Our Board of Directors
Carolyn Eynon Singers has a talented and energetic board of directors. The following individuals are the elected board members for the 2018/19 season:
Carolyn, Founding Artistic Director, was the first woman in the choral conducting program to graduate from the University of Michigan, where she studied for her Doctorate in Musical Arts from 1980-82. After 10 years of public high school choral directing in Michigan, Carolyn moved to Arizona, where she created the Arizona Arts Chorale (AAC) in 1995.
During the past 16 years of directing, the AAC performed with Jackson Berkey from Mannheim Steam Roller, Robert Moody, Hermann Michael, James Sedares, Doc Severinsen, and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. During her tenure with the AAC, the Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall with John Rutter and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Several commissions were performed by local and national composers. The Chorale was also invited to sing in Beijing.
VP - Operations
This is Cleveland-born concert and recording artist Eileen Mager’s fourth season with CE Singers. She made her debut as a recitalist in Chicago, and has been performing in Arizona for more than 30 years. She has appeared as featured soloist with the Four Seasons Orchestra, the MusicaNova Orchestra, and the Harp Consortium, as well as with many Valley choral groups and at Valley churches. Eileen was the Artistic Director for several Arizona Vivaldi Festivals, and a featured performer in many Festival concerts. She is a recipient of Art Renaissance Initiative’s “Artist of the Decade” Medici Award.
VP - Communications
Originally from New Zealand, Ian has had a large range of jobs, from retail to car sales, and architectural design to web design (which is what he currently does, along with being a flight instructor at Fly Goodyear).
He is married to MJ, a Californian girl who he met online in 2006. They married in New Zealand, then moved back to the States in 2009 to Sacramento. They moved to Arizona in 2014 for a bigger home as they had their elderly Moms living with them.
Pam Griffin has been singing alto with the Carolyn Eynon Singersfor 3 years and enjoys the varied musical selections and venues. She began singing as a child, and in high school was selected to an elite ensemble called “Swing Sixteen,” which competed in state-level competition. In her early 20’s she sang with a small group at weddings and parties, and once sang at a funeral mass attended by Senator Ted Kennedy.
She has spent her professional career as a registered nurse, working in the field of clinical cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and at one point, spent 5 weeks in Zhenzhou, China, helping to manage a clinical trial for bladder cancer. However, her busy career precluded doing any additional singing for many years until she moved to Arizona. She currently works part-time for Mayo Clinic, reporting on outcomes of bone marrow transplant.
Her other hobbies include horseback riding and traveling to remote ecolodges in locations such as Botswana and Costa Rica. She shares her home with her cousin, and currently cares for 2 cats, 1 dog, and 3 horses.
Susan Dover has sung alto with CES for three seasons, starting with their collaborative performance with the Scottsdale Philharmonic of Beethoven’s “9th Symphony.” Currently, she also serves on the CES Board as Treasurer.
Before joining CES, she sang with the Fountain Hills Community Chorus. The highlight with FHCC was a trip to Salzburg, Austria, to sing in a concert at the Mozarteum, celebrating the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music.” After graduating New York University with a Bachelors in Dance Education, Susan performed professionally in summer stock and dinner theaters in such musicals as "Carousel," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Brigadoon." Now, after many years, moves around the country, numerous careers, and ultimately earning her Series 7 Securities license, she is a Registered Sales Assistant at the Scottsdale branch of the investment company, Raymond James and Associates.
She thanks her company for their corporate sponsorship of CES this season. Susan’s mother resides and thrives in the Vi retirement community at Grayhawk, and they have also become supporters of CES over the last three years. She thanks them, as well as her husband, children, and friends for coming to all of our concerts!
Dr. Judith Burns has taught at the university and secondary levels of music in Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, Washington and Ohio, including Central Washington University, Northern Illinois University and Baldwin-Wallace University. In these positions, Dr. Burns served as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Education. She taught courses in Conducting, Choral Music Methods and Literature, and Group Vocal Techniques as well as conducting choral ensembles.
Her collegiate and high school ensembles have been invited to perform at ACDA, Music Educators National Conference (National Association for Music Educators), MSVMA, and Washington Music Educators Association, state and regional conferences. She frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator and has conducted regional and state Honor Choirs in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, and Montana.
Dr. Burns was the conductor of the acclaimed Steiner Chorale, Lansing Michigan and has served as guest conductor of the Seattle Symphony Chorale and the Whatcom Chorale, Bellingham, WA. She received the Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University, Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Michigan State University. Currently, Dr. Burns lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Member at Large
Jim Lawson has been involved with music since his early childhood. His love of classical music developed at a very early age. He started playing the piano (by ear, mostly) from around the age of five. He has played a variety of musical instruments in school bands and orchestras.
Jim sang in school choral ensembles every year from elementary school through college, including performing in the elite Chapel Choir at college. He also sang in the Westminster Community Chorus (Princeton, NJ) for three seasons (2000-2003), and the ASU Choral Union for one season (2003-2004).
In recent years, he has attended every concert series of the Phoenix Chorale and the Carolyn Eynon Singers, and has become personally involved with both organizations. He has frequently attended concerts by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and numerous recitals at the Phoenix Piano Club, the Sunday Classics Club East, and the Paradise Valley Chamber Music Collective.
For sixteen years, Jim was married to a highly regarded and much loved classical pianist, Susan Lawson, who passed away from cancer in February 2019.
Jim has retired from an eclectic career in advanced engineering, mathematics, science, and research. His main hobby is photography.
Member at Large
Dennis met Carolyn in Bloomfield Hills high school where they both sang in the choir. Dennis continued his college education at Central Michigan University earning degrees in Business and communications. He sang through out college and enlisted in the Army during Viet Nam.
During the Army commitment, Dennis was entertainment director at Ft. Knox, Kentucky where he performed with the Mens Choirs and provided human resource opportunities for the military. Upon leaving the Service, Dennis worked in the Business Theatre industry and eventually entered the residential building career in Michigan. In his retirement, Dennis sings for cabarets, church events, and CES. He is the father of 3 adult daughters, and 2 grandchildren and enjoys golf, yoga, and national and local Jaguar car events. He has served on the CES Board of Directors for 13 years, assisting with Event planning.
Member at Large
Sherrie Bellamy has lived in the Valley of the Sun for over 30 years . An avid supporter of the arts, she is passionate about the continuance of music and art for the next generation to enjoy. She is a member of Arts Renaissance, a Supporter of the Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of Women in Scottsdale, a member of Scottsdale Association of Realtors, Arizona Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors and a member of Certified Luxury Home Specialists. She is currently an Associate Broker at My Home Group.
Her motto is “Go Confidently in the Direction of your Dreams. Live the life you have always wanted” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Member at Large
Edward L. James, III has a Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Public Management, Carnegie-Mellon University and a completed the Doctoral of Social Work studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Edward is certified and licensed as a master social worker, in Arizona and Pennsylvania and studied marriage and family therapy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois and Georgetown, Washington DC.
Edward has participated in marriage and family therapy private practice and currently owns and operates Edward L. James, III & Associates, LLC, an organizational and educational consulting firm since 2004. He has a specialization in working in the field of crisis intervention and intimate partner violence. His current specialization is nonprofit management and program development in the field of addiction.
Edward has a clinical and research interest and is a community activist in the area of men’s health, particularly in the black community. He has participated in national conversations incorporating both a grassroots and a broader national public policy perspective. He has been guest speakers at seminars and conferences in an effort to bring men’s health issues to the forefront.
Social Media Manager
Nikki Hellwig is the Carolyn Eynon Singers Social Media Manager. Nikki is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. With well over 5 years of marketing and design experience, Nikki uses her skills to manage our social media and promote our concerts.