BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HARRIS GESSNER is a native of Madison, AL, where he now serves as choir director of James Clemens High School. He holds a BME in Vocal Studies from Auburn University, and a Master's in Choral Conducting from Emory University. His experience comes from both teaching in schools, working in music ministries, and remaining an active tenor soloist. Praised for their artistry and high-energy performances, Mr. Gessner'schoirs receive high esteem from attendees. He is extremely honored to be serving as the Artistic Director of Alabama Voices, and is driven by the sole focus that our state deserves the absolute highest choral excellence we can provide.
RYAN GONZALES, originally from Houston, Texas, is a graduate from Auburn University's Raymond J. Halbert School of Business with a BSBA in Marketing. He is a National Channel Account Manager for Vertiv out of Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. Gonzales was a founding board member of Auburn's premier a cappella group, Full AUctave, and acted as President/Music Director for 2 years. He is proud to head an organization that represents the state of Alabama by promoting a high levelof choal artistry and fostering a strongerappreciation for choral music in Alabama.
SARAH COLEMAN-GONZALES is the choral director at Huntsville High School, her alma mater, and has been teaching there for four years. She attended Auburn University and sang under the direction of William and Rosephanye Powell. Mrs. Coleman-Gonzales has equal passions in choral music and teaching, so working with her students is a dream come true. She is lucky to sing alongside her husband, Ryan Gonzales, in Alabama Voices!
REBECCA ROGERS is a 2014 graduate of Auburn University, where she studied vocal music education. Since then, she has taught at Lincoln Elementary School. Rogers teaches grades K-5, as well as a fourth and fifth grade chorus. Mrs. Rogers is also the children's choir director for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham. She and her husband live in Irondale with their two dogs and two cats.
MACI HLADKY-CLEMMONS is a Huntsville native who has always been active in the Choral and Theatre Community. She graduated from University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in Communications and Theatre and is currently the Guest Services Supervisor at the Huntsville Museum of Art. She is also a PR and Marketing Consultant for a worldwide nonprofit organization for children and adults with special needs, Darby’s Dancers, and enjoys helping nonprofits grow. She and her husband live in Huntsville with their two dogs. Maci is thrilled to be serving and singing alongside many friends in Alabama Voices.
Director of Public Relations
Tyler-Davis Pilz holds degrees in both Music Education and Vocal Performance from Auburn University. Currently, he teaches music and theatre at Mountain Brook Elementary School in Mountain Brook, Alabama where he also has a private studio of ukulele, piano, and voice students. Tyler is an experienced musician and has performed with a variety of music ensembles in vocal, instrumental, and director capacities. He is excited to share his love of choral music with this talented group, as well as support the arts in Alabama.
Member at Large
AMANDA SLAY has taught 9th-12th grade choral music in the state of Alabama for ten years. She is currently in her fourth year serving as the Associate Choral Director at Hoover High School in Birmingham where she conducts the 9th and 10th grade Women's Choir, Junior Honor Choir, Senior Honor Choir, and Grace Note (a girl's a cappella group started by Mrs. Slay in 2015). Mrs. Slay holds a Bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Music Education from Florida State University. Mrs. Slay is an active member of the Alabama Vocal Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association. She has recently presented at the Alabama Music Educators Conference and for the the Alabama ACDA Summer Conference. Mrs. Slay serves as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for Women's Choirs in the Alabama chapter of ACDA.