Meet our Musical Leaders
Artistic Director: Althea Gonzalez
. . . Althea Gonzalez joined Womansong in 1999 because she loved the repertoire and the wonderful village of creative and caring women. Having sung in high school and college choirs, she was thrilled to find a musical and spiritual home in Womansong. After having served as the Assistant Director for many years, she was named Artistic Director in 2017.
Passionate about facilitating community connections and organizational development, Althea is also an independent consultant providing training and technical assistance to nonprofits and philanthropic institutions across the U.S. She’s served as a board member for: the YWCA of Asheville, the NC Center for Nonprofits; Nuestro Centro; the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council; and the NC Human Relations Commission. She also serves as a bilingual mediator for the Mediation Center.
Althea received an M.A. from NC State University in Adult Education Training and Development and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Romance Languages. Born and raised in Miami, Althea is the proud daughter of Cuban refugees and grateful mother of a musical genius.
Assistant Director: Sarah Rubin
. . . joined Womansong in 2006. A lifelong fiddler & singer of American folk music, she has enriched Womansong’s repertoire with Appalachian songs and added a new instrumental flavor to our concerts. Her role as assistant director has stretched her in new directions, from transcribing & arranging music to teaching & directing songs. Sarah has a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a masters in urban & regional planning from Harvard University. “Mostly retired” from a career in public policy research and nonprofit management, she is happy to have more music in her life. She also performs with Honey Holler, an all-woman string band.
Assistant Director: Amanda Carroll
...joined Womansong in 2016. After earning her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Masters of Public Administration at Appalachian State University in 2012, she has sung and taught music in a variety of settings. She loves that Womansong offers a welcoming and nurturing environment where everyone's musical abilities are appreciated, while working to facilitate conversations about important social topics.
. . . joined Womansong in 2003 as a singer, and soon added her talents on piano, flute, and hand percussion, becoming our official accompanist in 2011. Lyte earned her B.S. in Music Education (Voice) at University of Connecticut, and has used her clear soprano for all kinds of music, from rock to Broadway, classical to jazz. She teaches Voice and served as Music Director and leader of The Unitic Band at Unity Center from 1983-2015. Lyte has composed over 400 songs, including "With Great Love" performed by Womansong and by the mass choir at the 2010 Sister Singers Network Festival; "I Will Carry You" (title song of Womansong CD); "My Sisters" and "Dinner" (on our "Turn the World Around" CD).
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