James A. Rode, Artistic Director
A seasoned music educator, James earned his Master of Music in Choral Conducting and a Certificate of Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Kentucky. Two bachelor degrees —Music Education and Piano — were earned at the University of Central Florida. Currently James directs the Celebration High School (Osceola County) choral program while also teaching advanced piano and AP Theory.
Other Central Florida community endeavors include being assistant director for the Timber Creek Chorale, an intergenerational choir, along with stints as accompanist and interim director of the Celebration Community Choir. James also sang with the Florida Opera Theatre from 2002-2009. Outside of music, James serves as an administrator and leadership facilitator for the National Student Leadership Conference.
James holds active memberships in the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and is a proud brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity.
You can reach James at [email protected]orlandogaychorus.org
Sue Glerum, Principal Accompanist
Sue earned her Master of Music degree in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and her Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. A stellar musician, she has been a Music Specialist at the University of Central Florida School Of Performing Arts since 2006, playing piano for musical theater, voice, and acting classes, and coaching students in music theory and voice.
Joe Monnin, Co-Head Choreography Team
Joe studied Musical Theater and Dance at Wright State University and the Hartford Conservatory. After college, he taught competitive, social, and countless wedding dances for 9 years. He competed in American Smooth Ballroom from New York to Las Vegas, Orlando to Philly and everywhere in between earning 4th place in the North American Professional Same Sex Rhythm Division. Joe has been fortunate to have performed in a variety of shows from Joseph…Dreamcoat, Spitfire Grill, Cinderella, Cabaret, Ragtime, danced in countless Nutcrackers and on the Dancing With The Stars National Tour.
Dwight Shropshire, Co-Head Choreography Team
Dwight graduated with degrees in biology and computer engineering that included a Music minor. This eclectic combination supports his passionate arts involvement. Backed by more than a decade of professional voice training, Dwight sings opera and performs in musical theater.
Debbie Drobney, Principal ASL Interpreter
A Professor of Sign Language and Sociology, Debbie coordinates the popular sign language program at Valencia College. Throughout her 22 years as a sign language professional, Debbie has interpreted for the theater. She greatly enjoys mentoring her Valencia students who regularly interpret our major concerts.