By profession Porter Aichele is an art historian whose publications place modern art in a broader cultural context, including relationships between the visual arts and opera. She moved to Greensboro in 1990 to take a position as administrative head of the Art Department at UNCG, where she also taught courses in art history and museum studies. Now happily retired, she does volunteer work at the Wesley Long Cancer Center. Having turned an overgrown acre in Danville, Virginia into a garden, she is now cultivating her urban garden in Greensboro.
As a strategic thinker, leader, coach and facilitator, Pam Cash has a passion for making positive things happen. Pam is co-founder of Next Ascent where she uses a strength-based methodology to strategic planning, team building, employee engagement, and executive coaching. Her approach empowers individuals, teams, and organizations with the ability to harness the power of appreciative inquiry and the discovery and development of strengths for creating breakthrough successes and preferred futures. Pam serves as the club administrator for the Rotary Club of Greensboro, finance director for Guilford Green Foundation, trustee for Greensboro Opera Board, member of the State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board, and treasurer for Triad Coaching Connection. Pam is certified in Appreciative Inquiry, is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, and is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and Guilford NonProfit Consortium’s Board Academy. She earned a B.S. from Clemson and a M.S. from UNCG. Previously, Pam had a distinguished career at the UNCG Bryan School, most recently as assistant dean.
Janet Hendley grew up in England and moved to Goldsboro, NC in 1985 for a 3-year work assignment with her former husband. They then spent 13 years in the Bay Area before moving to Greensboro in 2001. She became a US citizen in 2009. She has an adult son and wife in Durham, who produced Janet’s first grandchild in 2020, and another son in Los Angeles. Janet first joined GO board in 2008 and has served as: Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Special Events, VP of Education, and Co-Chair of the Nominating Committee. She has no musical ability but is passionate about opera, symphony and the theatre. Originally a high school and college English teacher, Janet was an entrepreneur before coming to work at UNCG School of Nursing from 2006 until she retired in 2017. She has mentored several UNCG Guarantee students, was a breast cancer mentor with Cone Alight program, and is an avid gardener, seamstress, and woodworker.
Tom was born and raised in High Point. He graduated from Haverford College then received his law degree from UNC-CH. He has practiced law at the same Greensboro law firm since 1975. He is a founding member of the Choral Society of Greensboro, held leadership positions, and is currently President. He has sung in choruses including GO, most recently in L’elisir d’amore, Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale and Eastern Music Festival. He serves on the board of Bel Canto Company. In addition to vocal music, he is a classical guitarist, and has recently taken up the violin(!?). Tom has served for many years on the Board of Trustees for Friends Homes, Inc., including as Board Chair. He is the President of New Garden Cemetery Association, Inc., and serves on the Board of Friends Fiduciary Corporation as the Chair of the Charitable Services Committee. He actively pursues his interest in windsurfing and sailing, plus many other activities. He and his wife Sarah have two grown sons, who are each musically talented.
Lori Haddock is a Managing Partner at Midtown Financial Advisors. She has 41 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. Prior to joining Midtown Financial Advisors, she worked at Wells Fargo and its predecessors, First Union and Wachovia, as a commercial banker, and as a relationship manager and trust advisor in the Private Bank. Lori is a graduate of East Carolina University with an MBA from the College of Business. She is a Certified Financial Planner and holds the Certified Trust Financial Advisor and Behavioral Financial Advisor designations. She is a Past President of the Greensboro Rotary Club, Assistant Governor for Greensboro Rotary District 7690, a member of The Presbyterian Homes board of trustees and chair of the Investment Committee, and a Trustee of Definition Church. Lori and her family have lived in Greensboro for 38 years. She is married to Byron Haddock and has two grown children, Ben and Kate. Lori enjoys walking her dogs, exercising, reading and music. She is very active in Definition Church and Bible Study Fellowship.
International Concert and Opera singer, Mezzo-Soprano Elvira Green, is a native North Carolinian. After spending 30+ years based in New York City, primarily with The Metropolitan Opera, Greensboro Symphony invited Elvira to perform in their concert presentation of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Subsequent performances have been with the Charlotte and Durham Symphonies, Bel Canto, and Greensboro Opera. As an advocate for Young people in the Arts, Elvira served as Music Director of the Greensboro Summer opera camps from 1996-2012. Elvira is presently serving a third term with the Education Committee on Greensboro Opera’s Board of Directors and is spearheading Greensboro Opera Youth Opera (GOYO.)
My love of opera started when I was around age 4. Saturday afternoons were spent listening to MET Radio Broadcasts. I even attempted to sing along, my favorite aria being “Una Voce Poco Fa”. My first opera I saw on television was, yes, Amahl and the Night Visitors and my first live performance was Aida in Atlanta during college when the MET was touring. The first opera I had a role in was Suor Angelica and I played a Novice. I love singing with others, for others, listening to others and teaching others. It is this connection with singing that has motivated me to support organizations with my time and finances. For many years, I was privileged to sing with Bel Canto Company and am currently a member of First Presbyterian Church Greensboro Chancel Choir. In every city I have lived in, I have found many ensembles to sing with or direct. I hold three degrees in music and belong to several professional organizations that help me be a better singer, teacher, and director. I look forward to another exciting year for Greensboro Opera.
Born in California, raised in Colorado and Chicago, Michiko, is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has held a variety of positions including: biology teacher in a Chicago high school and working in drug literature research at the American Medical Association. After moving to NYC, a copy writer at a pharmaceutical ad agency and at NBC-TV as a commercial editor. Locally, she has worked at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and Triad Stage. She has also served on the Boards of Greenhill, Musical Arts Guild and Friends of the Public Library. Michiko previously served on GO Board from 2013-19 and was the Jane Armfield Award recipient for 2017. She has one daughter and son-in-law, and two gorgeous granddaughters who live in Hickory, NC.
Charlene Marchant is a voice faculty member of The Music Academy of NC. She graduated Harvard College with an AB cum laude, and has an MM in vocal performance from The Catholic Univ. She has served as adjunct faculty at Hampton Univ., Chowan Univ., and The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. In Greensboro, she has taught voice at Bennett College, and music at several area schools. She sang professionally in the choruses of over 30 different operas with Washington (National) Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Virginia Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Opera Ayr (Scotland). She is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, former member of British Equity, and a lifetime member of the music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. She is specialized now as a voice teacher for those seeking a good foundation in singing technique. She has a son in Seattle, and a daughter, son-in-law, and two lively grandsons in London.
Norman is a lifelong North Carolina resident. He holds his undergraduate degree in history from UNC at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from Harvard University. He has practiced law continuously in Greensboro from 1965 until retiring in 2019. He is a former member of the board of directors of Bel Canto. Norman is the author of two books, American Constitutional Rights (co-author), a textbook on that subject, and Christianity in a Doubting Age, a book of Christian apologetics. He is a member of the Board of Elders at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, where he has commissioned a number of paintings and other works of art for the church. Norman and his wife Carolyn are big opera fans, having attended operas at the Metropolitan, the Lyric Opera, Covent Garden, La Fenice, La Scala, Verona’s Arena, Teatro San Carlo, Vienna State Opera, and Hungarian National Opera.
Born and raised in California, Kathryn Troxler holds a BA from UC Berkeley (History) and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the Sonoma State College Humanistic Psychology program. Involved in the arts since childhood, she sang with UC Berkeley’s Collegia Musicum and was a church soloist. In 1982, she, her husband and two daughters moved to Greensboro where they designed and built their home. She served on local non-profit boards, the Guilford County Watershed Study Committee and several statewide environmental committees. She practiced psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy from 1992 – 2015. She sang with the Bel Canto Company, New Garden Choir, and the Spiritual Renaissance Singers of Greensboro. She co-founded the New Garden Poetry Group and her collection of poems, Tuning, received a Five Star Reader’s Favorite rating and Silver Medal in the 2017 Reader’s Favorite Contest. She took classes and workshops in art and had a solo show at The Artery Gallery in Greensboro in 2018. www.kathrynbeamtroxler.com. She has served as Nominating VP since 2017.
John Huff is Vice President of Human Resources for HAECO Americas, an aviation maintenance and manufacturing company headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. After studying piano at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts, John completed undergraduate English and Business degrees from Presbyterian College. After relocating to North Carolina with Burlington Industries, he completed an MBA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He recently served as a board member for Bel Canto, and he has performed as a chorus member with several Greensboro Opera productions. He is the secretary of the Greensboro Chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, a fraternal organization founded in the 1920s in response to discrimination against Greek immigrants and to aid in the assimilation into American society.
Katherine Davey is a native of Greensboro. She spent almost 20 years in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving back to Greensboro 5 years ago. She has enjoyed a career both as a professional artist and an Art Educator. She currently sits on the Board of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Women to Women Board of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG), the Public Arts Endowment (CFGG) and the Guilford Basics Advisory Committee. Katherine enjoys travel, entertaining, reading, and all things related to the visual, performing and culinary arts. Community involvement, an 85 lb. black lab, three grown children and a new grandson, James to keep her engaged and excited about life.
Anna Clare Allen was a voice major at Wesleyan College & Conservatory for Women in Macon Ga. She studied voice at Hollins College and later worked with the opera coach at Curtis Institute. She was married for 61 years and has 4 sons, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She is a member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church choir, is a volunteer at Urban Ministries, and has served a number of years on the Bel Canto Company Board and served a term as president of the Board. She has been involved for many years with Greensboro Opera, serving first as VP of Education and serving two terms as Board President. She has also served as President of Greensboro Opera Companions.
Bill Allred, a native of Greensboro, is a choral director and organist. Bill’s educational background includes a B.M. from Westminster Choir College; Master of Music from The NC School of the Arts; and a Doctor of Musical Arts from UNCG. Bill is the Organist-Choir Director at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church and the Director of the Burlington Boys Choir. He has prepared treble singers for the EMF Orchestra, Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies, Greensboro Opera, and Capitol Opera. He has served on the board of the NC United Methodist All-State Youth Chorus and as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boy Choirs for the NC American Choral Directors Association. He is a past dean of the Greensboro Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. For over twenty-five years, he has been the volunteer director of the Friends Homes Ringers. He lives near Saxapahaw in southern Alamance County with his wife Alicia and their two rescued dachshunds.
Cliff was born in Greensboro, and attended all 12 years at the Curry School. He graduated from Emory University and earned a MS in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University. Previously, Cliff worked for Burlington Industries and The Polymer Group. In 2012, he established XEdge Communications Design & Sustainability with a focus on digital platforms and collaboration. He is currently a Contributing Faculty Member, at Walden University for Media, Marketing and Public Relations, and a Board member for GSI3, an intellectual properties company. He has served as a Board member for Sustain Charlotte, and as a Visiting Board Member for UNCG – corporate relationships. He and his wife Ann were the owners of Little Women stores in N.C., they have three grown children and nine grandchildren, and together they share a keen interest in entertaining, travel, theater, and gardening.
Before marrying in 1974, I had a career in broadcasting which began at a small radio station in upstate N.Y. as copywriter/traffic director and on-air experience. From there I went to New York working for an ad company, TvAR, subsidiary of Westinghouse Broadcasting, as secretary to the Promotion Manager and then the President. For the next few years, I moved with him to Westinghouse Broadcasting, Post Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of The Washington Post and finally my last position was Administrative Assistant to the President at The Washington Post. After marriage, I was on the board of the Performing Arts Center in Elmira, NY. I moved to Greensboro in 2004 and I am a member of PEO, a former member of the Symphony Guild. I joined GO Companions in 2016 as Volunteer Coordinator and now serve as President. I am so happy to be a part of Greensboro Opera and have learned a great deal about opera since joining.
Robert Capen holds degrees in organ performance from Boston University and Syracuse University with postgraduate choral studies in Great Britain at Clare College (Cambridge) and Eton College. He served on the faculty of Cazenovia College and as Organist-Choirmaster of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Cazenovia New York (1969-1990) and Director of Music, Mount Vernon UMC, Danville, VA (1990-2005) followed by retirement in Greensboro. Active in retirement with volunteer work at the Greensboro Science Center, he has served as a board member and subsequently Chair of Greensboro Beautiful and a volunteer at Wesley Long Hospital. He served previously on GO board from 2013 to 2019. Hobbies include developing a bonsai collection, building a collection of Japanese and Old Master Prints and significant foreign travel.
Myrna moved from Southwest Florida to Greensboro in 2007 and was immediately impressed with the outstanding cultural arts events available nearly every day of the week. She remembers the sensation as being “Where should I go next?” Right away, she knew that she wanted to participate by either attending, volunteering or both. In 2008, she became a Masterworks Subscriber to the Greensboro Symphony and a year later, she began serving on the Board which she has continued to do in various capacities. She is rather new to opera, but not to the energy, skills and commitment required to support a nonprofit organization. She embraces the opportunity to serve on the Greensboro Opera Board. The rising trajectory of Greensboro Opera is stimulating for both our city and for her personally. Before moving to Greensboro, Myrna enjoyed her teaching or school counseling, working with all levels from elementary to college (BS English Education, MS Counseling: University of Kansas). These days she stays engaged with her community in a variety of ways: attending, serving, and supporting wherever the opportunity appeals. She has two sons and six grandchildren.
I am a Professor at UNCG. My scholarship in the area of large-scale, standardized language testing has been recognized through awards such as the ETS TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award and the UNCG School of Education Outstanding Senior Scholar Award. I have founded/co-founded associations/boards and currently serve as President of the International Language Testing Association. Greensboro has been home for 15 years. I have made a life in many places, including Beirut, London, Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Iowa City. On my travels, I tend to visit university campuses, holy sites, art museums, and opera houses. Occasionally, I do something crazy like bungee jumping! The Oslo Opera House and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden are special for me. My other passions include reading, riding my Vespa, playing tennis, and hiking. Scotch is my favorite beverage and my canine companion. I joined the Board because communities matter and opera helps create vibrant environments. Vive l’opéra!
Reverend Odell Cleveland founded America’s first faith-based community action agency, the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, two decades ago in Greensboro, North Carolina. What started out in a side annex of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where Odell now serves as chief administrative officer, grew into a $100 million nonprofit organization with an outsized impact on North Carolina’s most marginalized. Today, Odell is responsible for the day-to-day management of Greensboro’s 7,000-member Mount Zion Baptist Church. He handed over the reins of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project in 2013, two years after Oxford University Press published a history of WRLP that Odell co-authored, Pracademics and Community Change: A True Story of Nonprofit Development and Social Entrepreneurship During Welfare Reform.
Keith Cushman grew up in Salina, Kansas, where his father was the public librarian. After graduating from Harvard, he spent a year in India on a Fulbright teaching program and a year teaching at a university in Bangkok. After receiving his Ph.D. in English from Princeton he taught at the University of Chicago before teaching in the English Department at UNCG from 1976 through spring 2014. His academic specialty is the writings of D. H. Lawrence. He has lectured on Lawrence and modern American poetry in Finland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, India, Japan, and Korea. He is married to Deb Bell, a costume designer and Professor of Theatre at UNCG. His two daughters and their families live in the western suburbs of Boston. He writes the Greensboro Opera newsletter and the program notes for both Greensboro Opera and UNCG Opera Theatre. In early 2021, he presented three virtual talks titled “Porgy and Bess: From Novel to Play to Opera” for Greensboro Opera. He has seen 226 different operas (but who’s counting?), most of them multiple times.
Bob Dixon is a native of Greensboro and an alumnus of Davidson College. He was an investment banker for 45 years. His diverse interests include choral singing, antique car restoration, playing “at” golf and international travel.
Dr. Hallie Coppedge Hogan is an Associate Professor at Elon University where she is the Chair of the Music Department and teaches studio voice to Music and Performing Arts students. Applauded by the online journal Classical Voice North Carolina for her “warm mezzo soprano” and her “gamut of emotions,” Dr. Hogan has appeared as a soloist with organizations such as Illinois Opera Theatre, the Louisville Bach Society, the Oratorio Society of Champaign-Urbana, Prairie Fire Theatre, Stage II Children’s Theater, the Mozart Society of Winston-Salem, and the Fayetteville Orchestra. Dr. Hogan has performed internationally in a series of American and French art song recitals and as a featured soloist at the Vancouver International Song Institute. She also participated in “The Songs of Franz Schubert,” a tour of the entire collection of Schubert’s songs accompanied by the world-renowned vocal collaborator, John Wustman. In recent years, Dr. Hogan served as director of the Elon Opera Workshop overseeing productions of Gianni Schicchi by Puccini and Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck as well as several opera scene studies. Dr. Hogan resides in High Point with her husband Charles Hogan who is the Music Director at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Her daughter, Tess, will be graduating from Elon University in 2021 with a degree in Policy Studies.
Afrique I. Kilimanjaro is an award-winning journalist and managing editor of the Carolina Peacemaker newspaper in Greensboro. She leads a newspaper staff of reporters, photographers, graphic artists, undergraduate and graduate student interns in covering community news, events, politics, sports, arts and entertainment. Afrique is a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a B.S. in Professional Biology and earned an M.P.H. in Environmental and Occupational Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is a proud pet parent of two Bichons Frises, Teddy and Moshi.
Gerald R. Knight, tenor, is a graduate of The Florida State University (Ph.D. in Music Education and Conducting); the University of South Carolina (Master of Music Education and the Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance); and Benedict College (Bachelor of Science in Music Education). Knight is an Associate Professor of Music and serves as Coordinator of Music Education, Director of the Elon University Chorale, and Director of the Music in the Village, a successful community outreach project that received the Chapter of Excellence Award from the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education. Knight has sung in master classes during the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria. In the summer of 2012 Knight appeared in recital for the 2012 season of the Salzburg International Chamber Music Concert Series in Salzburg, Austria. The recital was dedicated to the works of American and African American composers. In addition, he has studied voice with renowned opera singer and Kennedy Center Honoree Grace Bumbry for the past 8 years. Knight’s scholarship focus is the research and performance of music of Black composers, multicultural music, the music of lesser-known or unknown composers of color, and newly composed music.
Jane Levy is the daughter of Frances (a founding member of GO) and Edward Loewenstein (the architect) and the granddaughter of Laura (Mrs. Julius) Cone. She is married to former Board member Richard Levy, has two children, and six grandchildren. She is a graduate of Duke University with a BA in French literature. After college, she worked for the Experiment in International Living in Vermont developing a lifelong love of travel. She was a professional photographer and was an artist in residence in Randolph County. Recently she was actively involved in raising money for the Edible School Yard at the Children’s Museum and the Healing Garden at Cone Hospital. She has been involved in the arts for decades, especially the Weatherspoon for which she is a former President of the Foundation, a docent, and is an Emeritus member of the Association Board. She has enjoyed her involvement behind the scenes with the Greensboro Opera.
Ben McIndoe, a long-time payments industry professional, is President and CEO of Excelsior Payment Solutions. Ben focuses on strengthening and developing partnerships with small to medium-size businesses and evaluating new business to drive strategic growth. Prior to his career in Financial Services, he was an Executive with Karastan Rug Mills, now Mohawk Industries in various sales and product management roles. Ben has been attending operas in the Triad area for the past 25 years. He first remembers taking his 2 now grown children, whom his wife Janet homeschooled, to the opera as part of their home-based education to experience live Opera performances. They would do a Unit Study based on the opera they attended Since then, he and his wife have taken hundreds of high school-aged youth to the opera. He enjoys touring the areas Viticulture regions, is a devout backyard ornithologist and is a Deacon at Christ Covenant Church. He is also on the Board of Trustees at Magnalia Foundation in Stokesdale.
I was president of the Opera Companions for three terms and am now VP. This is my third year as VP of GO Special Events Committee. I grew up in rural NC and graduated with a BA from Guilford College, a MSW from LSU (Baton Rouge); and did further graduate study at UNC Chapel Hill and Pan American University, Texas. Teaching in public schools was one of my careers, both high school, elementary reading and fifth grade Title 1 Mexican American students. My main career was as Program Director/Child Placement Director for protection of children in South Texas which entailed a lot of court work and anguish at what adults do to children. I also worked in the costume shop in Cherokee for the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” and eventually became manager. I have two children, a son in Florida and grandson in Paris, and a daughter and granddaughter in NC. Besides my love of opera, I am a jazz fan with an interest in traveling, having visited fifty countries and Antarctica.
I grew up in Shelby, NC, where I studied piano with a Latvian concert pianist from the Riga Conservatory and played brass in the high school band. After nine years I came to the realization that good intentions and hard work could not overcome a paucity of talent so I gave all that up. My first opera, Tosca, at age 10 brings back fond memories. After graduating from Yale and UNC and spending time at UK and UVA, we settled in Greensboro in 1979 where I practiced dermatology. With my late wife Sallie we became involved early on with the Greensboro Opera Company. Previously, I served several years on the board with several years as treasurer. In the mid 90’s, Sallie and I were directors of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for NC for three years. My other interests have been the NC Museum of Art and the English-Speaking Union. I’m looking forward to getting involved again.
John L. Palmer is a NC Central University graduate with a BA in music. He concentrated in voice under Dr. Charles Gilchrist and Dr. Gene Strassler. Dr. Earl Sanders taught him violin. He spent his childhood in High Point and Greensboro and graduated from Page High School where he studied violin under Luis Hrabovsky and Minnie Lou Raper. John attended the Governors School of NC in 1977 at Salem College. He studied music theory and voice under Sam Doyle. After college, John started a 38-year career in insurance, 23 of them as owner of the John L. Palmer Insurance Agency. John served as a Board Member at Mt. Zion Baptist Church for two terms during the planning, implementation, and construction of the new edifice as we know it today. He currently serves as President of the Greensboro Alumni Chapter of NC Central University. John and his wife Paschelle of 27 years have one daughter, Erin who is following her father’s footsteps in the Insurance Industry
Genie Sykes Schwartz was born in Greensboro, where she lived until her 1963 graduation of the Woman’s College of UNC (now UNCG). After working in Atlanta and Nashville, she married Maurice Schwartz, a native of Laurinburg NC. They lived in Oxford, England, Princeton NJ, and, from 1968, South Bend IN, where Maurice was on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. She graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1980 and practiced law in South Bend. She and Maurice regularly attended opera performances at the Chicago Lyric Opera. After they retired in 1999, they moved to Greensboro. Now they enjoy performances of the Greensboro Opera, UNCG Opera, and Metropolitan Opera in New York and in HD. They enjoy traveling, especially to Italy and to visit their two sons and families who live in Dallas, TX and Munich, Germany.
I currently own my own business, The Cleaning Authority, a home cleaning company that I started in Greensboro almost 10 years ago. Over the years, I have worked in a number of small to medium sized consumer product companies across multiple industries in various operations, sales and marketing, and general management capacities. Greensboro has been home for over 20 years with my wife Susan, a Winston-Salem native and the executive director of The Cemala Foundation and member of several Boards of Directors in Greensboro. Both our commitments to arts vibrancy in Greensboro runs deep. Although originally from the northeast, I spent time in Colorado where I earned my MBA and love calling North Carolina home. Fun fact: I was a ski instructor in Colorado but in the interest of self-preservation, I have taken up other forms of exercise. I love the music, vocals, pageantry and story lines of opera and am proud to serve on the Board.
Nancy Walker was born and raised in Nebraska where she went to Hastings College and taught K-12 vocal music in a small town. After earning the MM in voice at University of Colorado she taught at Stephens College in Columbia, MO and met Tim Lindeman. After marrying, they went to Indiana University and finished their doctorates on the “out-patient” plan (every summer for 7 years). She taught at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota for 2 years, then arrived in Greensboro to teach at UNCG from 1985-2018. She has a great love for teaching young (and sometimes not so young) people to sing. Nancy is a member of Euterpe Music Club of Greensboro and sings in the New Garden Friends Meeting choir. Tim and Nancy have performed together (piano and voice) since they met, and they love to travel. They have two grown daughters, Kelsey and Chloe, who live in Greensboro and Chicago respectively.
David is a mid-westerner (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan). He received a BBA from University of Michigan and MBA from Harvard. He worked for General Motors in California and Detroit, for Borden in Columbus and later held position of Treasurer at Cone Mills. He is a charter member of GO serving as both treasurer and as president. He was treasurer and VP of Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He served on United Arts Council board and received the Vanguard Award. He served as treasurer for Chamber of Commerce. He served as President of Cerebral Palsy Board, Presbyterian Counselling Center, Child Care Ministry and is an elder of First Presbyterian. He is married to Nancy for 57 years and they have 3 children, Scott (CA), Jim (MD) & Laura (CT).
Vanessa Carroll is an active community volunteer in a wide spectrum of organizations and works on special projects for The Carroll Companies. She serves on the Board of Trustees at UNC Greensboro, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board, the Greensboro Symphony Board of Directors, the Family Services of Greensboro Board of Trustees, the Triad Stage Board of Trustees and many more. Vanessa also holds leadership roles with the Tocqueville Society, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Operation Smile, and Make-A-Wish- Foundation.
Diane Conrad is a musician, arts enthusiast, community activist, and retired Special Education teacher. Diane earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNCG, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Elon University. She has two children, both of whom live in Greensboro. She is a lover of many types of music including classical, opera, folk, and bluegrass, with a special interest in the music, dance, and culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Diane continues to expand her understanding and skills through participation in classes, workshops, private lessons, and playing music with informal and formal groups within our area. She plays the Hammered Dulcimer as her personal performance instrument. Fun Factoids: Sang and played guitar in a folk singing group in high school, was a certified fitness instructor and danced with a clogging team, “Country Spice Cloggers” in the 80s and 90s.
Born in Northampton County, North Carolina, graduated from Jackson High School and from Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Music Education. She was one of two members of the first Opera Program at Woman’s College School of Music. She met her husband while at Woman’s College and remained in Greensboro until her move to Climax, NC in 1976. She has taught piano, Kindermusic, children choirs and was a soloist in the Chancel Choir of Christ United Methodist Church for many, many years as well as other venues. Jane served on many music related boards including Greensboro Opera where she won the Jane Armfield award in 2006. She served on the board of Greensboro Lecture League and as Regent of Guilford Battle Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. After her retirement she has become a community volunteer using her computer skills where needed and works with the Board of Elections as Chief Judge in her Precinct. She is married to Doug Curtis, owner of Curtis Packing Company, maker of Beefmaster franks, etc.
A native of Greensboro, Bert Davis Jr. graduated from Page High School in 1979 and earned his BM in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory in 1984. After a brief stint as a staff accompanist at the NC School of the Arts, he realized the music profession wasn’t for him and eventually became a CPA in 1995. Since then he has worked with nonprofits, governments and healthcare providers around the country as an auditor, CFO and consultant. Bert is currently the owner of Davis Forensic Group which provides financial investigation services to attorneys and their clients. He is also a partner in Smith Davis Advisory Group which provides investment banking services to small businesses. Bert has served on numerous local nonprofit boards including Greensboro Opera, Rotary Club of Greensboro, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro Symphony and the Guilford Green Foundation. In addition to a lot of classical piano playing, Bert enjoys hiking, attending classical music performances and studying American history.
Frank grew up in a musical family from a small town in Georgia. He has a degree in economics from NYU, a masters degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. In the course of his career in business he practiced law then held various jobs including CFO, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Harza Engineering in Chicago. He retired as acting CEO from Arc One in Winston Salem and loved the city so much he made it his permanent home. His most rewarding job of his career was after he retired and went back to work as Executive Director of the Piedmont Opera. He had been a life-long lover of opera and there he learned about the business and the artistic side of a small not-for-profit opera company. He has retired again but loves working with both the Piedmont Opera and the Greensboro Opera.
Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and following my graduation from UNC-CH, I attended New York University Law School of Law where I received my law degree. From 1961-1967 and 1996-2017, I practiced law in Greensboro. In the interim, I served as a Superior Court Judge, an Associate Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court and, finally, Chief Justice of that Court. I was a founding member of the Elon University Law School Advisory Board and a member of the faculty, retiring in 2017. Having long enjoyed music of almost every genre; theater; ballet and contemporary dance, I have come lately to opera. With knowledgeable friends, I am enjoying the Met’s Saturday HD performances in local theaters and recently attended performances of The Rheingold and The Valkyries at the Met in NYC. Although a novice myself, I know enough to believe it important to share widely this profoundly beautiful art form.
Born in Winchester, VA, graduated from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Was the National Alumnae President and founder of Converse Showcase and Alumni House. Received the Distinguished Alumnae and Converse 500 Award. Founded Classic Interior and Landscape Designs in 1990. A founding board member of Greensboro Opera and Co-President in the Falstaff year. Began the Jane Armfield Award which was written by Alice Isaacson and received the award in 2005. Girl Scout leader. Chaired several committees: Soirees, Playbill, Meet the Artists Events, Nominating, Membership, Development, Production, Hospitality, Opera Camp at Bennett College. Served as President and Co-President of the Opera Companions. Served on various committees at First Presbyterian: Elder and Chair of Lay Ministry, Outreach Committee, Nominating, New Members. Other committees: Chair of Jr. Great Book Classes at Junior League; Chair of Art on Paper and Teas at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Served as 2nd President of Parents Council at Greensboro Day School. 1st Green and Gold Day fundraiser. Co- founded Greensboro Junior Assembly Dance for Youth which is still going
International Concert and Opera singer, Mezzo-Soprano Elvira Green, is a native North Carolinian. After spending 30+ years based in New York City, primarily with The Metropolitan Opera, Greensboro Symphony invited Elvira to perform in their concert presentation of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Subsequent performances have been with the Charlotte and Durham Symphonies, Bel Canto, and Greensboro Opera. As an advocate for Young people in the Arts, Elvira served as Music Director of the Greensboro summer opera camps from 1996-2012. Elvira is presently serving a third term with the Education Committee on Greensboro Opera’s Board of Directors and is spearheading Greensboro Opera Youth Opera (GOYO.)
A native of Ahoskie, NC, I moved to Greensboro from NY City with my late husband, Lawton, in 1955 to teach art in the public schools. I graduated from St. Mary’s and UNC. I have been involved with Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, the English-Speaking Union, the Junior League, and the Greensboro Branch of the Institute of American Archaeology. I was on the original steering committee that organized Greensboro Opera in the 1970s. I have served as Membership Chair, Head of the Personnel Committee, member of the Artistic Concerns Committee, Chair and member of the Nominating Committee, and President of the Opera Board for two years. I served as a Trustee of Opera America. In 1998, I received the Jane Armfield Award. After several years off the board, I returned in 2014 until 2019. I served on the Nominating Committee and enjoy sharing opera lore and community contacts with board members. What a joy to see Greensboro Opera Company alive and flourishing through the years!
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been on the GO board for several terms. I have served as President (1998), VP Education involved with Opera at the Carolina, and VP Special Events for Go Gypsy (2016) and Go Barber (2017). Favorite activities over the years have been hosting visiting artists appearing in performances, volunteering with GOC Opera Camp 1993 to 2000 and attending rehearsals where talented artists and directors bring an opera from the libretto to a thrilling multimedia performance. Thankfully, music in all of its forms continues to be essential in the 21st century. I teach students of all ages in my piano studio, am a past President of the Greensboro Symphony Guild and volunteer with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for students. A native of Montgomery AL, I have been in Greensboro since 1966, and have 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren!
Born in Paris, Texas, moved to San Antonio for high school where I was cast as Cleopatra in the Senior play, which led me to Trinity University to study drama. Met my husband on a blind date, left school after 3 semesters to marry my pilot in 1969 and begin exploring the world. We lived in Omaha, Savannah, Portsmouth NH with the AF then 4 years with 2 sons in Berlin with Pan Am. We started Priba Furniture in 1972, and I finished my degree at UNCG while studying and keeping up with 2 teenagers! My involvement with GO started as a super in Aida and two other productions. I worked in wardrobe, props, and any odd “jobs” that would keep me backstage! I also was active with Preservation Greensboro and was President of the Guild. I sing in the choir at First Presbyterian and love my book clubs, but Greensboro Opera has been my first love!
Bill Latture is a native of Lexington, VA. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946, “retiring” as a Lt(jg). After graduating from Washington and Lee University, he was employed by Blue Bell, Inc. for 33 years, finally settling in Greensboro with Louise, Sarah and Richard in 1963. He has been an active member of their church, Planned Parenthood, President of the First Nighters of UNCG Theatre, President of the Greensboro History Museum, treasurer of Greensboro Opera Companions and a member of the Nominating Committee of Greensboro Opera. He is an Eagle Scout and a longtime Scouter and Council Board Member. He and Louise are ten-year residents of Well•Spring. He is a former president of the Residents’ Association and currently serves on the Worship and Budget Committees as well as Coordinator of the Fourth Tuesday Discussions. He enjoys exercise classes, walking, bridge, biographies and dining with friends.
Richard Levy grew up in Greensboro. He and Jane have a daughter and her family in Greensboro, and a son and his family in London. He has a degree from Carolina and a Master’s Degree from North Carolina A&T. He is currently a Trustee of the National Humanities Center, the Weatherspoon Art Museum Foundation and the Friends of UNCG Libraries. He has been a member of the NC Arts Council and the NC Humanities Council as well as the Greensboro Opera and Piedmont Opera boards. He has served on the Trustee Boards of two colleges and has taught African American Literature.
I became a part of Greensboro Opera after attending the first performance in 1981. I remember spending several Sundays the next few years having afternoon tea at Jane Armfield’s home to discuss promotion and audience development. I have been on the Board or Advisory Board from 2003-present. (and a “go-fer” for several years before that). I have served as chair of the following committees: Special Events, Search Committee for General Manager, Personnel Committee, & Finance Committee. I served on the Nominating Committee, Artistic Concerns Committee, By-Laws Committee, & Playbill Committee. I served on the Executive Committee for 3 years, 1 year as Treasurer. I reached the rank of Silver Life Master in Bridge. I played on the tennis team in college and hybridized daffodils for many years.
I was born and grew up in Greensboro. I went to the UNC at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, stayed to complete a Masters in Education. I have been a school counselor in Baltimore County, Guilford County, and Henry County schools. I don’t remember a time in my life when I did not love music. My grandmother had a beautiful voice, and I grew up knowing that everyone in my mother’s family sang and played the piano. My daughter, Kate, is presently an actress in New York City and auditioning for plays, doing voice-overs, and being artistic director of her theater company, Ground Up Productions. I have always enjoyed opera, and I’m so proud to have been a part of the Greensboro Opera Board. My personal experience of singing was only with the Grimsley choir, so I don’t think that counts for a lot except that back in the day we really worked hard to be a part of that choir.
1950s— Suburban NYC childhood, prepared for future GO service(!) by seeing original casts of plays from Golden Age of musical theatre.
1960s—After Cornell,’60— taught at colleges in Boston and Ann Arbor. Married Bill Moran.
1970s—Raised four children on college campuses for twenty-five years, Bill as chancellor, first in Michigan, then North Carolina. Mentored eight inner-city children for a decade.
1980s, ’90s— Professional storyteller, programs for children and adults. Published essays, reviews, poems, stories. Taught children’s literature, UNCG, gave teacher workshops.
2008—published Voices of the Silent Generation (Avisson Press), also poetry in anthologies, periodicals.
2021—Collection of 130 poems and stories in a verse called What Just Happened was published in spring of 2021 by Bonventura Press.
Retired physician. Arrived in North Carolina via Duke University Medical System as an intern in 1960. Called into US Air Force in 1961; met and married Marnie Stern in 1963. Returned to Duke 1963, spending last 3 (of 7) years on Duke Cardiology faculty at the Durham VA Hospital. Moved to Greensboro in 1970 to join Tannenbaum medical practice. Charter member Greensboro Opera. First joined Board in 1996; on and off since then. Served as President three times in the early 2000’s. Marnie has been an active member of the Opera Companions. Over the years, while we owned our own home, we have enjoyed housing opera singers and technical people for our GO productions.
Dave was born in Fountain, NC. His family moved to Chapel Hill, NC where he graduated in 1950 from Chapel Hill High School. He graduated with an advanced degree in mechanical engineering from NC State College of Engineering. Earning a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the US Air Force, he was assigned peace-time duty in Germany for two years. Returning home to civilian life and further graduate study, he was employed by Bell Laboratories. Later he became a teacher and administrator with Alamance Community College in Burlington, NC until his retirement. Love of opera begin while listening to the Saturday afternoon broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. While not a musician, he has developed a love of opera by attending numerous performances in Europe and America. He has served as a member of the Greensboro Opera Board since 2014. Dave is currently involved with many activities in the Elon community and Elon University.
Laurie “Lollie” Lake White is a native of Greensboro. She has been a member of the Opera Board since 2010 and has been active on many committees: Nominating, Education and Special Events. She is keenly interested in helping with Opera Camp under the leadership of Elvira Green. She received the Jane Armfield Award in 2017. She and her husband, Walter Beale, sing in the First Baptist Church choir. Both are retired from UNCG, where Walter was a professor in the English department and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Lollie was a Lecturer in English, Assistant Director of the Honors College, and Director of Development for the College.