Soprano Angela Brown's groundbreaking show to dispel outdated perceptions of opera has reached across the country into schools, universities, opera companies, symphonies and beyond. I am proud to be the production and promotion manager of this show since its inception in 1997.
As Project Manager for composer Bill Banfield's opera EDMONIA, I coordinate all the moving parts of a new venture - promotion, artistic team building, collaboration with a wide range of presenters, funding, and timeline delivery. The first fully staged performance is scheduled at Interlochen Center for the Arts in 2024. Banfield's score immortalizes the courageous life of 19-century sculptor Edmonia Lewis who defied all the odds of her time to capture the attention of the world with her art.
Launched just before the world closed in Spring 2020, Melanated Moments in Classical Music was named Best Black Music Podcast of 2020, is streamed in 1000 cities and 70 countries, and has completed two full seasons. I proudly support Angela Brown, co-host, in this endeavor, and consult on PR and programming for the podcast.
My introduction to the world of television was as the Director of Marketing for The Joy of Music with Diane Bish in 1990. I traveled throughout the US and Europe with Miss Bish and eventually took on the roles of producer, administrator and, subsequently, her concert manager.
Helping Angela Brown found her nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap between accessible music performances and children and audiences of opportunity, providing Black role models in classical music, and drawing the circle wide for belonging in the audience and on the stage is one of my most rewarding endeavors.
I spearheaded the fundraising and marketing plans for the (then) newly created Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and newly named Townsend School of Music at Mercer University including major gifts, principal donor development, exclusive events (complete with national and international travel), all initial content creation, establishment of a supported concert series, and alumni and advisory board relations.
Promoting a comprehensive music curriculum for children called into play every skill and trick I could muster. Working with an extraordinarily creative team of composers, designers, and writers, I was privileged to promote and help produce this faith-based, age-appropriate curriculum used by churches and schools throughout the USA.
In our audio-visual-socially obsessed business climate, video production is an ongoing responsibility. Whether project managing the production of a nationally-used educational video (above left) or
using iMovie to quickly create time sensitive, relevant content for a limited shelf-life (above right), video production has been a regular part of my career since 1990. It all started with Diane Bish and The Joy of Music.