James J. Morehead was named the 3rd-ever Artistic Director of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus after a nation-wide search in the Fall of 2014. The 2015 spring show, We’re Still Here” marks his first as director for CGMC, but he is well-known to our members, alum and audiences.
James is thrilled to present his first show with CGMC as their new Artistic Director. He is also music director for VOX3, www.vox3.org, choir master/organist at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Burr Ridge, Illinois. He primarily works as a coach, accompanist and music director for the Theater Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he has also served as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory/History and German Diction. James received his MM in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Roosevelt University and his BM from Duquesne University.
As a Music Director, James has worked on See What I Wanna See in the Steppenwolf Garage series 2013 and has also done Jerry Springer- the Opera, bare (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), Passing Strange (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), AIDA, Trouble in Tahiti, The Rainbow Connection, the Mikado, The Impresario, Barber of Seville, The Old Maid and the Thief, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sondheim in the Park, The Wandering Scholar, The Bear, Reagan’s Children, Something Schwartz, The Way We War, Copacabana, Cupid and Psyche, Promises, Promises Screwed Up People, Flaherty and Ahrens On and Off and The Tony Goes To, The Tony Goes II, and Once, Twice, Three Times a Tony among many others. Classically,
James has performed at the Auditorium Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago’s Gospel Fest 2012, Ravinia, and Harold Washington Theater among many others. He has collaborated and performed with the Juliani Ensemble, the Grande Prairie Choral Arts Singers, Anaphora, Lyric Opera Kids and ChiArts, He has also appeared as a featured pianist at the Green Mill, Mary’s Attic, the Tavern, Gentry on Halsted, Spin Nightclub, Davenport’s, the 410 Club, the Spot and the Casino.
Ken is loving every moment playing for CGMC. Besides accompanying the chorus, he is also a music director for many musicals, cabarets and tribute bands. Ken has had the pleasure working at Theatre At The Center, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Davenports and numerous other professional theaters in the Chicago area. He is also the music director and pianist of Close To You: Music of the Carpenters, which is a highly successful tribute band that tours all over the country. Ken is the principal pianist at the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, has his own jazz quartet and teaches piano in Evanston. He currently resides in Palatine with his wife and puppy.
Jennifer Wright joined us as Executive Director in December, 2015. With more than seventeen years of experience in the non-profit sector, she brings a wealth of knowledge to CGMC. Jennifer has been involved in virtually every aspect of non-profit management including special events, capital campaigns, board development, strategic planning, and volunteer management.
A lover of all things chorus, Jennifer has been singing with various groups since junior high. She also dabbles in harmonica, guitar, and piano. A native of Flint, MI, Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from DePaul and an MA in Political Theory from Loyola University.
Kevin Corbett is excited to be a part of the CGMC staff! Kevin’s background is in theatre administration and audience services. In Chicago, he also works for The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University as a Concert Coordinator and worked previously for TimeLine Theatre Company and American Theater Company. Kevin holds an MA in Performance Practices and Research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In London, Kevin was part of the FOH Team at the Donmar Warehouse and worked in several West End theatres.
Javier is a visual communications major at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He will be working with the chorus throughout the Spring of 2017. Check out some of his work at: delarosajavier.com.