Ovation West Performing Arts

Ovation West Performing Arts invites you to support the arts in your community. We are the Evergreen Chorale, Altezza chamber choir, producer of musical theatre and a concert series, owner of Center Stage, and provider of music education for youth. Learn more at Thank you!

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Christine Emery, Ticketing and Administrative Manager
Start Date: 2017

Christine came to our staff with a wealth of history in working and volunteering for nonprofits. She has been involved in many performing arts organizations in Evergreen and elsewhere.

Shannon Guarneros , Production Manager
Start Date: 2017

After a "temporary" 23 year absence from the mountains Shannon finally got back to her heart and moved to Evergreen in 2012. A few years working from home "up the mountain" she decided it was time to venture out. She auditioned for the Evergreen Chorale and has loved being part of the choir for the last 2 years. With her experience as a young woman stage managing productions back in Minnesota, she jumped at the chance to work with the wonderful theater community here in Evergreen and became production manager in spring 2017.

Christine Gaudreau, Artistic Director
Start Date: 2010

Christine is now in her seventh season as the EC's Artistic and Musical Director. Her energy and vision have enabled the Chorale to expand in terms of membership and artistic reach, enhancing the quality of its musical productions and establishing partnerships with such noted groups as the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Colcannon, The Queen City Jazz Band, Fiesta Colorado, Rocky Mountain Brass Works, Kutandara and the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. Under her direction the Chorale was recognized in the Denver Post and in 5280 Magazine during the past two seasons. Christine holds degrees in voice performance, music education and music history and a Master's in Conducting. In July 2016 Christine led the Chorale on a European Tour, visiting Italy, Austria, and Germany and where they had the privilege of singing at mass at St. Mark's in Rome, the Salzburg Dom in Austria, and also in Mantova and in the Regensburg Cathedral in Christine's home town in Germany. Other recent highlights include study with Helmuth Rilling at the International Bach Festival in Oregon, study with Dr. Brady Allred and in 2015, study at the International Yale Choral Festival in the C21C Conducting Master Class. Christine also maintains an active voice studio and her students have been accepted for admission at the Julliard School of Music, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Peabody Institute of Music, the Lamont School of Music, and many other notable programs.

Susan Kramer, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2011

Susan Kramer has been Executive Director of the Evergreen Chorale since August 2012, and joined the Chorale as business manager in December 2011. She represents the Chorale in the community through her involvement with the Evergreen Arts and Cultural Alliance, Evergreen Downtown Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, and has served as co-chair of the Mountain Area Coalition of Nonprofits for four years. Susan has worked diligently to revitalize the Chorale's business side, to upgrade the organization's marketing plans, build the donor base, and increase development activities. She brings a wealth of experience working with nonprofits, including several years managing International Visitor programs and writing grant proposals at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Chorale, she ran a website development company for small businesses and nonprofits, and served as a board member and secretary of local nonprofit organizations. Susan is excited to devote her talents to expanding the Chorale's vibrant role in Evergreen and beyond.


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