Diane Retallack, Artistic Director
Celebrated for her passionate leadership, rich imagination and expressive performance, Dr. Diane Retallack has served as Artistic Director for Eugene Concert Choir since 1985, and Eugene Vocal Arts since she founded the chamber ensemble in 1986.
Read Diane’s full bio here.
Angela Egremont, General Manager
As General Manager of the Eugene Concert Choir, Angela Egremont brings to the job an extensive background in writing, editing, event planning, and office management. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from California State University, Los Angeles. She first came to Oregon as a partner in a nationally circulated sports publication for masters athletes, where she handled editing, rewriting, layout and design.
In July 2007 she undertook her present position with the choir. Since 2004, she has also sung with the choir as a soprano I. Singing has always been an important component of her life’s activities, and since age 16, she has performed in many choirs, both in England (Portsmouth and London), and the U.S.A. (New York City, Boulder, Honolulu, Los Angeles; and now Eugene). She also remains an active member of the Women’s Business Network in Eugene.
Mindy Linder, Marketing Director
Mindy Linder is a native of Eugene and is thrilled to be part of the ECC team. She holds two degrees from the University of Oregon, including a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Arts Management and Cultural Policy. She has dedicated her personal, professional and academic pursuits to her growth and development as a leader in arts and culture.
When not at ECC, Mindy produces community events and programs for Cultural Services for the City of Eugene. Among her history of leadership and service, she is one of the proud co-founders and former steering committee members of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE), the BRAVA Breakfast and BRAVA Awards, as well as the local chapter of the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN).
Mindy enjoys spending time making music or in the outdoors with her family and friends, and laughing as often as possible. As Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Joel Bradford, Development Director
Joel Bradford joins the Eugene Concert Choir administrative team after
a twenty-five year career in education. Joel was a long-time teacher in
local classrooms before entering school administration. He finished is
career as the superintendent of the Marcola School District. During that
time he was an advocate for rural school districts both locally and at
the state level. From 2012 to 2014, Joel served as the Chair of the Lane
County Superintendents’ Council.
A long-time resident of Eugene, Joel moved here after graduating from
the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in
Environmental Science. After entering teaching, he continued his
education with a Masters of Education from the University of Oregon.
Joel completed work for school administration through the College of
Education at the University of Oregon.
Joel has been associated with the Eugene Concert Choir organization for
many years through his wife, Jolene, who has sung with ECC for over
thirty years. In his spare time, you might find Joel out on the ball
fields of Eugene playing masters softball or just enjoying a few moments
of playing guitar or mandolin for the fun of it.
Bruce Haines, ECCO Music Education Director
Bruce has 34 years of public school experience as a band, choir and strings teacher in Alaska and California and also worked with opera and music theater companies over many years as music director, chorus master, performing roles, vocal coach/accompanist and administration. Before returning to Eugene in July of 2016 after a 28-year absence, Bruce taught strings at the Conservatory for Vocal/Instrumental Arts (COVA) In Oakland, California. He also served as Music Director for several musicals including Ragtime, Candide, Anything Goes, and most recently, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. Bruce was a recipient of the prestigious Shelly Award for “Best Musical Direction of the Season” in the San Francisco Bay Area for The Merry Widow produced by Diablo Light Opera Company in Walnut Creek, California. He is a member of the Eugene Concert Choir and sings in the Bass 1 section.
Shira Fadeley, Orchestra Personnel Manager
Eugene Concert Orchestra Personnel Manager Shira Fadeley is an elementary music teacher in Eugene, Oregon. She currently serves as volunteer manager of the Oregon Brass Society (Oregon’s only British-style brass band), and on the Eugene Symphony’s Education Committee. She leads handbell choirs in Eugene, and is Director Emeritus of the Salem First United Methodist Church Bell Choirs. She serves as a clinician for handbell events, and has commissioned and collaborated on several new pieces for handbell ensemble including a cycle of pieces with didjeridu solo.
A native Eugenean, Shira holds Journalism and Music degrees from the University of Oregon, and studied wind conducting with Robert Ponto. She performs regularly on the trombone, and is a founding member of the Cascade Slides Quartet. Shira taught band for more than two decades in the Salem-Keizer and Eugene school districts, and is never happier than when she is making music with friends. She is currently a member of the Eugene Symphony Chorus and the Eugene Concert Choir.
Julia Brown, Accompanist, Eugene Concert Choir
Julia Brown is currently Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon, while also maintaining a full schedule of teaching, performing and recording. Brown has appeared in concert in North and South America and in Europe, having performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, American Guild of Organists Regional and National Conventions, Latin American Organist Conventions, and National Public Radio. She enjoys chamber music, having worked as an accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists from a young age.
She currently performs with several early music ensembles in the area. As a Naxos recording artist, her releases of Scheidemann and Buxtehude on Brombaugh and Pasi organs have received high critical acclaim. Discography also includes Christmas Concert on the historic organ in Mariana, Brazil, Bach Organ Favorites and harpsichord Fantasias of W. F. Bach. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brown studied piano, harpsichord and organ in her native Brazil before receiving her MM and DMA from Northwestern University as a student of Wolfgang Rübsam. She is currently recording harpsichord and organ works of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach for Naxos.
Camilla Carter, Accompanist, Eugene Vocal Arts
Sandy Naishtat, Payroll
Sandy has been in arts administration his entire career, working for performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center in New York and the Los Angeles Music Center. Since moving to Eugene in 1991, he has worked for Eugene Opera, Eugene Ballet Company, the Shedd Institute for the Arts, Oregon Mozart Players, Chamber Music Amici, and Eugene Concert Choir. He is currently president of Cascadia Concert Opera, and has sung with Eugene Opera, Cascadia Concert Opera, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Vocal Arts, Eugene Symphony, and the Oregon Bach Festival.