versatile, engaging, and spirited, conductor and artistic leader Erin Freeman serves in multiple positions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and...

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Robin J. Freeman

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Robin J. Freeman (she/her) is a choral conductor, singer, music educator, and author striving to create vibrant choral communities where people can learn and grow together. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in music education...

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Joy Hirokawa

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Dr. Joy Hirokawa is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Under her direction, Bel Canto has appeared on ACDA, NAfME, and PMEA conferences, and has toured nationally and...

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Ethan Johnson

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

A lifelong Minnesotan, Ethan Johnson is the Director of Artistic Operations with VocalEssence in Minneapolis. Always happy to jump into the thick of planning...

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Yolanda F. Johnson

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

With a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, Yolanda F. Johnson is both a philanthropy and fundraising expert, successfully having led fundraising operations for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, launching creative...

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Tina Meckel

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Tina Meckel, Executive Director of the National Lutheran Choir (NLC), is a passionate advocate for the power of the arts in civil society and human experience.  She joined the NLC staff in 2009 after winning funding to start a...

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Patrick Owens

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Patrick (“Pat”) Owens joined The New York Choral Society as its first full-time Executive Director in 2017. Since joining the chorus, Pat has strengthened its...

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Mollie Quinlan-Hayes

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes is a freelance arts consultant specializing in state and regional arts organizations, strategic planning and evaluation, program and grant design and implementation, and readiness. She directs South Arts’...

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Ronni Reich

Breakout Session Speaker - Online Event

Ronni Reich is a communications strategist and award-winning journalist with 15 years...



This event is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org)

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