James J. Morehead is the 3rd-ever Artistic Director of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. He is also co-artistic director for VOX3, www.vox3.org, and music director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston, Illinois. He primarily works as a coach, accompanist and music director in the city of Chicago. He previously taught at 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 the Non-Equity Jeffs Award Ceremony, See What I Wanna See in the Steppenwolf Garage series 2013 and has also done The Wiz (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), Dessa Rose (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), bare (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), Passing Strange (Jeff Nominated: Music Direction), AIDA, Jerry Springer- the Opera, 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, the Casino, The Rockwell in L.A., and 54 Below in New York City.
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.
Rose brings over 20 years of work experience in a variety of industries and is passionately and actively involved in community organizations. Her past experience includes serving as Executive Director for a Chinese American museum, Director of an Orthopaedic medical society, Manager at a global IT Consulting organization, and raising over $300,000 in grants and corporate sponsorships for minority nonprofit organizations.
She is the longest running President for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and was the first woman elected as Board Chair to the National Board in 2013. Rose established Asian American Group Leaders, a collaborative program that has brought together over 40 Asian Employee/Business Resource Groups to share best practices and collaborate on events in the Chicagoland area. She also established a Women in Leadership Program now recognized as a national program called Women in NAAAP.
She has served as Chairwoman to the Chicago Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and served on various committees for the Association Forum and Nonprofit Technology Network. She was recognized in 2012 for her contributions to the Asian Community by the National Federation of Filipino American Association’s Circle of Empowered Women in the Midwest and received the Filipino American Hall of Fame Award in 2017.