Michael Anderson is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies in the School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds the D.M.A. degree from the University of Colorado, and the M.MusEd and B.MusEd degrees from Georgia State University. He began his career as the Director of Choral Music at Tucker High School in Tucker, Georgia.Dr. Anderson serves as the Past-President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), whose mission it is to “build world-wide projects that facilitate the sharing of cultures and opportunities through choral music.” He is the Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Choral Development Foundation in Macau, China. He served with other distinguished leaders on the Choral Ecosystem Forum held at Yale University, sponsored by Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), and Yale University School of Music.
Dr. Anderson is particularly active on the international choral music scene. In 2016-2017 he presented lectures and masterclasses in cities across China, and developed global artistic choral music projects in Barcelona, Milan, Beijing, and Macau. He has conducted, lectured, and adjudicated choirs across the United States, in Sweden, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, China, Japan, Korea, Macau, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, to name a few.
John Clark has built a 25-year career in non-profit administration, focused on patron engagement and fund raising. He is currently the Executive Director of Ballet BC located in Vancouver, British Columbia where he provides the vision and management of the business side of the company. Previously, Clark led the development efforts at the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, FL in the Vice President of Development role. His career has spanned both the performing arts and higher education, building advancement teams raising upwards of $20 million annually.
Between 2006 and 2015, Clark served at Georgia State University (GSU) where he was promoted from Senior Director of Development for the College of Arts & Sciences to Associate Vice President of Development, where he oversaw the Annual Fund, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Planned Giving, and Central Major Gifts offices. Prior to GSU, Clark was Director of Development for the Atlanta Ballet where he started the “Sponsor a Dancer Program,” oversaw the 75th Anniversary Gala, and established an endowment challenge to the Atlanta community. Clark’s other positions have included fund raising for The Atlanta Opera, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, and the North Carolina Dance Theater.
A classically trained pianist as a teenager, Clark’s passion for the arts is evident by his volunteer commitments and impact in the communities where he’s resided. Those volunteer engagements have included serving as board chair of Synchronicity Performance Group (Atlanta, GA), a tutor through the Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, and as a big brother at BBBS of Metro Atlanta. Clark holds his Masters in English Literature from Georgia State University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Rochester.
Martin Dawe is a sculptor who works primarily as a commissioned artist in a variety of mediums. Marty is well known for his figurative and representational work, which ranges from loose, impressionist work, to traditional sculptures with a late 19th century style. Marty began his own custom sculpture studio in 1987 and incorporated as Cherrylion Studios in 1994. He is also well known for collaborating with his clients and for him, this is one of the most fulfilling parts of his job. Today Cherrylion Studios is the largest custom figurative sculpture studio in Georgia. All of Cherrylion’s work is on a commission basis.
A first-generation American, Christopher Escobar has been proud to call Atlanta home for over a decade. Through his background as a filmmaker and live-event producer, Christopher was fortunate enough to be a part of telling Atlanta’s story through signature events such as the Peach Drop and Lighting of the Macy’s Tree during his time working for EDG. Later on, for Georgia State University, Christopher helped complete a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to create an iPhone app that is an interactive-multimedia tour of the State of Georgia Capitol building. In 2010, Christopher joined the Executive Board of Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS), where he has been working as the organization’s Executive Director since 2011. By using the moving image art form to help tell more of Atlanta’s story, he is continuing to grow the organization’s legacy, impact and service to the community. In 2012, he was named a “CFO of the Year” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and currently leads ATLFS in producing the annual Academy Award-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). As the organization’s longest serving Executive Director in five-decades, the ATLFS has continually broken records of submissions, attendance, visibility, resources and impact.
Escobar is honored to serve on several leadership boards for Georgia Production Partnership, Plaza Theatre Foundation, Rialto Center for the Arts and the Georgia State College of the Arts. Recently, Chris became the proud owner of the oldest and only independently-owned cinema in Atlanta, the historic Plaza Theatre.
He is a graduate of Georgia State University with an M.A. in Moving Image Studies.
John Black Haberlen is Emeritus Professor of Music and served as Director of the School of Music from 1996 to 2007. Prior to his appointment as Director, Dr. Haberlen served as Associate Dean for the Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences and as Director of Choral Activities for over 20 years. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting with a minor in music literature from the University of Illinois. Dr. Haberlen serves as grant supervisor for the School of Music/Drew Charter School partnership that was established twelve years ago with the support of the Cousins Family Foundation, and he is a former national President of the American Choral Directors Association.
At the age of 93, Joyce Lowenstein graduated from Georgia State University in May 2019 with a B.A. in Art, Concentration in Art History – and a GPA that was over 4.0. Born in Miami, she attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for three semesters before leaving in 1943 to be a wife and mother, as well as an art buyer, interior designer and antiques dealer, first in New York and then in Georgia. She moved to Atlanta with her husband Larry (d. 2006) in the early 1970s and made buying trips to Europe from 1979 to 2002 to bring back antiques for her Buckhead showrooms. She enrolled at Georgia State in 2012 as a GSU-62 student. Always unstoppable, she has been teaching herself to cook during the pandemic.
Aileen Valianos is the founder of Valianos Insurance, an agency specializing in employee benefits and health insurance plans for businesses, individuals and retirees. She has won many awards from national health insurance companies. Valianos has been in the insurance industry for over 36 years and has a professional designation in health insurance. She holds a BS degree in Nutrition and an MBA, both from Georgia State University.
J. Paul Whitehead
J. Paul Whitehead III is a short number of credits away from obtaining his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (Piano). After a 30-year career in accounting, finance, and taxation, including roles as Chief Financial Officer of an Atlanta-based publicly held company, a political appointee with the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington D.C., and a partner with one of the Big Four accounting firms, J.Paul began to formally pursue his life-long interest in jazz and piano through enrolling in Georgia State University’s School of Music over five years ago shortly after turning 50 years of age. J.Paul is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Science (Taxation) from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Georgia.
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