Patricio Aizaga is the founder and president of the National Youth Orchestra of Ecuador. He is also professor at the National Conservatory of Music Quito. Dr. Aizaga created the first socially-oriented music education project in the history of Ecuador.
Dr. Patricio Aizaga
Fundación Sinfónica de Ecuador
Paul Anwandter is a widely read author of books on Coaching, NLP, Hypnosis, and Team Building. His vast knowledge of coaching led him to create the ICI Integral Coaching model. Prof. Anwandter is a founding member of the Human Coaching Network (HCN).
Worldwide Assoc. of Business Coaches
Dr. Yoon-il Auh holds advanced degrees from Juilliard and Columbia. He has been faculty at Columbia Teachers College, Ass-Dir. of Distance Education at NYU, Director at Central Michigan University, and President of the National Labor College. Dr. Auh teaches at Seoul National University.
Dr. Yoon-il Auh
Seoul National University
Arthur C. Brooks is a widely known American social scientist and musician. Prof. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Brooks is best known for his work on the junctions between culture, economics, and politics.
Arthur C. Brooks
American Enterprise Institute
Dr. Isaac Casal—founder of Panama’s Alfredo San Malo Festival—holds advanced degrees from Florida International University, Baylor University, and Southern Methodist University, where he earned his Artist Certificate as a student of Andres Diaz.
Dr. Isaac Casal
Fundación Concertante Panama
Vandeen Campbell leads research projects, staff development, and quantitative methods trainings at CUNY. Prof. Campbell received a B.A. in sociology & education from York College and a M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, specializing in applied social research.
Assistant Director, Research, Evaluation, & Prog. Support
City University of New York
Bruno Campo has expertise building Sistema-inspired programs. In 2005 Campo founded Sistema Guatemala, which within 6 years reached 2500 children through 10 orchestras and 8 music schools. Campo is an official “Peace Ambassador” for the Guatemalan govt.
Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala
Peter Carrington (MBA, MA) is a clinical social worker in New York City with extensive background working with at-risk youth and their families in a variety of urban settings.
Clinical Social Worker
New York City
Winner of the Leeds Piano Competition, Brazilian Ricardo Castro is founding president of NEOJIBA, a state-wide network of El Sistema-inspired youth orchestras in Bahia, Brazil. Prof. Castro is also Faculty at Haute Ecole de Musique Lausanne in Switzerland.
Founding President, NEOJIBA Brazil
Faculty, Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne
Dr Andrea Creech is Professor of Education at University College London, having previously taught at the Open University and the Guildhall School of Music. Dr. Creech has held principal positions in orchestras in the UK and Canada, and founded a music school in the Republic of Ireland.
Dr. Andrea Creech
University of London
Violinist Francis Cummings is Founding Director of Music at Sistema Scotland and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Prof. Cummings is on Faculty at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Founding Director, Sistema Scotland
Faculty, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Tatiana de German Ribon holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Colombia in Washington DC.
Tatiana de German Ribon
Embassy of Colombia in Washington
Dr. Susan Hallam—BA, MSc, Phd—has taught and led research at the Institute of Education since 1991, supporting a wide range of bodies including the ESRC, DfES, MoD, and a range of charities relating to attendance at and behaviour in school.
Dr. Susan Hallam
University of London
Scott Harrison, Exec. Director of the LA Chamber Orchestra, worked previously for the Indianapolis, New Jersey, Boston and Dallas symphony orchestras. Harrison holds degrees from Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University, and is founder of BLUME Haiti.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Marta Hernández earned a Doctorate in Music Education from Universidad de Granada, and a Master’s in String Pedagogy from Temple University. Prof. Hernández also holds a Master’s in Music Therapy from Illinois State University.
Dr. Marta Hernández Candelas
National Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico
Dr. Steven Holochwost is a Research Scientist at the Science of Learning Institute and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Education. Prof. Holochwost is also Associate Principal at WolfBrown, where he evaluates programs designed for under-served youth.
Dr. Steven Holochwost
Research Scientist at the Learning Institute
Johns Hopkins University
Stephanie Hsu, a graduate of Swarthmore and New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program, is Executive Director of Yakima Music In Action an a member of the Yakima Symphony.
Yakima Music en Accion
Margaret Martin earned a doctorate in Public Health from UCLA and a master of public health degree from UCLA in Behavior Science/ Health Education.. She is the founder of Harmony Project, which provides instruments & tuition-free music lessons to thousands of youth in Los Angeles.
Founder & Managing Director
A graduate of Vienna Conservatory, Juan Felipe Molano is Conductor of YOLA at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Molano is also Resident Conductor of the American Youth Symphony, and previously was Artistic Director of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.
Juan Felipe Molano
Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles
Dr. Collin Mueller is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. Prof Mueller earned his B.A. at Rice University, M.Div. at Duke Divinity School, and M.A. and Ph.D. at Duke University. He has taught courses at Duke and North Carolina Central University.
Dr. Collin Mueller
Duke University School of Sociology
Eli Newberger, M.D. is a leading figure in the movement to improve the protection and care of children.. A pediatrician and author of many influential works on child abuse, he teaches at Harvard Medical School and founded the Child Protection Team at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Eli Newberger
Harvard Medical School
Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Ph.D., is Chief Research Officer and Senior Policy Analyst for Creativity Testing Services, and is Founder of MUSE Research. Dr. O’Neal was Founding Director of Research for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Research Director at the Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.
Dr. Ivonne Chand O’Neal
Chief Research Strategist
Omari Pearson serves as Program Manager of Banking on Our Future (BOOF): College Edition. As Program Manager, Omari is responsible for day-to-day development, implementation, and growth of BOOF College Edition.
Armando Regil is founding president of IPEA, a think tank devoted supporting a new generation of leaders in Mexico in private sector, public sector, and civil society. He has a BSc in International Business from Tec de Monterrey, and is a columnist for Expansion, The Economist, and Politician DNA.
Instituto de Pensamiento Estratégico
Founding Director of the Corona Youth Orchestra, Álvaro Rodas earned a Master’s in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Prof. Rodas has served as principal percussionist at the Guatemala National Symphony and on Faculty at the Guatemala National Conservatory.
Founder & Director
Corona Youth Music Project
Dr. Gero Schliess is a Special Correspondent for Culture and Cultural Policy for Germany’s leading newspaper, Deutsche Welle, as well as Neu Berliner. Dr. Schliess was previously the newspaper’s Washington correspondent.
Dr. Gero Schliess
Senior Culture Correspondent
Liz Schurgin, former Abreu Fellow of the New England Conservatory, is Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Project.
DC Youth Orchestra Program
Seth Truby, Founding Director of BRAVO Youth Orchestras, is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and Oberlin College & Conservatory.. Truby was a founder and fundraising chair of the Portland Village School, and Director of Development at Chamber Music Northwest.
Founding Executive Director
BRAVO Youth Orchestras
A graduate of Yale University, Mariano Vales is Director of Music Initiatives at the Organization of American States and founder of its OASIS program. Mr. Vales is also composer-in-residence for the GALA Hispanic Theater and a Music Director at the DC Youth Orchestra.
Director of Music Initiatives
The Organization of American States
Luis Vicaria is Director of Orchestral Studies at Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and Music Director of the University Orchestra. Dr. Vicaria is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, and earned a Master’s and Ph.D. at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Luis G. Vicaria
Director of Orchestral Studies
Helen Wheelock has developed and led pioneering anti-bullying curricula and powerful professional development programs on interactive storytelling for early childhood educators. As adjunct faculty at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, she has taught several graduate courses.
Adj. Faculty, CUNY School of Professional Studies
Paulo Zuben—Managing Director of Santa Marcelina Cultura— has an extensive history in cultural management having served as the head of prominent festivals and institutions in Brazil including Campos do Jordao, the Tom Jobim Conservatory & Project GURI.
Escola de Música Tom Jobim
“The unique curriculum of readings, seminars,
assignments, and field work transformed my perspective and strengthened my career goals.”
Maggie Gould, Violin, USA (2014 Cohort)
Co-Founder – National Youth Orchestra of Belize