Board of Directors

Christopher Curtis

Host/MC
Host/MC

Christopher Curtis is an actor, singer, and director currently based in Dallas, TX, and serves as the President of Astraios's Board of Directors.  The son of Torrey Curtis and Joyce Adams Curtis, both of whom obtained Masters of Sacred Music degrees from SMU, Christopher grew up singing in choirs under the direction of his parents.  After graduating from Oklahoma City University where he studied voice with George Massey, Christopher has gone on to work at more than a dozen theatres in the region including Shakespeare Dallas, Theatre Three, Circle Theatre, City Rep, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Reduxion Theatre, Oklahoma City Theatre Company, Pegasus Theatre, and Lyric Stage.  A few of his favorite roles include Ed Devery in Born Yesterday, John Dickinson in 1776, and the title role in Hamlet.  He is also a veteran improviser, and has performed improv on stages throughout the region for over a dozen years and recently took his two-man improv show C-4 to perform in New York City.  

Michael Jones

Programming Director
Programming Director
Bassoon

Michael Jones, bassoonist, serves as Astraios's Programming Director and Treasurer of the Board of Directors.

Michael began performing at a young age, singing the lead role in Amahl and the Night Visitors from ages 10-12 for the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company in Norman, OK. He began to study the bassoon in junior high school, and received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where he held an Associate Instructorship. Michael subsequently received a Fulbright Grant to study bassoon performance and pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he received a Graduate Diploma in 2006. During this time, he also toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. His teachers have included Carl Rath, Andrew Barnes, Arthur Weisberg, and Kim Walker. 

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Carolyn England Ritchie

Carolyn England Ritchie

Carolyn England Ritchie is a writer, musician, and educator. She has published poems and essays in newspapers and literary magazines and is the author of Holy Order (2009, Walburga Press). As an educator, she has developed creative writing seminars and mentored high school students from around the world making their way in the US educational system. She is a longtime classical guitar player and teacher and is on the Education Committee of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society. 

Carolyn serves as Astraios Secretary of the Board and Project Advisor, on the team for many tasks from writing grant proposals to developing educational themes and outreach.

Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly
Trumpet

Daniel Kelly, a native of Charleston, SC, joined Texas A&M University-Commerce in the fall of 2010 after serving on the faculty of Indiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Kelly holds a BS in trumpet performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a MM and DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.His principal teachers include Michael Ewald, Ronnie Romm, Ray Sasaki, and Richard Steffen. He has been designated a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) by the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, the International Trumpet Guild, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Kelly is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician.

 

Jeremy Reynolds

Jeremy Reynolds
Clarinet

Internationally renowned artist Dr. Jeremy W. Reynolds joined the faculty of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music after performing as Principal Clarinetist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where his performances consistently brought high praise from critics and public alike.  He has performed throughout Colombia, Italy, Portugal, Taiwan and Australia in addition to concertizing for the International Clarinet Association’s ClarFest, ClariBogota, Cultural Festival of Portugal’s World Exposition, Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, International Alliance for Women in Music, International Double Reed Society, and National Flute Convention.  Equally in demand in an orchestral setting, Reynolds has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Des Moines Metro Opera, Fresno Philharmonic, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and at the Aspen Music Festival.

Reynolds is a graduate of Ithaca College, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he was named Doctoral Student of the Year and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. His principal teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Monica Kaenzig, Michelle Zukovsky, David Howard, Richard Hawley, Bil Jackson, Ted Oien, Michael Galvan and David Minelli.

Dr. Jeremy W. Reynolds is a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist and Clinician and Lomax Classic Mouthpiece Artist.

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