Dr. Melodie G. Galloway, Artistic Director

Melodie Galloway Melodie G. Galloway holds the Master’s degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her experience as a conductor and soprano soloist includes opera, musical theater, and a professional vocal ensemble. She has soloed in Russia, Estonia, Ireland, England, Spain, as well as extensively throughout the United States.

Currently Dr. Galloway is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she is also the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies. Among the multiple choirs she leads, the UNC Asheville Singers, an auditioned, advanced ensemble, has performed for the Holiday Open House Celebrations at the White House and for the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Medical Center for the past eight seasons (2007-2014), and in 2012, for President and Mrs. Barack Obama at an invited White House reception.

Dr. Galloway has directed the Asheville Choral Society since 2011. This large choir is made up of over 100 auditioned singers from around the Asheville region. The chorus performs three concerts each season, presenting major works and modern, contemporary choral compositions, often with full symphonic orchestra and professional soloists. The Asheville Choral Society is widely recognized for its eclectic repertoire and beautiful choral sound. “Powerful music, remarkable voices….” Asheville Citizen-Times.

Dr. Galloway is in demand as a clinician and conference contributor in fields of choral repertoire, conducting, vocal pedagogy, and musical theater studies. Currently, she serves as the Repertoire & Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Music for North Carolina ACDA.

Laurel Ahrnsbrak, Executive Director

Melodie Galloway Laurel Ahrnsbrak is an experienced nonprofit and association professional with a background in fund development, association membership, events planning and stakeholder engagement. She has more than ten years of nonprofit staff, volunteer, and board leadership experience. Her professional history includes work with Sponsorship Specialists, a consultancy focused on building corporate partnership programs. She focused on fund development and member engagement with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, an association of foundations and other funders dedicated to nonprofit success. She started her work in development with the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, a hybrid service nonprofit and professional association. She also served on the board of directors of Gateway Community Development Corporation, a local nonprofit dedicated to smart and community-positive growth, where she served as vice president, led a strategic planning effort, and chaired the fund development committee.

Jan Milin, General Manager

Former Executive Director of Asheville Bravo Concerts and current Administrative Coordinator for The Performance Center in Asheville, ACS General Manager Jan Milin holds a Master of Arts degree in Theater. She has worked in the arts in a variety of artistic and administrative capacities, including theater instructor, designer and/or assistant at Loyd Artists; Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center; Lexington Children’s Theatre; NCA&T State University; Ashland University; Mansfield Playhouse, and Oberlin College. Jan has sung with ACS since 2000, served on the board for six years, and was President for three.

Brad Curtioff, Accompanist

Brad Curtioff has been delighting audiences since the age of seven. As a child, he studied at Peabody Preparatory before earning a degree in piano performance from West Virginia University. Mr. Curtioff currently serves as the Music Director for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and faculty accompanist at Mars Hill University, and has also worked with the Summer Artist Training Program at the Asheville Lyric Opera. He is no stranger to the theater as he has performed as the Musical Director and/or pianist for a wide variety of productions with Asheville Community Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, and SART, as well as working with Asheville’s own show choir, Vocal Blast. Mr. Curtioff is also active as a blues and soul keyboardist, providing piano and Hammond organ grooves with local bands Citizen Mojo, and Andy Buckner and the Southern Soul Campaign. He resides in Walnut, NC with his lovely wife and daughter.

Current Board Members

  • Jeff Byrum, President
  • Anna Martin, Vice President
  • David Berkey, Secretary
  • Bill Tucker, Treasurer
  • Emily Dake
  • Faith Doyle
  • Josh Finkler
  • Kara Irani
  • Taryn Jackson
  • Mary Ketter
  • Jackie Lalor
  • Peter Landis