FOUNDER: 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.
PROGRAM 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 Raid. She 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.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: 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.