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National Guild Board of Trustees

Duffie Adelson, Chair
Life Trustee, Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL

Duffie A. Adelson served until June 2015 as president of Merit School of Music, a community music school nationally renowned for the caliber of instruction and level of financial support provided to nearly 7,000 students annually. Prior to her work at Merit, Adelson directed school music programs in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Illinois. Adelson began her tenure with Merit as an instructor in 1982. She was appointed associate director in 1987, executive director in 1993, and president in 2007. Under her leadership, Merit’s student body grew to 7,000 with up to 90 off-site programs. Merit’s annual operating budget rose from six-figures to more than five million dollars. In 2005 Merit purchased a state-of-the-art facility in Chicago’s West Loop, the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, and grew its endowment to 11 million dollars after raising just under 20 million dollars through a capital campaign. Adelson is a Life Member of the University of Chicago Visiting Committee to the Department of Music, a Governing Member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the WFMT Radio Committee of WTTW: Window to the World. In addition to serving as a National Guild trustee, she serves on the boards of ChiArts High School, the Chicago Philharmonic and the Pilgrim Chamber Players; and on the advisory boards of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony and Midori and Friends.

Carol F. Ross, Vice Chair
New Haven, CT 

Carol Ross has taught Latin in secondary schools in the Boston and New Haven areas for over 30 years. A member of the American Classical League and the American Numismatic Society, she has been named for many years in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In addition to teaching, she is a fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University and has served on numerous civic nonprofit boards. Currently she is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Guild for Community Arts Education; chairman of the Advisory Council of Women's Health Research at Yale; past president and a board member of the Center for Independent Study; the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT; and the Garden Club of New Haven. Additionally, she serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Wheaton College (MA) and is a member of the Greater New Haven Arts Stabilization Board, a member of the advisory council and the grants committee of the Women & Girls Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, and a founding member of the New Haven Women’s Forum. She participated on the board of the New Haven Historical Society & Museum from 1997-2003; Rockywold-Deephaven Camps, Holderness, NH from 1991-2001; and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2011. She has been involved in major fundraising campaigns for Planned Parenthood of CT, the New Haven Colony Historical Society, and Neighborhood Music School. Besides being an enthusiastic audience-member, her musical interests include piano and recorder.

Helen Eaton 
Executive Director, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

Helen S. Eaton became Settlement Music School's sixth executive director in August 2010. Settlement has six branches with five in the greater Philadelphia area and one in Camden, NJ providing music, dance, and visual arts instruction. Since her arrival, Settlement has completed a $25 million Centennial Campaign, launched a comprehensive community engagement effort, and initiated significant new programming receiving major local and national funding. Prior to joining Settlement, Helen was president and executive director of Chicago Children’s Choir, during which time it opened up an 8th Neighborhood Choir program and received the 2010 Alford-Axelson Honorable Mention Award for Non-Profit Managerial Excellence. Helen began her career in community arts at the Merit School of Music in Chicago where she was for 12 years, first as a violin and viola faculty member and then as dean of programs. Helen currently serves on the board of the National Guild, the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, and the Musical Fund Society. She holds degrees in viola performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with William Lincer, and a master of arts in music history and theory from the University of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a bachelor of arts in French.

Davin Pierson Torre, Secretary  
Director, Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint, MI

Davin Pierson Torre was appointed in 1995 as director of the Flint School of Performing Arts (FSPA). Since that time, enrollment has grown from 1,800 students to over 3,500, making the Flint, Michigan-based FSPA the largest community school of the arts in the state. FSPA offers music and dance programs for students of all ages and abilities, and provides merit and need-based scholarships. Through community partnerships, FSPA provides tuition free classes for nearly 1200 children annually. Pierson Torre is conductor of the FSPA’s Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra (FYSO), which has performed in France, Ireland, England, Scotland, Japan, and at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In January 2013, FYSO hosted the first-ever Mid-Michigan Band and Orchestra Day, with 277 high school students in attendance. Then in February and April 2013, FYSO hosted its two French sister orchestras, each for a week of shared culture and concerts. After completing two terms on the National Guild board, Torre is currently serving as secretary.

Sandra Bowie 
Brooklyn, NY

Sandra Bowie previously served as the Executive Director for Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy where she led the award winning art and culture organization, currently with over 25 years of service to the Brooklyn and greater New York City communities. Prior to Ifetayo, Ms. Bowie served as Executive Director for Arts Education at the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), where she designed and led arts education programming and advocacy for one of the leading and most innovative urban teaching and learning models in the country. Ms. Bowie also co-founded the National Urban Arts for Impact Network. Ms. Bowie served as Vice President for Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) from 2008 -2012. At NJPAC she led one of the leading arts education programs in the country. NJPAC’s wide-ranging arts education programs include performances, in-school residencies, arts training, and community partnership programs based on Ms. Bowie’s Arts for Impact Strategy.

Kyle Carpenter 
Chief Executive Officer, MacPhail Center for Music

Kyle Carpenter began his tenure at MacPhail Center for Music in September 2011, bringing 35 years of business experience coupled with significant nonprofit board experience to the organization.  MacPhail serves 15,000 students annually in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota through five teaching sites, 110 partnerships and, most recently, 22 rural public schools through an innovative live online teaching and learning program.  MacPhail has grown enrollment 66% over Carpenter’s first five years. He previously served as senior vice president for strategy and business development and corporate officer for Capella Education Company, an online graduate university serving 38,000 students.  In this role, he established the company’s first-ever growth venture, Sophia Learning LLC, a social media teaching and learning website.

Emilie Roy Corey 
New York, NY

Emilie Roy Corey was born a long time ago in Worcester, MA. She graduated from Classical High School in Worcester, Simmons College in Boston, and spent two years in Brazil as a Peace Corps volunteer. When she returned from Brazil, she moved to New York City where she had a variety of jobs in human services. She attended Adelphi University where she received her master’s degree in social work in 1976. As a social worker with a special interest in geriatrics, she worked in the field for more than 20 years retiring in 1991. Since then she has continued her interest in geriatrics and was the board president of the Council of Senior Centers and Services from 1995 to 2000. She expanded her horizon to include an interest in the arts. She began piano and voice lessons at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music* in 1991 and became the chairperson of the board of directors in 1996 to 2001. After living in Brooklyn for more than 35 years, she moved to Manhattan in 1999. She joined the board of the New York City Opera in 2001. She also continued her studies in piano and voice at the Greewich House Music School* and later the Lucy Moses School.* In 2000, she also joined the board of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center* in Westhampton Beach Long Island where she spent her summers.

* Members of the National Guild

Sarah B. Cunningham 
Executive Director of Research, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Sarah Bainter Cunningham currently serves as executive director of Research at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts and serves as research liaison to VCU’s art and design school in Doha, Qatar. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project as well as serving as the executive committee of the Alliance for Arts in Research Universities, an effort of more than 30 institutions nationwide. Prior to VCUArts, Dr. Cunningham was the director for arts education at the National Endowment for the Arts, providing national leadership in all artistic disciplines. In 2007, Cunningham founded the Education Leaders Institute, a design workshop to place arts at the core of public education, attracting a funding partnership with the Dana Foundation. During her leadership, NEA arts education funding increased significantly, totaling $17 million annually. In 2012, Dr. Cunningham was appointed the first American expert to serve on the Council of Europe’s cultural policy Compendium, a research project that tracks global trends in policy, with a focus on 50 European countries. Cunningham currently serves as the first author of the U.S. cultural policy profile for the World Cultural Policy Database, hosted by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. Cunningham was named in the top 30 “Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in Nonprofit Arts” in 2011 and 2012. Her academic expertise includes aesthetics, political philosophy, ethics, and media. Cunningham received an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University

Helen Eaton 
Executive Director, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

Helen S. Eaton became Settlement Music School's sixth executive director in August 2010. Settlement has six branches with five in the greater Philadelphia area and one in Camden, NJ providing music, dance, and visual arts instruction. Since her arrival, Settlement has completed a $25 million Centennial Campaign, launched a comprehensive community engagement effort, and initiated significant new programming receiving major local and national funding. Prior to joining Settlement, Helen was president and executive director of Chicago Children’s Choir, during which time it opened up an 8th Neighborhood Choir program and received the 2010 Alford-Axelson Honorable Mention Award for Non-Profit Managerial Excellence. Helen began her career in community arts at the Merit School of Music in Chicago where she was for 12 years, first as a violin and viola faculty member and then as dean of programs. Helen currently serves on the board of the National Guild, the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, and the Musical Fund Society. She holds degrees in viola performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with William Lincer, and a master of arts in music history and theory from the University of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a bachelor of arts in French.

Derrick Gay 
Educational Consultant, Atlanta, GA

A Chicago native, Dr. Gay is an international educational consultant with two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, musical director, senior administrator and educational consultant. A sought-after speaker, facilitator and keynote, Dr. Gay has partnered with hundreds of schools and education, arts and philanthropic organizations, domestically and abroad. In this capacity, he collaborates with thought leaders to cultivate cultural competency, promote empathy and deepen inclusion. Dr. Gay has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, El Tiempo Latino, NPR, and on 60 Minutes. He has produced two TEDx Talks—one exploring “The Double-Edged Sword of Diversity”; and a second TEDx Talk exploring the nature of racial discourse in The United States. He also delivered the 2016 keynote at the Association for the Advancement of Internationals Education and the 2017 Education First Keynote in Lima, Peru. This year, he will be a featured speaker at the American Association of French Schools in North America, and The National Guild for Community Arts Educators, among others.

Jon Hinojosa 
Artistic/Executive Director, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX

Jon Hinojosa is the artistic/executive director of SAY Sí, a multidisciplinary arts program for high school and middle school students. Jon is a 2007 fellow in the executive program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a joint program of National Arts Strategies and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Under his leadership, SAY Sí was the recipient of the 2002 Coming Up Taller award, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the NEA. The award recognizes excellence in community-based, after-school arts and humanities programs that demonstrate the power of these disciplines to encourage young people’s creativity. Jon is also a producing and exhibiting visual artist, and the 2004 Ford Salute to Education honoree in the arts category for his commitment to San Antonio’s youth. He is a founding member and past co-chair of the San Antonio Arts in Education Task Force and a founding member and past co-chair and of the Cultural Alliance of San Antonio, a consortium of San Antonio’s cultural arts directors. Jon hopes his legacy will be inspiring and educate the next generation of our country’s creative leaders.

Terry A. Hueneke
New Hope, PA

Terry Hueneke resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania and has served on the Board of the National Guild For Community Arts Education since 2005. He is an independent investor and partner in West 30th Productions which invests in and produces theater and entertainment, and a former senior executive and board member of ManpowerGroup, a Fortune 500 company. Having served on several non-profit boards and committees focused on the arts, education and social issues, Hueneke received his marketing and business education at Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Joseph L. Hull III  
President/Director, The Barthelmes Foundation, Tulsa, OK

Joseph Hull, III is president/director of the Barthelmes Foundation, Inc, Tulsa, OK. The Foundation endows community support for the arts and nature through the education of children. He also serves as president/chairman of the board of trustees of the Barthelmes Conservatory in Tulsa. Prior to his involvement with the Foundation and Conservatory, Hull operated a private law practice. Between 1984 and 1990 he served as General Counsel of Seismograph Service Corporation, a Raytheon Company Subsidiary in Tulsa. He earned his B.S. in political science from Westminster College in Fulton, MO and his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

Lili Hussey 
New York, NY

Lili Hussey lives in New York City. Most of her career has been spent in the financial services industry, and for the past 12 years with the French bank, BNP Paribas, most recently managing a regulatory project team for the Global Markets Division in the US. During the last nine years at BNP Paribas, she was active in the firm’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives. She was a founding member of the Diversity Council, a group of senior members of the firm selected to define and oversee the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy, including the grassroots establishment of employee networking groups, for which the Council won an Innovation Award. In addition, she has driven the firm’s governance and transparency of its Philanthropic Initiatives, through the establishment and direction of the Philanthropic Initiatives Council. Much of her volunteering has been in the arts. Upon moving to New York, she joined the Blue Hill Troupe, a 94-year old theatre troupe which puts on annual Gilbert & Sullivan productions and Broadway musicals to raise money for New York City charities. For nearly 20 years, she volunteered in all aspects of the production from set-building, prop design, millinery, lighting to sound.

Lee Koonce
President & Artistic Director, Gateways Music Festival

Lee Koonce served as executive director of Ballet Hispanico from 2014 to 2016. He had previously been the executive director of Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City since 2006. Founded in 1894, Third Street is the oldest community music school in the nation. Each year the school provides music, dance and visual arts instruction to more than 3,500 children, regardless of their artistic ability or financial circumstances. Prior to joining Third Street Music School Settlement, Koonce was executive director (2004-2006) of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in New York City. Opus 118 uses music education and string playing to promote the love of music, improve academic performance, provide positive alternatives to drugs and violence, build confidence and self-esteem and help children explore the world. Opus 118’s work was documented in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Small Wonders and in the feature film Music of the Heart, starring Meryl Streep in her Academy Award-nominated performance as Roberta Guaspari, Opus 118’s co-founder and artistic director. Koonce was the executive director of the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL from 2001-2004. At Sherwood, he managed programs, staff, faculty, and facility of the 106-year old, $2.5 million not-for-profit, community music school which provides music instruction to over 2,500 children and adults. Some of the school’s accomplishments during his tenure include achieving the organization’s first balanced budget in many years, increasing student enrollment by 40%, increasing contributed income by 16%, increasing earned income by 41% and initiating two satellite programs on Chicago’s South Side. Prior to his appointment at Sherwood, Koonce served as director of community relations for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for five years. In this position, he was responsible for the creation and implementation of internal and external programs that enabled the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to reach more diverse communities and to increase diversity among the entire CSO “family” (musicians, trustees, volunteers, staff, and audiences) and also artistic programs.

Melanson.jpgKaren LaShelle 
Executive Director, Creative Action, Austin, TX

Karen began working at Creative Action as a volunteer in 2003 and has helped the organization grow from serving 800 young people to its current reach. Karen was the 2015 Mission Capital Executive Director of the Year, a member of the 2010 Leadership Austin Essential Class, winner the “Austin Under 40” Arts and Culture award in 2011, and was a 2012 and 2013 finalist for the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Karen is a member of 2015 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute through the National Guild for Community Arts Education, where she is an Ambassador for the state of Texas. She is also a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education Creative Youth Development Steering Committee, working on a national partnership to develop the emerging CYD field. Karen was a member of the Create Austin Cultural Planning Task Force and sits on the Steering Committee for MINDPOP. Previously she has served as: Assistant to the Artistic Director and Outreach Associate at Northlight Theatre (Chicago); Co- director of Redmoon Theatre’s award winning program Dramagirls (Chicago); Arts Specialist for Interfaith Neighbors Girlspace (New York City). Karen holds a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MA in Community Based Arts from New York University.

Melanson.jpgJeff Melanson 
Toronto, Canada

Since the late ‘90s, Jeff Melanson has held leadership roles at major Canadian arts institutions, most recently as CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra until April 2016. Before joining the TSO, he was President of The Banff Centre from 2012. He served as Dean of the Community School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 2001-2006, when he was appointed executive director and co-chief executive officer of Canada’s National Ballet School. In his time there, he was instrumental in eliminating a significant annual operating deficit, increasing annual revenues by over 50 per cent, overseeing the completion of the school’s residence renovations, and creating new strategic partnerships with many non-profit and for-profit arts and entertainment corporations. He holds a bachelor of music from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where he studied opera, Russian art song, and choral conducting. Melanson also pursued vocal studies at the Oberlin Conservatory. He holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

Gayle Morgan 
New York, NY

Gayle Morgan lives in Brooklyn, NY. She was the director of the Mary Flagler Cary Trust’s music grant program until 2009 when her retirement coincided with the closing of the Trust. She has served as chair of the National Guild and is currently treasurer. Gayle is also on the boards of New Music USA, a national service organization that supports composers and their engagement with communities; and Roulette, an experimental music concert presenter in Brooklyn. She is on the Kaufman Music Center’s advisory board for Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan.

Robyn A. Newhouse 
Vice President/Assistant to the Publisher, The Republican, Springfield, MA

Vice President and Assistant to the Publisher of The Republican Robyn Newhouse, Ph.D., currently serves on the boards of Bay Path College, the Community Music School of Springfield, the National Conference for Community and Justice of CT and WMA, the Springfield Symphony, and WGBY (PBS channel 57 in Springfield, MA). Newhouse is actively involved with many organizations in Springfield area. She sits on the Rays of Hope Steering Committee (part of the Baystate Health Foundation), and serves on the distribution committee of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. A licensed psychologist in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Newhouse received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the United States International University in San Diego, CA (Now Alliant University, Alhambra, CA). She held several psychology-related positions prior to joining The Republican in 1988.

Nancy Ng 
Director of Community Engagement, Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA

Nancy Ng is on the Professional Learning faculty at Luna where she facilitates professional development workshops; and mentors and coaches teaching artists, teachers, and social service workers committed to dance education as a way to strengthen communities. Prior to joining Luna, Ng was the Administrative Director and a resident choreographer with San Francisco’s Asian American Dance Performances (AADP). In her eight- year tenure with AADP, she presented the work of regional, national and international artists; directed outreach and education programs; and choreographed her own works which delved into Asian female stereotypes, immigration and racism. Ng is a co-founder of MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together), Luna’s nationally-recognized program for families in the child welfare system. Ng helped author the state of California’s Early Learning Foundation’s in the Visual and Performing Arts, and she was an invited reviewer for the National Core Arts Standards. She received her MFA in dance performance and choreography from Mills College. As an arts practitioner and leader, Ng’s service includes chair of the Berkeley Arts Education Steering Committee, past president of the California Dance Education Association, board member for the California Alliance for Arts Education, and editorial review board member for National Dance Education Organization’s journal, Dance Education in Practice. In 2014 with Luna founder and co-director Patricia Reedy she was awarded the Generous Heart Award from Dance Studio Life magazine, and Ng most recently received a 2016 National Guild Milestone Award for dedicated service to the field of arts education.

Myran Parker-Brass 
Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools, MA

Myran Parker-Brass, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is a professional musician, music educator, and administrator, with over thirty years experience providing access to quality arts education for schools and communities.  In 2011, Myran joined the Boston Public Schools (BPS) as Executive Director for the Arts providing strategic vision/planning and building capacity to deepen arts education with a focus on access, equity and quality for all K-12 students. Before joining BPS, Myran was the Director of Education for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During her twenty year tenure she developed model programs to support arts education for all Massachusetts communities.  Myran also served as the Chair of Experiential Education at Longy School of Music at Bard College, developing the graduate program that provides teaching artist training for Longy students. Myran serves on the Arts Education Council for Americans For The Arts, the Board of Overseers for the Museum of Fine Arts, Board of Directors for the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Board of Overseers for Landmark Orchestra. Myran also serves on the steering and implementation committee for Boston’s Cultural Plan.  In 2016, Myran was selected as a member of Education Week’s class of “Leaders to Learn From”. Myran continues work as a professional musician and has appeared as soloist with the Landmark Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra which the Boston Globe praised as…..”just plain wonderful”. Her jazz performances earned her the “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.  Myran is co-founder of the New England Spiritual Ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of the Negro Spirituals.

G. David Peters 
Head of Graduate Studies in Music and Arts Technology, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN

Dr. G. David Peters is a recognized leader in the field of computer-based education and music technology. Peters holds an M.S. and Ed.D. from the University of Illinois (UIUC) and was the first to receive a doctoral degree from UIUC that specialized in computer-based music instruction. Peters was a founding member and past president of the National Consortium for Computer-based Instruction Systems (NCCBMI) later named the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instruction (ADCIS). He is past-president of the Music Industry Council, an association of music businesses, manufacturers, and publishers that supported the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Peters was a member of the MENC National Executive Board from 2000 – 2002 and also served as chair of Electronic Music and Music Technology at ten national MENC conferences. He continues to be an active clinician and consultant at the state, national, and international levels. Peters served as professor and head of music education at the University of Illinois for 17 years. As an administrator at UIUC, he served as assistant dean for seven years, then associate dean for three years of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. During his tenure at Illinois, Peters was an author and software designer for the prestigious Computer-Based Education Systems named, PLATO. He also was director of the Plato Music Project research project. After 25 years at the University of Illinois, Peters joined the Indiana University music faculty as head of graduate studies in 1993. He became director of the IUPUI School of Music in 2001 and expanded the scope of music courses and curricula, concerts and recitals, and degree offerings in music.

Martha Rochelle 
Board President, Armstrong Community Music School, Austin, TX

Martha P. Rochelle is President of the Board of Directors of the Armstrong Community Music School in Austin, Texas.  She has worked with the school for over ten years, having served on its Advisory Board and later as a member and then chair of the Education Committee of Austin Lyric Opera, the school’s founder. Ms. Rochelle served two terms as a trustee of the opera and became president of the school’s board of directors in February 2012, when it separated from the opera and became an independent institution.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

 Katie Smythe
CEO & Artistic Director, New Ballet Ensemble and School, Memphis, TN

Katie Smythe is the CEO and artistic director of New Ballet Ensemble and School in Memphis, TN. Smythe returned to Memphis after a career as a professional dancer at the Minnesota Dance Theatre, in New York and Los Angeles. She toured L.A. County Schools with her condensed version of Cinderella for the Los Angeles Music Center and began teaching at the Santa Monica Dance Center. Recognizing the need for quality training throughout the Memphis area, she founded New Ballet Ensemble and School, a nonprofit that grooms dancers to a professional standard regardless of their ability to pay. In recruiting children from lower income families with the desire to dance at a high level, New Ballet bridges the gap between these students and young people from private schools who have traditionally had access to training. Under Smythe’s leadership, NBE has worked in partnership with numerous organizations within the Memphis area as well as Memphis City and Shelby County Schools systems. A 14,500 sq. ft. facility in Midtown is home to the school and professional company, grown from this model to teach and mentor students to follow in their footsteps. Smythe has participated on economic development panels with the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities as part of a Memphis partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the White House, served on the board of directors of the Overton Park Shell, Memphis Youth Guidance Commission, and is currently on the Cooper Young Business Association board of directors and the Salvation Army Kroc Center Artistic Advisory committee. She served on the Arts Education panel for the Rhodes College Creative Learning and Arts Education Forum. As of 2013, she was newly elected to the Tennessee Association of Dance.

B-Trimingham.jpgBarrie Trimingham 
Chair, Settlement Music School Board of Trustees, Philadelphia, PA

Barrie Trimingham has served as Chair of Settlement Music School’s Central Board of Trustees since 2011. Her association with the school began in 1979, first as a parent, more recently as a student, and, since 2001 as a trustee. Currently, she also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Born and raised in Bermuda, Barrie left the island to attend high school and college. Most of her professional career has been in book publishing, first as an editor at J.B. Lippincott and Random House. She received a Master’s in Written Communication at Arcadia University in 1980, taught writing in business and designed and directed a book publishing program for the University of Pennsylvania’s College of General Studies.  In 1987 she started her own literary agency, representing authors of general fiction and non-fiction. After earning a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, she worked as a writer/researcher for the Palliative Care Team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, for whom she wrote a book entitled “Making Every Moment Count: PACT Families Tell Their Stories.”


J. Curtis Warner, Jr.  
Associate Vice President, Community and Government Relations, Berklee College of Music

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Warner serves as the Associate Vice President for Community and Government Relations and is the founding Executive Director for Berklee City Music, now in its 23rd year, at the internationally acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated with a Music Education degree from Berklee and a Master’s in Education Administration from Cambridge College. He is probably most widely known among his educational peers as a primary force in the planning and creation of the Boston Arts Academy - Boston’s only high school for visual and performing arts - for which he served as the Planning Team Chair. He is the architect of the popular Berklee City Music program, which brings inner city middle and high school students from Boston and other affiliate organizations around the country to Berklee for a collegiate experience. From 1993 to 1996 he managed the Berklee International Network, an arrangement designed to establish mutually beneficial relationships between Berklee College of Music and centers of music with an educational commitment to the study of contemporary music abroad.

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