Board of Directors

Executive Committee
James B. Straw, Arts Advocate

Vice Chair
John B. Wright, II, Esq. Senior Counsel, Ballard Spahr, LLP

Founding President
Vera Wilson, Trustee, The Presser Foundation

Mark N. Steinberger, Esq., Arts Advocate

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

Members At Large
Joan Chait, Arts Advocate
Chris Rinaldi, President, Jacobs Music Company
Susan Huffman, A.I.C.P., Economic Development Consultant, Retired; Arts Advocate

Joan Lee Goldstein, Retired Software Consulting Executive

A. Christine Huber, D.V.M., Retired, Merck & Co.

Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cello, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Founder, The Suzuki Alumni Project

Christopher Lindsay, Arts Advocate

Christine Lombardo, Esq., Partner, Morgan Lewis

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

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

Fred Snitzer, Managing Director, Prudent Management Associates

Lou Vilardo, Senior Vice President – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

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

Natalie Zhu, Astral laureate; Concert Pianist; Artistic Director, Kingston Chamber Music Festival

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, Director of Servicing and Booking Representative, Primo Artists

Ryo Yanagitani, pianist; Artistic Director of the Ryuji Ueno Foundation

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, 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, Conductor-in-Residence, The Philadelphia Orchestra

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, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Benita Valente, Internationally Renowned Soprano

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