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2018-2019  Board of Directors

Christine Taylor Conda – Chair and Executive Committee Chair

Director, Reach*Teach*Play Education Programs, Ravinia, Chicago, IL

Christine Taylor is the Director of REACH*TEACH*PLAY Education Programs for the Ravinia Festival (2002 – Present). Under her leadership, Ravinia provides a myriad of music…

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Dalouge Smith – Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair

Executive Director, San Diego Youth Symphony, San Diego, CA

Dalouge Smith is in his 10th season leading San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. He has overseen development of SDYS’ vision to “make music education accessible…

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Leni Boorstin – Clerk

Director, Community and Government Affairs, L.A. Phil, Los Angeles, CA

As part of the LA Phil senior management team, Leni Boorstin advises the Association on issues related to community and government relations. Ms. Boorstin is…

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Anna Pietraszko – Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Executive Director, Miami Music Project, Miami, FL

Anna Pietraszko is an arts executive, educator, double-bassist, choral conductor and an activist whose mission is to reestablish music's central place in the development and…

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Michael Angell

Director of Performing Arts Grants for the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Chevy Chase, MD

Michael Angell has served as Director of Performing Arts Grants for the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation since its inception in 2011.  One of three…

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Daniela Bedoni

Boards of Lang Lang Piano Foundation, New England Conservatory, Harmony Program NYC, New York, NY

Dani has been involved with El Sistema, both in Venezuela and in the US. Born in Milan, Italy, and raised in the US, she arrived…

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Hermes Camacho

Co-founder Picardy, Teaching Artist Austin Soundwaves, Adjunct Faculty UIW, Austin TX

Dr. Hermes Camacho is a composer, conductor, and violinist based in Austin, Texas. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and…

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Mark Churchill – Founding Director, ESUSA

Dean Emeritus, Preparatory-Continuing Education, New England Conservatory, MA, Boston, MA

Educator, conductor, and cellist Mark Churchill is Director of El Sistema USA and Dean Emeritus of Preparatory and Continuing Education and Senior Advisor of New…

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Joseph Hamm – Marketing and Communications Committee Chair

Program and Media Manager, Soundscapes, Newport News, VA

Educator and change agent by day, songwriter and performer by night, Joe Hamm has devoted much of his career to El Sistema inspired music making.…

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Calida Jones – Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee Chair

Music Education Consultant

Calida Jones is a music education consultant and was most recently the Artistic Director of Bravo Waterbury, a successful El Sistema inspired program in Waterbury,…

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Myka Miller

Executive Director, Harmony Project Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

I have been working in our field for over 15 years, with 9 of those years at the Harmony Project in Los Angeles. I grew…

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Daniel Trahey

Artistic Director, OrchKids, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, MD

Daniel Trahey is a musician, educator, and innovator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “OrchKids” where he is Artistic Director.…

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Jessica Zweig

Site Director, Play on Philly, Philadelphia, PA

Jessica Zweig is going into her 2nd year as Site Director at Play On, Philly, St Francis de Sales where she directs a program of 120…

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Rita McLennon

Independent Nonprofit Consultant

Rita started a consulting business to help the chief stewards of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations be strategic, confident, productive, and kind in their leadership. Drawing on many…

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Scott Laird

Instructor of Music and Fine Arts Coordinator at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Scott Laird is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he completed his Bachelors and Masters in both Music Performance and Music Education. Scott…

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Monique Van Willingh

Director of Music and Social Change Programs, Longy School of Music Bard College

Originally from South Africa, Monique Van Willingh is a musician, educator and advocate for social justice through youth development and teacher training. In her position…

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Armand Hall

Assistant Professor & Associate Director of Bands, University of Memphis

Dr. Armand Hall is a conductor and educator dedicated to the creation of new music in all venues. From 2012 - 2018 he served as…

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Executive Committee

Chaired by Christine Taylor Conda, Ravinia. Strategic development and support of the board and executive activities of El Sistema USA.

Nominating and Governance

Chaired by Dalouge Smith, The Lewis Prize, San Diego, CA. Recruiting new members for nomination to the board, reviewing and updating the bylaws of the board, adding helpful board processes

Membership Engagement and Support

Chaired by Jessica Zweig, Play on Philly. Updating member benefits, developing new programs to support members, sharing information with members, building affiliate groups among members.


Chaired by Rita McLennon, Consultant. Strategies for raising money for ESUSA and our members.

Finance and Audit

Chaired by Treasurer, Anna Pietraszko, Miami Music Project. Reviewing the financial health and practices of ESUSA on a monthly basis, and overseeing an annual audit.

Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding

Co-Chaired by Calida Jones, Consultant, and Joe Hamm, Soundscapes. Opportunities for leaders and teaching artists to dialogue and receive training in addressing the racial and cultural challenges of our programs and cities.


Chaired by Calida Jones, Consultant. Planning and design of January 30-31, 2019 National Symposium in Detroit.

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