Management Team 2019-2020

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.


 
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Anna Chelak, Team Coordinator

Anna joined Sirens in February 2013 after stumbling upon a nearby chapter’s chorus retreat at a hotel in New Jersey. Since then, Anna has consistently served in a variety of creative and administrative roles, most recently completing a 3+ year term as Visual Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator. During this time, she launched a major rebranding initiative for the chorus that resulted in a brand new logo and spearheaded the costume design for Sirens of Gotham’s international competition debut at the SAI Harmony Classic in 2018.

Always a performer, Anna has studied Ukrainian folk dance and ballet from a very young age and still performs with a number of local 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.

Anna currently sings Lead with Breakfast for Dinner (7th Place SAI Region 15, May 2019) and mixed quartet Spicy Special (2nd place BHS Mid-Atlantic Northern Division, April 2018). She hails from northern New Jersey, but has lived in New York City for over 10 years, currently residing in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and currently works in brand strategy at an advertising agency in Manhattan.


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! She currently sings Tenor with the mixed quartet Spicy Special, who took home 2nd place at the Barbershop Harmony Society Mid-Atlantic Northern Division contest in April 2018.  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! She currently sings Tenor with the mixed quartet Spicy Special, who took home 2nd place at the Barbershop Harmony Society Mid-Atlantic Northern Division contest in April 2018.

While not singing barbershop, Lizzie is a graduate student at Columbia University, pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Physics.

Emilia Mahaffey, Communications 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 people.

Emilia Mahaffey, Communications 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 people.

Hilary Kraus, Finance Coordinator  Hilary grew up in Florida and Ohio, and started singing in barbershop quartet at 14. She attended the University of Tampa, where she trained in musical theatre, and went on to perform many tours around the US. In 2014 she moved to St Louis and joined the St Louis Harmony Chorus, formed a new quartet and, when she moved to NYC in 2016, commuted regularly back to St Louis to sing with her quartet. She joined Sirens in the summer of 2018 after leaving her St. Louis quartet and still having a craving for barbershop.  Following her passion for animals, Hilary now works as a matchmaker and behaviorist at Americas oldest no kill shelter, Bideawee. She has helped hundreds of families find their perfect pet, and loves getting her four legged residents to their forever home. Hilary currently sings in the tenor section for Sirens, and also in her quartet, Lotus.

Hilary Kraus, Finance Coordinator
Hilary grew up in Florida and Ohio, and started singing in barbershop quartet at 14. She attended the University of Tampa, where she trained in musical theatre, and went on to perform many tours around the US. In 2014 she moved to St Louis and joined the St Louis Harmony Chorus, formed a new quartet and, when she moved to NYC in 2016, commuted regularly back to St Louis to sing with her quartet. She joined Sirens in the summer of 2018 after leaving her St. Louis quartet and still having a craving for barbershop.

Following her passion for animals, Hilary now works as a matchmaker and behaviorist at Americas oldest no kill shelter, Bideawee. She has helped hundreds of families find their perfect pet, and loves getting her four legged residents to their forever home. Hilary currently sings in the tenor section for Sirens, and also in her quartet, Lotus.

 
Madelyn Kish, Marketing Coordinator  Originally from Southern California, Madelyn moved to New York to pursue a passion for Musical Theater. Three years later she discovered the Sirens of Gotham and made it official by joining the baritone section this past February of 2019. New to the barbershop world, Madelyn dove in and quickly fell in love with barbershop performance, the barbershop community, and ringing chords. This August she will be attending the Atlantic Harmony Brigade to get her first taste of advanced quartetting and cannot wait to meet everyone there!  When she’s not singing tags, drinking pina coladas, or getting lost in the rain, Madelyn can be found working on her upcoming Song Cycle or working evenings at the Birdland Jazz Club.

Madelyn Kish, Marketing Coordinator
Originally from Southern California, Madelyn moved to New York to pursue a passion for Musical Theater. Three years later she discovered the Sirens of Gotham and made it official by joining the baritone section this past February of 2019. New to the barbershop world, Madelyn dove in and quickly fell in love with barbershop performance, the barbershop community, and ringing chords. This August she will be attending the Atlantic Harmony Brigade to get her first taste of advanced quartetting and cannot wait to meet everyone there!

When she’s not singing tags, drinking pina coladas, or getting lost in the rain, Madelyn can be found working on her upcoming Song Cycle or working evenings at the Birdland Jazz Club.

Meredith Rich, Fundraising 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, Meredith is a project manager at a digital agency 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, Fundraising 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, Meredith is a project manager at a digital agency 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.

Haley Cole, Performance Coordinator  Haley has been singing her whole life. She grew up in Indiana listening to barbershop with her dad and grandfather (both proud baritones), but never sang any barbershop arrangements herself.  After moving to New York in 2012 to pursue a career in advertising, she thought maybe she should finally give barbershop singing a try. She learned about Sirens Of Gotham through a simple Google search, and joined the chorus in September of 2017 as a bass. She is now a member of Breakfast For Dinner, a Sweet Adelines quartet, and Skittles, a mixed quartet.

Haley Cole, Performance Coordinator
Haley has been singing her whole life. She grew up in Indiana listening to barbershop with her dad and grandfather (both proud baritones), but never sang any barbershop arrangements herself.

After moving to New York in 2012 to pursue a career in advertising, she thought maybe she should finally give barbershop singing a try. She learned about Sirens Of Gotham through a simple Google search, and joined the chorus in September of 2017 as a bass. She is now a member of Breakfast For Dinner, a Sweet Adelines quartet, and Skittles, a mixed quartet.