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Artistic Staff

Jim Brown :: Artistic Director & Conductor
Jim Brown is ecstatic to be the Artistic Director & Conductor of The Orlando Gay Chorus, joining OGC in Spring 2009. In addition, he is currently a professor at UCF and serves the Theatre Department as their Musical Theatre Specialist. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the School of Performing and Visual Arts at United States International University (USIU) in San Diego, and later received his MFA in Musical Theatre Performance from San Diego State University. Jim has performed for over 30 years and has served UCF as Stage Director, Music and Vocal Director, and Conductor since 2001.

Jedediah C. Daiger :: Assistant Artistic Director
Jed began his musical training with piano lessons at the age of four, yet his passion has always been singing. He joined church and school choirs at age ten and was an active participant in chorus and musicals in high school. Jed attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia where he participated in the concert choir, chamber choir, and vocal jazz/show choir. He studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Eugene Galvin and the choral arts under the baton of Mr. Robert Shaffer, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He completed his student teaching in grades K-5 and 9-12, where he made his concert conducting debut leading the Sherando High School Concert Chorale. Jed's choral experiences have taken him to the Kennedy Center for performances in partnership with the Washington Chorus and on three concert tours abroad. More recently he has volunteered to sing in Orlando-area holiday concerts and co-arranged music for the Orlando Gay Chorus.

Sue Glerum :: Principal Accompanist
Sue has spent most of her life in the field of music, accompanying and teaching in New York and Florida. She joined the UCF Theatre Department as Staff Accompanist in August 2006. In addition to accompanying voice lessons and classes in the department, she has worked on productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Most Happy Fella, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Pirates of Penzance and Into The Woods She received her Masters Degree in Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and her Bachelor of Music Degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida.

Bob Smith-Trent :: Principal Choreographer
Bob hails from Indiana, where he studied modern, jazz, ballet and tap. In 1979 he walked into a ballroom studio where he found a new love of dance. There he added the American and International Standard of Ballroom and Latin Styles of dance to his repertoire. Before retiring from the pro division of competition, he won numerous top dance awards in the American, Latin and Cabaret/Theatre Arts divisions across the United States. He has also won several top pro and amateur awards with his clients. Bob now teaches Social Style Ballroom and Latin dance and helps coach and choreograph at the Studio 19 Center for the Performing Arts in Eustis, Florida.

Debbie Drobney :: ASL Coordinator
Debbie has been signing for over 20 years and for the same amount of time has been involved with interpreting for the theatre. She has attended a 10-day intensive Interpreting for the Theatre workshop held in New York City to learn interpreting techniques to better mentor up-and-coming interpreters. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Sign Language Program at Valencia State College and the ASL Internship Coordinator for the Orlando Gay Chorus. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to mentor her Valencia interpreting students at OGC concerts and outreach performances.

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