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management team

 

The Management Team coordinates all logistical, financial, and membership initiatives to keep our chorus thriving as a non-profit organization and a successful performance ensemble. Leaders are nominated for one to two-year terms, depending on the role.


2018-2019 Management Team Leaders

  Samantha Bunting, Team Coordinator   Sam has been singing in a cappella groups and choirs since elementary school. She is an experienced musician—she studied vocal performance at the University of Colorado and has trained on six instruments to different degrees of awesomeness. She even sometimes performs as a lead and back-up vocalist with bands in the New York area.  Although Sam honed her skills in music education while serving as the musical director of her college a cappella group, she is relatively new to the barbershop world, having first become an official member of Sweet Adelines in 2013. She is amped to be in the Sirens' stellar bass section and is incredibly proud to be the current bass in the Region 15 champion quartet  Drive!   Sam has taught mathematics for most of her professional career and currently works in educational publishing, creating mathematics software for students of any age. She would love to chat with you about education, music, or math—or the intersection of all three. So, introduce yourself to her... she’s pretty rad.

Samantha Bunting, Team Coordinator

Sam has been singing in a cappella groups and choirs since elementary school. She is an experienced musician—she studied vocal performance at the University of Colorado and has trained on six instruments to different degrees of awesomeness. She even sometimes performs as a lead and back-up vocalist with bands in the New York area.

Although Sam honed her skills in music education while serving as the musical director of her college a cappella group, she is relatively new to the barbershop world, having first become an official member of Sweet Adelines in 2013. She is amped to be in the Sirens' stellar bass section and is incredibly proud to be the current bass in the Region 15 champion quartet Drive!

Sam has taught mathematics for most of her professional career and currently works in educational publishing, creating mathematics software for students of any age. She would love to chat with you about education, music, or math—or the intersection of all three. So, introduce yourself to her... she’s pretty rad.

  Gabriella Vega, Finance Coordinator   Gabriella, an Upstate New Yorker, found her love for a cappella music while studying at Cornell University. She sang in an all-female a cappella group, notably named “Nothing But Treble”, whose members can be found frequently singing Ace of Base and Destiny’s Child songs in the Arts Quad and underneath the infamous clock tower. After moving to New York City to pursue a career in Human Resources at a financial firm, she was introduced to the barbershop community and its wonderful people!  Gabriella joined Sirens of Gotham in the October 2014 class as a Lead. She is thrilled to take on the role of Finance Coordinator, as she is excited to optimize the chorus' financial resources to help Sirens of Gotham reach a wider audience. She is thankful to have found a group of diverse, energetic, and talented ladies and looks forward to the bright future of our growing chorus!

Gabriella Vega, Finance Coordinator

Gabriella, an Upstate New Yorker, found her love for a cappella music while studying at Cornell University. She sang in an all-female a cappella group, notably named “Nothing But Treble”, whose members can be found frequently singing Ace of Base and Destiny’s Child songs in the Arts Quad and underneath the infamous clock tower. After moving to New York City to pursue a career in Human Resources at a financial firm, she was introduced to the barbershop community and its wonderful people!

Gabriella joined Sirens of Gotham in the October 2014 class as a Lead. She is thrilled to take on the role of Finance Coordinator, as she is excited to optimize the chorus' financial resources to help Sirens of Gotham reach a wider audience. She is thankful to have found a group of diverse, energetic, and talented ladies and looks forward to the bright future of our growing chorus!

  Elizabeth Culbertson, Membership Coordinator   Lizzie joined Sirens of Gotham in March of 2017 and has been in love with barbershop ever since. During her time in her hometown in Northern Virginia, she sang informally, but more formally trained on the French horn, and was a member of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. While attending Stanford University, she performed in Side By Side, a community service singing group that sang oldies at nursing homes around the Bay Area. She has always loved tricky harmonies, locking overtones, and tight-knit communities, and was overjoyed to find all three in the Sirens of Gotham/Voices of Gotham community! While not singing barbershop, Lizzie is a graduate student at Columbia University, pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Physics. 

Elizabeth Culbertson, Membership Coordinator

Lizzie joined Sirens of Gotham in March of 2017 and has been in love with barbershop ever since. During her time in her hometown in Northern Virginia, she sang informally, but more formally trained on the French horn, and was a member of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. While attending Stanford University, she performed in Side By Side, a community service singing group that sang oldies at nursing homes around the Bay Area. She has always loved tricky harmonies, locking overtones, and tight-knit communities, and was overjoyed to find all three in the Sirens of Gotham/Voices of Gotham community! While not singing barbershop, Lizzie is a graduate student at Columbia University, pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Physics. 

 
  Meredith Rich, Communications Coordinator   Meredith is a Philadelphia native who first fell for a cappella as a toddler after seeing The Bobs sing "Psycho Killer" on The Smothers Brothers. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, she majored in Government and Theater and was a member of the all-female a cappella group Sweet Ophelia. She has performed with Original Binding Productions, The Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Ego Po Classic Theater, and as Betsy Ross for Historic Philadelphia Inc. In addition, she has worked as a historical reenactor, a regular actor, a barista, a children’s bookseller, a math editor, and a playwright. Now living in Brooklyn, she's a digital product manager at a publishing company by day, an editor by night, and freelance photographer in her spare time. Her best days are spent with a good book in the park, preferably with a dog to pet, and a proper Philadelphia soft pretzel.

Meredith Rich, Communications Coordinator

Meredith is a Philadelphia native who first fell for a cappella as a toddler after seeing The Bobs sing "Psycho Killer" on The Smothers Brothers. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, she majored in Government and Theater and was a member of the all-female a cappella group Sweet Ophelia. She has performed with Original Binding Productions, The Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Ego Po Classic Theater, and as Betsy Ross for Historic Philadelphia Inc. In addition, she has worked as a historical reenactor, a regular actor, a barista, a children’s bookseller, a math editor, and a playwright. Now living in Brooklyn, she's a digital product manager at a publishing company by day, an editor by night, and freelance photographer in her spare time. Her best days are spent with a good book in the park, preferably with a dog to pet, and a proper Philadelphia soft pretzel.

  Anna Chelak, Marketing Coordinator, Visual Coordinator   Anna hails from northern New Jersey, but has been living in New York City for over seven years. She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and currently works in digital strategy at a creative agency in the healthcare space.  Always a performer, Anna has studied Ukrainian folk dance from a very young age and currently performs with a number of Tri-state area ensembles. She began studying dance and music more seriously in high school, going on to hold leadership roles in multiple vocal groups under the direction of Patty Danner (Hickory Tree Chorus, Drive! Baritone), who first introduced her to a cappella singing and barbershop music.  It was not until February 2013 that Anna happened upon a Sweet Adelines chorus retreat at her hotel and was invited to check out a brand new a cappella ensemble in Manhattan: the Sirens of Gotham. The following week was Anna's first rehearsal and the very day the chorus was chartered. Less than two months later, she was onstage participating in her (and the Sirens') first regional contest.

Anna Chelak, Marketing Coordinator, Visual Coordinator

Anna hails from northern New Jersey, but has been living in New York City for over seven years. She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and currently works in digital strategy at a creative agency in the healthcare space.

Always a performer, Anna has studied Ukrainian folk dance from a very young age and currently performs with a number of Tri-state area ensembles. She began studying dance and music more seriously in high school, going on to hold leadership roles in multiple vocal groups under the direction of Patty Danner (Hickory Tree Chorus, Drive! Baritone), who first introduced her to a cappella singing and barbershop music.

It was not until February 2013 that Anna happened upon a Sweet Adelines chorus retreat at her hotel and was invited to check out a brand new a cappella ensemble in Manhattan: the Sirens of Gotham. The following week was Anna's first rehearsal and the very day the chorus was chartered. Less than two months later, she was onstage participating in her (and the Sirens') first regional contest.

  Charlotte Dow, Performance Coordinator   Charlotte Dow hails from the Philadelphia suburbs and has been performing in some way, shape, or form since she learned how to walk. She received her Bachelor's degree in Screenwriting & Playwriting from Drexel University, where she was an active member of the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Co-Op Theatre Company. Her journey with Sirens of Gotham (and barbershop) began in the summer of 2016. Currently, she works in administration at Dramatists Play Service and is a prolific freelance writer. .

Charlotte Dow, Performance Coordinator

Charlotte Dow hails from the Philadelphia suburbs and has been performing in some way, shape, or form since she learned how to walk. She received her Bachelor's degree in Screenwriting & Playwriting from Drexel University, where she was an active member of the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Co-Op Theatre Company. Her journey with Sirens of Gotham (and barbershop) began in the summer of 2016. Currently, she works in administration at Dramatists Play Service and is a prolific freelance writer. .

 
  Emilia Mahaffey, Co-Fundraising Coordinator   Emilia is a Washington, D.C. native who has been singing since the moment they first let her in 2nd grade. It took her slightly longer to discover a capella music (she joined her high school group in 10th grade) but she has been addicted ever since! Emilia is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where she majored in French and Comparative Literature and was a member of the only mixed a capella group on campus, A Round of Monkeys. Following the College of Wooster, she spent a year in France teaching English, and singing with a local group.  Emilia then spent a summer performing Shakespeare in Texas, before completing a Masters of Science in Information Science.    In New York, Emilia is a corporate archivist at a large financial firm and sings with the Art Mob.  She spends most of her time attending plays and musicals and exploring all of the amazing neighborhoods and museums.  Emilia is part of Summer 2016, Sirens of Gotham cohort and sings with the Lead section.  She is very excited to be in such a vibrant and welcoming group of women.

Emilia Mahaffey, Co-Fundraising Coordinator

Emilia is a Washington, D.C. native who has been singing since the moment they first let her in 2nd grade. It took her slightly longer to discover a capella music (she joined her high school group in 10th grade) but she has been addicted ever since! Emilia is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where she majored in French and Comparative Literature and was a member of the only mixed a capella group on campus, A Round of Monkeys. Following the College of Wooster, she spent a year in France teaching English, and singing with a local group.  Emilia then spent a summer performing Shakespeare in Texas, before completing a Masters of Science in Information Science.  

In New York, Emilia is a corporate archivist at a large financial firm and sings with the Art Mob.  She spends most of her time attending plays and musicals and exploring all of the amazing neighborhoods and museums.  Emilia is part of Summer 2016, Sirens of Gotham cohort and sings with the Lead section.  She is very excited to be in such a vibrant and welcoming group of women.

  Gracie Panousis, Co-Fundraising Coordinator   Gracie has been singing since the age of five, when she won first place in a talent show performing God Bless America with a twenty-five piece orchestra.  Since then, she has continued to sing in both school and church choirs in Ohio, and as the soloist and keyboardist in high school and college with rock and country western bands.  Gracie holds a BA in English from Kent State University and an MS in Reading.  Upon moving to New York, she taught all phases of dance at her sister's dance school in Port Jefferson before beginning her career as an English teacher at Syosset High School, where she worked for thirty-two years. In addition, she loves to write and has been published in The New York Times and a poetry anthology, Toward Forgiveness, and has authored a slim volume entitled Closing Doors and Slippery Roofs which can be found on Amazon.  She is quite new to barbershop first joining Heart of Long Island in 2015 and Sirens of Gotham in the summer of 2017 and loves being a bass in both Sweet Adelines choruses.

Gracie Panousis, Co-Fundraising Coordinator

Gracie has been singing since the age of five, when she won first place in a talent show performing God Bless America with a twenty-five piece orchestra.  Since then, she has continued to sing in both school and church choirs in Ohio, and as the soloist and keyboardist in high school and college with rock and country western bands.

Gracie holds a BA in English from Kent State University and an MS in Reading.  Upon moving to New York, she taught all phases of dance at her sister's dance school in Port Jefferson before beginning her career as an English teacher at Syosset High School, where she worked for thirty-two years. In addition, she loves to write and has been published in The New York Times and a poetry anthology, Toward Forgiveness, and has authored a slim volume entitled Closing Doors and Slippery Roofs which can be found on Amazon.

She is quite new to barbershop first joining Heart of Long Island in 2015 and Sirens of Gotham in the summer of 2017 and loves being a bass in both Sweet Adelines choruses.