Encore Opera Huntsville was created in 2018 purely for the love of singing and opera. From that point, the Encore Opera Huntsville grew, and continues to grow. It is now a 501(c)(3) organization. Our vision is to grow into a full opera company, and to continue to share our love of opera music with other musicians and the community. Our mission is to promote opera in Northern Alabama, provide quality performances to audiences, and offer collaborative learning opportunities to musicians
Celese Sanders - Executive Director
Celese Sanders is the founder and Executive Director of the Encore Opera Huntsville. She is a trained classical singer with a focus in opera and has also performed in many musical theater performances. Celese owns and manages an Accounting Integrity, LLC. She was the founder of the Desert Valley Opera Guild and was a performer at the Death Valley Amargosa Opera House. She serves on multiple nonprofit boards for other performing arts organizations and was appointed to serve on the inagural Huntsville Music Board.
Erin Huleskamp Bohn - Artistic Director
Noted as “startling revelatory” and “electrifying,” composer/flutist/director Erin Huelskamp Bohn serves as Orchestra Director for Asbury Church in Madison, AL. Her recent projects include serving as Artistic Director for the Sunshine City Opera Company where she directed Vivaldi's Griselda, directing The Burning Fiery Furnace with Opera Brittenica and Bluebeard’s Castle and The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the Center for the Arts in Natick, and performing as flutist in the St. Petersburg Festival, Asbury Orchestra, Asbury Contemporary Praise Band, Valley Praise Band, Tampa Bay Flute Ensemble, Madison City Community Orchestra Flute Ensemble, and many more. Erin’s past projects include stage directing with Winthrop Playmakers (The Music Man), Bentley University (I Love You Because), Harvard’s Lowell House Opera (Candide) and TCAN Players (Company; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change); assistant stage directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare on the Common; composition performances at the Oberon, the Lorelei Ensemble (Love Credo) and with the Fortpoint Theatre Channel. Erin served as a faculty member of music theory at Boston College and a visiting lecturer at Bentley University and The Boston Conservatory. She holds an M.M. from The Boston Conservatory and B.M. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. (www.erinhuelskamp.com)
Amy Naymon - Marketing Director
Amy is a native of Huntsville. She spent many years in Asheville, NC, where she developed a strong appreciation and love of non-profit organizations. She manages and owns SoSocialSolutions, which is a social media promotion/management business focused on small businesses and non-profits. In her spare time, Amy volunteers with local charitable organizations or takes time to practice her artistic endeavors of painting and writing.
Sierra Hammond - Chair
Shane Kennedy - Vice Chair
Jim Sanders - Secretary
Julie Foster - Board Member
Brendan Desaulniers - Board Member