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Greg Sandow

Keynote Speaker Veteran critic, composer, and member of the Graduate Faculty at Juilliard, who specializes as a writer, teacher, speaker, and consultant on the future of classical music.


Roger Brown

President, Berklee College of Music Roger H. Brown has served as President of Berklee College of Music since June 2004. He is the co-founder of both Bright Horizons Family Solutions of Horizons for Homeless Children with his wife, Linda A. Mason, with whom he also authored Rice, Rivalry, and Politics after having worked in Cambodian continue reading →


Andre de Quadros

Professor of Music, BU College of Fine Arts View Website BA, University of Bombay; Diploma of Humanities, La Trobe University; Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance, University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma in Music, Victorian College of the Arts; MEd, La Trobe University; Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Monash University; graduate studies at Universität Mozarteum. He continue reading →


Benjamin Juarez

Dean, BU College of Fine Arts College of Fine Arts Dean Benjamín Juárez came to Boston University from the Dr. José María Luis Mora Research Institute, which focuses on social sciences, history, and culture, in his native Mexico. He previously directed Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico’s national arts center, running professional schools in music, continue reading →


Caleb Burhans

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, conductor View Website Caleb Burhans (born September 2, 1980 in Monterey, CA) is a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist living in New York City. He is co-founder of the post-rock duo itsnotyouitsme, a founding member of the contemporary music chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, and co-founder of the Wordless Music Orchestra. He also continue reading →


David Hoose

Professor of Music, BU College of Fine Arts David Hoose is Professor and Director of Orchestras at the Boston University School of Music, Music Director of Cantata Singers & Ensemble, and Music Director of Collage New Music. He is a recipient of the Ditson Conductors Award for the Advancement of American Music, Alfred Nash Patterson continue reading →


Eileen Moon

Associate Principal Cello, New York Philharmonic View Website Eileen Moon joined the New York Philharmonic in 1998. She is an avid runner and animal enthusiast, supporting Celebrate Life Half Marathon and their mission to provide necessary cancer treatment to patients, and in 2012 she founded Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, a non-profit organization whose continue reading →


Matthew Guerrieri

Music critic, author, The First Four Notes Matthew Guerrieri is the author of The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination (Knopf, 2012). He writes frequently for the Boston Globe and NewMusicBox, and rather less frequently on his blog, Soho the Dog. His work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Musical America, Playbill, continue reading →


Sarah Darling

Violist, A Far Cry Sarah Darling is a member of the self-conducted orchestra A Far Cry. She also holds a variety of leading roles on viola and baroque violin with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Gut Reaction, Musical Offering, Les Bostonades, the Arcturus Ensemble, and the Musicians of the Old Post Road. After continue reading →


Tim Ferguson

Founder, Chairman and Managing Partner, Next Street Partners Tim is changing how finance and business advice are delivered to small businesses in U.S. inner cities. Prior to founding Next Street, he shaped successful enterprises on both sides of the Atlantic and in Asia as head of investments at Putnam Investments and as CEO of HSBC continue reading →


Tony Beadle

Executive Director, Rockport Music View Website Tony Beadle. Executive Director, Rockport Music. Tony Beadle has had a dual career as a professional double bassist and as an executive in arts management. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston University and for 16 years he performed with many Boston based groups including the Boston continue reading →


Fred Bronstein

President and CEO, St. Louis Symphony View Website Fred Bronstein. President and CEO, St. Louis Symphony. www.stlsymphony.org Fred Bronstein assumed the role of president and CEO, of the St. Louis Symphony in March 2008. Prior to the STL Symphony, Bronstein served as president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2002 through 2008. He continue reading →


Louise Kennedy

Director of Community Engagement, WBUR As director of community engagement, Louise Kennedy oversees WBUR’s live events and other direct, local forms of connecting with the NPR news station’s audience. Before joining WBUR, she was a longtime editor and writer at The Boston Globe, most recently as chief theater critic. She is a native of Dayton, continue reading →


Scott Nichols

Scott G. Nichols, Boston University, Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Scott Nichols joined Boston University in May of 2006 as Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, after serving as chief advancement officer and Associate Dean at Harvard Law for 20 years. He is responsible for all areas of advancement and continue reading →


Travis McCready

Travis McCready, The Boston Foundation, Vice President for Program Travis A. McCready. Vice President for Program, The Boston Foundation Travis McCready is the Vice President for Program at the Boston Foundation, directing the distribution of nearly $20 million in discretionary grants through a competitive grants process. Prior to TBF, Travis was the Executive Director of continue reading →


Mark Volpe

Managing Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra Since his appointment as Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 1997, the orchestra’s endowment has grown from $149 million in 1997 to $391 million as of December 31, 2012, and its operating budget has grown from $49.9 million in 1997 to $83.3 million in 2013. With education continue reading →


Erin Lehman

Erin V. Lehman, Senior Consultant, Mobius Executive Leadership Erin Lehman is a Senior Consultant at Mobius Executive Leadership and a Team Leader with Boston Adventures. With colleagues at Mobius, Harvard, London Business School and MIT, Erin designs and facilitates customized team building events and executive education programs for Fortune 500 companies. She has also worked continue reading →


Joseph Conyers

Assistant Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra Joseph Conyers, assistant principal double bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra (2010), is a 2004 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Previous orchestras include the Grand Rapids Symphony where he served as principal bass, the Atlanta Symphony, and Santa Fe Opera. A strong advocate for music education, Conyers is Executive Director continue reading →


Lindsey Humes

Corporate Vice President, CCS Consulting Lindsey joined CCS in 2001, bringing 20 years experience working for leading national and international non-profit organizations including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. At CCS, Lindsey has orchestrated campaigns for clients within a range of sectors, including healthcare, continue reading →


Graham Wright

Baritone In May 2008, Graham Wright grew tired of hearing people complaining that there “weren’t enough young professionals supporting the arts,” so he founded Opus Affair, a social group of arts professionals, amateurs, supporters, and friends in their 20s and 30s, now numbering 5,000 members. Drawing on his background as a classical singer and his continue reading →


Beth Morrison

Beth Morrison Projects Beth Morrison is an opera and theatre producer, singer, and voice teacher with bachelor and master of music degrees and a master of fine arts in theatre management/producing from the Yale School of Drama, as well as many years of experience in the development of new opera and theatre works. She first continue reading →


Ronen Givony

Wordless Music, Le Poisson Rouge Ronen Givony is the founder of Wordless Music, a concert series that pairs rock and electronic musicians with classical music performers, both in New York and select cities internationally. To date, the series has featured appearances from artists such as Sigur Ros, Neutral Milk Hotel, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Explosions continue reading →


Sarah Robinson

Classical Revolution Sarah May Robinson. Co-director, Classical Revolution L.A. www.sarahtheflutist.com Sarah Robinson is flutist and a founding member of the Los Angeles-based ensemble, Helix Collective. The group performs a high-energy, out-of-the-box mix of world, classical and rock n’ roll. Sarah is also co-director of Classical Revolution: L.A. which hosts a dizzying array of classical and continue reading →


Joshua Fineberg

Composer, Boston University School of Music Professor Joshua Fineberg began his musical studies at the age of five; (violin, guitar, piano, harpsi- chord, conducting, and composition). After studying composition at the Peabody Conservatory, he moved to Paris where he studied with Tristan Murail and at IRCAM, then worked as a freelance composer. In the Fall continue reading →


James Selby

CEO, Naxos Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Jim Selby has been with Naxos of America (NoA) for 15 years and the company’s Chief Executive Officer since 2007. He came to NoA to oversee the operations of the company and to implement its relocation to Franklin, TN from its former location in Pennsauken, NJ. For continue reading →


Marisa Canales

Flautist, Producer Mexican flautist and producer Marisa Canales graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and later on pursued graduate studies in France at the Versailles Conservatory where she obtained First Prizes both in flute and chamber music. A champion of new music, she has commissioned and premiered close to fifty continue reading →


Julia Villagra

Founder of Tertulia Website Julia Villagra is the founder and artistic director of Tertulia, a chamber music series based in New York City. By design, Ms. Villagra uses creative, flexible formats and presents concerts exclusively in restaurants in Manhattan’s liveliest neighborhoods. In a recent review, the New York Times calls presenters “to observe her approach” continue reading →


Tobias Möller

Director of Marketing and Communications, Berlin Philharmonic Tobias Möller is Director of Marketing and Communications at Berlin Phil Media GmbH, a subsidiary of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for the online communication of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the marketing of the Digital Concert Hall which broadcasts the concerts of the continue reading →


Kendall Ramseur

Recording Artist, Cellist, Singer-songwriter and Composer Kendall Ramseur is a singer-songwriter, composer and cellist from Charlotte, North Carolina. His mission and passion is to create positive, inspiring, and heart-felt experiences through music. Kendall is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). He studied cello with Dr. Brooks Whitehouse. While continue reading →


Robert Pinsky

American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator Robert Pinsky’s new book is Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. His other recent publications include Selected Poems and PoemJazz, a CD with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood. As three-term Poet Laureate of the United States he founded the Favorite Poem Project, continue reading →


SungEun Han-Anderson

Trustee, Boston University Ms. Han-Andersen began her career as a pianist and teacher, performing extensively in North America and England as solo pianist and chamber music player specializing 20th century music by young composers. Later as management consultant with A. T. Kearney, she led two major cost reduction efforts for a major steel company: including continue reading →


Michael Reynolds

Professor of Music, Boston University College of Fine Arts Mr. Reynolds has taught at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since 1983. His students continue to develop successful careers in music, including members of the Boston Symphony and other orchestras, teachers at universities and other institutions internationally, four Boston Symphony Competition and numerous other competition continue reading →


Richard Cornell

Director ad interim, Boston University School of Music Richard Cornell composes works in a range of symphonic and chamber music forms, as well as sound art. He holds awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. A Far Cry, Boston Musica Viva, New England continue reading →


Kateri Chambers

ABD, Boston University Kateri Chambers (historical flutes) a “skilled and sensitive player” has been heard in concert venues across the US and UK including the Kennedy Center and the Theatre Royal. Currently ABD at Boston University, she holds degrees from Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MMus), Peabody Conservatory (BM), and Johns Hopkins (BA). In continue reading →


Peter Spellman

Director of Career Development, Berklee College of Music Peter Spellman is an artist development specialist and author of several music career guides, including The Self-Promoting Musician, 3rd ed. (2013), and Indie Business Power: A Step-By-Step Guide for 21st Century Music Entrepreneurs (2010). He has worked as a booking agent, label director, music editor, artist manager continue reading →


Wendy Gordon

William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor & Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law Wendy Gordon’s work emphasizes that our legal environment must cultivate the exchange of ideas, expression and information for everyone — not only established players in various industries. Her writings reflect her passion for creative exchange. Renowned for her application of philosophy continue reading →


Penny Peters

Penny Peters is a marketing, strategy and communications consultant with more than 40 years experience counseling corporations, not-for-profits, and foreign governments. She currently serves on the Board of the Theater Development Fund (TDF), the Dean’s Advisory Board for BU’s CFA, the Board of Advisors for WomenCorporateDirectors, as well as several additional boards. Penny is a continue reading →


Margo Saulnier

Margo Saulnier Artistic Consultant, Producer, Celebrity Series of Boston’s 2013 Street Piano Festival Adjunct faculty, Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design. Margo Saulnier is an artistic consultant with an established focus on innovative programming, new audience development, and community engagement. Her most recent project, producing the Celebrity Series of Boston’s 2013 Street Piano continue reading →


Nancy Livingston

Dean’s Advisory Board, Boston University College of Fine Arts Nancy Livingston is a seasoned professional in the communications business. Since obtaining her B.S. degree in Advertising Journalism from Boston University, she has worked as a copywriter, account executive and artist representative in various ad agencies and graphic design firms. Nancy began her career at CBS, continue reading →


David Weininger

Music Critic, Boston Globe David Weininger is a music writer for the Boston Globe, for whom he has written the Classical Notes column, as well as features and reviews, for the past seven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College – where he played double bass and sang in various choruses in addition continue reading →


Jesse Lewis

Producer, Recording Engineer Jesse Lewis is a music producer and Grammy Award winning recording engineer; he produces recordings and interactive music experiences. Jesse’s recording experience lies in the acoustic music of classical chamber and solo, opera, orchestral, historically performed baroque, jazz, traditional fiddle, indie-classical, and a growing list of world music genres. His repertoire of continue reading →


Bill Marx

Boston University, CAS Writing Program, Senior Lecturer Editor and Publisher, The Arts Fuse Bill came to Boston University from the world of national journalism in 2007. For over two decades, he generated coverage of arts and culture for print, broadcast, and online. In 2002, he created and edited WBUR Online Arts, an NPR cultural webzine continue reading →