CATHY HOLBROOK | Executive & Artistic Director | 616.459.2224 x203 

With close to 30 years of experience in the nonprofit arts sector, Holbrook has
reimagined SCMC with new and expanded programming, creating the Chamber, Jazz and Folk series and developing a larger and more diverse patron base during her 15 year tenure. Her music knowledge has elevated the caliber of artists presented by SCMC and she has mobilized the Board of Directors to take a more active role in marketing and fundraising for the organization. Previously, she spent 11 years as the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and prior to that worked at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, and the La Jolla Chamber Music Society.

CARLA MESSING | Event & Facility Director | 616.459.2224 x204 

Carla has held her position with SCMC for 14 years. She came to St. Cecilia with over 10 years of event and hospitality management experience, including working for the Amway Hotel Corporation for over 6 years, most recently as the Assistant Manager of the (former) 1913 Room, a AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Carla holds a BA in Music from Grand Valley State University. Along with creating an event staff focused on best service and guest hospitality, she also oversees the upkeep, maintenance and renovations of the historic SCMC building.

LAUREN COOPER | Development & Communications Director | 616.459.2224 x205 

Lauren has spent the last 15 years working for nonprofit arts organizations in Chicago,
Seattle and Grand Rapids. Prior to joining SCMC’s team in 2016, she was Development
Director at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre Company and held an Individual Giving Officer
position with Seattle Opera. She also spent five years as the General Manager of the
Youth Choral Theater of Chicago. Lauren holds a BA in English from Calvin University
and an MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

MELODIE SHOEMAKER | Finance Director | 616.459.2224 x208 

Melodie has been Finance Director at SCMC for the past 5 years. Prior to joining SCMC, she spent 30 years as a CPA at BDO, serving clients in both the auditing and specialty tax consulting areas. She holds a BSA in Accounting from the University of Michigan- Dearborn and an MPA in nonprofit management from Grand Valley State University.

KELLY HERREMANS | Box Office Manager | 616.459.2224 x201 

Kelly has been Box Office Manager at SCMC for the past 1.5 years.  Prior to joining
SCMC, she was the Box Office Manager for Grand Rapids Ballet and KB Productions
Inc.  She has worked box office and ticket sales for ASM Global, Broadway Grand
Rapids, and Vive Les Arts Theatre. She was also Operations Director/Box Office
Manager for Tacoma Little Theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre from Hope College.

AUDREY BORGMAN | Development Operations Manager | 616.459.2224 x210 

Coming soon!

JESSI CARR | School of Music Administrator | 616.459.2224 x209

Coming soon!


Taggart Town, President
Jeff Cook, Vice President
Ed Meyette, Treasurer
Tom Mathison, Secretary
Tim Raymer, Immediate Past President

Lori Baker
Danielle Buth
Julie Croll
Michael Hampton
Scott Huizenga
Christopher Martin
Kim S. Mitchell
Jeff Ott
Dan Persinger
Eddy Schmitt

Joy Walczak


Cyndi Betts, Grand Strings
Erin DeYoung, Sinfonia
Cullen McCarthy, Concert Band + Grand Band
Dan Scott, Philharmonic
Anne Thompson, Concert Orchestra

Marilyn Brannen, Outreach Conductor – Stocking Elementary
Carrie Brannen, Outreach Assistant – Stocking Elementary


Shane German, Stage Manager
Alison Sall, Event Staff & School of Music Assistant
Rick Maycroft, Event Staff
Jon Carr, Theater Technician
Mitchell Arganbright, Theater Technician
Chuck Otto, Volunteer Coordinator




Christopher Martin
Scott VanderWerf
Lazaro Vega