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 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, Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Xfinity Center), Martha’s Vineyard Tabernacle, Providence Performing Arts Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center. As a conductor and music director, Brown has led productions for Star Players of Bristol County, Heart to Heart Productions and Fairhaven High School Drama Club. A 35-year veteran church organist, Mr. Brown has held positions with churches in Raynham, Taunton, and East Bridgewater and is currently co-organist at Memorial United Methodist Church in Taunton. 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” and was music director for the Taunton Civic Chorus from 2012 to 2017. 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 and Oure Pleasure Singers. A recorder enthusiast, he was a founding member of the Mill River Consort and Hockomock Recorder Consort. Mr. Brown also holds the position of Treasurer for the Miss Taunton Scholarship Program and serves as Business Manager to Miss Taunton 2020. Brown is employed full-time as a Benefits Manager for National Amusements. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and historical dramas.
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.
Charles Baird | Assistant Music Director
Originally hailing from Darien, Connecticut, Charles Baird is thrilled to be joining the Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus as Assistant Music Director! Currently residing in Boston, Mr. Baird boasts a 14-year career as a featured tenor and chorister. Though still an emerging artist, Baird has performed with nationally and internationally acclaimed ensembles on the national stage. As a result, Baird showcases a powerful combination of the energy and dynamism of a young artist, melded with the experience of a veteran performer. Most recently Mr. Baird has been featured as a tenor with the professional, Minneapolis-based VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, who according to the Oxford Times (UK), "have a blend that should be the envy of every choir in the United States," during its 2016-2017 season. This past year Mr. Baird also served as a featured soloist and section leader with the Adult Choir at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul. Mr. Baird was previously a member of the St. Olaf Choir, the premier college a cappella choir in the United States, with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he sang with The Limestones, the St. Olaf College male a cappella group, with whom he recorded the Christmas album Jingle Bell Rock and made a 2015 appearance on the national broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor." In addition to pursuing his performance career, Mr. Baird recently had the distinct pleasure of serving as a guest artist for VocalEssence's chapter of The Lullaby Project, a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute that empowers at-risk high school mothers to create original lullabies for their children, to promote maternal bonding. Mr. Baird is a 2016 graduate of St. Olaf College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, where his studies included vocal performance, choral conducting, music theory, and music history.
Kelley Reno | Technical Director
Board of Directors
Deb DeFilippo, President
Jennifer Lovely, Vice President
Marie Rawson, Treasurer
Teri A. Kinder, Secretary
Caitlin Komm, Secretary
Jessica L. Hamel