BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WESTLEY TODD HOLIDAY — PRESIDENT
Westley was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He fell in love with music the day his parents played him his very first Michael Jackson song at 3-months old and he attempted to sing along. Westley's earliest training in vocal music came from attending Dreyfoos School of the Arts high school and he holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Central Florida. Westley has worked professionally on Broadway (ROCKTOPIA, Original Cast) and in various regional theaters, theme parks, and cruise ships. Currently, Westley works as a Project Coordinator at Columbia University and part-time as a vocal/audition coach. He is also a Founding Member, Music Director and Vocal Arranger for the vocal quartet, Bending Threads. Westley joined ECMC in 2014 and he is proud to perform such exciting music repertoire with his ECMC brothers. And he is even more proud to serve as President of the Board of Directors!
RODRIGO ERNESTO BOLAÑOS — vice president
A resident of NYC since 2006, Rodrigo is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Theatre Studies. He started his choral performance career in the children's church choir in his native El Salvador. After moving to Southern California at the age of 10, he continued performing in school musicals well into high school. There he joined the Madrigal Choir, performing as a bass, then moving up to Tenor when joining the PolyPhonics in college. He and his husband Mark-Eugene Garcia have continued the love for the performing arts by collaborating in the production of several plays and musicals, since moving to NYC. This is Rodrigo's sixth year with ECMC and fifth as a member of the board.
craig goodwin-ortiz de leon — treasurer
Music has always been a part of Craig’s life. He started singing in choir in fifth grade and won many awards in high school for outstanding choral singing, including the NJ Governor’s Award in Vocal Music and the National School Choral Award. He studied voice with the late Lindsey Christiansen and choral conducting with Dr. James Jordan at Westminster Choir College. Craig holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree in Nonprofit Management at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration. He met his husband, Arturo, in 2007 and they have been married since 2013. Craig is proud to serve as a leader for ECMC as the organization continues to grow and thrive, bringing outstanding men’s choral music to the community.
Daniel Weinberg - Secretary
Daniel grew up in Philadelphia and came to NYC in 2004, studying community organizing at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He only began singing in high school, when a choir teacher with a lot of faith in him taught him how to sing. For better or worse, learning "movable Do" was very helpful during this time. He sang in NYU's Chamber Singers during his time there, but after college felt the lack of music in his life. So he jumped at the opportunity his friend Scott Brown mentioned, joining ECMC in 2011. Since then, he has served as Concert Volunteer Coordinator and Concert Committee Chair. Daniel works in non-profit IT and is excited to apply his skills and experience to making ECMC's information systems more streamlined and resilient. In his free time, he composes on piano, takes tap dance classes, and experiments in his home computer lab.
Board of Directors
Ben Donahoo — director, Analytics & finances
Benjamin hails from the sheltered frozen north of Pocatello, Idaho, where he obtained his B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Theatre at Idaho State University. A passionate singer, Benjamin performed all thru high school and college, before convincing himself to embrace the draw of the Big Apple and move to the city back in 2013. After a less than stellar first year in the city (rite of passage), he took a friend's suggestion to join ECMC and has never looked back. Now in his 3rd season with the group, he is so happy to be stepping into the role of Treasurer and joining the Board of Directors. When he isn't singing his ta-tas off, he can be found at the Gap, leading and inspiring others to fashion excellence.
CHRISTOPHER JAMES — director, EVENTS & CONCERTS
Christopher James has a MBA in Managerial Analytics, and is the Executive Administrator of Education & Academic Affairs at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is responsible for providing administrative support to the Senior Vice President of Global & Academic Affairs and the Vice President of Education & Academic Affairs; in addition to monitoring processes related to departmental and interdepartmental outcomes. Having 13 years tenure at Hospital for Special Surgery, he worked many years alongside current ECMC members Tai Beckles and Westley Holiday. Christopher currently serves as the chair, co-chair and member of several institution-wide committees. In 2008, Christopher was one of the founding members and instrumental in the development of Hospital for Special Surgery’s Employee Engagement Committee. Christopher’s commitment, dedication and contribution to cultivating and promoting staff engagement and recognition has contributed to successful events and fundraising initiatives most notably featuring: $30,000 raised for HSS Pediatric Outreach Program and $500,000+ raised for research with the NY Arthritis Foundation Walk Committee.
bill powell - director, Member Engagement
Bill has been a member of the Empire City Men’s Chorus since 2004. He grew up in Colorado Springs where he studied vocal music at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. He went on to study vocal music performance at the University of Missouri and spent two summers in as a young artist at the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, NY.Bill returned to school in New Jersey, earning a BS in Business Administration from Felician University. He served as the chairperson of the ECMC concert committee and the membership committee before joining the board in 2019. He currently lives in Jersey City and senior planner for Gap Inc.
Eric PulSIPHER — director, Government relations & grants
Eric first joined and sang with ECMC in 2008-2011 and returned in 2015, joining the board in July 2016. He enjoys music and grew up in Utah playing clarinet and tenor saxophone as well as singing in church and school choirs along the way. Eric moved to New York in 2002 and has called it home since then. He has a B.A. in Criminology, an MBA focused in Technology Management and works in IT Management at a law firm. Eric is enjoying his return to ECMC with an appreciation of the chorus’ musicality, diversity, fraternity and vision; and he looks forward to ECMC’s future efforts to contribute art through music to the community.