Melodie Galloway, Artistic Director
Melodie Galloway holds a Master’s degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her experience as a conductor and soprano soloist includes opera, musical theatre, and jazz. Her credits as a conductor include a 2012 Carnegie Hall invited performance featuring 200 singers and orchestra. She led combined choirs and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra (Krakow) in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living in May 2017 in Vienna, Prague and Salzburg. As the Director of UNCA’s Asheville Singers, she has been invited to perform as part of the Holiday Open House Performances at the White House from 2006-2017, including a private audience with President and Mrs. Obama in 2012. She will be conductor-in-residence in Syros, Greece, for MidAmerica Productions, NY, in 2019. Currently, Dr. Galloway is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she is the Coordinator of Choral and Vocal Studies. She is in demand as a clinician, conference presenter and consultant for arts advocacy.
Laurel Ahrnsbrak, Executive Director
Laurel Ahrnsbrak is an experienced nonprofit and association professional with a background in fund development, association membership, events planning and stakeholder engagement. She has more than fifteen years of nonprofit staff, volunteer, and board leadership experience. Her professional history includes work with Sponsorship Specialists, a consultancy focused on building corporate partnership programs. She focused on fund development and member engagement with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, an association of foundations and other funders dedicated to nonprofit success. She started her work in development with the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, a hybrid service nonprofit and professional association. She also served on the board of directors of Gateway Community Development Corporation, a local nonprofit dedicated to smart and community-positive growth, where she served as president, vice president, and interim executive director, led a strategic planning effort, and chaired the fund development committee.
brad curtioff, accompanist
Brad Curtioff, keyboardist, is the embodiment of a musical chameleon. He has been playing since the young age of 7, studied piano performance at West Virginia University, and continues to evolve musically today in the richly artistic city of Asheville, North Carolina. Brad is a faculty accompanist at the Mars Hill University music department in Mars Hill, NC, and serves as Music Director for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Asheville, NC. Brad is also no stranger to the theater, performing and directing the music in a variety of musicals including Rent and Kiss Me, Kate. But his passion for jazz, rock, soul, and blues pushes him to collaborate on a number of projects including rhythm and blues specialists Citizen Mojo, and electro-jazz pioneers The Red Deco Club. He resides in Marshall, NC with his wife, Allison, and daughter, Gwen.