About - OUR BOARD

Leading and stewarding the ongoing development and sustainability of ARC, the Board of Directors meets regularly during the season. ARC is a vibrant non-profit organization that pursues its vision and mission with passion and perseverance, guided by a strategic plan and supported by the Artistic Director and Executive Director. We invite Individuals with experience on a board, or those seeking to develop their leadership skills to be considered for a position on ARC's board.

Please direct your expressions of interest to the Executive Director for consideration at the ARC Annual General Meeting held each year in October.

Board of Directors

 


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President:

Sara Munkittrick

Sara grew up in New Brunswick. She moved to Calgary from Toronto in 2016 and is currently a lawyer with the City of Calgary.

She is excited about the community that ARC has formed and to be a part of it. Sara believes that singing is a beautiful way to express yourself and connect with other people, both those you sing with and those you sing for! Although It's too hard for her to pick just one favourite song, it might be "Edelweiss" from the movie The Sound of Music.
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VICE-PRESIDENT:

Carleen Smith

Carleen is a born and raised Calgarian. She attended the University of Lethbridge where she achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media and is now a graphic designer for a Real Estate brokerage.

Carleen has been singing her entire life and finds sharing her voice, both solo or with a choir, extremely exhilarating and something she can never stop doing. Her favourite things about ARC: the people and the amazing productions that consistently get better every year! Carleen's favourite song is: "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine,
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Secretary:

Olga Opotchanova

 
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TREASURER:

Art McCarthy

Art was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick and grew up in Barrie, Kingston and Guelph, Ontario, Muscat, Oman, Houston, Texas and Calgary. Art describes himself as a geophysicist who likes to sing! He is grateful for the chance to sing in harmony with so many good people and believes that singing lets him express true emotions without having to say a word.

Art's favourite music is the soundtrack to Conan the Barbarian.
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Director:

Annette Aubrey

Annette grew up in Cherryville, a remote community in the North Okanagan Valley. As today's amenities were not always available as she was growing up, the arrival of electricity, running water and indoor plumbing when she was 9 caused her great excitement!

Life was simple for Annette and her siblings, and hard work for her parents. Their education was basic – the 3 R's – and family was (and still is) very important. Music and singing were always present at her family and community functions.

Annette loves that the ARC choirs get together for the purpose of singing in community, as she believes it is a fundamentally good thing to do, for ourselves and for the world we inhabit. She cites several favourite songs, including ‘Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong, ‘Fly Me to the Moon' by Sinatra and ‘Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen.
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DIRECTOR:

Garry Jones

Born and raised in Calgary, Garry participated in church and school choirs from elementary school until the end of grade 12. His parents and siblings also participated in music.

He taught elementary school for 35 years and kept his guitar in the classroom, singing most days -- he claims that he knew at least 200 children's songs! Now teaching part-time at the University of Calgary in the Werklund School of Education, Garry joined Something Lite to rekindle his childhood love of choral music. When singing together in a group, he is transported away from his daily life.

Garry supports Something Lite because it is another way to meet the vision and mission statements of the ARC organization, through “creative and challenging opportunities for adults to enrich their lives and our community through musical expression” and “awakening, nurturing and sharing the magic of voices in harmony”.

And there are NO favorite songs in his world!
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DIRECTOR:

Jodi Klippenstine

Originally from small-town Saskatchewan, Jodi has lived in several communities across Western Canada and now resides in Calgary with her family. An explorer at heart, curiosity motivates her to constantly be learning both in her work life as a Healthcare IT professional and in her personal life. Having originally found ARC completely by chance, Jodi quickly fell in love with its very special community and with the joy ARC brings to the lives of its members and supporters.

To Jodi, music is the common language of the world with the power to touch our hearts and the hearts of others. In general, you will find her road trip music to be largely from the 70's and 80's but outside those decades, some of her favourite songs include “Gorecki” by Lamb, “Necrology” by The Cinematic Orchestra and “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck.
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Director:

Mary Jane Turcato

Mary Jane grew up in London, Ontario before moving to Calgary in the early 80's to start her teaching career and to ski and climb mountains. Her professional experience is as an educator in Deaf Education and ESL, and in Career Services. She is married with 3 grown children.

Mary Jane's musical background includes singing in her church and school choirs and some guitar and piano too. She loves ARC because it's loads of fun to sing, laugh, talk, perform and harmonize, and learn new songs with the guidance of ARC's talented directors. She is grateful to work with the ARC community to produce choral music that entertains, delights and uplifts fellow songbirds and audiences. Mary Jane's favourite song is "Away From the Roll of the Sea" by Allister MacGillivray.
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Director:

David Wood

David was born in Calgary, where he spent most of his youth before travelling with his career. He has taught ESL in Japan, been an industrial photographer and was involved in teaching and administration in International Education at Mount Royal University, where he was the Registrar until his retirement in 2014.

David calls ARC one of the few places where amateur musicians can find a large supportive community to grow and develop, and have a ‘ton-o-fun' at it! A T-shirt he saw best summed it up for him: “Music is what emotions sound like.” His favourite song (for now!) is "He's a Bad Boy" by Carole King.
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Past President:

Christene Gordon

Christene was born and grew up in Edmonton until high school when she moved to the south edge of Calgary where she enjoyed riding her horses. She began studying voice at age 9 and later obtained her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) in Performance.

Christene enjoys the wide variety of music that she gets to sing, the community of people and the sense of spirit that ARC gathers. She is grateful to have singing as her escape and healing place. Her favourite song comes from her fond memories of hearing “The Flower Duet” from the opera Lakme when she was 15 in Covent Garden, London, with her Gran.
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Ex-Officio:

Brian Bowman

Brian is originally from Edmonton, where he grew up and attended University. He moved to Calgary in 1991 and achieved his Assoc. of Music in Piano Performance from the Western Board of Music, followed by a BComm and CFRE in Business (Marketing) from the University of Alberta. Brian developed his career in arts administration with the Calgary Boys Choir and the Youth Singers of Calgary before moving into fund development. He launched ARC in 2003 after founding Second Chants, a division of Youth Singers of Calgary. He is currently the Director of Alumni & Development at SAIT and was recently awarded the Con Spirito Award by the Alberta Choral Federation in 2017.

The most exciting thing for Brian is the opportunity to create a high quality performance arts experience for adults within a recreational choir community. The outstanding people of ARC inspire him every day. Music is Brian's passion: “It fuels my soul. Music in a choral context is really about creating community – using the human voice to bring people together, to share a common purpose, to make the world a better place.”

Brian has many favourite pieces of music. Of the songs performed by ARC, he highlights “Fire and Rain”, “Alice” and “Somebody to Love”.
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Ex-Officio:

Keith Kotelko

Keith was born and raised in Calgary where he explored music, learned to play many instruments and performed with church bands. He later obtained a BA in Music in piano performance and recalls his concert performance of a Mozart Piano Concerto with the Ambrose University Chamber Orchestra as a special highlight. In addition to being ARC's new General Manager, Keith is a manager with UFA and recently achieved his Advanced Supply Chain Certificate with MRU.

ARC has been part of Keith's life for a long time through his continued support in ARC's productions and he has proudly watched the organization grow over the years. ARC even brought Keith and his wife, Michelle, together -- he proposed to her at the Talent Show! Music continues to be a big part of their lives, whether supporting the ARC organization, dancing in the kitchen or grooving to tunes on a drive to the mountains. Describing ARC as something bigger than himself, Keith is excited and humbled by the opportunity to work with its amazing community of members, staff and volunteers.

Keith admits to being a huge fan of movie scores and his fave ever since it came out in 2014 is "Interstellar" by Hans Zimmer.
 


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