Board of Directors

Executive Committee Chair
John B. Wright, II, Esq., Retired, Senior Counsel, Ballard Spahr, LLP

Vice Chair
Chris Rinaldi, President, Jacobs Music Company

Mark N. Steinberger, Esq., Arts Advocate

William H. Schaefer, Ph.D., Retired, Merck & Co.

Members At Large
Lisa S. Aronson, M.B.A., P.C.C., Leadership and Executive Coach

Catherine M. Cahill, President & CEO, Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Joan Chait, Arts Advocate

Susan Huffman, A.I.C.P., Economic Development Consultant, Retired; Arts Advocate

Paul H. L. Chou, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry Global Education Practice

Jonathan Eifert, Founder & Creative Director, Gold Sound Media LLC

Christopher R. B. Merritt, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Jana M. Mossey, Ph.D., Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health

Laura S. Picciano, D.O., Attending Physician, Main Line Health Care

Dave Reichman, C.P.A., Audit Manager, Isadaner & Company, LLC

Karen Slack, soprano; Artistic Advisor, Portland Opera; Co-Chair, Women’s Opera Network at Opera America; Co-Director, Opera Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada

Fred Snitzer, Managing Director, Prudent Management Associates

Stanford Thompson, Founder & Executive Director, Play On Philly

Joshua VanderVeen, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Lou Vilardo, Retired, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

David Wolfsohn, Esq., Partner, Duane Morris, LLP


National Advisory Council

Natalie Zhu, Co-Chair, concert pianist; Artistic Director, Kingston Chamber Music Festival; Astral Laureate

Andrew Hauze, Co-Chair, conductor; pianist; vocal coach; Associate in Performance, Swarthmore College

Jason Belz, Vice President, Director of Booking and Artist Manager, Kirshbaum Associates, Inc.

Igor Begelman, concert clarinetist; faculty, Brooklyn College and Sarah Lawrence College, Astral Laureate

Che-Hung Chen, violist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Mary Javian, Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement, Curtis Institute of Music

Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cello, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Founder, The Suzuki Alumni Project; member, Astral Board of Directors

Matt Levy, Prism Saxophone Quartet

Christopher Merritt, M.D. F.A.C.R., member, Astral Board of Directors

Jayce Ogren, Conductor, Composer; Artistic Director, Orchestra 2001

Bill Palant, Managing Director, Etude Arts

Ben Spalter, Chief Of Operations, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Ryo Yanagitani, pianist

Honorary Committee

Stuart Adair, Vice President of Finance & Administration, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Michael Barrett, Founder & Music Director, Moab Music Festival

David Bilger, Principal Trumpet, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Anthony P. Checchia, Founding Artistic Director, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; Administrator, Marlboro Music Festival

David Cramer, Retired Associate Principal Flute, The Philadelphia Orchestra

David Devan, General Director & President, Opera Philadelphia

Roberto Díaz, President and Faculty, Curtis Institute of Music; Distinguished Concert Violist

Mary Lou Falcone, Head, M.L. Falcone Public Relations

Corey Field, Esq., Corey Field Law Group, P.C.

Pamela Frank, Acclaimed Concert Violinist; Faculty, Curtis Institute of Music, The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Stony Brook University

Barbara Govatos, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer

Matthew Horner, Senior Vice President, Director, IMG Artists, Vocal Division

Ida Kavafian, Renowned Concert Violinist/Violist; Co-Founder, OPUS ONE; Artistic Director, Music from Angel Fire

Edna Landau, Career Consultant

Jaime Laredo, Celebrated Concert Violinist; Music Director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra; faculty, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Cristian Macelaru, Music Director of the Orchestre National de France

Philip Maneval, Composer; Executive Director, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoon, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Mary Eleanor Pitcairn, Arts Advocate

William Reinert, President & Managing Director, William Reinert Associates, Inc.

Joanne Rile, Artist Manager; Founder, Joanne Rile Artists Management

Gabrielle Rinaldi, Executive Vice President, Director, Concert Artists Department, Jacobs Music Company

Corrado Rovaris, Music Director, Opera Philadelphia and Artosphere Festival; Principal Conductor, I Virtuosi Italiani

Frank Salomon, Founder & President, Frank Salomon Associates; Administrator, Marlboro Music Festival

Ann Schein, Renowned Concert Pianist; Teacher

Susan Starr, Acclaimed Concert Pianist; Distinguished Professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Krishna Thiagarajan, President & CEO, Seattle Symphony

Patricia A. Winter, Senior Vice President, Opus 3 Artists

Simon Woods, Chief Executive Officer, League of American Orchestras

Benita Valente, Internationally Renowned Soprano

Pierre van der Westhuizen, Director, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival & Awards