A small group of artistic and administrative team members are the backbone this organization. Learn about the artistic & administrative team that makes YPCC sing below. Are you interested in joining our team? Click here to learn more about current job openings or how to get involved as a board member or volunteer.
KellyAnn Nelson is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC). Named as one of 100 women (#POWEROFHER) who have made an impact in the arts in Cincinnati, Mrs. Nelson, along with her colleague, Katy Lushman (Artistic Director of Denver Choir League, first follower of YPCC), is the founder of the popular CX (based on UX Technology) model of choral engagement, putting the user at the core of the arts experience. She is regularly asked to speak about ideas on community and young professional engagement through art-making in forums as diverse as the 2012 World Choir Games, national Chorus America conferences, corporate boardrooms and the TedX stage. KellyAnn is a sought-after choral music professional and has served as guest conductor and clinician at choral concerts and events in locations such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Choralfest in Canada, and honors choir festivals in Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut, Minnesota, Kentucky and Indiana. She is proud to collaborate on impactful new works of art, including William Menefield’s PRISM (conducting the premiere in Carnegie Hall) and the 2019 production of “Blind Injustice”, a collaborative opera which not only developed a unique artistic model which brought 16 of her talented volunteer YPCC singers into a professional Cincinnati Opera production, but also drew the public’s eyes to the amazing work of the Ohio Innocence Project and the national need for criminal justice reform. Additionally, KellyAnn has presented sessions at regional and national conferences for ACDA, Chorus America & OMEA on topics of incorporating music literacy activities into the choral rehearsal, crafting experiences instead of results, and recruiting, retaining, and inspiring boys of all ages to sing.
For two decades, Mrs. Nelson has had the privilege of conducting, managing and teaching choral musicians of all ages in a variety of venues. Most recently, she proudly served as Managing Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Boychoir and oversaw the growth and engagement of boys from throughout the city coming together in droves each week to raise their voices. She established the annual All-City Boychoir Festival, Passport to Music camp and worked extensively on the Cultural Curriculum, connecting boys to global society through music and international travel. Before that, she spent time as the Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Youth Choir and the Princeton Girlchoir, and directed Linton Music’s Children’s Music Series Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. KellyAnn served as adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University where she directed the Gold Company II vocal jazz ensemble, and has been at the helm of active school choral music programs in Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. While pursuing her doctoral degree in Choral Conducting and Arts Administration at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), KellyAnn taught in the music education department and was the assistant conductor of the Women’s Chorus. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in music education from Western Michigan University.
KellyAnn and her family (arts-nonprofit-leader-extraordinaire husband Christopher, budding 6-year-old scientist Zaiya and 3-year-old comedian Coleman) have recently relocated to the heart of Washington, D.C. While guiding her family’s exploration of their exciting new city, she remains the 2019-2020 Artistic Director of YPCC in Cincinnati, currently serving over 1,200 engaged singers between the ages of 21-45. While YPCC undergoes a search for their next Artistic Director, KellyAnn continues to plan exciting projects such as a collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum (including powerful singing, a tribute to the centennial of women’s suffrage #POWEROFHER and a YP Art Museum scavenger hunt) and a retrospective concert that will fill an Art Deco city icon (Cincinnati Museum Center’s Union Terminal) with art, joy and emotion.
Dr. Megan Boyd
Dr. Megan Boyd has experience teaching choral music at all levels, elementary through university and in the community sector. She currently serves as the Associate Director of the Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati leading the YPCC Chamber Choir. In addition to her work at YPCC, Dr. Boyd is Director of Choral Activities at Xavier University and a member of the professional women’s chorus mirabai.
Dr. Boyd serves as an active adjudicator and clinician and has been published in the Choral Journal. She has led performance at the 2014 American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference and 2019 Ohio Choral Directors Association Summer Conference. She has conducted at Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art, and La Madeleine in Paris, France. She holds a B.M. in music education and voice performance from Boston University and an M.M. and D.M.A. in choral conducting from Michigan State University studying with Drs. David Rayl, Sandra Snow, and Jonathan Reed. Her professional affiliations include ACDA, NAfME, Chorus America, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Dr. Boyd currently resides just north of Cincinnati with her husband and two children.
Shiloh Roby is a native of Staunton, Virginia. He studied organ with Stephen Cooksey and J. Thomas Mitts and percussion with Eugenia Burkett at Shenandoah University, where he earned dual bachelor degrees in music and business. He graduated magna cum laude. He completed a master's degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied music theory with Kip Wile and Thomas Benjamin. He also studied organ with Donald Sutherland and held one of the two fellowships in ear-training.
In 2007, he departed for the United Kingdom, where he served as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. This was followed by a year of serving as organ scholar at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the national cathedral of Ireland. Shiloh returned to the United States in 2009 to accept a position as director of music at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Holliston, Massachusetts. He moved to Cincinnati in December 2010, to join the staff of Christ Church Cathedral. In 2012, Shiloh joined the staff of the Cincinnati Boychoir as the Intermediate Division Accompanist, and he's excited to officially join the YPCC team after serving as a singer during their first few seasons.
Jill Jantzen has been recognized for her "virtuoso performance... professionalism and training." As a touring freelance pianist, Jill has been seen on stage across the United States and in Europe. Highlights include touring her recital program, Seasons of Sound across the Midwest and West Coast of the United States; participating in the "Art of the Piano" summer festival; being a featured artist at the Oklahoma Women of Higher Education Conference; and making her international debut performing in Freiburg and Hinterzarten, Germany with the InterHarmony Music Festival.
Currently, she holds a position as a staff accompanist at Northern Kentucky University, performers as a regular pit musician with Cincinnati Landmark Productions, and runs her own piano studio at the Loveland Music Academy. In addition to her musical endeavors, Jill acts as the Artistic Director of Salon 21, a piano concert series dedicated to hosting intimate pop-up concerts around Cincinnati.
As a proud native of Oklahoma, Jill received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University, Bass School of Music. She relocated to Cincinnati, OH, to complete her Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt. During her time at CCM, Jill held a Graduate Assistantship in Secondary Piano with Dr. Michelle Conda. Upon the completion of her master’s degree, Jill was recognized as CCM's Outstanding Graduate Assistant.
Katie Personke holds degrees in music education from Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She has been teaching music in public schools for over ten years in Illinois and Ohio, working with students and adults of all ages and abilities. Katie has been a member of YPCC since 2012, helping in many different capacities, from music captain to committee member. She also teaches private lessons for piano and voice, is a music director for local theater groups, and currently teaches K-6 music for Mt. Healthy City Schools.
Scotty McEvoy is a Cincinnati native and makes his living in the worlds of music performance and arts administration. When he is not working with YPCC, Scotty is the Accountant with Cincinnati Opera and hustles hustles as a freelance musician. He first performed with YPCC as a percussionist in 2014 and served one season as Chorus Manager before becoming Executive Director in 2019. Scotty spent over ten years as a music educator before re-focusing his efforts towards local arts administration and development. He studied Music Education at Northern Kentucky University and Music Performance (Percussion) at Miami University. During his time as a music teacher, he traveled with performing groups to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Carnegie Hall, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, and both the London and Paris New Year’s Day Parades, among many other memorable journeys. He learned how to manage and coordinate large groups traveling abroad while providing students with once-in-a-lifetime performance experiences on international stages.
When not managing YPCC or enjoying local arts activities, Scotty can be seen performing as a percussionist throughout the region. Aside from typical freelance work, he rounds out his performance calendar as steel drummer and “hype-man” with The SunBurners – his own group that blends contemporary covers with traditional Caribbean instruments and island-flavored grooves (www.TheSunBurners.com). Self-proclaimed as the #1 Island Party Band in Cincinnati, The SunBurners can be found traveling throughout the Midwest and East Coast during the warmer months, entertaining crowds at music festivals, community concerts, nightlife venues, and the greatest weddings ever.
Scotty currently resides in Madisonville with his wife, Sarah, and their rambunctious rescue dog, Talula.
Ashley G. Allison joined Young Professionals Choral Collective as Development Associate in 2019 after first serving as YPCC’s Grant Writer for three seasons. She began her career with an MA Arts Administration and MBA from the University of Cincinnati, where she quickly gained a love for Cincinnati’s vibrant non-profit community. Ashley’s work in development is broadly based, with experience in both large and small non-profit organizations. Ashley has keen organizational skills and a sharp focus, with experience in grant writing, annual fund management, volunteer management, donor stewardship, and major gifts. She enjoys art history, doughnuts, and annual planning.
When she isn’t working with YPCC, Ashley can be found at the park with her husband, David, and their two children, Eleanor and Wren, or hiking with, Abby, the family’s German Shepherd.
Greg joined YPCC in the Fall of 2016 for the concert at Old Saint Mary’s. He immediately loved being part of such a special organization, and was excited to be involved in the Cincinnati arts community. YPCC has been a great place to make new friends and share the joy of music. Greg is a Cincinnati native and started his love for music playing the trumpet from grade school band through college.
As the Production Associate, Greg works closely with the Chorus Manager to make sure that each rehearsal and concert runs smoothly. He handles setup, tear-down, registration, music handouts, attendance, ticketing, and so on. He previously served as the Production Committee Co-chair and has been doing production tasks since his first Christmas caroling cycle.
When he is not participating with YPCC, Greg works as a pharmacist for Kroger in Central Prescription Processing.
Strategic Media Consultant
Chris Riva is the founder/CEO of Riva Strategic Media. RSM is a full-service marketing firm specializing in content-based marketing through storytelling with strategic placement across all platforms. Chris has more than 25 years of experience in broadcast and digital media while working with corporate, startup, and non-profit industries.
His work has won numerous Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards. Chris is a public speaker, and communication professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Wright State University.
Chris is a current board member of the historic Sorg Opera House in Middletown, Ohio. He also works with various non-profits in the greater Cincinnati area.
Suzanne Hopkins has been a consistent soprano voice in YPCC since 2013. She has participated in multiple YPCC cycles, the newly formed Chamber Choir, and numerous Caroling and On Call gigs out in the community. She is responsible for the creation of and management of YPCC’s visual identity, and maintains consistent on-branding through web graphics, event decor pieces, signage and promotional print collateral and programs.
Suzanne grew up in the small village of Lucas, Ohio, after moving from Michigan before her first birthday. She relocated to Cincinnati for college in 2005, where she began as an undecided major. After choosing graphic design in 2007, she went on to graduate magna cum laude with with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the college of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati in 2012. During each of her college years, she was a member of the UC Womens Chorus as part of UC’s College Conservatory of Music and served as the manager of the cabaret singers, a small auditioned a capella ensemble. After graduation, she spent a brief stint working in Columbus, during which time she sang with the Columbus Women’s Chorus.
Suzanne currently works full time as an Experiential Graphic Designer at BHDP Architecture. She has experience creating architectural graphics, signage, and print design solutions for nationwide clients in the corporate workplace, retail, exhibit, and higher education markets. Her professional client list includes Whole Foods Market, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Kroger Company, Field & Stream, Reebok, American Family Insurance, Toyota, JPMorgan Chase, and Dow Chemical.
Courtney DeGeorge-Allen - born in Texas and raised in Cincinnati, when she is not working as Gala Coordinator for YPCC, she is at her full time job as the Events and Outreach Coordinator at OCEAN Programs, a non-profit that serves entrepreneurs by providing access to training, community, and a foundation of faith on which to launch new organizations. After growing up in Lebanon, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Hospitality Management and has pursued her passion for hosting people and providing excellent customer service since her days at the local movie theater in high school. In recent years, she has focused on refining her skillset through various roles within major, international hotel chains, finally settling into dynamic work producing events and building community, with some freelancing on the side.
Courtney and her husband just purchased their first home in Golf Manor and now spend most of their free time on home improvement projects, however they love to sneak away to travel to new places, try new foods, enjoy new cultures, and listen to EDM whenever they get the chance.
Jon has been a member of YPCC since January 2014, participating in regular season cycles, caroling, YPCC Chamber Choir, YPCC On Call, and several one-off events such as Foreigner, Cincinnati Pops, Suits that Rock, and the NYC trip to Carnegie Hall. He first became involved with YPCC’s social committee in 2015, helping to connect singers with each other and their community. That involvement culminated in his current position as Connections Coordinator, in which he plans social events and post-rehearsal outings for singers throughout the year, and occasionally runs connection activities during rehearsal. Jon also works with YPCC’s artistic partners to assist with our Arts Connection events, designed to expose singers to a variety of artistic organizations throughout the region.
When he is not YPCC-ing, Jon works at ArtsWave as manager of the community campaign and employee engagement. In this role, he maintains and expands support among the region's businesses and organizations through a combination of developing new business, leveraging signature events, and improving donor acquisition and retention via the deployment of strategic growth plans. Jon also serves as the staff lead for ArtsWave’s Young Professionals affinity group, which involves increasing YP donors, engaging YPs with arts organization and events, and managing the ArtsWave YP Committee.
In his free time, Jon enjoys playing with his rock cover band Vehicle, writing and performing music, spending time with loved ones and friends, exercising, and trying to learn parkour without severely injuring himself.
Jenni Stadtmiller, Board President
Hamilton County Educational Service Center
Sarah Mayher, External Vice President
First Financial Bank
Matt Heston, Internal Vice President
Brian Wildman, Treasurer
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cana Seip, Secretary
Creekside Therapy Center
Seneca Financial Services / Skylight Financial Group
Procter and Gamble
Ulmer & Berne LLP
People Working Cooperatively
National Environmental Education Foundation
City of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Opera Association
Commonwealth of Kentucky
United Way of Greater Cincinnati