Amity Baker, Artistic Director
Amity Baker started out as a singer in Social Band when it was first founded in 1998. When Founder and Artistic Director, Liz Thompson, stepped down in 2001, the leadership of the group looked around the room and thought to themselves, “Amity…now there’s someone who clearly knows how to boss people around.” Since then, Amity has been growing musically along with Social Band as its Artistic Director.
While possessing little in the way of formal musical training, Amity has sung and performed a wide-array of choral music from childhood. She is particularly fond of medieval and renaissance music which is often featured prominently in Social Band performances. In addition to Social Band, Amity leads the CCV Community Chorus and Larks out of Winooski, sings with her fellow choral geeks, Don Jamison and Jeff Fellinger, in the old-time trio “Soaked Oats” and is a budding accountant who likes nothing better than to curl up with a good spreadsheet.
Kenneth Brown, Executive Manager
As Executive Manager, Kenneth Brown handles a lot of the behind the scenes details that are important if a choral group like Social Band is to last. Ken wandered into one of our concerts when we were a little over a year old, having heard Liz Thompson announce on Robert Resnik’s radio program that about the only way you could join Social Band at that point was to be a tenor! Ken announced that he was a tenor and was ready to sign up.
He brought not only his background in theatre and music, but his background and skills in entrepreneurship, business acumen, leadership and marketing. Before long we had a steering committee to get us organized as a 501c3 non-profit organization, a mission statement, a board of directors, a bank account and we were ready to start doing the things we’ve been doing the last 15 years — singing our hearts out, commissioning new compositions from Vermont composers, and building audiences for choral music.