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Terry A. Hueneke, Chairman 
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.

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.

Jeffry Walker, Vice Chair  
Community Arts Education Consultant, Carmel, CA

Jeffry Walker is a second term trustee and community arts education consultant based in Carmel, CA. Over the last 10 years he worked as Executive Director of iCAN the Incredible Children’s Art Network in Santa Barbara, CA and the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View, CA.  He has served as an advisor and board member with other community arts education organizations statewide in California, including representing the Guild on the Policy Council of the California Alliance for Arts Education. Jeffry came to this field in 2006, building on a thirty-year career in higher education which included extensive work as a theater artist and teacher and 16 years as director of the arts center at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. 

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. In addition, she served two terms on the Youth Orchestra board of the League of American Orchestras. Her educational background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees with distinction in viola performance and music education from the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the YWCA Nina Mills Woman of Achievement Award, Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Arts Advocate Award, and Athena Leadership Award.

Duffie Adelson 
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.

Honors include a Doctor of Music Education Honoris Causa from VanderCook College (2007); the George B. Walter Service to Society Award, Lawrence University ( 2007); the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Arts from the YWCA Chicago (2003); the “Use Your Life” Award from Oprah’s Angel Network (2001); and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Interlochen Center for the Arts (1999). She was named one of "100 Women Making A Difference" by Today’s Chicago Woman in 1998. Adelson graduated with a B.M. from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and received an M.M. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Sandra Bowie 
Executive Director, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

Sandra Bowie is currently the Executive Director for Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy  where she leads the award winning art and culture organization currently in its 25th year 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.

Ms. Bowie served as Managing and Administrative Director, within the senior leadership team in the Department of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, from 1999-2008. Ms. Bowie has served on the faculties of Yale University, New School University’s Master of Science in Teaching Program where she also served as Associate Director. Ms. Bowie also served on the faculty and administration at Howard University in the Department of Theatre where she was a tenured senior faculty member and Director of the BFA Acting Program. A professional actor for twenty years, Ms. Bowie has performed for stage, film and television and is the recipient of The Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical. She received the New Jersey Governor’s Outstanding Administrator Award in 2010 and the John J Pappas Recognition Award for dedication and service to arts education in New Jersey. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Black Theatre Network, the Advisory Board for Newark Arts High School, and she is a founding member of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable. As an advocate for equity in arts education, Ms. Bowie is an active participant in the Arts Education National Partnership and Americans for the Arts. Ms. Bowie received her Master of Arts in Acting from Illinois State University and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from South Carolina State University.

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. Carpenter’s experience includes 12 years serving as president and CEO for Electrosonic Group, an international digital media company, and three vice president positions during a 20 year career with Honeywell.  In the community, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the St. Thomas University School of Engineering, a former board chair and trustee for Twin Cities Public Television, and a former board member of the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  Carpenter also serves as a director for CompView Systems, a Portland, Oregon, based audiovisual systems and service company, and recently completed service as a director for the Harlem Globetrotters after 15 years.

Carpenter is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Management Science.  He is married with four daughters and lives in Minneapolis.  As an avid guitarist, he studies with a MacPhail teaching artist.

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 that 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.

She joined the board of the National Guild in 2005. More recently she has joined the foundation board at PBMC Health , a community hospital located in Riverhead where she moved in 2008. Emilie continues her interest in acoustic music such as classic jazz and the opera. She lives in Manhattan and Riverhead with her husband Michael.

* 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.

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.

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.

Sandra-(1).jpgSandra Jackson-Dumont 
Chairman of Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is responsible for the vision and management of education, public programs, live arts and audience development designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences.  

She was formerly the Deputy Director for Education + Public Programs/Adjunct Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art Department at the Seattle Art Museum were she had strategic oversight of programming at the museum's three sites—Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park. Prior to that, Jackson-Dumont worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art among other organizations.

Known for her ability to blur the lines between academia, popular culture and non-traditional art-going communities, Jackson-Dumont is invested in curating experiences that foster dynamic exchanges between art/artists, past/present, public/private and people/places. She has organized numerous exhibitions, lectures, performances, symposia and education initiatives and has contributed essays to a host of publications and worked with numerous artists.
Jackson-Dumont is on the board of the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, the Friends of the Waterfront, the Seattle Arts Commission and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Advisory Commission. A recipient of the Creative Leadership Award from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People 2010, and The Smartest People in Seattle’s Politics 2013, she is also an independent curator/writer and programming consultant working across communities, disciplines and sectors.

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.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.

Melanson is a frequent guest lecturer on arts management to arts students and MBA classes from universities across North America and around the world, and was the first arts leader to be appointed one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ for 2009. In 2010, Melanson was named Wilfrid Laurier University’s MBA Alumnus of the Year. In November 2010, Melanson was appointed special advisor on arts and culture to the mayor of Toronto.

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.

Kirsten Morgan
Executive Director, Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York, NY

Kirsten Morgan joined The Diller-Quaile School of Music faculty in 1981 and became the executive director in 1998. Morgan holds a bachelor's degree in flute performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Harold Bennett and Harvey Sollberger, a master's degree in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education, NYS School Administrator and Supervisor certification, and a Dalcroze certificate. Additionally, she studied at the University of Michigan and the Dalcroze School in New York City. Kirsten teaches children's Dalcroze classes and college level teacher training courses at Diller-Quaile. Morgan serves as a vice chairman on the board of trustees for the National Guild, is chair of the National Guild's Members Council, and has served as a presenter at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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.

Robyn majored in music as an undergraduate at Bennington College. She currently serves as the rehearsal accompanist for and sings with the Sinai Temple choir in Springfield.

José Ochoa 
Executive Director, Chicago High School for the Arts, IL

José Ochoa is the founding executive director of The Chicago High School for the Arts. Prior to moving to Chicago he was the superintendent of cultural arts in Nashville, TN, where he supervised the dance, music, theatre, and visual arts departments, two museums and the special events department. Besides his work in arts administration and in education, Ochoa has had a diverse career in the performing arts. As a musician, he has performed solo flute recitals including the Festival Internacional de Arte e Cultura de Suchitoto in Central America. In dance, he danced with several regional ballet companies and he was the choreographer for the official state play of Texas for three seasons. He has directed/choreographed for theatres throughout the Southeast and in Central America.

Ochoa is a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts in music performance and has a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies-dance, music, theatre, from West Texas A&M University. He served as an honorary trustee for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and he is a board of trustee for the National Guild, Arts Alliance Illinois, and Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts.

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. 

He was founder and president of Electronic Courseware Systems, Inc. a music software publishing firm established in 1981 that specialized in instructional, interactive music software. He is the author of numerous articles, sixty music software programs, and a book on computer-based music performance assessment detailing his funded research by the National Endowment of the Arts and the United States Department of Education. He is also co-author of three books related to music learning and computer instruction.

In 2005 Peters founded UBRES Media, a multimedia developer and publisher focusing on products related to digital arts, music and music education. Its current operation is two-fold; multimedia publishing and technology research and development. In addition to creating products for its own catalogue, UBRES contracts to create software and related technologies for a wide range of educational applications for other companies.

Peters continues as an active performing musician, playing jazz and classical music as a symphony orchestra member

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.”

Now retired, Barrie lives in Philadelphia with her husband. She has three sons—an architect, a contemporary realist painter and a classical musician—and four grandsons.

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