Carol Penterman, Executive Director
was chosen as executive director from a field of 25 applicants
in January 1995. Prior to coming to Nashville, she was an independent
producer/administrator working with many companies including Opera
Carolina, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, New Orleans Opera and Des
Moines Metro Opera. She holds a Master of Music degree from the
College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati
and worked as a professional opera singer prior to her administrative
career. Ms Penterman has served as an Opera panelist for the National
Endowment for the Arts, as Chair of the Nashville Arts Coalition
and as Producer of the Nashville Chamber's "Evening with the Arts."
NOA in 1995, Mr. Hoomes served for 6 years as the Resident Stage
Director of Kentucky Opera. Since receiving
his Masters Degree at Indiana University, he has worked for opera companies including Kentucky Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric
Opera of Kansas City, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Memphis,
Glimmerglass Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and
Sarasota Opera. In 1993 the United States Information Agency granted
Mr. Hoomes the title of "American Cultural Expert." As a part
of this appointment, Mr. Hoomes spent four weeks in Argentina
with the Teatro Colon and their Instituto Superior. Utilizing
young singers from the Instituto, Mr. Hoomes staged a "North American"
opera and taught master classes in opera history, characterization
and acting for the operatic stage.
Edwin Bryan, Ticketing Services Manager
is responsible for assisting patrons with all of their ticketing needs and will play an integral role
in Nashville Opera's implementation of a new state-of-the-art data base system as part of the relocation
to the Noah Liff Opera Center. Born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Edwin came to Nashville in
2001 and recently completed his U.S. citizenship test. The married father of two children, ages five and
ten, Edwin enjoys playing soccer and an eclectic mix of music. He is completing his associates degree in
software applications at ITT Technical Institute.
Margaret Carpenter, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Carpenter joined the opera staff in September 2005. A long time resident of
Nashville, her prior experience includes working as a loan officer at SunTrust Bank,
and office manager/bookkeeper for many years with Carlo Sound, Inc., a nationally
known touring sound company. She also caters small private parties.
Lori Eubank, Finance
has been with Nashville Opera for several years as the director
of finance. Her experience includes two years with the State of
Tennessee in the Department of Finance and Administration as an
auditor and one year with both Ernst & Young and TrustMark
Financial, Inc. as auditor and accountant. Ms. Eubank holds an
Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in accounting
from Volunteer State Community College.
Karen L. Haas,
Director of Artistic Administration
Ms. Haas joined the Opera staff in May 2004, as Executive Associate. Prior to coming to Nashville,
Ms. Haas spent five years with Nevada Opera in Reno, serving in various positions, most recently as Managing
Director. Ms. Haas holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in drama/musical theatre from Boston Conservatory of
Music. Her diverse background includes experience as a paralegal, and vocal performer, and she continues to
maintain a private practice as an alternative healing practitioner.
Stuart Holt, Director of Education
Stuart Holt is joining the staff of Nashville Opera as Education Director. Stuart comes
to us from Sarasota Opera, where he served as Director of Youth Opera Programs. During
his tenure he produced two fully staged youth opera productions ? featuring over 80 children,
as well as planned and implemented the chorus? appearance at the Cantare in Toscana, International
Choral Festival in Italy. He previously served on the music faculty of both Florida State University
and James Madison University. While at Florida State he directed the American premiere of Luciano
Chailly's Procedura Penale. Stuart's directing work outside the classroom has included How to
Succeed in Business and Fuddy Meers, both for Tallahassee Little Theatre; La Traviata
for Opera Del Sol; and Die Fledermaus for James Madison University. He holds a bachelors degree in
music education from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN and a masters in opera production
from Florida State University.
Reed Hummell, Director of Sales and Marketing - Company Photographer
Mr. Hummell holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a major
in Theatre Production. He began his marketing career shortly after graduation, and has been working
in the field for more than twenty years. Mr. Hummell became interested in photography as a teenager,
and has created images for KFC, Kroger, and SYSCO Corporation. His photographs have appeared in The Scene, The Tennessean,
www.musicOMH.com, OPERA America's Newsline, and the WNPT documentary, The Making of Surrender Road.
Susan McIntyre, Development Director - Major Gifts
Susan McIntyre joined the Nashville Opera staff in January 2009.
She holds a degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University
and a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Susan comes to Nashville from Saint Joseph Ballet in Orange County,
CA where she was the Senior Development Officer. A lifelong singer,
Ms. McIntyre most recently was a member of the Pacific Chorale, performing at
the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, Segerstrom Symphony Hall and touring
with the Boston Pops. She has also worked with the Aquarium of the Pacific,
the Mattress Factory art museum, and Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Lynn Newcomb, Development Director - Institutional Giving
returned to the Nashville Opera staff in September 1999. She is
the former executive director of the Tennessee Dance Theatre in
Nashville. Ms. Newcomb has a master's degree in arts management
from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University and a degree
in theatre production from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
She has worked with the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Knoxville
Museum of Art and Vanderbilt University. Ms. Newcomb is a panelist
for the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Andrea Smith, Director of Public Relations
Andrea Smith holds a bachelor?s degree of Arts Administration with a minor in Musicology
from the University of Kentucky. While at college, Andrea was named the 2006/07 Miss
University of Kentucky. She also joined Delta Delta Delta sorority where she held the
offices of New Member Educator and Vice President of Chapter Development. She was named
"Most Valuable Member" in 2007 and voted "Most Talented" and "Best Personality" out of
170 other members. She worked for the Singletary Center of Fine Arts planning and
executing the Turning the Corner concert series. She was also an active member
of the UK Choristers and Women's Choir. In the summer of 2006 she discovered her
passion for opera and working with the Nashville community when she served as an
intern for Nashville Opera. Andrea was pleased to return to Nashville Opera as
a full time staff member in March 2008.
Amy Tate Williams,
Williams joined the Opera staff in September 1998. She holds degrees
in piano performance from Western Kentucky University and Florida
State University. She has been a free-lance coach and accompanist
for Glimmerglass Opera, Nevada Opera, Augusta Opera, and Des Moines
Metro Opera. Ms. Williams served as music director for OPERA Iowa
for two seasons and trained for two years in the Houston Opera
J. Randall Williams, Director of Production
joined the Opera staff in September 1998. Before coming to Nashville
he served as production manager with Des Moines Metro Opera and
tour manager for OPERA Iowa since 1994. Prior to joining DMMO,
Mr. Williams spent four years with Houston Grand Opera. He has
also worked as production manager for Aspen Music Festival and
as stage manager for such companies as Augusta Opera, Mobile Opera,
San Diego Opera, Central City Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater.
He holds a BFA in Technical Theater from West Virginia University.