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Craig Jessop

Craig Jessop has been the Musical Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since October 1999. The Choir has performed for 10 US Presidents, at five Presidential inaugurations, and has been called by President Reagan, America’s Choir.

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Sondra Ward

Recently appointed as Director of Strategic Marketing for the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield, Iowa, Sondra had recently served as the spokesperson for the Tennis Channel based in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Ward has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University.

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Michael Otterson

Michael Otterson is the director of media relations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since 2005 has also been Associate Managing Director of Public Affairs. As a senior spokesman for the Church, Mr. Otterson has worked with most of the major publications, TV and radio networks and other news media in the United States and overseas on issues ranging from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to the Church’s burgeoning international growth and diversity.

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Keelan Dimick (2nd Interview)

Keelan Dimick is a sixteen-year-old jazz pianist. In 2006, Keelan took first place at both the Lionel Hampton and Gene Harris Jazz Festivals. He was also given an outstanding achievement award at the end of his summer program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He will be performing in January 2007 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. Keelan has been invited to perform there by filmmaker David Lynch.

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Ben Newmark

Ben Newmark starred in the Academy Award winning film, West Bank Story. The movie received the Oscar for Best Short Film in 2007. Ben and his brother Daniel wrote and starred in a TV pilot called The Wilton. The pilot was recently purchased by the CW Network and Warner Brothers Studios. He is cast in the motion picture, Iron Man, directed by John Faverou, which will begin production this month.

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Mahen Bonetti

Ms. Bonetti is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Film Festival, Inc (AFF). Born in Sierra Leone in 1956 and sent into exile in 1970, Mahen received her Graduate degree in communication from New York University. In 1993, concerned by the lack of understanding and appreciation of African culture, Ms. Bonetti, founded the AFF

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Ed Sarath

Ed SarathProfessor Ed Sarath is director of the program in jazz and improvisation at the University of Michigan. He is active as a performer on the flugelhorn, recording artist, composer, author, and guest clinician.

Mr. Sarath has received fellowship grants for both jazz composition and performance from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the American Council of Learned Societies to design a course entitled "Creativity and Consciousness." His articles appear in the Journal of Music Theory, International Journal for Music Education, Jazz Research Papers, Jazz Educators Journal, and Jazz Changes.

Mr. Sarath has emerged as a leading visionary in the fields of music, creativity, consciousness studies, and educational reform. He divides his time between performing, composing, teaching and writing about the aesthetic, cognitive and transpersonal aspects of the creative process.

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