BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    Evelyn Hughes
    President

    Evelyn Hughes is the founding Artistic Director of Peach State Opera, for which she has conducted Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Elixir of Love, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and Madame Butterfly.  She has a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University, with further graduate study at the University of Virginia, Westminster Choir College, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  She has performed locally and throughout Europe as both singer and violinist, in addition to teaching collegiate voice and opera for over thirty years.

    Eva Sullivan

    Eva Lukkonen Sullivan, MM MA CCC-SLP came to her current role as a speech pathologist specializing in voice from the background of a singer and performer primarily in opera. She graduated from the University of Southern California as well as California State University Long Beach with advanced degrees in opera/voice as well as speech-language pathology. She was selected for the prestigious Clinical Fellowship at the Emory Voice Center in Atlanta, and it was there that she continued to gain invaluable experience in voice and its care. Eva has continued to work with national recording artists and Grammy award winning singers, professional voice users from all walks of life, and anyone experiencing difficulties with their voice. She works with many of the laryngologists and otolaryngologists in the greater Atlanta area. As a singer, she stays active, and has been seen performing or has covered roles with Capitol City Opera, Atlanta Concert Opera, Opera Birmingham, and she is a member of the Atlanta Opera chorus. She created the voice education and performance community group, ATLVocalite, which had its inaugural voice lecture and performance series in August and September 2019. She is passionate about providing opportunities for education and performance for Atlanta singers of all genres.

    Dr. Rachel Eve Holmes
    Ex Officio

    Rachel Eve Holmes is the Executive Director of Peach State Opera.

    Dr. Simone Evans
    Ex Officio

    Simone Evans is the Business Manager for Peach State Opera.

    ADVISORY COUNCIL
    Brian Bonin

    Dr. Brian Bonin is an Assistant Chair in the Fine Arts department of Perimeter College at Georgia State University.  He has performed in opera and recital throughout the Southeast and in Germany. Brian brings to PSO experience in educational opera outreach, having worked with outreach programs at Opera in the Ozarks and the LSU Opera Outeach Program (LOOP). Brian also serves as the Webmaster for Peach State Opera.

    Martha Ann Davis-McGaw

    After raising a family of seven children in Jamaica for 22 years, a love of and interest in diverse cultures informs Martha Ann’s professional career. She is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Education. Her previous roles include Director of a Boys & Girls club, Youth and Public Educator Program Director at both Berks Women in Crisis, an advocacy group and shelter for victims of domestic violence, and Berks Advocates Against Violence, a nonprofit that worked with batterers and families in crisis. Martha Ann received an award from Keystone Mercy Health Plan and the City of Philadelphia for her work in the YWCA Annual Week Without Violence project. She is also a published author and was a trainer and counselor in the Olweus’ Bullying Prevention Program. Martha Ann advocates the use of performing arts as a means of creating a healthy environment, especially for at-risk youth and their families.

    Sara Frooman

    Sara Frooman has worked extensively in visual art, business, photography and text editing, as an award-winning freelance photographer; as a costumer for jazz and opera artists touring domestically and internationally; and in designing special events for conventions, the Duke Cancer Center and UNC-related facilities. She later became a respiratory therapist and worked on professional well-being issues. Sara served on the board of Capital Opera in Raleigh and was The Atlanta Opera Volunteer of the Year. She currently serves on the board of the Atlanta Opera Guild.

    Nancy Martin

    Nancy Martin was a co-founder of the “Concerts on the Square” series in Decatur. Nancy is also an active choral singer with the Emory University Chorus and The William Baker Summer Singers, as well as a current music student at Perimeter College at Georgia State University.  She is a Master Gardener who has been a site leader for the Scott Park Community Garden and presently works with the Woodlands Gardens in Decatur.  She is now a Vice President of the Avondale Garden Club.   Nancy retired from the DeKalb County School System after thirty years as a middle school science and language arts teacher.

    Brandon Smith

    Brandon K Smith is an Atlanta based composer and arranger currently studying for his master’s degree at the Georgia State University School of Music. In April 2020, he received first place in the musical composition category of the Georgia State Undergraduate Conference, for a presentation and composition dedicated to mathematical techniques in traditional flamenco music. In November 2019, he was commissioned to write a choral/orchestral composition for Coro Vocati, a professional choir based in Atlanta. The piece “Starry Night” premiered February 2020 and was also featured on NPR “City Lights”.

    Brandon is also an avid performer, teacher, and director. In 2019 he founded Leading Tone, Georgia State’s first chamber choir, and currently serves as the group’s artistic director and primary vocal arranger. Performing credits include concerts with composers Eric Whitacre and Caroline Shaw, as well as the Georgia State University Singers, the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Glee Club, and the GMEA All State Senior Mixed Choir. Teaching credits include piano and voice lessons with Play More Music in Atlanta, Bach to Rock Music School in Alpharetta, and Community Music Centers in Decatur.