Zeneba Bowers, ALIAS’ Artistic Director, earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She has served as concertmaster of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and the New World Symphony. Zeneba joined the Nashville Symphony in 1999 and became Assistant Principal Second Violin in 2001, a position she holds to this day. She helped found ALIAS in 2002 and the group quickly became a major element of Nashville’s classical music scene. The group garnered a Grammy nomination in 2011 for “Best Small Ensemble Performance” on its debut CD, “Hilos,” which Zeneba co-produced.
Lea D. Maitlen, a classically trained vocalist, was named Executive Director of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble in December 2016. Maitlen has deep roots in the classical music community of Nashville. A founding member of Nashville’s Portara Ensemble, Maitlen served as its Executive Director from 2012-2016.
As the Senior Marketing Manager of the Naxos of America marketing team until 2012, Maitlen crafted successful partnerships with organizations such as the Royal Academy of Dance and the American Choral Directors’ Association. She has also produced several commercially released recording series, and has led various successful campaigns to launch new classical music CD recordings into the American market. Her critical successes include spearheading the American releases of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble’s Grammy nominated Hilos:
Chamber Music of Gabriela Lena Frank, James Whitbourne’s Luminosity (performed by Commotio), the Elora Festival Singers’ Grammy nominated recording of the music of Eric Whitacre, and the King’s Singers acclaimed Pater Noster CD recording, in which she played an integral A&R and executive producer role. Maitlen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Music degree from Belmont University.
Emma Supica is an arts educator and consultant based in Nashville, TN. Her work centers on music and theatre education.
Most recently, Ms. Supica served as program manager for the nonprofit W.O. Smith Music School, where she evaluated, created, and implemented music education programming for low-income students in the greater Nashville area. Before coming to Nashville, Ms. Supica taught general music, band, choir, and coached softball in public schools in Kansas and Oklahoma. Her educational interests focus on community and character building through the arts, and she enjoys teaching students of any age and skill level.
Ms. Supica received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Kansas with both instrumental and vocal K-12 certification. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Nonprofit Leadership at Belmont University, researching the use of improv theatre as a program tool.