Meet our Staff

John C. Hughes, Executive & Artistic Director and Composer Residency Director

John C. Hughes is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Green Lake Festival of Music. Within the Green Lake Festival, he conducts the Composer Residency, through which he has worked with Ola Gjeilo (2018) and Shawn Kirchner (2019). He is also assistant professor of music, director of choral activities, and chair of the Department of Music at Ripon College in Wisconsin. There, he conducts the college’s choirs and teaches conducting and choral methods. Outside of the Green Lake Festival of Music and Ripon College, he is in demand as a clinician and honor choir conductor. Hughes earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College (IL), M.M. from Northern Illinois University, and D.M.A. from The University of Iowa.

Deb MacKenzie, Administrator

Deb MacKenzie brings vast experience to the Green Lake Festival as a musician, teacher, and administrator. In addition to her work at the Festival, she holds an appointment within Ripon College’s Department of Music. She works frequently as a collaborative pianist, working with vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs, and high school and college theatrical productions. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree (Music Therapy) from the University of Iowa and a Master of Music Degree (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.