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Christopher Eanes is a conductor and teacher living and working in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is the Managing Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Boychoir, the Artistic Director of Collegium Cincinnati, and the co-founder (with his wife, KellyAnn Nelson) of the Young Professionals’ Choral Collective. Chris’ passion lies in finding new ways to connect young people with musical experiences, and he has done this through various media, including choral, orchestral, and chamber music, opera, and as a private coach and teacher.
An avid collaborator, Chris has presented concerts in conjunction with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Taft Museum of Art, the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Chris’ work with the Cincinnati Boychoir was featured in Chorus America’s Spotlight On Innovation (The Voice, Fall 2009) and the Cincinnati Enquirer (April 30 & December 10, 2010; July 11, 2012). An appearance with the Cincinnati May Festival in 2010 prompted Music Director James Conlon to write, “The Cincinnati Boychoir, under the direction of Christopher Eanes, is an outstanding cultural asset to Cincinnati’s rich musical life.”
Before moving to Cincinnati, Chris was an active musician in Los Angeles while pursuing his doctorate at the University of Southern California; between 2006 and 2009 he served as artistic director of the Chamber Opera of USC, chorus master and assistant conductor of the USC Thornton Opera, and as the conductor of the USC Thornton Apollo Men’s Choir. Since 2005, Chris has spent his summers teaching chamber music to gifted high school musicians at the Hotchkiss Summer Portals program in Lakeville, CT. He has edited several of the works of Baldassare Galuppi, two of which will appear in print in 2013 from Tropp Music Publications.
Recent performances include an appearance on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in March 2011, Handel’s Messiah in December 2011 with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (one of the only performances in the United States to use a choir of boys and men), Britten’s Saint Nicolas (Cincinnati Boychoir & Collegium Cincinnati), and an appearance as guest conductor of the 24-voice professional Vocal Arts Ensemble for their annual holiday concert “A Candlelit Christmas” (click here for the review). Recently, Chris was the co-recipient (with KellyAnn Nelson) of the Norma Peterson Award from the Over-The-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, and named as a member of the 2013 class of ‘Forty Under 40’ by the Cincinnati Business Journal.
KellyAnn Nelson, Director of Education & Outreach, has had the privilege of reaching motivated musicians in a variety of ways throughout her career. She is a sought-after choral music educator, and, as such, has served as guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and presenter at various national, all-state, and regional honor choir events, conferences, and choral/vocal jazz workshops in Michigan, West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky and Indiana. Her article “Making Music with Your Youngest Singers” was published in the ACDA Choral Journal in September 2008.
KellyAnn enjoys working as both an artistic and administrative leader. As such, she has served as both the project manager and teaching artist for Linton Music’s Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as the associate conductor and outreach manager for the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. She also enjoyed serving in various board leadership capacities with the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. KellyAnn spends her summers as a conductor, teacher, and educational coordinator with programs such as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Westminster Choir College’s Vocal Institute, Cincinnati Boychoir’s SongFest, Cincinnati Children’s Choir’s Summer Festival, and Princeton Day School’s Music in Motion summer program.
Her interest in conducting choirs and managing choral programs started with her experience in the schools. She recently served as the Director of Middle School Choirs and General Music at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as the Associate Conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir, where she conducted the Quarter Notes training choir and the select PGC Ensemble. Ms. Nelson taught middle school and high school choral music in Michigan and Ohio for more than a decade and served as adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University, where she directed the nationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company II. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from Western Michigan University, and has studied both choral conducting and arts administration at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Shiloh Roby is a native of Staunton, Virginia. He studied organ with Stephen Cooksey and J. Thomas Mitts and percussion with Eugenia Burkett at Shenandoah University, where he earned dual bachelor degrees in music and business. He graduated magna cum laude.
He completed a master’s degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied music theory with Kip Wile and Thomas Benjamin. He also studied organ with Donald Sutherland and held one of the two fellowships in ear-training.
In 2007, he departed for the United Kingdom, where he served as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. This was followed by a year of serving as organ scholar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the national cathedral of Ireland.
Shiloh returned to the United States in 2009 to accept a position as director of music at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holliston, Massachusetts. He moved to Cincinnati in December 2010, to join the staff of Christ Church Cathedral.
Bonnie Keller Spain, Associate Director and lead accompanist, has worked for the Boychoir since March 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A private teacher of piano and organ for more than twenty years, she has taught on the music faculty of Edgecliff College and was Director of Music at All Saints Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama for fourteen years..
John Spain, Director of Operations, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master of Music degree in organ from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Along with Mrs. Spain, he served as Director of Music at All Saints Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama for fourteen years. Mr.Spain is currently the Organist at St. Anne Episcopal Church.
Heather Lally, Personnel Manager, has been involved with the Cincinnati Boychoir since 2004 when her oldest son, Sean, joined the Training Choir. Since then, she has served the Boychoir in a multitude of capacities including ticket sales, hospitality, Silent Auction Chair, New Parent Liason, tour chaperone, parent representative to the board, and concert manager. Her younger son, Ryan, is a member of the tour choir. Heather holds a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton as well as a masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Iowa. She has taught piano lessons for eighteen years in her home. Her oldest child, Bridget, is beginning her sophomore year at St Louis University. Heather resides in West Chester with her husband, Mike and their children.
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