The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is delighted to welcome the newest member to its growing team, Ms. Amy Rhudy, Operations Associate. Amy is a long-time resident of Petoskey who returned to beautiful Northern Michigan after attending college and starting her career in Grand Rapids.
Ms. Rhudy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Grand Valley State University and most recently worked as an accountant with a firm in Grand Rapids. She will assist with the day-to-day office operations and put her skills to good use with GLCFA’s financial systems. Ms. Rhudy will also oversee artist contract requirements and logistics to ensure artists have a spectacular experience performing at the GLCFA.
While it is not a pre-requisite to have a musical background to work at the Center, that certainly seems to be a theme, and Amy is a wonderful addition. An accomplished, classically-trained pianist who accompanied the Little Traverse Youth Choir/Voices Without Borders on an international tour through Michigan, New York, and Canada, Amy has played for the Bay View Music Festival and accompanied individuals in statewide competitions. Ms. Rhudy was the winner of the Charles F. Davis Emerging Artist Competition sponsored by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in 2012. The GLCFA office now has a flutist, violinist, vocalist, and pianist on staff!
Amy is thrilled to be back in Petoskey near her parents and brothers. She looks forward to seeing the Center become a destination, a world-class performing arts center offering a variety of performances. “I’m excited to combine both my musical and accounting background into one position. It’s a rare opportunity to blend those fields.”
In response to the importance of music in her childhood, Amy added, “My mom made it a point to take us to different cultural events and performances, and that influenced my love for music and the performing arts. Music played a large role in my upbringing; it gave me opportunities that I otherwise would not have had. Learning an instrument taught me perseverance, organization, overcoming obstacles, and moving outside my comfort zone. An appreciation for the arts gives people opportunities to express themselves, and offers a broader knowledge and understanding of the world.”
When she isn’t tickling the ivories or number-crunching, Amy can be found traveling, attending performances, kayaking, biking, reading, and enjoying all that Northern Michigan has to offer.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Amy Rhudy to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts!