CONDUCTOR: AMELIA V. B. SHULL is an art teacher, musician and community activist. She has taught arts classes at Durham Tech, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, and was the Youth Education Coordinator and a teacher at the Durham Arts Council. In 2003, she began her career at Carolina Friends School as the Upper School Visual Arts teacher, and has also taught Adolescent Health, Music 101, Gender Studies, and Design in Action. In 2003, she founded the feminist nonprofit Girls Rock NC, that has grown from a one-week summer camp, to a 5 city, seven-week summer, outreach, and after school program for marginalized youth 7 years and up. Amelia channels much of her professional energy into engaging others to recognize their inherent gifts, and focuses on body confidence and empowerment through the arts as an outlet for everyone. She is a parent of two kids who also love to sing out loud and play on all the family’s scrappy instruments, and is married to Andy, a Durham architect and multi-talented musician.
CONDUCTOR: SPENCER HARRISON was the 6th and last addition to an orchestra of siblings in Salt Lake City, Utah. His earliest memories are music. At the age of four, he started playing piano under the direction of his piano teacher mother. At eleven, he picked up his dad’s guitar as a means to avoid arguing with his piano teacher mother. A year later he performed "Leaving On a Jet Plane" with a group of friends for 8th grade graduation, and has been playing in bands ever since. Currently running a digital design studio in Carrboro NC, and having just finished a new EP with his band Mideau, Spencer continues to play in local band Lacy Jags, as well as fronting a new project. He is extremely pleased to be directing Pop Up Chorus where he gets to lead people to feel that special feeling you can only feel when losing yourself to music.
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 the PopUp Chorus, as well as chorus programs for middle and high school students at UNC. Her work as an arts entrepreneur is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to become artists, to helping musicians build careers, and building community through music.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: ZACH STAMEY is the owner of a video production & photography company by the name of Focus Media, based in Raleigh, NC. As a cinematographer and photographer, he has been honing his craft for over a decade. Zach’s body of work stretches from commercials, music videos, weddings, portraits, ect. In 2014, Zach was bestowed the honor of Best Local Videographer of the Year in the Triangle by Independent Weekly. He has been described as “an artist with a special eye, a true love of the craft, and always a fresh vision”. It is from this unique perspective that Zach helps bring collaborative ideas to fruition with style and grace.