625518_10100920327253607_879274917_nMUSICAL DIRECTOR: JONATHAN HENDERSON is a multi-instrumentalist raised in Durham, NC. He grew up on jazz and blues in a household where instruments and music were a constant. Jonathan received degrees in Sociology and Music at Guilford College and has since studied with great teachers in North Carolina as well as others in travels to the San Francisco Bay Area, Senegal, Indonesia and Brazil. Jonathan believes that music can elucidate the collective power of people struggling for a just world. He tries always to play it in that spirit.  Jonathan is a co-founder of W. African dance band Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, gypsy jazz band the Onyx Club Boys, art/ performance collective INVISIBLE, and radical marching band Cakalak Thunder.  His other past collaborations include work with the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Midtown Dickens and Loamlands.
unnamed (1)CONDUCTOR: AMELIA V. B. SHULL is an art teacher, musician and community activist.  She has taught arts classes at Durham Tech, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, and was the Youth Education Coordinator and a teacher at the Durham Arts Council.  In 2003, she began her career at Carolina Friends School as the Upper School Visual Arts teacher, and has also taught Adolescent Health, Music 101, Gender Studies, and Design in Action.  She founded and directed the feminist nonprofit Girls Rock NC in 2003, that has grown from a one-week summer camp to a 5 city, seven-week summer and after school program for marginalized youth 7 years and up. She currently serves as chair of the board of Girls Rock NC.  Amelia channels much of her professional energy into engaging others to recognize their inherent gifts, and focuses on body confidence and empowerment through the arts as an outlet for everyone. She is a parent of two kids who also love to sing out loud and play on all the family’s scrappy instruments, and is married to Andy, a Durham architect and multi-talented musician.

Linkedin pic botxFOUNDER: LAUREN BROMLEY HODGE holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Drama and English from the University of London, Goldsmith’s College. Beginning in 1984, Lauren began her career in the music business working for UK based indie labels such as Rough Trade Records (The Smiths, Feelies, Soul Asylum, They Might be Giants), One Little Indian Records (The Sugarcubes,Bjork), Setanta Records (Edwyn Collins, Magnetic Fields), Imago (Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins) and many more. Over a 15-year career in the music business, Lauren has run her own companies, managed artists, negotiated deals and worked at an executive level for record companies in both London and New York City. Upon moving to Chapel Hill, NC in 2000, with her husband and three children, Lauren created the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, where she was later the Director of Development. In 2011 she founded Community Chorus Project, in partnership with the Department of Music at UNC, Chapel Hill. Her programming includes the PopUp Chorus, as well as chorus programs for middle and high school students at UNC. Her work as an arts entrepreneur is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to become artists, to helping musicians build careers, and building community through music.

deconto-2 copyPROGRAM MANAGER: KATIE DeCONTO decided, after moving to Durham in 2009, to use her Humanities degree and publishing background to open Mercury Studio, Durham’s only coworking, event, and art space. Since then, she’s co-founded The Makery at Mercury Studio a retail shop selling exclusively NC-made and curated goods. When she’s not busy at the studio or the shop, she can be found playing with her band, The Pinkerton RaidShe has been a singer since she was tiny and has performed in everything from indie rock bands to gospel choirs. Katie began working with Community Chorus Project in the Spring of 2014 and has been enjoying the opportunity to express her love for music and organization all at once.

meCINEMATOGRAPHER: ZACH STAMEY is the owner of a video production & photography company by the name of Focus Media, based in Raleigh, NC. As a cinematographer and photographer, he has been honing his craft for over a decade. Zach’s body of work stretches from commercials, music videos, weddings, portraits, ect. In 2014, Zach was bestowed the honor of Best Local Videographer of the Year in the Triangle by Independent Weekly. He has been described as “an artist with a special eye, a true love of the craft, and always a fresh vision”. It is from this unique perspective that Zach helps bring collaborative ideas to fruition with style and grace.