2018-2019 Board of Directors
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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,…
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.