Board of Directors
Angela Warren, President
Paula Carter, Immediate Past President
Brent Goldsmith, President-Elect
Alicia Jackson, Treasurer
Rose Palazzolo, Secretary
Bradly H. Bunce (Brad) is an accomplished conductor known for his exceptional instruction and dedication to musical excellence. With a background in choral pedagogy and a keen understanding of vocal performance, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise. Trained in choral conducting at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia he has and continues to lead successful choral ensembles in and around Southwest Georgia.
Prior to joining the Albany Chorale, Brad served the Lee County School System, Leesburg, Georgia, for a number of years as the choral director at Lee County High School. During his tenure there, performing groups received countless awards and honors including performances at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Carnegie Hall, NYC.
Brad envisions directing ensembles that stands as a beacon of musical excellence, captivating audiences with soul-stirring performances.
Bradly is married to Holly and together they have two sons, Abram and Jack.
Meri Beth Hillard
Meri Beth was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She began her piano studies at an early age, began playing for church services in 8th grade, and studied music at both The University of New Mexico and Calvin College.
As music assistant at First United Methodist Church in Albany, she plays for the sanctuary choir, assists in worship services, and has 20 years experience directing their youth choirs and taking them on annual tours. She accompanied music majors as well as the college choir at Darton State College for almost 20 years and she has accompanied The Albany Chorale for the past 15 years. She continues to play for programs and recitals in the community.
Meri Beth lives in Albany with her husband Claire Fox Hillard; they have three married children (Tim & Jessica Morris, Blake & Kelsey Davis, and CJ & Ann Marie Hillard) and six grandchildren (Sadie, Sally, Hudson, Jack, Milo & Riggs).