Artistic Staff

Eric Brown | Artistic & Music Director

A native of East Freetown, Massachusetts, Mr. Brown is the founding music director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus. Under his musical leadership, the group has grown to 100 singers and has performed at numerous venues across the region including the Godspeed Sail Landing Festival in Boston, the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts, the Tabernacle on Martha's Vineyard, and the Providence Performing Arts Center. In addition to his role with SMFC, Brown is the music director of the Taunton Civic Chorus. Eric is in demand regionally as a conductor and music director and has led productions for Star Players of Bristol County, Heart to Heart Productions and Fairhaven High School Drama Club. A 25 year veteran church organist, Mr. Brown has held positions with churches in Raynham, Taunton, and East Bridgewater. He is the former director of the Christian Hill Singers, who were featured performers in the Society of Historically Informed Performers' Concert Series at Boston's "First Night 2001." Brown has performed vocally as a soloist with the Mansfield Choral Society and the Mayflower Chorale and has sung with the Greater New Bedford Choral Society. A recorder enthusiast, he was a founding member of the Mill River Consort and Hockomock Recorder Consort. In his spare time, he enjoys reading Star Wars novels.

Gabrielle Heath | Accompanist

Gabrielle Heath grew up in Walpole, MA, where she was very active in local school and summer music programs. Heath began her collegiate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, as a double major in Piano Performance and Music Education. After two years, she took a long break from formal education, during which she performed on keyboards, flute, and vocals in country, rock, and function bands. Gabrielle graduated from Bridgewater State College in 2009, summa cum laude, with a BA in Music. In addition to her work with SMFC, Gabrielle is the pianist for the Bridgewater State University Alumni Chamber Choir, and works as a music director for BSU's Arts for Teens summer program. A church musician since 1988, Gabrielle is currently Minister of Music at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood. She does freelance piano and keyboard work, and enjoys collaborating with singers and instrumentalists in a variety of musical styles.

Matthew Haynes | Assistant Music Director

Kelley Reno | Technical Director

Board of Directors

Kara McEachem, President
Deb DeFilippo, Vice President
Marie Rawson, Treasurer
Caitlin Dolan, Clerk
Lia Macrina, Clerk
Christine Comeau
Jessica Hamel
Teri A. Kinder
Jenifer Lovely
Linda Potvin
Derek Raynard
Anne Swarce
Robyn Waters