Laura Atkinson (Host) is a Louisville native who has carved out a career as a professional singer and music educator in this country and in Europe. She completed her teacher training in the foothills of Appalachia at Maryville College and her masters degree in Vocal Performance at Yale University. In 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study at the Mendelssohn Music Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany. She spent the subsequent near-decade enjoying Berlin as a freelance singer with her husband, who sang with the Komische Oper Berlin. Since relocating back to Louisville, Laura has joined the faculty of the Louisville Academy of Music, is a roster member of NouLou Chamber Players, is soloist at Second Presbyterian Church, and serves as Director of Education for the Bach Akademie Charlotte. She also works around the country as a professional ensemble singer and soloist. At home, her two young children keep her busy, and she enjoys the perks of being married to a sommelier — who also sings.
Kiana Del (Engagement Manager for Music Education and Host) 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 Host) is a native of Louisville, and has lived in lots of other places, including spending his developmental years in Chile. He’s worked in classical radio since 2007 mostly here at WUOL (with a brief stint from 2010-2012 at Minnesota Public Radio) producing award-winning audio, hosting daily music shows, interviewing big names in classical music, and creating interesting live events like New Lens. He’s also the host for the Louisville Orchestra concert talks. Daniel is a composer, writing for orchestras, chamber ensembles, singers, and everything in between. He has served as a panelist for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, 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. Daniel would like to visit outer space one day.
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.