Staff

Eric Esparza

Eric Esparza

Artistic Director: Windy City Performing Arts

Eric is the Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Area Coordinator at DePaul University in Chicago. He conducts the DePaul Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and teaches courses in choral music. Prior to joining WCPA, Eric was the Artistic Director and Conductor for International Voices Houston, United Nations Association International Chorus, and World Voices Houston.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas; a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University – where he served as a University Fellow and as the Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Opera; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University. Eric remains internationally active as a singer, conductor, and music editor.

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Eric Esparza

Madelyn Tan-Cohen

Accompanist: Windy City Performing Arts

Madelyn discovered her love for choral music while pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Miami, Coral Gables while accompanying the Men’s Chorus and University Chorale. She enjoys plunking out parts and being surrounded by voices singing in harmony, in addition to the challenge of sight-reading. Madelyn believes in the power of music and the community it builds, especially with WCPA. She is currently Associate Director of Ravinia’s Reach Teach Play Education Programs, overseeing music programs in Chicago Public Schools. This is Madelyn’s 13th season with Windy City Performing Arts.

 

 

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Giles Lemmens

General Manager

Giles is an arts administrator and lifelong musician originally from Atlanta, GA. He completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Georgia, where he studied trumpet with David Bilger.

After graduation, he completed a graduate certificate in arts administration at the University of Connecticut. He is currently the Assistant Director of Performance Activities at the Music Institute of Chicago and has previously worked in development for Chicago-area nonprofits. 

Giles joined the Windy City family in 2019 and looks forward to working with all the talented musicians in the organization!

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