CONDUCTOR POPUP CHORUS BROADWAY DR. ALLAN FRIEDMAN
Dr. Allan Friedman serves as the Music Director of Music and Community Engagement at Judea Reform Congregation in Durham and as the founding director of Sonam, a chamber choir specializing in modern and renaissance music. Allan also leads PopUp Chorus in Durham and Chapel Hill and was Artistic Director of the Women's Voices Chorus (WVC) from 2007 to 2019. From 2004 to 2012 he served as the associate conductor of Duke Chapel Music, directing the Duke Vespers Ensemble and the Duke Divinity School Choir.
Dr. Friedman is also an active music teacher, composer, and clinician in the Triangle, teaching music history courses for retirees. He believes music and singing should be accessible to all and loves making music with people with a wide range of age, talent, and musical experience.
Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Allan has music degrees from Duke, UNC - Chapel Hill, and Boston University. In the fall of 1997, he studied at the University of Natal, Durban in South Africa where he learned choral music from Joseph Shabalala, leader of Ladysmith Black Mombazo, renowned for their work on Paul Simon’s album Graceland.
FOUNDER: LAUREN BROMLEY HODGE holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Drama and English from the University of London, Goldsmith’s College. Beginning in 1984, Lauren began her career in the music business working for UK based indie labels such as Rough Trade Records (The Smiths, Feelies, Soul Asylum, They Might be Giants), One Little Indian Records (The Sugarcubes,Bjork), Setanta Records (Edwyn Collins, Magnetic Fields), Imago (Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins) and many more. Over a 15-year career in the music business, Lauren has run her own companies, managed artists, negotiated deals and worked at an executive level for record companies in both London and New York City. Upon moving to Chapel Hill, NC in 2000, with her husband and three children, Lauren created the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, where she was later the Director of Development. In 2011 she founded Community Chorus Project, in partnership with the Department of Music at UNC, Chapel Hill. Her programming includes PopUp Chorus, as well as chorus programs for middle and high school students at UNC. Her work as an arts entrepreneur is now dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to become artists and building inclusive community through music.