Board of Directors



Kearstin Piper Brown, Soprano (Rochester, NY)

Vice Chair

Alexander Laing, Principal Clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony (Phoenix, AZ)


Roger Smith, Senior Financial Officer, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)


Toni-Marie Montgomery, Dean, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

President & Artistic Director

Lee Koonce, Gateways Music Festival (Rochester, NY & New York, NY)


Amadi Azikiwe, Violist and Conductor (New York, NY)

Carolyne Blount, Editor, About Time Magazine (Rochester, NY)

Sonia James-Wilson, Principal, Catalyst Research & Development (Rochester, NY)

James H. Norman, President & CEO (retired), Action for a Better Community (Rochester, NY)

Douglas Phillips, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)

Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras (New York, NY)

Jamal J. Rossi, Joan & Martin Messinger Dean, Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)

Kate Washington, CEO, OWN Rochester (Rochester, NY)

Fr. Robert Werth, Co-pastor St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church (Rochester, NY)