On the Move: 28 May 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 5:19pm
Staff reports

Nashville Symphony Chorus names Corcoran director

Nashville Symphony officials have announced the appointment of Kelly Corcoran as director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

Corcoran previously served as associate conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She replaces Dr. George Mabry, who retired in November 2011.

Corcoran’s responsibilities will include working with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero to review and select choral works to be performed with the symphony. She will also conduct auditions for new chorus members and rehearse the Symphony Chorus to prepare for performances with the orchestra.

“Kelly Corcoran was selected after a lengthy audition process,” Guerrero said in a release. “Drawing on her strong background in conducting and choral performance, she brings a unique sensitivity to the role of chorus director. We are fortunate to keep her involved with our orchestra, and I look forward to working with her in this new capacity. Whether she is directing the Nashville Symphony Chorus, an orchestra or a small ensemble, her attention to detail, her depth of knowledge and her engaging personality create a powerful synergy with the chorus and the musicians.”

As associate conductor, Corcoran has conducted a variety of programs, including the Nashville Symphony’s SunTrust Classical Series and Bank of America Pops Series. She has also served as the primary conductor for the orchestra’s education and community engagement concerts.

As a guest conductor, Corcoran has led performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Atlanta, Colorado, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee and National symphonies.

Prior to her position in Nashville, Corcoran completed three seasons as assistant conductor for the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and music director of the Canton Youth Symphony and the Cleveland-area Heights Chamber Orchestra.

Corcoran received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory and her master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. She currently serves on the conducting faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival.

“With the Nashville Symphony Chorus celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2013-14 season, I am so honored to be a part of this rich tradition and very excited to continue enhancing the solid reputation of this great group of singers,” she said.

DVL promotes Meyer

DVL Public Relations & Advertising has promoted Jill Meyer from vice president to senior vice president.

Meyer, who has been with DVL since 2004, has more than 20 years of experience in government, corporate and nonprofit public relations. At DVL, she works on key accounts in the health care and food and beverage industries.

Childress joins LBMC

LBMC Employment Partners, LLC, has added Chelsey Childress as a human resources generalist in its Brentwood office.

Childress is a graduate of University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies.

Hardaway adds Scheide

Hardaway Construction Corp. has hired Christopher J. Scheide as a project manager, company President Stan Hardaway has announced.

Scheide a University of Central Florida graduate with a B.S. degree in business management comes to Hardaway with more than 10 years of construction industry experience in estimating and project management. He was previously employed by Double R Construction

Hoar adds senior project manager

Ripley Bickerstaff has been promoted to senior project manager in Hoar Construction’s Nashville office, according to Gerald King, vice president of the company’s Tennessee Division. 

Bickerstaff will have an enhanced role in client relations and account management. He will be responsible for a team of project managers and engineers and for handling multiple projects and clients.

Bickerstaff, who joined Hoar Construction in November 2004, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and master’s degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University. 

Simplex promotes Iskra to CEO

Simplex Healthcare has promoted company COO Michael Iskra to the CEO spot, succeeding company founder L. Douglas Hudson, the company announced today.

Hudson will remain as board chairman.

Iskra has worked as COO with the diabetes testing supply company since 2010. His appointment is effective July 1.

“I am delighted that my colleague and friend, Mike Iskra, has been chosen as the new leader of Simplex and our Diabetes Care Club brand,” Hudson said in a statement.  “Mike has been instrumental in helping Simplex manage through the last few years as our company and industry have undergone significant shifts due to changes in Medicare. 

Simplex was founded by Hudson in 2007 and operates under the Diabetes Care Club brand.

Fisk names Bowles to chair board

The Fisk University Board of Trustees has elected Barbara Bowles, a Chicago-based investment manager, to replace Robert W. Norton as its chair.

The move comes as six board members have seen their terms expire, according to the university.

In addition to Norton, a former Pfizer executive, the exiting board members include the following: Dr. Joan Mobley, a retired pathologist; Howard Gentry, Davidson County Criminal Court clerk; Robert Mallett, a Georgetown University law professor; and Perian Strang, a nonprofit professional.

The university confirmed that no new members were immediately added to the board as replacements.

DVL promotes Sullivan, Davidson

DVL Public Relations & Advertising has announced the promotions of Claire Sullivan and Catherina Davidson.

Sullivan, who joined DVL in January 2012, has been promoted from account service associate to assistant account executive. Her areas of focus include media relations, branding, social media strategy and content development.

Davidson has been promoted to account service associate. Since starting at DVL in August 2012, she has worked with clients in the food and beverage, healthcare, retail, utilities and automotive industries. Davidson will assist multiple account teams in media relations, social media and strategic communications initiatives.

Churchill Mortgage promotes 16

Churchill Mortgage, has promoted 16 employees within its headquarters in Brentwood.

They are as follows: Kevin Watson, district manager; Chris Bowser, sales manager. Heidi McQuaig, processing manager; John Lann, branch operations manager; Brenda Pearson, underwriter; Elizabeth Wright, lock desk manager; Courtney Bright, licensing manager; Scott DeNicholas, technical support manager; Grant McFarland, pipeline manager;  Terry Tuck, underwriting manager; underwriting team leaders Cynthia Caruso, Kelley Thomas and Raylene Wendt; Clint Johnston and Melissa Pool, processing team leaders; and Marquista Webster, sales support team leader.

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