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2017-2018  Board of Directors

Bonnie Reagan – Chair and Executive Committee Chair

Chair, Oregon BRAVO Board of Directors, Portland, OR

Bonnie Reagan was elected ES USA Board Chair in September, 2016.  She did her undergraduate work at Barnard College and Bryn Mawr College, receiving a…

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Christine Taylor – Vice Chair and Membership Engagement 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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Afa Dworkin

President and Artistic Director, The Sphinx Organization, Detroit, MI

Ms. Afa Dworkin has worked with the Sphinx Organization since 1999. Until 2015, she served as Executive and Artistic Director, overseeing all fundraising and programmatic…

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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

Director, Bravo Waterbury, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra,Waterbury, CT

Calida Jones is the Artistic Director of Bravo Waterbury, an successful El Sistema inspired program in Waterbury, CT. Calida started this program expanded it to…

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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 – Symposium Committee Co-Chair

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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Nominating and Governance

Chaired by Dalouge Smith, Community Opus Project, San Diego Youth Symphony. 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 Christine Taylor, Ravinia. Sharing information with members from ESUSA, supporting regional representation on the board.


This Committee develops strategies for raising money for ESUSA and our members.

Marketing and Communications

Chaired by Joe Hamm, Soundscapes, VA. Building awareness of ESUSA and the missions of 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

Chaired by Calida Jones, Bravo Waterbury! Opportunities for leaders and teaching artists to dialogue and receive training in addressing the racial and cultural challenges of our programs and cities.


Co-Chaired by Jessica Zweig, Play on Philly and Stephanie Hernandez, Miami Music Project. Planning and design of January 19-20, 2018 national symposium at Duke University.

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