Kiana Del, Engagement Manager for Music Education and known to the stage as Kiana Del, is a passionate vocalist, songwriter, and educator hailing from the valleys of Carrollton, KY. Throughout her early life, many fields were revealed to her, however music has always been the only calling that made her feel whole. Kiana uses music to tell the story of our complex humanity, and to foster a safe space for others to create freely without the barrier of judgement. She carries her knowledge over to the community by teaching vocal technique in her home studio, providing accessible virtual spaces to listen and learn, and by teaching community workshops on songwriting, the intersection between music and visual art, and general vocal health. She performs her own compositions in local and regional venues with her band Kiana & the Sun Kings, and strives to continue weaving music with the importance of community and activism.
Daniel Gilliam, Program Director and afternoon host 1-5pm (director of radio, Louisville Public Media) has a multi-faceted role at Louisville Public Media, overseeing 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville, audience metrics, and behind-the-scenes production work at Louisville Public Media. From 2010-2012 he was program director of Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He hosted and produced the award-winning series African American Voices, and he’s the host for Louisville Orchestra concert talks. As a composer, Daniel was an associate composer in 2020 at the Atlantic Center for Arts working with Jennifer Higdon, and was a resident at Copland House in 2017. He’s been commissioned by Louisville Ballet, Lara Downes, and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts; his music has been played by the Louisville Orchestra, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Longleash (piano trio), and Kentucky Shakespeare.
Gabrielle Jones has a passion for serving diverse audiences. She is the Vice President of Content at Louisville Public Media. Gabrielle comes to LPM from KERA in Dallas, Texas where she first served as Digital News Editor then Audience Editor since 2019. Previously she worked at Richmond, Virginia’s PBS and NPR affiliate, VPM. Gabrielle joined VPM in 2015 and worked in a variety of roles in the fundraising, digital and news departments. Gabrielle completed her undergraduate work in English and Mass Communications at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., where she finished her bachelor’s degree in just three years. She earned her master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. Gabrielle is Vice President of the board of directors of the Public Media Journalists association. Her awards include two 2020 Regional Murrow Awards for overall Excellence and multimedia with VPM. Gabrielle specializes in helping teams craft and implement digital content and engagement strategies. You can follow her on Twitter @GabrielleNjones.
Colleen Phelps, Music Director and host, is a classical music omnivore who is ready to bring you everything the genre has to offer. She is the host and producer of the acclaimed podcast Classically Speaking, bringing you a backstage pass to classical music as it gets created. In the percussion world she continues to explore new and experimental music. Her upcoming solo marimba album features commissioned works dedicated to zoo animals across the USA. She was also a featured performer on Cristina Spinei’s album “Music for Dance,” and she premiered “On A Paper Nautilus” a concerto for percussion by Rachel C. Walker. Colleen is also a founding member of Vocal Arts Nashville, and on faculty at Nashville State Community College.