Music Committee Member: Everett Collie
Everett Collie is an area creative who specializes in portrait and commercial photography and videography. He uses his skills to help Orange County-area businesses better connect to their clients and customers.
A South Florida native, Everett has lived in Middletown since the 1997. He and his wife, Cquera, started a media company around 2000, which eventually became EC Media Group, LLC. The company has been a New York State certified Minority and Women-Owned entity since 2018, working with students from SUNY Orange, SUNY New Paltz and Orange-Ulster BOCES to help give young photographers, video and graphic artists an opportunity to study their craft via a practical, hands-on approaches to learning.
“The next generation will help determine the future of the industry,” he says. “That’s why I think it is important to pay it forward by reaching back and lending a hand to the young people who want to learn.”
Everett has volunteered with Hudson Valley Honor Flight since 2014, photographing trips with area WWII, Korea War and Vietnam War veterans as they visit the D.C. war monuments and memorials. He has donated his time and talents to companies like Creatives MX, Orange County Arts Council, Orange County Citizens Foundation, Leadership Orange and many others. In his spare time, he works with the youth at the Middletown YMCA after-school program.
“This area is an amazing community to be a part of,” he adds. “It’s wonderful to live in such a diverse county. https://www.ecmediagroupllc.com/
Music Committee Member: Gretchen Weerheim
Gretchen Weerheim was one of the first to graduate from Hofstra University’s Music Business program. After studying and singing opera for too long, she took that experience and worked for the Metropolitan Opera Guild as its manager of family programs. There, she produced shows that taught everyone what opera was all about. In 2002 she was awarded the St. Gabrinus Fellowship from the University of Dortmund, Germany to teach music students about show production. Since then, she has dabbled in music here and there, is a big fan of indie music and emerging artists, and writes speculative science fiction.