Jennifer Collins brings to the executive staff experience in the creative and corporate worlds. Engaged as General Manager of MasterVoices in May of 2005, Ms. Collins was promoted to the position of Executive Director in March, 2007. Since joining the staff, she has worked to further build the reputation of MasterVoices by strengthening existing connections and initiating new relationships with partners in New York and abroad (including tours to Verbier, Israel and Salzburg). She has been instrumental in identifying works, artists and key collaborators while assisting Maestros Robert Bass, James Bagwell and Ted Sperling, and has worked with The Board in leading strategic planning, fundraising and special events efforts. Prior experience includes work as a member of the Corporate Branding Group at Ruder Finn and projects in the fields of Theater and Opera as a set designer and scenic artist. Collins, originally from Chicago, holds an MFA from Brandeis University and a BFA from the University of Evansville.
General Manager and Associate Conductor
Julie Morgan oversees operations of MasterVoices on a daily basis, working closely with the Artistic and Administrative staffs as well as the MasterVoices singing membership. She has worked for MasterVoices since 2008. With degrees in vocal performance from Boston and Temple Universities, she has sung professionally throughout the Northeast and South, as well as in Germany. She continues to perform regularly as soloist and professional chorister in the New York City area, and serves as Music Director and Conductor for a large church in Montclair, NJ.
Marketing and Education Manager
A lifelong lover of the arts and choral singing, Emma Gaudio joined MasterVoices’ staff in 2011. She currently oversees three primary areas of operation: Marketing, Ticketing, and Education. In Marketing, she creates and executes campaigns that attract audiences and strengthen MasterVoices’ institutional brand. She has focused on bringing MasterVoices into the digital age, growing MV’s social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) from the ground up and creating videos and other digital content, as a means of heightening awareness and engaging new audiences. In Ticketing, she devises ticketing goals and strategies, collaborates with all third party box offices, and oversees MV’s Membership program, inaugurated in 2015. In Education, she manages MasterVoices’ Side-by-Side and Complimentary Ticket programs, working closely with students and teachers, and assists with fundraising for these initiatives. Previous to her post at MasterVoices, Emma held positions in Education, Development, and Arts Administration at the Guggenheim Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA. She earned her B.A. from Bard College in 2009 with majors in Music and Art History. She has enjoyed singing with MasterVoices chorus since 2010.
Christopher Judd began his association with MasterVoices in the fall of 2016, managing production of Special Events, before assuming the role of Development Associate in May of 2017. He recently completed a long-term tenure as producer of executive education events, including the World Business Forum. Originally from Highland Falls, NY, he holds a Pre-College Diploma from The Juilliard School, a BM in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, and a MM in Voice Performance from Indiana University. He has been heard in the ensembles of and as soloist with many choral groups in the Northeast, including the current rosters of the Kinnara Ensemble and the choir of The Riverside Church.
Marketing and Communications Assistant
Geneva Lyman joined the MasterVoices team in August 2015. Ms. Lyman has a varied background in theater, music and social work. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she graduated in 2010 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a B.A. in Theater Arts. After college, she worked with developmentally delayed adults in foster care. In March of 2015, Ms. Lyman took the leap from the mini-apple to the big apple, where she re-engaged her love of the arts with an internship at Carnegie Hall. In the fall of 2018, Ms. Lyman was promoted from Administrative Assistant to Marketing and Communications Assistant. Ms. Lyman is thrilled about her new position and is proud to be a part of the MasterVoices family.
Artistic and Operations Assistant
Victor Velazquez comes to MasterVoices with a diverse background in business, education and the arts. Prior to joining the team in 2018, Victor worked as a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for over 25 years. While at the NYFed, Victor was responsible for evaluating the financial condition and internal controls of some of the largest banking institutions in the greater New York City area. Later in his NYFed career, Victor took on the position of Continued Professional Development Training Specialist, identifying bank examiner skill gaps and establishing strategies with senior management to develop learning opportunities to increase technical proficiency in these areas.
Even though he followed the suggestion of his parents to pursue a career in business, Victor never lost sight of his first love – the arts. Victor minored in Voice in college. Afterwards, he studied with Opera Ebony, the oldest African-American opera company in the country. He also performed in several Opera Ebony productions such as “Spirituals and Black Opera,” “Colors of Love” and excerpts from the operas “Harriet Tubman” and “Fredric Douglass.”
Victor was further able to combine his love for the arts with his financial management background to create his own independent record label – ZAVE Records. While representing several artists, Victor’s label featured his gifted children, The Velazquez Family Singers. The Velazquez Family Singers established a presence in the Gospel Music industry and were nominated for 3 Stellar Awards. The group disbanded when the children entered their college years. However, all three are pursuing careers in the music industry.
Victor also is a substitute teacher and has been giving free voice lessons to residents of Jersey City, NJ at the Mary McCloud Bethune Center since 2013.