Encore Opera Theatre was created in 2018 purely for the love of singing and opera. A group of singers began to get together for "Opera Fridays" just to sing opera for fun. After a while they decided to put on a concert to have something to work towards.  From that point, the Encore Opera Theatre grew, and continues to grow. It is now a 501(c)(3) organization with a board of directors. 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.

EOT Board of Directors

Celese Sanders - Executive Director

Celese Sanders is a recent transplant to the Huntsville area.  She found her passion for opera when she lived in California. She was the lead singer at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley – an experience she will always treasure.  She currently sings with the Huntsville Master Chorale and anywhere else she can. She has served on the board of directors for the Ridgecrest Opera Guild, and as Executive Director of the Desert Valley Opera Guild.  She is the owner of Accounting Integrity LLC.  She is the mother to three wonderful children, and married to an incredible, supportive, and patient husband.  She and her children enjoy being part of theater and musical theater, including with IMP, LMP, and Theatre Huntsville. 

Kevin Flannagan - Promotional Director

Kevin Flannagan, baritone is currently serving Hazel Green United Methodist Church as Music Director where he directs choirs for adults, youth and children, handbells and an instrumental ensemble. Previously, he has served Methodist and Presbyterian congregations in Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. A music graduate of Emory and Henry College in Virginia, Kevin has studied voice with F. William Thomas of Bristol, Virginia and Mark Owen Davis of Kingsport, Tennessee. He has appeared as soloist in numerous Oratorio and Opera concerts. Currently, he sings with and is a board member of the Huntsville Master Chorale. 

Aimee Fincher - Standing Board Member

Pianist Aimee Fincher, an Alabama native, is in her third season with Huntsville Ballet. She is currently a doctoral candidate in collaborative piano at Arizona State University, where she held a teaching assistantship for three years. Ms. Fincher earned performance and pedagogy degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina, where she frequently performed with distinguished guest artists including Timothy Smith, Kenneth Tse, and Mariano Garcia. She is active in national conferences and international chamber music festivals, most recently the College Music Society National Conference, the Society of American Music Conference, and the Vianden (Luxembourg) Chamber Music Festival. Together with her duo partner, violinist Hannah Leland, Ms. Fincher recently released Duo Odéon’s debut album, Specter. The album, released on the Sono Luminus label, features premiere recordings of unpublished manuscripts by the composer George Antheil and the violinist Werner Gebauer. Ms. Fincher can also be heard on Summit records’ album, “Table for Three,” in collaboration with ASU brass professor John Ericson and professor emeritus Douglas Yeo.

Brendan Desaulniers - Standing Board Member

Brendan has primarily performed in musical theater productions, having appeared in Independent Musical Productions' performances of Mary Poppins, Ragtime, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, and Joseph. Other appearances include Fantasy Playhouse's A Christmas Carol and Huntsville MET's 50s revue That Moment of Bliss. Brendan studied electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, his home state, and now continues his systems engineering career here in Huntsville. 

Patricia Hacker - Standing Board Member

Patricia Ramirez Hacker is an active performer as soloist and opera singer. She is a successful voice teacher, conductor, vocal coach for solo and choral ensembles. She has performed internationally in Italy, Vienna, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica and in the U.S.A. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Huntsville Master Chorale. For the past 9 years she has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church. She has served as voice teacher at Oakwood University, Alabama A&M, University of Mobile, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Her
students have won first places in different vocal competitions. She had conducted and produced operas and musicals. From the University of Southern Mississippi she obtained a DMA in Choral Conducting and MM in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Additionally she holds a BM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Southeastern Louisiana University and BA in
Theatre from Universidad Autonoma de Honduras.

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