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Artistic Staff


Carolyn Eynon
artistic director & founder

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Nellie Cronin
Collaborative pianist

Accompanist Nellie Cronin

Board & Staff

Rosemary Price Lawson

Rosemary Price Lawson BOD President Rosemary moved from Denver to Scottsdale in 1999 to marry. She had enjoyed singing for 18 years in the Colorado Chorale and was very excited when she met Carolyn Eynon in a mutual social club. Rosemary’s husband was a patron of the arts for over 40 years in Tucson and Phoenix. Rosemary naturally continued to carry the philanthropic torch after her husband passed. While managing her health and life insurance business, Rosemary joined eWomen Network Phoenix Chapter as the Executive Director for 10 years. She then joined Carolyn Eynon Singers as an alto and was part of the back-up singers for Susan Boyle when she performed at the Orpheum Theater. Carolyn Eynon provided a beautiful bounty of musical experiences and Rosemary enjoyed singing under Carolyn’s baton. As a joiner, Rosemary served as treasurer and secretary of the CES Board of Directors. After a pause in participating with CES, Rosemary has accepted the position of president of the board with a focus on preparing the organization for celebrating the 20th anniversary season in 2026-27. Rosemary and her husband Jim Lawson continue to support the performing arts in Arizona and especially sharing their philanthropy and hearts with the Carolyn Eynon Singers.

Andy Abbott

Andy Abbott BOD Acting VP Andy is a lifelong resident of Arizona, whose profession has been in finance, but has pursued choral music as his primary involvement outside of work. He earned his bachelor’s in computer information systems from Arizona State and is employed as Assistant Controller for Russell Sigler, Inc., a wholesale distributor in the air conditioning industry. Besides singing with the Carolyn Eynon Singers for 15 years, Andy has also served on the board as Director of Development and twice as Board President. Andy has three children and five grandchildren and is fortunate to have them all in the Phoenix area.

Carma Paden

Carma Paden BOD Secretary & Communications Director Carma has worked in communications for decades and has been involved with nonprofit boards in the Valley for more than a dozen years. After stepping out of the public sector to homeschool her four children, her initial involvement with nonprofits came through getting involved in her children’s organizations. Her two daughters sang for eleven years with the Arizona Girlchoir, and Carma served as the board secretary and communications director for the same period of time, working with everything from internal communications to website design to fundraising. She now does the same for the Carolyn Eynon Singers board as the vice president of communications and marketing. Professionally (pre-children), Carma served as assistant to the editor-in-chief of the Journal for Architectural Planning and Research, as the publications director at the Beach Center on Families and Disability, and as a production editor at Gorsuch Scarisbrick Publishing, among other positions. When she retired from public work to homeschool, she helped found and became the leader of her local homeschool group and moved from there into the nonprofit world, where she continues in her niche now that her children are grown.

Aaron Howard

Aaron Howard BOD Treasurer Aaron Howard is the owner of Howard Wealth Advisors, a private wealth management firm located in Arizona dedicated to providing comprehensive financial planning and investment advice for high-net-worth individuals, small businesses, and corporations. Aaron is a highly qualified and experienced professional in the field of finance. He earned a BBA in Finance and a certificate in Real Estate from Colorado Mesa University. During his time at Colorado Mesa University, he was voted the number one senior in the finance department by his professors, earned President’s List Honors, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Additionally, he had the privilege of playing quarterback for the football team throughout his four years at the university. Following the successful completion of his undergraduate studies, he pursued further education by earning his Master's in Finance from the University of Miami, where he also played quarterback for a year. These experiences have equipped Aaron with a deep understanding of financial principles and strategies, which he applies to help his clients achieve their financial goals. Howard Wealth Advisors

Carolyn Eynon
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Carolyn Eynon BOD Member & Artistic Director

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Ann-Marie Anderson, Esq. BOD Member-at-Large Ann-Marie Anderson is an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rated lawyer and partner with Wright Welker & Pauole, PLC. She has 23 years legal practice experience including with large international law firms, as general counsel of publicly traded technology corporations, as an Assistant Attorney General, and she serves as a mediator. Her broad practice experience includes investigating, prosecuting, and defending securities litigation, government and regulatory matters, aviation/airport representation, corporate, m&a, government investigations, administrative, education, and estate planning. She has represented publicly traded and private corporations and government entities and entities in technology, securities/investments, aviation, utilities, ERISA, insurance, renewable energy, automotive, international, finance, commercial real estate, healthcare, construction, and sports. Ann-Marie has national leadership and speaking experience and has appeared in national business and legal publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, Businessweek, Crain’s, and others. The State Bar of Arizona has twice awarded her its “Outstanding Leadership” Award. She has served as chairman or president of numerous boards of directors for more than 20 years, including the State Bar of Arizona and the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Society. See full bio at Ann-Marie Anderson, Esq.

Dennis Eynon

Dennis Eynon BOD Member-at-Large Dennis and Carolyn were friends in high school in their mutual choir. Dennis sang and won the Michigan State vocal high school competition held at Interlochen after which he went to Italy to study opera. After six months in Italy, he returned to Detroit and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theatre and business. He then joined the army. During his two and a half years at Fort Knox, Dennis was assigned to manage, direct, organize, and perform for Special Services. Sergeant Eynon sang with jazz bands, directed golf tournaments, recruited singers and instrumentalists, held formal dinner parties with entertainment, put on fashion shows, and formed an award winning army glee club. Dennis has sung in college, on television, in regional music theatre, for weddings and churches, at Detroit Red Wings hockey games, and other musical events in Detroit. After leaving the army, he returned to Michigan and again met Carolyn in the choir room of their high school, totally by coincidence. She was there for a job interview and he was there renewing his friendship with the choir director who had been his mentor. Dennis and Carolyn married in 1970, they married and moved to St. Louis, where he worked in business theatre and she taught high school choral music. His career changed directions when they returned to Detroit and Dennis became a custom home builder. In 1995, Dennis and Carolyn moved here with their three daughters, dogs, cats, and guinea pig, into a home Dennis built in Gainey Ranch. He retired and started his passion for race car driving around the southwest. He returned to retirement but still loves to build homes in Arizona. His other hobbies are traveling, singing, car shows, and supporting CES. Presently they live in north Scottsdale, have 2 married daughters, 1 actor daughter, and 2 grandchildren in Seattle. They love the culture, people, and nature that Arizona offers.

Sonya Salazar

Sonya Salazar Staff Ops & Grant Writer Sonya is a dynamic and multifaceted professional whose journey from military service to becoming a freelance grant and fundraising consultant reflects a commitment to service, leadership, and positive change. With a master's degree in organizational leadership and a background in the US Army, Sonya brings a unique blend of strategic acumen, dedication, and a passion for empowering organizations to achieve their missions. As a board member on the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF), Sonya is pivotal in advancing the foundation's mission to promote excellence in grant writing. Beyond the boardroom and consultancy work, Sonya is a passionate advocate for veterans' issues, drawing on her personal experiences to drive meaningful change. As the owner of Battle Buddy Consulting LLC, she actively engages with organizations that support veterans' transitions to civilian life, using her expertise to bridge gaps and create opportunities for those who have served.

 

Board Advisors

Adrienne Schiffner

Dr. Anne White

Jeff Harris

Dr. Judith Burns

Marvin Perry

Mary Sue Hyatt

We welcome new volunteers from our community! Professionals, volunteers, and our own singers are invited to take an active role in leading and supporting our choir with their time, expertise, and resources. Contact us below if you have an interest!

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