Board of Trustees

Chair

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 located in Chicago nationally renowned for the caliber of instruction and level of financial support provided to thousands of 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 student population and instructional offerings grew significantly and the organization launched a campaign raising nearly $20 Million, allowing Merit to purchase a building and to grow the endowment fund significantly.  In addition to serving as a National Guild trustee and a life trustee of Merit School of Music, she serves on the boards of ChiArts High School, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Pilgrim Chamber Players, and the Lawrence University Alumni Board. She is a member of the WFMT Radio Committee of Window to the World Communications, Inc; is a member of the Know Your Chicago Committee of the Graham School, University of Chicago; and an advisory board member of Omnia.

Vice Chair

Helen Eaton, CEO, Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

Helen S. Eaton was named one of the Top 30 Innovators in 2016 by Musical America Worldwide, and was recently featured in the CEO interview chapter of Dual Transformation published by Harvard Business Review Press for her work in building systems of innovation at a legacy institution.  Since her arrival, Settlement has increased its financial aid to students—more than $2.6 million each year; launched a comprehensive community engagement effort that has resulted in dozens of partnerships across the city; and initiated significant new programming, receiving major local and national funding.  Settlement is honored to partner with nine music organizations in a city-wide collective impact initiative called the PMAY Artists’ Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support students from underrepresented communities in becoming professional classical musicians.  In 2018 Settlement was named one of the top 10 music charities in the country working to preserve and expand music education and access to the musical arts by Charity Navigator blog.  Prior to joining Settlement, Helen was President of Chicago Children’s Choir and the Dean of Programs at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.

Secretary

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. 

Treasurer

Gayle Morgan, Brooklyn, 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.

Term Trustees

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.

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.

Roma Calatayud-Stocks, Minneapolis, MN

Award-winning novelist and composer Roma Calatayud Stocks holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology, a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and post-graduate studies in creative writing from the University of St. Thomas. Roma is the author of two historical novels, A Song in My Heart, and the recently released, A Symphony of Rivals. Roma has twenty years of experience in various roles at arts organizations, including Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Film Society of Minneapolis St Paul, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Vocal Essence, and Walker Art Center.

Chad Cooper, Executive Director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY

Chad Cooper joined the BKCM’s Board of Trustees in July of 2014 and served as its Treasurer before joining the staff as Executive Director in August of 2016. Before BKCM, Chad was a Managing Director in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank Securities where he worked for over 15 years covering public and private real estate companies, investment managers and private equity platforms. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Chad worked for four years at the St. Louis Development Corporation, the economic development agency of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. There, he designed and implemented community and economic development programs targeted towards alleviating poverty in some of the most economically distressed neighborhoods in St. Louis and East St. Louis. During his time in St. Louis, Chad also co-founded a project-based grassroots non-profit organization called Metropolis Saint Louis, whose mission it was to foster greater engagement of young people in city revitalization efforts.

Eric Delli Bovi, President & CEO, Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL

Eric joined Urban Gateways in 2012 to lead a significant expansion of arts programs and services for Chicago’s youth and communities. He has directed the organization through a growth and innovation plan that includes two organizational acquisitions, Art Resources in Teaching (A.R.T.) and Street-Level Youth Media, in addition to numerous successful projects and partnerships.

Sofia Fojas, Director, Visual and Performing Arts at Elk Grove Unified School District; Elk Grove, CA

Sofia Fojas is in her 25th year as a K-12 educator. She was a classroom musicteacher and high school music director for 20 years. For the past five years she worked in San Francisco Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department as Supervisor for Cultural Equity and Social Justice in the Arts She was the founding director of the SFUSD Mariachi Program in 2014. Ms. Fojas recently accepted the position of Director of Visual and Performing Arts for the Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento County. Ms. Fojas has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at the California State University East Bay. She is currently the Board Chair Elect for the California Alliance for Arts Education and has served on the boards of the California Music Educators’ Association
and the California American String Teachers’ Association. Ms. Fojas was a violinist with the Stockton Symphony for 20 years and continues to play violin and viola professionally.

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.

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

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.

Darren Isom, Executive Director, Memphis Music Initiative, Memphis, TN

As MMI’s Founder and Executive Director, Darren both developed and leads the $20M philanthropic initiative that uses high-quality music engagement programs and activities to drive student, youth, and community outcomes here in Memphis. A proven strategic leader and nonprofit professional, his career demonstrates his commitment to amplifying community voice and engagement in developing and leading innovative, high-impact youth and community programs, practices, and philanthropy.

Karen 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.

SoYoung Lee, Executive Director, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Boulder, CO

SoYoung Lee serves as the Executive Director of the Rocky Ridge Music Center.  Under her leadership, the Center’s student participation, operating budget and donor base has more than doubled, and the fundraising committee raised over three million dollars, which was invested in scholarships, and the preservation and modernization of historic buildings. She led the development of a bold strategic plan that includes the expansion of the summer residential program to include year-round, meaningful collaborations with community music schools in Denver and Boulder, and a concert hall sited on a 17-acre campus just steps from the Rocky Mountain National Park. 

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

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). 

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. 

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

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. 

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.

Carol Ross, 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

Peter Simon

Dr. Peter Simon has served as President and CEO of the Royal Conservatory since 1991. Under his leadership, the venerable Canadian institution has undergone a dynamic and dramatic transformation, culminating in the completion of the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, the opening of Koerner Hall in 2009 and the formation of a new Performing Arts Division.  Dr. Simon also created Learning Through the Arts in 1994, an acclaimed program used in hundreds of schools nationwide to advance the effectiveness of public education and to offer youth at risk a more meaningful learning environment.  In 1997 he founded The Glenn Gould School an internationally recognized training centre for gifted young musicians and in 2002, the ARC Ensemble the RCM’s Grammy nominated Ensemble in Residence.  Most recently the Marilyn Thomson Early Childhood Education Centre was inaugurated with the aim of designing developmental programs in conjunction with the RCM’s neuroscience Research Centre. Today approximately 500,000 students across Canada and the United States utilize the RCM curriculum and assessment system to study a musical instrument and develop an appreciation of creative activity.   More than 30,000 independent music teachers and schools are supported by an array of materials and learning platforms provided by the RCM.  Dr. Simon’s began his musical studies at the RCM as a student of Boris Berlin.  He subsequently studied at the Juilliard School, in London England and at the University of Michigan with the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. Dr. Simon is married to the Canadian pianist Dianne Werner. They have two children, Nicole and Justin.

Nina Stillman, Chicago, IL

Prior to her retirement from the active practice of law as of October 2015, Ms. Stillman concentrated her practice on employment and occupational safety and health law matters. Ms. Stillman has tried jury and bench trials involving issues of race, gender, religion, age and disability discrimination, sex harassment, wrongful discharge, workplace torts such as defamation, tortious interference and intentional infliction of emotional distress, workplace repetitive strain injuries and occupational reproductive hazards. She has worked extensively on issues involving the overlap of employment and safety and health issues such as developing employer responses to epidemics and pandemics and effectively addressing the balancing between the requirements of our disability discrimination laws and the obligation to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. Ms. Stillman is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Merit School of Music, where she had been a Trustee and Life Trustee since 2000. She has been a member of Northwestern University School of Law’s Law Board, Smith College’s President’s Council, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Board of Directors, the University Club of Chicago’s Board of Directors and Northwestern University’s Council of 100. 

J. Curtis Warner, Jr, Boston, MA

J. Curtis Warner Jr, born in Philadelphia PA, is an education consultant specializing in strategic partnerships and community-based non-profits with a focus on the arts. He occupied a number of posts at the internationally acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts over a 25-year period. He joined the college as Assistant to the President for Education and Community Partnerships and finished his tenure as the Associate Vice President for Community and Government Relations. He is the founder and architect of the popular Berklee City Music program that brings inner city middle and high school students from Boston and other affiliate organizations around the country to Berklee for a collegiate experience. He served as its executive director for 23 years. In the Fall of 2018 a full tuition college scholarship was created in his name. Mr. Warner holds a Music Education degree from Berklee and a Master’s in Education
Administration from Cambridge College. He is 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 the visual and performing arts, for which he served as the Planning Team Chair.
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. Prior to joining Berklee in 1993, Mr. Warner completed a 17-year tenure with the Boston Public schools as a high school instrumental/choral music director, dean of students and assistant headmaster for student support services. He is an active drummer and performer.

Lecolion Washington, Executive Director, Community Music Center of Boston, Boston, MA

After over 20 years as a performing musician, 15 years as a music professor, and 10 years as an arts administrator, Lecolion Washington has established himself as a leader for the next generation of arts entrepreneurs; and he has been a staunch advocate for the relevance of music as an agent for social change. Lecolion is the Executive Director of Community Music Center of Boston. Prior to moving to Boston, Lecolion was the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the PRIZM Ensemble in Memphis from 2009-2017, and he was the founder of the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. In 2015, he was named as one of the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2018, he was selected as one of Musical America’s Top Professionals of the Year. In addition to his work in the community, Washington served as a bassoon professor over the course of 15 years, and he was tenured in 2008 at the age of 33. As a performer, Washington has performed solo recitals and master classes at colleges and universities all over the world. Washington has been a featured solo and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Brazil, South Africa, Canada, and Switzerland among others. As an orchestral musician, Washington has performed as guest principal and/or co-principal bassoon with orchestras such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, and Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. He served on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa from 2006-2013. His CD entitled Legacy: Music for Bassoon by African-American Composers was released on the Albany Records label.