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2022  Board of Directors

Armand Hall – Chair and Executive Committee Chair

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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Camille Delaney-McNeil – Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair

Director of Beckman YOLA Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Camille Delaney-McNeil is a fierce advocate for social change through music as well as a classically-trained singer and flutist. After receiving her Bachelors of Music…

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Monique Van Willingh – Vice Chair and Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee Co-Chair

Director of Cultural Equity and Belonging, New England Conservatory of Music

Originally from South Africa, Monique Van Willingh is an educator, musician and advocate for social and racial justice with cultural humility and centering student and…

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Calida Jones – Clerk and Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee Co-Chair

Vice President, Arts Consulting Group

Calida Jones  began studying the piano at the age of 3 while attending Nursery School, and switched to violin at the age of 6 when…

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Robert Gofourth -Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Vice President Operational Strategy and Performance

Robert has more than 25 years of operations and risk management experience across a variety of industries including insurance, mortgage banking, government enterprise, and outsourcing.…

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Jessica Zweig – Membership Engagement Committee Chair

Program Director, Play On Philly

Clarinetist and educator, Jessica Zweig, believes that all children deserve the opportunity to benefit from high quality music education. As Program Director at Play On…

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Brian Wiebe – Advancement Committee Chair

President/CEO, Horizon Education Alliance

Brian Wiebe has been in the education field for over three decades, primarily as a music educator and administrator, and more recently as community visionary 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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Linda Bunce

For 26 years I worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for two United States Senators and two Members of the House of Representatives. I…

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Hermes Camacho

Development & Operations Director Austin Soundwaves, 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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Lauren Shelton

Director, Butler Community Arts School

Lauren Shelton (she/her) is the Director of the Butler Community Arts School. Mrs. Shelton has a strong background in arts education, arts advocacy, and arts…

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Trina Christensen

Director, Sistema Utah

Trina Christensen has been the Director of Sistema Utah for nine years which services over 360 students annually in West Valley City, Utah. Sistema Utah…

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Rodrigo Guerrero

Assistant Director of Creative Youth Development, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

With over 20 years of experience in the field, Rodrigo Guerrero has dedicated his professional life to the ideals of Social Action Through Culture. Working…

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Reynaldo Ramirez

Director, Soundscapes

Reynaldo Ramirez is the Co-Founder and Program Director of Soundscapes and has served within the field of music education for over 20 years. Through his…

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Isaac Sinnett

Sr. Associate Director, Reach*Teach*Play, Sistema Ravinia

Isaac is a passionate musician, educator and administrator. He has been with Ravinia, as a Program Manager, Associate Director and now Sr. Associate Director in…

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Dalouge Smith

CEO, The Lewis Prize for Music

Dalouge is a champion for bringing people together and strengthening communities through music. He joined The Lewis Prize for Music as its first CEO in…

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Susan Suhr

Nonprofit Founder & Executive

After a work career that included positions in technical theater (collegiate and professional), manufacturing and franchising, Susan Suhr came to realize that her purpose in life is…

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Christine Taylor Conda

Director, Reach*Teach*Play, Sistema Ravinia

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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Roberto Zambrano

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians

Roberto Zambrano is a dedicated and accomplished music educator with a background in Cello performance and instruction. An experienced El Sistema Music Program Orchestra conductor,…

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Executive Committee

Strategic development and support of the board and executive activities of El Sistema USA.


Recruiting new members for nomination to the board, reviewing and updating the bylaws of the board, adding helpful board processes.

Membership and Engagement

Updating member benefits, developing new programs to support members, sharing information with members, building affiliate groups among members.


Reviewing the financial health and practices of ESUSA on a monthly basis, and overseeing an annual audit.


Setting development goals and practices through year end campaigns, fundraisers, and individual donations for ESUSA

National Symposium

Planning and design of the annual national symposium.

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