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Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy – radio or television, commercial or public broadcasting – in the country. Kai speaks regularly with CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, start-up entrepreneurs, small business...

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Edwin Torres

Edwin Torres joined Grantmakers in the Arts as president & CEO in October 2017. He most recently served as deputy commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City. Prior to joining the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he was a program officer with The Rockefeller Foundation. He prior...

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Mara Walker

Mara is the chief operating officer for Americans for the Arts and is responsible for the overall performance of the organization, working to ensure its resources are used effectively to accomplish the organization’s complex strategic plan. Prior to that role, Mara developed targeted programming...

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Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On, Philly! and Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA, bringing music education to students in underserved areas throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Recognized as a TED Fellow in 2017,...

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Ceci Dadisman

Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with over 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. Currently the digital marketing manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media...

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André de Quadros

André de Quadros, conductor, ethnomusicologist, human rights activist, and music educator, has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries and is a professor of music at Boston University, where he also holds affiliated faculty appointments in the African Studies Center, the Center...

Susan Howlett

Susan Howlett

Susan Howlett has been raising money joyfully for over 40 years, as a trustee, development director, executive director, and consultant to thousands of nonprofits nationwide. Author of the acclaimed book, Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully, Susan has been core...

Ann Meier Baker

Ann Meier Baker was appointed the director of music & opera at the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2015. She oversees the NEA’s grantmaking in music and opera and manages the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships. Previously, Baker served as president and CEO of Chorus America, where she...

Mimi Bornstein

Mimi Bornstein is a choral director, song leader, pianist, workshop and worship leader, singer, and composer with a belief that when we sing we change who we are, and when we change who we are we change the world. Embracing the healing and transformational elements of mu-sic and the powerful...

Charles C. Brown

Charles C. Brown

Charles C. Brown, a singer, choir director, composer, vocal arranger, choreographer, coach, and minister, was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, "where I learned early on that my behavior and value on Yale University campus (as a non-student local) was vastly different than in the hood...

David B. Devan

David B. Devan

David B. Devan joined Opera Philadelphia in January 2006 and was appointed general director of the company in 2011. Since his arrival, David has worked closely with the board and administration on strategic planning initiatives and building partnerships within the community and the opera world...

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Rollo Dilworth

Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of the Music Education Department at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, he serves as conductor for...

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Christopher Eanes

Christopher Eanes is a musical entrepreneur, conductor, and teacher based in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is the managing artistic director of the Cincinnati Boychoir and the founder and artistic director of Collegium Cincinnati. Chris’ passion lies in finding...

Joshua Fishbein

Joshua Fishbein

Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) composes and arranges vocal and instrumental music, with special emphasis on choral music. He has won awards from The American Prize, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Composers Forum, BMI, the Cantate Chamber Singers, the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble...

Grant Gershon

Grant Gershon

Hailed for his adventurous and bold artistic leadership, Grant Gershon is currently in his 18th season as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and is also the Resident Conductor at LA Opera. The Los Angeles Times has said the Master Chorale "has become the most exciting chorus in...

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Erin Guinup

Erin Guinup’s pursuit of creative, uplifting, and service-oriented work has been the driving force behind her varied musical vocation. She is a conductor, soprano, voice teacher, author, corporate voice specialist, and professional speaker. Erin is the founding executive and artistic director of...

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Sara Langworthy

Sara Langworthy Ph.D., is a consultant, speaker, author, YouTuber, and podcaster. Sara has years of experience creating educational, promotional, and fundraising videos for her clients, and on her own YouTube channel. As a digital engagement consultant, Sara helps her clients better understand...

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Katy Lushman

Katy Lushman is a musician, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate in Denver, Colorado. 

In 2018, Katy founded the Denver Choir League, a non-auditioned community choir geared toward millennials that partners with bars, restaurants, and local businesses for rehearsals and...

Jane Ramseyer Miller

Jane Ramseyer Miller

Jane Ramseyer Miller (she/her) is the artistic director for One Voice Mixed (LGBTQ+) Chorus, and serves as artistic director for GALA Choruses, an association of 200 LGBTQ+ choruses. She holds an MA in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota and a BA in psychology from the University...

Marcela Molina

Marcela Molina

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Dr. Marcela Molina holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of Arizona.

Dr. Molina has been affiliated with the Tucson Girls Chorus since 2006, first serving as artistic director, and taking the helm as executive director in 2011. Under Dr...

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Wendy Moy

Dr. Wendy K. Moy is the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College, the director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, and a co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers. They recently released a double CD of new music on themes of social consciousness,...

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Steven Neiffer

Steven Neiffer is a senior-level finance executive with more than 35 years of experience managing financial and administrative functions for highly respected financial services companies, ranging from start-ups to publicly held firms. Over his career, he has served in positions of increasing...

KellyAnn Nelson

KellyAnn Nelson is the founder and artistic director of the Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC), as well as the managing artistic director for the Cincinnati Boychoir. She is a sought-after choral music professional and has served as guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator...

Francisco J. Núñez

Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, is a conductor, composer, leading figure in music education, and the founder of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City, renowned worldwide for its diversity and artistic excellence....

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