Andrews University | September 26-29, 2019

Highlighted Events (may require additional registration)

Honored class members and donors are invited to the Spirit of Philanthropy & Homecoming Banquet. Enjoy Andrews’ signature dishes and greet honored year classmates and fellow supporters of Andrews University.

Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening for the Andreasen Center for Wellness! The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. On Sunday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be the Grand Open House with tours, fitness demonstrations, membership information, and more!

Join us for a memorable day of golf at the beautiful Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor. All proceeds go toward the Andrews Legacy Student Scholarship Fund.

This second annual program features the opportunity for you to network and grow professionally through innovative sessions and workshops. Visit the Professional Growth Program website for additional details.

Join the Women’s Scholarship Committee for a special brunch and program honoring this year’s Women’s Scholarship recipients. Arlyn Drew will give an insightful presentation on the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter called “Girl, Interrupted.”

Come watch the 32nd annual Homecoming Parade.  Viewing bleachers are between the Howard Performing Arts Center and the Seminary Building. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

S’mores over a bonfire, haystacks, wagon rides, and visiting with Andrews friends and classmates make the Harvest Picnic a memorable event. No registration required, event is complimentary of the Andrews University Alumni Association. The picnic starts at 6 p.m. on Sabbath, September 28 in the backyard of the Alumni House.

The Harvest Run features a 5k and 10.2k, as well as a 1-mile walk option. Explore the natural beauty of Andrews’ campus on one of these scenic courses. This year’s Harvest Run will start and finish at the Andreasen Center for Wellness, and race participants will be given early entrance to the Grand Open House!

Full Weekend Calendar

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Alumni House Backyard Tent

Take advantage of the opportunity to visit with classmates and page through yearbooks as you enjoy refreshments.
You can sign up for events as well as receive your weekend program, nametag and honor class ribbon.

2:00 p.m.

Andreasen Center for Wellness Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Celebration

Andreasen Center for Wellness

You are invited to a Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the new Andreasen Center for Wellness. Come join us for congratulatory speeches, grand ribbon cutting and tours.
Light refreshments will be provided.

6:00 p.m.

Spirit of Philanthropy & Homecoming Banquet

Alumni House Backyard Tent

Honored class members and donors are invited to this elegant banquet commencing the Homecoming weekend celebrations.  Greet returning classmates and supporters of Andrews over plates of Sam’s chicken, mashed potatoes, and Andrews’ signature dishes. Members of the Class of 1969 will be inducted into the Golden Hearts Club after a roll call by the Alumni Association. Honored Alumni will be presented with the Andrews University Alumni Association Medallion, recognizing their outstanding service to church and community.  Also honored at this banquet are those who have partnered with Andrews through generous giving, who will be presented The Spirit of Philanthropy Award.  Please RSVP at to secure your complimentary ticket, as space is limited.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Alumni House Backyard Tent

Take advantage of the opportunity to visit with classmates and page through yearbooks as you enjoy refreshments. You can sign up for events as well as receive your weekend program, nametag and honor class ribbon.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Scholarship Brunch

Lincoln & Hoosier Rooms, Campus Center

RSVP Required; Please RSVP at Sponsored by the Women’s Scholarship Committee.
Speaker: Arlyn Drew, “Girl, Interrupted”

Join the Women’s Scholarship Committee for a special brunch and program honoring this year’s Women’s Scholarship recipients. Arlyn Drew will give an inspiring presentation on the topic of wellness.

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast | 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start

Wes Christiansen Memorial Golf Outing

Harbor Shores Golf Club, St. Joseph, Michigan

RSVP required

Entry fee: $110 regular, $60 AU students

Price includes 18 holes of scramble golf with cart, lunch and prizes. Support the Alumni Scholarship Fund while enjoying a morning of golf—Four Man/Woman Scramble. Course requirements are collared shirts, soft spikes and no denim pants or shorts. Sponsored by Amita Health, Constellation, Randall Residence, PNC, Garden Creations, Allred Funeral Home, F&V Operations, and Speciality Steel Treating.

10:30 a.m.

Campus Bus Tour

The bus will load at the Alumni House parking lot at 10 a.m.

Tour guides: Rebecca May (BA ’77), Kelsey Curnutt (BA ’11)

Take a trip down memory lane, while being introduced to several new developments on campus.

12:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Professional Growth Program

Alumni House Backyard  Tent

RSVP Required; Dress Code: Business Casual or Business Professional

12:30-1:30 – Tambunan Networking Lunch

1:30-3:00 – Main Feature: Sharing the Sandbox

3:00-3:30 – Break time/classic car show

3:30-4:45 – Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m. – Tambunan Leadership Luncheon (Student Programming)

Alumni House Backyard Tent

Network and share your story with current Andrews University student leaders during a guided networking lunch hosted by the Office of Alumni Services and Undergraduate Leadership Program. Expect “mocktails” while you talk and share advice with students, followed by a business-style luncheon. This event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Andrews alumni Tim (BBA’90) and Ellen (MSMT ’80) Tambunan.

1:30 p.m. – First Problem Solving: Hands-On Workshop

Alumni House Backyard Tent

Presented by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Traditional problem-solving methods not working for you? Learn Silicon Valley’s best known “secrets” to unleash the power of creative thinking to generate actionable solutions. Interact with students using these same techniques to solve social issues and go home with the tools to apply them in all areas of your life and business.

3:00 p.m. – Break Time/Classic Car Show

Andrews Administration Building Parking Lot

Check out the fifth annual classic car show, hosted by the Andrews University Bookstore, on your way to your breakout session of choice.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • Innovation and Virtual Reality Tour
    • Presented by: Rodney Summerscales, Department of Computing
    • Location: Science Complex, Haughey Hall 325a
  • Staying Active & Healthy as a Busy Professional
    • Presented by: School of Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness
    • Marsh Hall, Room 319
  • Landscaping and Gardening Small Spaces
    • Presented by: Garth Woodruff, Department of Sustainable Agriculture
    • Location: Agriculture Education Center (formerly the Dairy)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Homecoming Classic Car Show

Administration Building Parking Lot

Admire beautifully restored classic cars at this nostalgic fifth annual event hosted by the Andrews University Bookstore. Walk around and view rows of classic cars, and bring your Homecoming name badge for discounts on Andrews gear and more.

1:30 p.m.

Made to Thrive 2019

Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall

Speaker: Newton Hoilette (MA ’75, EdD ’79)

You are invited to the first of an annual Alumni Weekend seminar series that will seek to feature, showcase and share the various facets of Andrews University’s philosophy and framework for wellbeing. The first speaker for this annual series will be Newton Hoilette, our former vice president for Student Affairs, who will speak about the emotional dimensions of our own personal journeys toward wellness.

2:00 p.m.

Presentation on Forensic Odontology: CSI & Body Identification

Biology Amphitheater

Speaker: Dr. Paul Kovalski

5:00 p.m.

33rd Annual Homecoming Parade

Viewing bleachers curbside, between the Howard & Seminary buildings
Lineup for entries begins at 4:15 p.m. in the Andrews Academy parking lot, and parade ends at the PMC parking lot.

Come out and watch the pageantry of the creative floats, marching bands and fire trucks as they move through campus during this harvest themed parade. Awardees will compete for over $500 in total prize money. Parade awards ceremony directly follows.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Medical Laboratory Science 30th Anniversary Meet & Greet

Badger Room, Campus Center

Celebrate with us the 30th Anniversary of the MLS Program at Andrews University. A light meal will be provided.

6:00 p.m.

Department of History & Political Science Picnic

Lesher Memorial Grove

Visit with faculty, students and alumni at this “come and go” event sponsored by the Department of History & Political Science. 

6:30 p.m.

International Flag Raising Ceremony

Flag Mall

Our campus is world-renowned for the way it reflects the international composition of our world church. This annual ceremony provides a beautiful portrayal of our global family. If you have international attire, please wear it proudly! You are also invited to march with us in the preceding parade. Call 269-471-3345 to sign up.

7:00 p.m.

School of Nursing Dinner/Vespers/Meet & Greet

School of Nursing Lobby, Marsh Hall

Speaker: Danielle Barnard

Alums from the School of Nursing are invited to a special meet & greet and dinner, followed by vespers. 

7:30 p.m.

University Vespers

Pioneer Memorial Church

Speaker: Danielle Barnard

Excavate: Unearthing Yahweh’s Message to Humanity.

8:45 p.m.

Impact Vespers

University Towers Auditorium

Speaker: Garrison Hayes, Associate Pastor, Community Praise Church

Theme: “Celebrating our Heritage”

9:00 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

The Church at Worship

Pioneer Memorial Church

Speaker: Dwight K. Nelson (MDiv ’76, DMin ’86)

Sermon: A DIY Guide How to Become the Healthiest University in the World
Scripture: 3 John 2

10:00 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

One Place

Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Speaker: Tacyana Nixon

10:30 a.m.

Sabbath School

Pioneer Memorial Church

Presented by the Class of 1969.

11:45 a.m.

BSCF Alumni Worship Service and New Life Church

Howard Performing Arts Center

Speaker: Newton Hoilette (MA ’75, EdD ’79)

1:00 p.m.

Honor Class Reunion Luncheon Buffets

Badger, Hoosier, and Lincoln Rooms of Dining Services, Campus Center

Luncheon pricing: $10.34 for dine-in; $11.40 for take-out
Senior citizen pricing: $9.33 for dine-in
Child (ages 6–12): $7.79 for dine-in

Meal cards may be purchased ahead of time at the Dining Services office, or pay with debit/credit card (no cash) as you go through line.

Classes of 1949, 1959, 1969
Badger Room, Campus Center

Classes of 1979, 1989, 2009, 2014, 2019
Lincoln and Hoosier Rooms, Campus Center

Classes of 1994, 1999
Great Lakes Room (Main Dining room), Campus Center

1:30 p.m.

School of Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness International Cuisine Potluck

Third Floor, Marsh Hall

A potluck luncheon for alumni of the School of Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness (formerly the Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness).

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Class of 1969 Special Agriculture Education Center Tour

Agriculture Education Center (Former Dairy)

The Class of 1969 is invited on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the new Agriculture Education Center.  Learn about the plans and facilities which the 50-year class gift will be supporting, and experience the changes that have already taken place toward transforming the former dairy into an educational place of learning for Andrews students. A “Q & A” about the Center will take place after the tour with the faculty of the Department of Sustainable Agriculture.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Museums and Open Houses
You are encouraged to explore campus and to check out your former department. Some buildings you may remember and others may be new to you.

  • Architecture Resource Center, Architecture Building. Featuring a fascinating collection of architectural models, original artwork and a comprehensive library, this inspiring display should not be missed.
  • Andrews University Press, Sutherland House. “John Harvey Kellogg slept here.” Drop by our last remaining architectural link with the pioneers. Browse through letters from Ellen White, A.G. Daniells and many more.
  • Horn Archaeological Museum, 9047 U.S. 31, Berrien Springs.
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences 30th Anniversary Open House, MLS Department, Halenz Hall 1st Floor. Celebrate with us the 30th Anniversary of the MLS Program at Andrews University.
  • Natural History Museum, 108B Price Hall, Science Complex. Featuring Andrews University’s own Prillwitz Mammoth, the most complete mammoth skeleton ever found in Michigan. The museum also includes a large collection of mammals and birds. 
  • Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, 8885 Garland Ave. RMES alumni and friends are invited to tour our building and browse student displays. Refreshments will be served.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Andrews University Latino Association (AULA) Program

Randall Student Lounge, Buller Hall

Latino alumni are invited to come for postre and conversation. Come and meet current members to share stories, experiences and learn how to become part of the newly formed AULA. There will be a formal presentation at 4 pm.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Agriculture Education Center Open House

Agriculture Education Center

The former dairy is now the new Agriculture Education Center.  Explore the grounds and buildings to see what has already been done, and learn about the plans for the future of this new center of learning for Andrews students.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Michigan Adventist Forum

Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall

Speaker: Dr. Gary Fraser

Title: “Living Longer, Living Better: Exploring the Adventist Health Studies”

Dr. Gary Fraser will explore the topic of health within Adventism during his presentation. He will address key foods to include or avoid, the differences between a vegan versus lacto-ovo vegetarian lifestyle, and whether vegetarianism is mainly an American/Australasian Adventist sub-cultural oddity, or important to health. Dr. Fraser will also discuss religiosity and health among Adventists, and share the latest findin

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Medical Laboratory Science 30th Anniversary Program

Biology Amphitheater

Celebrate with us the 30th Anniversary of the MLS Program at Andrews University.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (tours will depart every half-hour)

Harvest Tours

The wagon will load at the Alumni House backyard. Tours will depart every half-hour.

Climb on board and join the wagon tour as it meanders around the orchards and farm. We ask that an adult accompanies small children. In case of rain, the Harvest Tour will be canceled. Please note: Outdoor activities of these kinds can be hazardous and carry some risk of injury. I mindfully accept the responsibilities of my participation/that of my child.

5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Class Reunion Photos

Alumni House Backyard Tent

Please note: Class Reunion Photos will be taken at the Alumni Tent during the Harvest Picnic in the following order:

  • 5:30     Golden Hearts Club (1969 and earlier)
  • 5:50     Class of 1949
  • 6:05     Class of 1959
  • 6:20    Class of 1969
  • 6:35     Class of 1979
  • 6:50     Class of 1989
  • 7:05     Class of 1994
  • 7:20     Class of 1999
  • 7:35     Class of 2009
  • 7:40     Class of 2014
  • 7:45     Class of 2019

6:00 p.m.

Harvest Picnic

Alumni House backyard tent

Parking is available behind the Science Complex, with additional parking at Chan Shun Hall and Howard Performing Arts Center.

Join us for this family favorite Homecoming tradition. Whether it’s under the big tent or sitting around the crackling campfire and roasting s’mores, enjoy fellowship and a light haystack supper.

7:00 p.m.

PMC Vespers

PMC Youth Chapel

Jerry Johns (AU 50th year alumni) will share, on the big screen, one of his newest high quality, half-hour nature DVDs. This will feature the natural beauty of Costa Rica, along with many tropical birds, monkeys and other creatures. Exceptional background music will accompany the DVD. If you love nature, you will not want to miss this!

8:00 p.m.

Alumni Homecoming Gala: A Tribute to Paul Hamel

Howard Performing Arts Center

Join us for a complimentary concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chris Wild, the University Singers, conducted by Stephen Zork, and the Wind Symphony, conducted by Byron Graves. This year’s concert will include a special tribute to Paul Hamel (BA ’48) in celebration of his 100th birthday and his immense impact on the Andrews University Department of Music during his lifetime. A dessert reception will be held after the program.

7:40 p.m.  A Pre-Concert Tribute Video

Prior to the concert we will screen a 18-minute video created by Matt and Michelle Hamel as a tribute to their grandfather Paul Hamel for this 100th birthday.

9:00 p.m.

Alumni vs. Students Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games

Andreasen Center for Wellness Recreation Center

The men’s and women’s Cardinal basketball teams will make their debut as they compete against alumni teams in the first-ever basketball games played in the new Andreasen Center for Wellness Recreation Center. Be sure to come and cheer your team on!

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Aviation Annual Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast 

Andrews University Airpark

Adults $7 (children ages 5 and under $3)

Free breakfast will be served until 11:30 a.m. 

The Andrews University Airpark invites pilots and non-pilots alike to come out for this annual event. Come for a hearty pancake breakfast in one of our large hangars. Stay to check out the interesting aircraft or vehicles that show up. Learn about the services available to pilots and their aircraft as you see the airport facilities and check out our fleet of planes.

9:00 a.m.

Harvest Run 5K/10.2K and 1 Mile Walk

Andreasen Center for Wellness

Parking Available at Pioneer Memorial Church

(Day-of Registration and packet pick-up from 8–8:45 a.m. at Andreasen Center for Wellness)

Adults $32, current AU students and children 12 and under $22

1-Mile Walk: $12

Come enjoy the beautiful views of Andrews University’s central campus and (for the 10.2k) challenging forest trails. Run past iconic scenes such as the J.N. Andrews sculpture, the entrance globe and ULC arch. This year’s start/finish location will be at the Andreasen Center for Wellness, and race participants will be given early entrance to the Grand Open House!

Click here to learn more and register.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Instant Pot Cooking Demonstration 

Andreasen Center for Wellness, Beijing Room

Learn how to batch cook plant based foods, using the Instant Pot pressure cooker! Take the guesswork out of what’s for dinner and adopt this simple way to prepare meals.

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Andreasen Center for Wellness Grand Open House

Andreasen Center for Wellness

Come celebrate with us at the Grand Open House for the new Andreasen Center for Wellness. Tour the facilities, speak to the staff about membership sign-ups, enjoy fitness demonstrations, and more, as you explore this beautiful Center.

Honored Class Reunions

Visit your honored class reunion page to submit photos and share stories from your time at Andrews.

See who’s attending here:


Making your stay for Homecoming a great experience is possible with more than 20+ lodging options near the Andrews University Campus.

A range of accommodations are offered on-campus including a full-service cafeteria. Guest Services offers campus tours to families, individuals and groups. You may arrange a tour by calling 269-471-3360 or by email to Guest Services.

Click here to view lodging options in the area!

When arriving at Andrews, please stop by the Campus Safety Office to obtain your free visitors parking permit.

2019 Featured Artist

Katrina Case did her first painting when she was 7 years old on her grandparents’ dairy farm in northern Wisconsin.  She graduated Cum Laude from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 2005 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, emphasis in painting.


Katrina was an artist at ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, and the Red Flannel Art Festival 2015 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, as well as several juried shows across the country.  In several of these shows she has taken first place. One of her greatest awards was at an international juried competition in Spain. She was not only in the final top ten of hundreds of artists, but she was also the only finalist from the United States. She has a few paintings in a gallery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in several local San Juan businesses. In 2014 she was accepted as an artist on, which has enabled her to sell pieces to Australia, Great Britain, Norway, Brazil, China, Newfoundland, Denmark, New Zealand, Columbia, and Canada.


Katrina has done paintings for organizations across the country, including Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters, the Make a Wish Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Mid-Michigan Community College Foundation among others. She has also donated paintings to Phi Theta Kappa chapters around the country to help them raise funds. She has donated one painting every year to the Michigan Region to help fund a scholarship started during her time as a regional officer. She considers it her way to pay it forward.


She now lives on a ranch in North Dakota where her main passion is painting the landscapes of the Great Plains. She is working closely with author Clay Jenkinson in the creation of several books about North Dakota, as well as providing illustrations for several of his publications. She is also working on writing her own book, 10 Minute Journey, which is about a special journey through an artistic experience. She teaches art classes in her region of North Dakota and works with her uncle on his cattle ranch. Up at dawn, feeding cattle at dusk, Katrina draws inspiration from the magnificent sunrises and sunsets on the open plains.


No matter where life takes her, Katrina Case has vowed to never stop using her art to help others. Her philosophy of art: “The talents we are given are meant to be cultivated and to be used to improve the life of our fellow humans. It is a greater gift to give of these talents than it is to use them simply for personal gain.”


See more of Katrina’s work on her website, CaseArt.ecwid, or follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

Andrew Coetzee recently retired from Toyota Motor North America after 31 years of service. His most recent position was Group Vice President of Product Planning and Strategy, where he had responsibility ranging from long range portfolio lineup planning, to all individual model line planning (sales volume, pricing, specifications, etc.) and all North America vehicle pricing. In this role, he was the senior approval for all product for the North America market. During his tenure with the company, Andrew held many different positions including creating a USA Long Range & Strategic Planning group, serving in Toyota’s Chicago regional field office, working for two years in Japan heading up Lexus global product planning, and various positions in the Toyota and Lexus divisions. He was born in South Africa and attended high school at Helderberg College in Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated with national distinction in December 1978. Andrew earned his BBA from Andrews University in 1983 with a major in marketing and information systems, and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and finance from the University of Michigan in 1988. After graduating from Andrews University, he also worked as a healthcare administrator in Niles, Michigan, from 1983–1986. He says, “I was blessed during my time at Andrews to have had many positive mentors and experiences which provided a solid foundation for my personal and professional life.” Andrew financed 100 percent of his education working as a skilled cabinet maker and is an avid cyclist, triathlete, ultra-marathoner and car enthusiast. He restored and presently owns a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A. Andrew is fluent in Afrikaans and proficient in basic conversational Japanese. He and his wife Dori (MS ’86) have two children, Ashley and Austin.

Newton Hoilette has been leading the Lehigh Adventist Church in the Florida Conference since 2003. Hoilette has a lot of experience serving in many and varied capacities for Seventh-day Adventist and allied institutions. He is a graduate of West Indies College (WIC) with a Bachelor of Theology in 1968 and was a pastor for the Central Jamaica Conference from 1968–73. He was ordained in January 1972 and became dean of men for WIC in 1973. He earned a Master of Arts in religion in 1975 and a doctorate in educational psychology and counseling in 1979, both from Andrews University. He also served as director of clinical services at Innervisions Neuropsychiatric Clinic in Southfield, Michigan. Between the years of 1982–87, he was a consultant and trainer in discipline management and parent involvement in public schools and served as director of chronic pain management at Oakwood Downriver Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, from 1987–88. His valuable experience also includes serving as vice president for Student Services at Andrews University for 15 years, from 1988–2003, and as a consultant evaluator for the accrediting body of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) from 1991–2003. He has been a member of the Advisory Board for Allied Psychology at Hodges University in Fort Myers, Florida, since 2007. Pastor Hoilette was married to his lovely late wife, Gloria Hoilette, on Feb. 16, 1969. They have one daughter, Dr. Leesha Hoilette.

Sandra Johnson is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the AdventHealth system. In this role, she oversees human resources, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, corporate responsibility, physician enterprise, and areas that represent the AdventHealth care continuum, including AdventHealth Care Centers, home health and hospice. She also serves as the administrator for the AdventHealth corporate campus, with 12 locations and over 3,800 employees. Johnson previously served as chief strategy and corporate responsibility executive. Her career in healthcare spans nearly 35 years and includes serving in roles as vice president of Glendale Adventist Medical Center, vice president of managed care and business development for Florida Hospital, and president and chief executive officer for American Medical HealthCare. Johnson earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting from Andrews University. She is a founding member of the Privacy Officers Association, as well as a member of the Council of Ethical Organizations, Health Care Compliance Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association. Johnson is also an active participant in AdventHealth’s community involvement program, which supports several nonprofits in Central Florida, and an active member of the Hospital Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Orlando, Florida. She serves on several boards and founded and chairs the AdventHealth Women Leadership Forum, dedicated to fostering an environment that enables executive women to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium, innovative and audience-friendly programming skills, and thoughtful interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire, Nakahara was featured in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in March 2005. Recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, symphonies of Oregon, Jacksonville, Charleston, Chattanooga, Stockton, Lansing, Peoria and Green Bay, as well as with the Chicago Pro Musica and the 2019 Maine All-State Orchestra. Recipient of the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institution in 1999, he recently returned to guest conduct the Music School Festival Orchestra there. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical styles and concert formats, Nakahara has collaborated with Chris Botti, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Edgar Meyer, Brandi Carlile, Pink Martini, Sergio Mendes and Roby Lakatos to name a few. A tireless champion for the music of our times, Nakahara recently led world premieres of works by Joan Tower, Dan Visconti and John Fitz Rogers, and has led numerous U.S. premieres of works by Japanese composers. A passionate believer in audience development and music education for all, Nakahara is a popular clinician, guest conductor and lecturer at various educational institutions. As a personable ambassador for classical music, he is regularly featured on local media outlets, and speaks about wide-ranging topics including arts advocacy, leadership and management, and economic development at local businesses and service organizations. A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara holds degrees from Andrews University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He previously served as associate conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Holland Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), and faculty at Eastern Washington University and Andrews University. Nakahara, his wife Lesley Hogg, and their cat Junichi reside in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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