Leadership

 
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Celese Sanders - Executive Director

 

Celese Sanders is the founder and Executive Director of the 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.

 
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Erin Huelskamp 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)  

 
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Sierra Hammond - Production Manager

Sierra Hammond is a native Soprano from Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the illustrious HBCU, Oakwood University in 2014. She continued her educational pursuits at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she received her Masters of Music. During her time in Knoxville, she was actively involved in the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre and Knoxville Opera companies. Here, she participated in La Boheme (Puccini), The Crucible (Ward), Don Giovanni (Mozart), The Consul (Menotti), Mefistofele (Boito), and Il ritorno d'ulisse in patria (Monteverdi).

 

Sierra has been actively involved with Opera Huntsville since 2018 where she currently serves as the company Production Manager, previously as the Board President. In the Fall of 2019, Sierra made her stage directorial debut with Opera Huntsville directing Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. Sierra has participated in various productions with Opera Huntsville since the company's inception such as The True Story of Cinderella (Warren) as The Queen and Step Sister Two, Gilbert and Sullivan in Rocket City as Tart 2, Bremen Town Musicians as Barcolle. 

Currently she is faculty at  Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Normal, Alabama) in the Vocal Studies Area. Sierra resides in Huntsville, AL.