Kelby Carlson is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music working toward his bachelor of music in voice. In addition to ArtsNash he also writes articles for the Vanderbilt Torch, a politically oriented magazine on Vanderbilt’s campus. He hopes to pursue a master’s degree in vocal performance or a law degree after undergraduate school.
Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the chief theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1997 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman’s “The People vs Larry Flynt” among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).
Lindsay George is a native Nashvillian and is an avid supporter of the Nashville arts community. She has two Bachelor’s degrees from Belmont University in Music and Public Relations. A musician and songwriter, George has released three albums and has had songs featured in several TV shows including “The Finder” and “Californication.” She is also an active member of Historic Nashville, Inc., and is an advocate for historic preservation and restoration. George reviews jazz and pop music, design, architecture and fashion.
Michael Harrison lived in Nashville from 2006 to 2009 and has recently returned. He holds degrees in music theory from the University at Albany and choral conducting from the University of Iowa and has done doctoral work in historical performance practice and choral music at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. He founded the Palestrina Choir of Washington, D.C. and directed it for twenty years. His choral compositions have been performed by a variety of church and community choirs, including three in Nashville.
Rick Malkin is a professional photographer and drummer who loves the arts and regularly performs with other musicians at Boiler Room Theatre and elsewhere while shooting publicity stills for many performing arts productions. He owns and operates Rick Malkin Photography.
Logan L. Masterson is a longtime Nashville resident and arts lover. He has covered the Nashville theater scene for The Examiner since 2009, and has reviewed films, fiction, and other media for Fantasy Magazine, Themestream, and his own website. He is a design contributor to the annual Killer Nashville writers’ conference, and was recently appointed Literary Editor for Digital Fabber Magazine. Logan is also a published poet and aspiring author.
Katie Mills is from originally from Palm Springs, Calif., and is currently a senior at Vanderbilt University working towards her bachelor’s degree in English and History. In addition to ArtsNash, she also is the publisher and layout editor of the Vanderbilt Torch, a conservative-oriented magazine created by and for Vanderbilt students. She hopes to remain in Nashville following her graduation this May.
Maranda Orrell is a senior at Vanderbilt University pursuing a degree in History with a minor in Music. She also participates in student organizations, focusing on goals ranging from improving childhood literacy to honoring academic achievement. Maranda hopes to complete her Nashville bucket list and enjoy many of the arts and entertainment sites the city has to offer before she graduates.
Quinton Parker is a Nashville native, an upright bassist and has been an active part of the local music scene for seven years. He studied at MTSU’s School of Journalism.
John Pitcher is the chief classical music, jazz and dance critic. He has been a classical music critic for the Washington Post, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, National Public Radio’s Performance Today (NPR), ArtNowNashville.com and the Nashville Scene. His writings about music and the arts have also appeared in Symphony Magazine, American Record Guide and Stagebill Magazine, among other publications. Pitcher earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied arts writing with Judith Crist and Phyllis Garland. His work has received the New York State Associated Press award for outstanding classical music criticism.
Ron Wynn is a music critic, author and editor. His features, reviews and articles have run locally in the Nashville Scene, The City Paper (Nashville) and on ArtNowNashville.com among others. Wynn is currently sports editor for the Tennessee Tribune and a contributor to Jazz Times. He is former editor of the New Memphis Star and former chief jazz and pop music critic for the Bridgeport Post-Telegram and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Wynn has contributed to such publications such as Billboard, The Village Voice, Creem, Rock & Roll Disc, Living Blues, The Boston Phoenix, and Rejoice. He was the editor of the first edition of The All Music Guide to Jazz (1994), and from 1993 to 1994 served as the jazz and rap editor of the All Music Guide. Wynn is the author of The Tina Turner Story. He has contributed liner notes for numerous albums; his liner notes for “The Soul of Country Music” received a 1998 Grammy nomination.