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Current Board & Administrative Staff

Benjamin Watkins

Benjamin Watkins

Benjamin Watkins

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President


Originally from South Carolina, Benjamin was educated at Northwestern and Indiana's Jacobs School of Music. He has studied piano, conducting, and music history, and he is currently the music director at United Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, IN. His Doctorate of Music degree is in progress at IU, with a final thesis on cryptology and hidden meanings in the late music of Johannes Brahms.

Annaka Grismer

Benjamin Watkins

Benjamin Watkins

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Vice President


Annaka Grismer is a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She serves as Artistic Director, Vice President, and Co-Founder of Bloomington Chamber Opera. As an administrator, Annaka is passionate about fostering cultures of respect, equity, and innovation.

Marti Yoder

Benjamin Watkins

Marti Yoder

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Secretary


Marti Yoder is a Masters student at Indiana University studying Arts Administration. She also serves as a Front of House Associate at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and serving on the Operations & Development Advisory Board. Marti is a recent graduate of Texas Christian University where she obtained her BA in Music as a mezzo-soprano with a double minor in Arts Administration and Italian. She is passionate about  programming and engaging communities and audiences for the greater good.

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