NSAL - Greater Arizona Chapter Member News
Anne recently assumed the position of President of the Board for NSAL Arizona—she has spent close to forty years in non-profit organizations including Associate Executive Director of the YWCA of the USA, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Vice President of Special Olympics – all in New York City. Since coming to Arizona she has been Vice President of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, Vice President of the American Cancer Society – just to mention a few. She has her own consulting firm specializing in the arts with a focus on organization infrastructure, Board governance, strategic planning, and fundraising and marketing. She holds a CFRE designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and speaks at conference and workshops on critical areas facing the non-profit community. She currently serves on four Boards and has worked as an Encore Fellow with the Phoenix Indian Center, Balsz Community Education Foundation, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, and Del E. Webb Performing Arts Center.
Dorothy completed her term as NSAL National President in 2016 and is now Chair of the Board of Trustees. She serves on the Boards of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Phoenix Boys Choir and the Metropolitan Opera Council Arizona. She was a leading solo vocal artist in concert venues throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the US with the Roger Wagner Chorale and other vocal groups. She recently established the Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competitions for Classically Trained Singers Ages 23-31 with $10,000 in award monies.
Our NSAL AZ Board Development Chair had his newest composition, Look Toward Heaven, premiered in March by the Carolyn Eynon Singers in two venues in the Phoenix area. The piece is a motet scored for choir, soloists and organ with projected tableaux by renowned Chinese artist He Qi.
In October, he will be presenting two audio/visual lectures for the Arizona State University Osher continuing education programs. The offerings highlight music from the 17 th to the 20 th centuries as inspiration for great choreography of diverse styles and from different parts of the world.
Stephen encourages NSAL members to contact him with news items and ideas for improving the NSAL AZ Website and keeping it current. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy Welty had the pleasure of performing in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Theater Works in Peoria this Spring. Joshua Vern played the role of George Seurat and Christy played his mother. She is continuing her association with Theater Works as a member of their Artistic Committee. Christy is also the Chairman of Competitions for NSALAZ and an Advisory Member of the Board for the Valley of the Sun’s National Association of Teachers of Singing. When Christy’s not on stage, she loves teaching voice to the next generation!
David Saar, founder and Artistic Director of Childsplay, Tempe, Arizona retired at the end of the 2015–2016 season and assumed the title of Artistic Director Emeritus. A professional theatre company for young audiences, serving more than 200,000 young people and their families annually through a mix of mainstage shows, local school performances and nationally touring productions, Childsplay has developed and produced more than 70 new plays for young audiences. David Saar has been the recipient of many national, state and local awards over the course of his career.
Ellen Murray Meissinger
Ellen recently visited major museums and churches in Florence, Italy during a 6-week summer periodwhen she taught a drawing course there for ASU students. Students had the opportunity to draw directly from the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and others. They also attended the world-famous Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition.
One of Ellen’s watercolors has been accepted in the Watercolor Missouri International Exhibition in St. Louis.
Carolyn Eynon, founding Artistic Director of the Carolyn Eynon Singers celebrates her 10th Anniversary this season as a self sustaining non profit with outstanding choral concerts in the Valley and performing at Carnegie Hall in June, 2017. After 40 years of conducting, her favorite memories are directing the Phoenix Symphony twice as guest director on Holiday Pops, singing at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, Honors Choir director in Michigan and being the first woman in the Doctoral Conducting program at her alma mater; The University of Michigan. She was recently featured in the Phoenix Business Journal as Executive Inc for her entrepreneurial success in the performing arts world.
Gail Fisher, NSAL AZ Board recording secretary, is an honored community volunteer and award-winning freelance writer, journalist and author. She was instrumental in the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) becoming a reality and founded the Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts. Gail served as the first president and is a current board member. She produces the popular TCA Performance with a View series, sponsored by the Friends of TCA, in partnership with the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Music. Gail also assists to produce the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series at the TCA.