Diane Retallack, Artistic Director
Celebrated for her passionate leadership, rich imagination and expressive performance, Dr. Diane Retallack has served as Artistic Director for Eugene Concert Choir since 1985, and Eugene Vocal Arts since she founded the chamber ensemble in 1986.
Read Diane’s full bio here.
Sherry Parmater, Executive Director
Prior to joining ECC, Sherry served as Executive Director of Wyoming Symphony, Helena Symphony and Chorale, and Hockaday Museum in Kalispell. She was also Associate Producer of the Montana Summer Symphony, the largest outdoor event in Montana, which was broadcast live yearly on MTPBS.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Parmater has also studied at Bowling Green State University, Carroll College, and the University of Montana-Northern.
Parmater comes to us from Kalispell, Montana, where she performed oboe/English horn with Glacier Symphony. She has also performed with other Rocky Mountain symphonies including Great Falls Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Casper College Orchestra, Helena Symphony and Black Hills Symphony.
Angela Egremont, General Manager
As General Manager of the Eugene Concert Choir, Angela Egremont brings to the job an extensive background in writing, editing, event planning, and office management. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from California State University, Los Angeles. She first came to Oregon as a partner in a nationally circulated sports publication for masters athletes, where she handled editing, rewriting, layout and design.
In July 2007 she undertook her present position with the choir. Since 2004, she has also sung with the choir as a soprano I. Singing has always been an important component of her life’s activities, and since age 16, she has performed in many choirs, both in England (Portsmouth and London), and the U.S.A. (New York City, Boulder, Honolulu, Los Angeles; and now Eugene). She also remains an active member of the Women’s Business Network in Eugene.
Colleen White, Orchestra Personnel Manager
Colleen White is the Orchestra Personnel Manager and 2nd clarinet of the Eugene Concert Orchestra. She enjoys a diverse musical career in performance, education, and arts administration. She is the 2nd/E-flat/bass clarinet of the Rogue Valley Symphony, and a member of the new music ensemble, Sound of Late. Colleen has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Coast Music Festival, OrchestraNext, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Ballet, and Lyric Opera of the North. She teaches clarinet and coaches chamber music at Willamette University, Corban University, and Chemeketa Community College, and has an active studio at her home in Eugene.
Colleen holds degrees from the University of Oregon, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Ithaca College. Before graduate school, Colleen taught K-12 classroom music and band in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Bruce Haines, ECCO Music Education Director
Bruce has 34 years of public school experience as a band, choir and strings teacher in Alaska and California and also worked with opera and music theater companies over many years as music director, chorus master, performing roles, vocal coach/accompanist and administration. Before returning to Eugene in July of 2016 after a 28-year absence, Bruce taught strings at the Conservatory for Vocal/Instrumental Arts (COVA) In Oakland, California. He also served as Music Director for several musicals including Ragtime, Candide, Anything Goes, and most recently, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. Bruce was a recipient of the prestigious Shelly Award for “Best Musical Direction of the Season” in the San Francisco Bay Area for The Merry Widow produced by Diablo Light Opera Company in Walnut Creek, California.