Directors and Coaches

Dr. Chris Ludwa, Artistic Director; Conductor – Festival Orchestra, Choir and Musical

(231) 225-8877 • chris@bayviewassociation.org

Newly named Assistant Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College and Artistic Director of the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, Chris has served as Artistic Director of Bay View Music Festival since 2007. Prior to his appointment in Kalamazoo, he served as Director of Performing Arts and Ensembles for Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH before accepting the position of Music Director for The Federated Church from 2014-2017. He also served for 10 years as Artistic Director of Encore Vocal Arts in Indianapolis, Conductor of Bloomington Pops and Bloomington Symphony, and is founder of Kaleidosong, a professional vocal sextet.


Sarah Stone, Stage Director (S.O.A.R.S.)

A founding member of the S.O.A.R.S. program, Sarah Stone returns for her fifth season at the Bay View Music Festival. Mainstage credits include Titanic, Falstaff, and Così fan tutte. The Petoskey News Review states her work is “fast paced, full of action, tightly as well as imaginatively directed...in her typical style”, and “It doesn’t get any better than this!”. Stone currently serves as Chair of Fine Arts at the Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, KY.


George Cederquist, Stage Director

George has directed for Chicago Fringe Opera (where he is Artistic Director), Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Bay View Music Festival. He hosts Opera Box Score, America’s talk radio show about opera, on WNUR Chicago. George’s training includes a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, an MFA from Northwestern University, a BA from Yale University, as well as residencies at Pittsburgh Opera, the Merola Opera Program and Wolf Trap Opera.


Nick Gisonde, Stage Director and Fight Coordinator (SOARS)

Nick was the co-stage director and fight coordinator for last year’s SOARS Opera a la Carte Scenes Program. Nick has coordinated fights and stunts for film, theater and opera for over 25 years. He has been the resident fight coordinator for Bay View since 2001. Nick appeared in and was assistant fight choreographer for the 1998 Broadway Tony Award Winner A View from the Bridge, directed by Michael Mayer and starring Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney.


Katie Joachim, Stage Director 

Katie is a graduate of Bay View Youth Theatre, and is excited to be back for Alice in Wonderland Jr. this summer! She has worked under the tutelage of Theresa Harrington for four years, and has directed their productions of Peter Pan Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. Katie has also been a part of multiple main stage productions in Bay View, including performing as the Mistress in Evita last summer. She is currently attending Hope College, and will be a sophomore in the fall.


Libor Ondras, Conductor

Dr. Ondras began his viola studies as a fellow at Moscow State Conservatory with Yuri Bashmet. He completed his M.M. and DMA degrees at the University of Houston. Ondras is the Music Director of Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Kent Philharmonic Orchestra, guest conductor for Slovak State Opera, and Director of Orchestras at GRCC. Frequent soloist and recitalist, he has performed with major orchestras in US, for the American Viola Society and International Viola D’Amore Society.

His research and scholarly writings were published in the Journal of American Viola Society.


Everett McCorvey, Director (American Spiritual Intensive)

Dr. Everett McCorvey is a tenor soloist, conductor, and professor of voice. He is the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, the director and executive producer of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and president of Global Creative Connections, a production and management company for musical and theatrical events. Dr. McCorvey is also the artistic director of the National Chorale for the 2014-2015 season.


Mariah Boucher, Coach

Active as a chamber musician, and vocal coach, Mariah Boucher frequently performs in recitals featuring singers and instrumentalists, and has been a featured soloist with orchestras performing the concerti of Mendelssohn and Ravel. She has joined with chamber partners Dennis Carter, Lisa Raschiatore, and Jennifer Goltz to perform at the art space Trinosophes. She has worked closely with composers Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Lena Frank and Evan Chambers premiering and exploring new music. As an opera enthusiast, Mariah has performed and coached Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225

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