Program Faculty are core lecturers who augment the Module experience by leading tailored seminars that deepen understandings of critical themes.
Rosa María Barreiro is an innovative leader, business strategist and change agent with extensive background in global operating environments. She holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University.
Rosa Maria Barreiro
Senior Policy Advisor
Organization of American States
Felipe Buitrago is author of The Orange Economy, a study on the cultural industries in economic development. Buitrago is a sought-after speaker on technologies, public policy research, and advocacy. Prof. Buitrago has a MIPP in Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Colombian Chamber of Information
Author, The Orange Economy
Judith Hill Bose earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the City University of New York and a MM from The New England Conservatory. At Longy she directs the Teaching Artist Program in Cambridge and is the central architect of the MAT at the Los Angeles campus.
Dr. Judith Hill Bose
Director of Educational Initiatives
Longy School of Music
Thomas Cabaniss teaches at The Juilliard School and leads arts education projects through the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Cabaniss was Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic and served as Music Animateur for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Julliard School
Faculty, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute
Juan Antonio Cuellar is dean of graduate studies in music at Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and a senior advisor to Fundación Azteca (Mexico). Dr. Cuellar earned a DMUS in music theory from the University of Indiana, and is a co-founding director of Filarmonica Joven de Colombia.
Dr. Juan Antonio Cuellar
Dean of Graduate Studies in Music
Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Senior Advisor, Fundación Azteca (Mexico)
Ricardo Ernst is Professor of Operations and former Deputy Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Dr. Ernst earned an MBA from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, and an MA and Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ricardo Ernst
Faculty Chair of Global Business
McDonough School of Business
Darius Graham (J.D., Univ. of Cal. Berkeley) is Director of the Social Innovation Lab at The Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Graham serves on Impact Hub Baltimore’s advisory board, is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and authored the book, Being the Difference.
Social Innovation Lab
Johns Hopkins University
Arlene Goldbard is a writer and social activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics, and spirituality. She is known as a creator of cultural critique and new policy proposals. Goldbard serves as Chief of Policy at the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.
Chief of Policy
United States Department of Arts
Office of Investigation
Nancy Guerra is Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at UCI, having received her BA from UCLA, her MA from UCSB, and her doctorate from Harvard.
Dr. Nancy Guerra
School of Social Ecology
University of California Irvine
Prof. Gutierrez directs the Social Enterprise Initiative at the Universidad de los Andes, Bello School of Business. He earned a PhD & MA from Johns Hopkins University, and chairs the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN), an alliance of 10 Ibero-American universities.
Dr. Roberto Gutierrez
Universidad de los Andes
Bello School of Business
Adriana Gutiérrez earned a Bachelor’s degree from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, and a Master’s degree & PhD from El Colegio de México. Prof. Gutiérrez is Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
Dr. Adriana Gutiérrez
School of Arts & Sciences
Assal Habibi’s research incorporates electrophysiology, neuroimaging and psychometric assessments. Dr. Hababi is currently leading a 5-year longitudinal study, in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, investigating the effects of early childhood music training on the development of brain function.
Dr. Assal Habibi
Brain & Creativity Institute
University of Southern California
Senior Faculty at the Opex Institute, Tim Healey teaches Operational Excellence in the business process sector. He is co-author of Operational Excellence in Your Office, and as worked globally with Parker Hannifin, United Technologies Corporation, Bayer Healthcare, and Curtiss Wright.
Author, Operational Excellence in Your Office
Founder of Minerva Financial Arts, Elaine Grogan CPA works to build financial literacy in creative individuals and organizations through education and coaching. Prof. Grogan’s work focuses on empowerment above all else, connecting financial decisions with creative goals.
Elaine Grogan Luttrull
Chief Executive Officer
Minerva Financial Arts
Former VP Finance at The Juilliard School
Ken MacLeod is the founder and president of KMA Consultants. Formerly an elected representative in the government of New Brunswick (Canada), Prof. MacLeod Chairs the Youth Orchestra of New Brunswick and is founder of Sistema NB.
Katie Kresek serves as teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic. She has led residencies in NYC Public Schools, performed interactive concerts, and represented the faculty abroad in tours. She is also a teaching artist for the Lincoln Center.
Teaching Artist Faculty
New York Philharmonic
Lincoln Center Institute
Norm Rosenthal is a world-renowned psychiatrist, public speaker, and best-selling author who is known for his innovative research and inspirational writings. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is listed as one of the Best Doctors in America.
Dr. Norm Rosenthal
School of Medicine
A graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg is a recipient of the Fulbright Association Lifetime Achievement Award, has served on the Boards of Fortune 500 companies McGraw Hill & General Mills, and is Founding Chairman of Strategic Investment Group.
Strategic Investment Group
Fulbright Lifetime Awardee
John Simson is a leading figure at the forefront of the legal battle for Artist’s rights. A professor at Washington College, he received an Emmy nomination for his work as a supervisor on the PBS Series “American Roots,” and has taught at Georgetown Law School.
Washington College of Law
Debra Smyers has over 25 years of experience within the arts and social services sectors. In addition to acting as Faculty at George Mason University’s Arts Management Program, Prof. Smyers is executive director of Windmore Foundation for the Arts.
George Mason University
Arts Management Program
President & CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Dalouge Smith has served as a national leader in the U.S. El Sistema movement since co-founding the National El Sistema Network. Dalouge was founding President of Californians for the Arts.
Chief Executive Officer
SDYO & San Diego Conservatory
Thomas C. Südhof is a German-American biochemist known for his study of synaptic transmission. Currently, professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, Sudhof, together with two colleagues, was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Dr. Thomas Sudhof
School of Medicine
Dr. Maria Varvarigou is Faculty of Policy and Society in the Institute of Education at University of London, and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. A scholar of the A.S Onassis Foundation, Dr. Varvarigou is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts.
Dr. Maria Varvarigou
University of London
Institute of Education
With a BM from Peabody Conservatory and MM from Yale University. has taught at Yale University, The Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Baltimore Public School system. He is Founder of Baltimore-based Orchids, and is on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.
Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins Univ.
Founding Director, BSO OrchKids
Brazilian violinist Deborah Wanderley is founder of YOURS, Chicago’s first El Sistema program. Ms. Wanderley is founder of NEOJIBÁ Trancoso,, a member of OSESP (Brazil’s top professional orchestra), and teaches at the Tom Jobim School and Bacarelli Institute.
São Paulo State Music Academy
Distinguished music educator William Westney, innovator of the ‘Un-Master Class,’ holds the B.A. from Queens College and a Doctorate from the Yale School of Music. A Fulbright Awardee, Dr. Westney teaches at Texas Tech University.
Dr. William Westney
Texas Tech University
School of Music
Alexandra Kertz-Welzel, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Music Education at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich (Germany). Dr. Kertz-Welzel completed her studies at Saarland University and the University of Music in Saarbrücken.
Dr. Alexandra Kertz-Welzel
Faculty Chair of Music
Ludwig Maximilian University
Andreas E. Widmer is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at Catholic University’s Busch School of Business. Widnmer co-founded The SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization promoting enterprise solutions to poverty.
Dr. Andreas Widmer
Busch School of Business
Catholic University of America
Prior to her work at Play on Philly!, Jessica Zweig was a member of the Chelsea Symphony and Program Manager for the Harmony Program. She received her BA & MA from the University of Maryland, and taught music at the Sheridan School in Washington,DC.
Play on Philly!
“The Mission gave our students a greater sense of purpose in their musical studies and broadened their musical perspective to a global landscape.”
KIPP Charter Schools
Annual Mission Host