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Shauna Quill

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Shauna joined the Music Academy as President & CEO in November 2023. She was previously the Executive Director of the New York Youth Symphony since 2011. Under her leadership, NYYS received the 2022 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance – Classical, expanded its programs and partnerships in the community, toured internationally, and was recognized as one of the most awarded youth orchestras in the United States. Shauna was previously Executive Director of the University of Chicago Presents, the University’s professional presenting series, where festivals she designed and curated on Olivier Messiaen and the Soviet Era were named top cultural events in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and TimeOut Chicago. Shauna has held senior leadership positions at arts organizations including the Aspen Music Festival and School, La Jolla Music Society, and the Herbert Breslin Agency. Shauna received her bachelor's degree in flute performance from Carnegie Mellon University where she was a student of Jeffrey Khaner, Julius Baker, and Ethan Stang.

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Mimi Do

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Administration

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email
mdo@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7902

Mimi Do has extensive experience as a CFO consultant for multiple nonprofits at Jones & Associates in Los Angeles, recently managing a staff of 19 serving 30 nonprofit organizations. Previously, Mimi was the CFO for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts with oversight of all aspects of finance, human resources, insurance, facilities, information technology, and operations. Mimi Do also served as the Budget Manager for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for four years. Mimi holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, Management, and Finance from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. Additionally, Mimi studied in South Korea on a Fulbright Scholarship.

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Marcia Swires

Senior Director of Finance & Administration

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email
mswires@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7925

Marcia Pentony Swires grew up in Pleasanton, California. Marcia attended college at University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Université de Poitiers, France. Prior to joining the Music Academy in 2010, Marcia worked in finance and human resources for Islands Publishing Company. Marcia Swires enjoys using computerized accounting programs, but also still loves a freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil, and she couldn’t live without “T” accounts. Marcia's favorite part of her job is problem-solving.

A Ventura resident since 2001, Marcia Swires enjoys listening to all kinds of audiobooks during her commute. Marcia also volunteers in her local community on behalf of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), serving on their board, coaching, and, quite recently, refereeing. You’ll find her out at the fields at every opportunity.

When Marcia Swires has free time, she likes to solve crossword puzzles and can never get enough of reading. Marcia also is very competitive against her Words with Friends opponents and enjoys the challenge of a good game.

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Helen Park

Director of Talent & Culture

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email
hpark@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7926

Helen Park, SHRM-CP, is a Human Resources professional with a classical music background who has a passion for creating a fulfilling work culture. Helen is deeply committed to helping organizations optimize their human capital by fostering a culture of integrity and inclusion that drives employee engagement. She enjoys building connections with people to inform, inspire and empower them to achieve their best at work and beyond.

With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors, Helen possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in strategic talent management, organizational development, as well as diversity and inclusion. She’s enthusiastic about bringing a commitment to excellence, education, and empowerment.

Helen earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Clarinet Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied with Paul Bambach. As a freelance musician, she frequently performs with numerous ensembles and organizations in the Santa Barbara area.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Helen is a strong advocate for early musical education and is dedicated to helping young children develop their musical talents. In her personal time, Helen enjoys traveling, attending concerts, trying new culinary experiences, reading, and spending quality time with her husband Aaron, and their dog, Leonard.

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Byron J. Mayes

Financial & Database Manager

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email
bmayes@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7904

Born in Houston, Texas, Byron is a doctoral student at University of California, Santa Barbara studying with Dr. Linda Di Fiore, and earned his bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. As a 2017-2018 Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist, Byron appeared as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti. He attended the Music Academy as a vocal fellow in 2020 and 2021, and was a winner of the Music Academy's 2020 Digital Challenge.

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Nate Bachhuber

Chief Artistic Officer

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Joining the Music Academy as Chief Artistic Officer in February of 2024, Nate Bachhuber has been recognized for his collaborative and strategic approach to artistic planning. His work as Artistic Administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Advisor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has had a significant impact on the field of orchestral music. With experience in public relations and digital strategy at Carnegie Hall and degrees in voice and opera from the Curtis Institute of Music, Bachhuber’s career has been marked by creativity and thoughtful innovation.

In his role with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Bachhuber contributed to artistic plans for the 2025 reopening of Powell Hall following a multi-season expansion and renovation. As Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pops and May Festival, Bachhuber contemporized and diversified programming. In partnership with Music Director Louis Langrée and CSO musician leadership, he launched groundbreaking series and impactful initiatives. During the CSO's 125th Anniversary Season his experience in the digital sphere became evident, steering the CSO’s innovative digital efforts into the modern age.

As Artistic Administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bachhuber played a vital role in programming and commissioning efforts. He contributed to the success of the LA Phil’s 2017 Reykjavík Festival and in collaboration with LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams, launched the Noon to Midnight Festival in addition to his role leading artistic planning efforts for the LA Phil’s Hollywood Bowl, Green Umbrella, and additional series.

Nate is excited about returning to Southern California with his family. He looks forward to engaging Santa Barbara’s vibrant communities through music and, with his colleagues, expanding the Music Academy’s future artistic impact.

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Travis Wells

Director of Artistic Operations

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email
twells@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7910

Travis Wells joined the Music Academy as Director of Artistic Operations in March 2022. He spent over 11 years at the Philadelphia Orchestra in a variety of roles in Production and Artistic Operations. Travis oversaw the planning and execution of numerous international and domestic tours as well as annual residencies at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York. He supported many high profile events such as Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the USA where Philadelphia Orchestra performed a concert and mass that was attended by over 800,000 people on Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway.

Most recently Travis was the Senior Director of Concert Operations at Pacific Symphony where he managed their first tour of China as well as their Carnegie Hall debut by invitation from Philip Glass. The symphony performed several works that explored the influence of Ravi Shankar on Glass’ music and featured sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar.

Travis is a tuba player and has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Temple University in Philadelphia where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Jonathan Lee Chan

Manager of Production & Technology

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email
jchan@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7984

Originally trained as a classical violinist, Jonathan Lee Chan has had a life-long passion for a variety of musical genres and now proudly serves as the Manager of Production and Technology at the Music Academy. Here he oversees the Academy’s orchestral production needs during the summer festival and manages the technological requirements that support the mission year-round.

Jonathan has had a multi-faceted career in production, but has primarily worked as an audio and recording engineer for organizations such as the Nashville Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra and as Chief Engineer of historic SugarHill Recording Studios in Houston, Texas, his hometown. His recording credits include notable artists such as Khruangbin, Robert Glasper, James Francies, Lee Ann Womack, and Little Big Town. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys photography, cooking, and playing guitar.

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Indigo Fischer

Artistic Operations Manager

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email
ifischer@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7901

Indigo Fischer enjoys a multi-faceted career as an arts administrator and performing musician. She joined the Music Academy as the Artistic Operations Coordinator in August 2021 and was named the Artistic Operations Manager in September 2022. Indigo previously worked as the Artistic Program Coordinator and Artist Liaison during the 2021 Summer Festival. An award-winning flutist and newly appointed Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Indigo co-founded the Austin-based woodwind quintet Quintessence. During her time in the ensemble, Quintessence was a two-time finalist in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Indigo also has extensive experience teaching, both as a private flute instructor and as the graduate Teaching Assistant for The University of Texas at Austin flute studio.

Indigo Fischer is a recent Master of Music graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was one of three university-wide recipients of a 2021 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for her virtual degree recital. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance and a Certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder and is an alumna of the Interlochen Arts Academy.

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Geoffrey Hahn

Lehrer Vocal Institute Director of Artistic Operations

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ghahn@musicacademy.org
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2018

Geoff Hahn enjoys a varied career as both administrator and artist manager. Geoff attended the Music Academy in 2018 as a vocal fellow and is delighted to give back to the Festival as a member of the administration. He is a trained singer and graduate of the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Studio Program. During his time with the studio, he performed on the HGO stage as Schaunard in La bohème, Marullo in Rigoletto, Paris in Roméo et Juliette, and the Second Commissioner in Dialogues des Carmélites. In addition, he has covered a wide range of roles with the company, included Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Morales in Carmen, and the role of Lorenzo da Ponte in the world premiere of The Phoenix.

Geoff is a passionate advocate of the operatic artform. He makes it his mission to support artists so they can flourish amongst the ever-increasing demands of the industry. He is a proud graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program with a degree in Sustainable Development and received his master's degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In addition to his work with the Music Academy, Geoff is an associate artist manager for Fletcher Artist Management.

 

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Melissa Ruge

Lehrer Vocal Institute Production Manager

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mruge@musicacademy.org

Melissa Ruge has been a part of producing operas for two decades.  She has is a seasoned backstage professional with experience Stage Managing and ASMing for Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and a dozen other companies.  Notable productions include Phelim McDermott's Ahknaten and Barrie Kosky's Magic Flute.  She is thrilled to leading the production team at the Lehrer Vocal Institute.

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Erin McKibben

Sing! Program Director

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email
emckibben@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7906

Erin McKibben is an active Grammy-nominated performer, educator, and conductor in Southern California, originally from Portland, Oregon. She is the Director of the Music Academy’s Sing! choral program and Director of the Santa Barbara School of Music. Erin is principal flutist for the Los Angeles-based experimental classical ensemble, Wild Up, whose performances have been listed in both the LA and New York Times "Best Of" lists.  Their album "The Pieces that Fall to Earth" was nominated for a Grammy and their latest album, “Femenine,” listed on NPR’s Top 10 albums of 2021.  She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hahn Hall at the Music Academy, Colburn’s Zipper Hall, Warner Brothers Studios, The Granada Theatre, Brooklyn's National Sawdust, several National Flute Association Conventions as a prize winner, as a soloist at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, and with the LA Philharmonic, the experimental LA-based Opera company, The Industry (performing in the acclaimed productions, "Hopscotch" and "Sweet Land"), and the International Contemporary Ensemble. As a chamber musician, Erin has participated in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has been heard on Santa Barbara’s classical music radio station as a featured artist. Erin has also been engaged as the Keynote Speaker for the College Music Society. Erin holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound and a master's degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter as a fellow.

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mica basilici

SING! Choral Director

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mbasilici@musicacademy.org
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mica basilici is a multi-faceted artist. mica’s approach to the voice is rooted in functional singing, and often incorporates joyful movement. Since relocating to Santa Barbara County, mica has performed with Out of the Box Theatre Company, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Revels, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society.

They earned a Voice Pedagogy Certificate in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method; a bachelor's degree in Music Performance (Voice) from Ball State University; and is currently completing a master's degree in Education in Global Perspectives: Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments from Boston College.

mica serves on the editorial board for the Jazz Education Network Journal, and on the board of directors for Out of the Box Theatre Company, and is a member of Women in Music.

mica is passionate about using the arts to promote positive social change throughout the world and in their local community. They are especially interested in creating accessible and inclusive experiences for community members to engage in belonging with one another through the performing arts.

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Kristine Pacheco-Bernt

SING! Program Administrator

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kpacheco@musicacademy.org

Kristine Pacheco-Bernt (she/her/ella) is a professional violinist, arts administrator, and music educator motivated to make instrumental music relevant within the community. Raised at the intersection of mariachi and minuets, she draws upon over a decade of performing and teaching experience. Kristine strongly believes in the power of creative youth development through music and is proud to bring her perspective and skills to all kinds of projects. Previously, Kristine served as a Teaching Artist at the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) music program, and as the Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Symphony. She currently maintains a private violin studio designed to support students at all levels of musical development. She enjoys bringing together school administrators, families, and music professionals to create dynamic music education programs. Kristine holds a master’s degree in violin performance from San Francisco State University and dual bachelor’s degrees in music and premedical studies from University of California Berkeley. She performs regularly throughout the central coast with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Santa Maria Philharmonic.

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Sara Coleman

SING! Collaborative Pianist

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scoleman@musicacademy.org

Sara has extensive experience as a choral collaborative pianist, most recently at Ellensburg High School in Ellensburg, Washington, and over 30 years at the Visalia School District in Visalia, California. She holds a degree from Fresno State University in Education.

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Sophie Dalbadie

SING! Site Coordinator

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sdalbadie@musicacademy.org

Sophie Dalbadie is a junior at UCSB studying economics and global studies. She has played violin since the age of seven and otherwise continues to engage with music everyday.
She has previously performed with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, her school band “Los Adobes,” and at private recitals; furthermore, she has attended rehearsals with the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble. Sophie is fluent in both English and French, with some knowledge of Spanish. She turns to music when looking for inspiration and motivation and hopes Sing! Students will find as much value in music as she has in and outside class.

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Matthew Dudley

SING! Site Coordinator

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mdudley@musicacademy.org

Matthew is a versatile musician, currently pursuing a Music Studies degree at UC Santa Barbara, with a focus on violin.  He has been a violinist with the Inner City Youth Orchestra (Lincoln Heights, California) since 2013, performing in concerts and recording sessions at venues like Disney Concert Hall and the California African American Museum, and with the groups Imagine Dragons and Brent Faiyez. He also has experience as a video editor.

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Steven Thomson

SING! Choral Director

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sthomson@musicacademy.org

Steven Browning Thomson is Director of Music and Organist at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito. He recently completed his master's degree in Choral Conducting at UCSB, studying with Dr. Nicole Lamartine and directing the university's Tenor/Bass choir, the Singing Gauchos. Steven also serves as the Assistant to the Conductor of the Santa Barbara Choral Society. Steven holds a master's degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in Ethnomusicology. He has a particular passion for Armenian choral music, inspired in large part by his 27 months living and working in the Republic of Armenia as a teacher with the US Peace Corps. While in Armenia, Steven formed and directed a 40-member children's chorus, sang with the Hover State Chamber Choir of Armenia under the direction of Sona Hovhannisyan, and studied voice with Anna Mayilyan. At UCSB, along with Choral conducting, he pursued advanced coursework and research in ethnomusicology and continued voice studies with Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian. In June 2022, Steven was pleased to present a program of Armenian choral music to the Santa Barbara community as the guest conductor of the Adelfos Ensemble.

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Grace Wenzel

SING! Collaborative Pianist

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gwenzel@musicacademy.org
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Grace is a recent graduate from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR.) where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music, with a concentration in Vocal Performance. A singer and keyboardist, Grace has also studied piano from a very young age, and at Lewis & Clark studied accompaniment with piano professor Stephanie Thompson.

In his final year at Lewis & Clark, in addition to completing his senior vocal recital featuring a diverse program of art songs and arias, Grace also provided piano accompaniment for the school’s theatre department, and was the alto section leader in the premier level choir, Cappella Nova, under the direction of Dr. John Cox. Grace currently sings in the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church, and will be performing in the Santa Barbara Revels production this December, as well as in a number of other engagements around Santa Barbara.

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Lila Woodard

SING! Site Coordinator

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lwoodard@musicacademy.org

Lila Woodard is a senior at Dos Pueblos High School and has been a vocalist in their A Cappella Choir since sophomore year performing locally and competing in vocal jazz festivals under the direction of Courtney Anderson. Lila has loved music and performing arts since her young childhood leading her to pursuits including cello, ballet, and the circus arts of contortion, acrobatics, and aerial. Lila enjoys caring for and helping people through working with the elderly and babysitting for families in the community. Lila is involved in leadership at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and is a member of their choir.

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Shiqi (Sadee) Xu

SING! Lead Collaborative Pianist

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sxu@musicacademy.org

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Carthage College, classical pianist Shiqi (Sadee) Xu is a dedicated performer and teacher. She is currently a doctoral candidate at University of California in Santa Barbara. Born in China, she began playing the piano at the age of 7 after discovering her love for music. As soloist, she has performed with the Carthage Philharmonic and has given recitals in Chicago Concert Hall, Steinway Hall (Milwaukee), Miller Recital Hall (MSM), Lakeside Piano Festival, Festival Napa Valley, Hawaii Chamber Music Festival, and more. Due to her versatility, she is a frequent chamber, musical theater, and opera pianist. She has also held many music director positions for community churches. She was invited as a pianist for the Manetti Shrem Opera Program at Festival Napa Valley in 2022. She is the recipient of the prestigious Bothe-Hazel Memorial Award and Bridge Grant Scholarship. With her love of teaching, she maintains a large private studio as well as teaching positions in many music schools including Muzik Colab (NYC), the Masaki School of Music (Honolulu), and Carthage Arts Academy (Kenosha). Shiqi has performed in masterclasses for world renowned pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Jorge Federico Osorio, and Joanne Polk. She completed her undergraduate studies with Dr. Wael Farouk and her graduate studies with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.

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Tiffany Kyoka Yin

SING! Collaborative Pianist

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tyin@musicacademy.org

Tiffany Kyoka Yin is a recent graduate from University of California, Santa Barbara where she earned a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance studying with Dr. Charles Asche and accompanying with Dr. Natasha Kislenko. Upon her admission, she received the Excellence-at-Entrance Scholarship and the Opus One Scholarship from the Department of Music. She also received a grant from the non-profit organization Together with Classical. She has extensive experience in solo performance, accompanying, and chamber music and has performed in masterclasses for pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, and violist Roger Meyers.

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Kate Oberjat

Senior Director of Content Marketing & Digital Experience

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email
koberjat@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7908

Kate Oberjat, a native of San Diego, California, has worked at the Music Academy since December 2015, previously as Director of Marketing and Communications and currently in the role of Senior Director of Content Marketing & Digital Experience. However, Kate's first encounter with the Academy was as an infant, when both of her parents attended the Music Academy as Voice Program fellows.

Kate Oberjat joined the Music Academy from the New York Philharmonic, where she was the Single Ticket Marketing Manager. A classically-trained singer, Kate studied voice at Northwestern University in addition to earning a music business degree, and went on to sing professionally with companies including Nashville Opera, LA Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, Chelsea Opera, Dicapo Opera, and Lyric Opera San Diego.

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Mary Tweit

Director of Guest Services

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email
mtweit@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7931

Mary, a native of Ventura, California, has served as Director of Guest Services since 2022. Mary previously served as the Ticket Office Manager during the 2022 Summer Festival season and Front of House Supervisor during the 2016 Summer Festival season. She is excited to be back at the Music Academy full-time and grow in the field of performing arts administration.

Mary's passion for performing arts began in college, where she served as the Performing Arts House Manager and as a student usher for UC Santa Barbara’s Arts & Lectures in 2014-2016. She graduated from UCSB in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. Mary previously lived in Phoenix, Arizona, where she worked as a Registered Behavior Therapist with children and teens on the autism spectrum at a local non-profit from 2016 to 2021. While there, she received her master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Mary returned to her hometown in 2021 and is happy to be out of the Arizona heat. In her free time, she loves to spend time by the beach, read, and go to the movies.

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Britta Young

Manager of Guest Services

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email
byoung@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7900

Britta Young joined the Music Academy team as Manager of Guest Services in 2022. She first became involved with performing and visual arts as a student at San Marcos High School, and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Iowa. After graduating, she worked in art and early literacy education, and was previously a literacy specialist with Santa Barbara Unified. In her free time Britta enjoys reading, cooking, biking, and learning about interior design and architecture.

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Jodi Barnard

Chief Advancement Officer

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email
jbarnard@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7918

With over 30 years as a fundraising executive, Jodi Barnard brings a solid track record serving performing arts organizations, higher education institutions, and healthcare foundations.  A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and DePauw University in music and business, Jodi began her career in development and artistic management with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and other performing arts organizations. Jodi’s career in healthcare culminated as President of El Camino Hospital Foundation, where benchmarks for total annual philanthropic support for the Hospital of Silicon Valley named a new mental health building and integrated medical office building, created named endowments, and grew clinical patient-centered programs.

Jodi remained connected to the performing and arts education world through her volunteer work as a board member for the Community School for Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, and a trustee at Britt Music & Arts Festival in Oregon where she chaired its music director search culminating with the appointment of music director Teddy Abrams.

A proud parent of a three-season cello fellow Chas Barnard, Jodi is passionate about the performing arts and education, and she is honored to be joining the Music Academy team during this exciting time.

Jodi has served performing arts organizations, higher education institutions, and healthcare foundations for over 30 years.

 

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Anaïs Pellegrini

Director of Philanthropy, Major Gifts

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email
apellegrini@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7916

Born overseas on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta and raised in China, Australia, and Hong Kong, as well as stateside, Anaïs Pellegrini has a deep interest in what strengthens and enriches lives and communities, and is honored to be a part of the nonprofit world in Santa Barbara. Anaïs credits her mother for instilling in her a strong appreciation and affinity for the arts and music by taking her to performances in New York City at a very young age.

After graduating with a degree in Art History, Anaïs began her career at the Katonah Museum in New York. A resident of Santa Barbara since 2008, Anaïs is proud to have served as Director of Development for a wide range of organizations such as the Community Environmental Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. She also served as Associate Director at the Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties office of the Anti-Defamation League where she was professionally trained to facilitate anti-bias and diversity training throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Anaïs has held volunteer leadership roles on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Ventura/Santa Barbara Chapter, Santa Barbara Education Foundation, and Girls Rock Santa Barbara. She is the current Board Chair at the environmental non-profit, Regenerative Progress.

Anaïs has two daughters, Talia Bee and Lena Simone, and enjoys exploring the incredible beauty of the West Coast with them. They are passionate arts and music enthusiasts, and can regularly be found at small and large venues across the region, be it at a Camerata Pacifica concert in downtown Los Angeles or at a country music show at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

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Jill Rode

Director of Philanthropy, Individual Giving

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email
jrode@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7911

Jill Rode has been a professional fundraiser on the Central Coast for 30 years. Previously held positions include Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross Central Coast Region, Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Zoo, and Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Symphony. Prior to joining the Music Academy, Jill was the Chief Development Officer of the Channel Islands YMCA where she supervised the fundraising of seven branches of the Y; including annual campaigns, planned giving, grants, and special events.

Recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Fundraiser of the Year in 2004, Jill Rode has a special affinity for legacy gifts, and recently spoke at the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning on Legacy Societies. During her tenure at the YMCA, Jill helped steward the growth of the endowment from under $4 million to nearly $10 million. Jill Rode earned a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Jill Rode has been an active community volunteer, having served as President of the Junior League of Santa Barbara and of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Currently, Jill serves on the board of National Charity League and the PTSA of San Marcos High School, and volunteers for Dream Foundation's Flower Empower program.

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Leila Drake

Annual Giving & Donor Relations Manager

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email
ldrake@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7929

Leila Drake grew up in Santa Cruz, California, training intensively in classical ballet.  She moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 to attend UC Santa Barbara and graduated with a double major in Art History and Film Studies. Leila joined State Street Ballet in 2004 where she performed as a principal dancer for nearly 14 years, dancing the leading roles in Carmen, An American Tango, Appalachian Spring, Carmina Burana, and Scheherazade on Santa Barbara’s many incredible stages.  Throughout her time with the company she also toured extensively throughout the United States, China, and Chile, and worked with inspiring choreographers such as Robert Battle, Nancy Colahan, Autumn Eckman, Rodney Gustafson, William Soleau, and Edgar Zendejas.

After retiring from the stage, Leila transitioned into numerous roles in State Street Ballet’s administrative team, working in marketing, fundraising, and social media, and managing the company’s busy touring schedule. She joined the Music Academy team in 2022 and is excited to remain a part of Santa Barbara’s vibrant performing arts community while contributing to the future of music education and performance. Leila loves living on the American Riviera with her guitar-playing husband and their young son, immersing herself in every kind of art, and enjoying the exceptional beauty of planet Earth.

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Tiffany DeVries

Dean

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email
tdevries@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7923

Tiffany DeVries, a member of the Academy’s administration for fifteen years, was named Dean of the Music Academy in 2007 after serving as Associate Dean. As director of the Student Services department, Tiffany oversees the Academy’s annual recruitment, audition, and admissions processes, as well as all aspects of Academy fellows’ off-stage experience including the residence life program, housing/transportation/dining services, Alumni Program, Wellness Program, Compeer Program, international student services, and health and counseling resources. During her tenure, Tiffany launched the Wellness Program; an innovative series of classes and resources offering fellows tools and principles to help support and sustain their careers as active 21st century musicians. In 2011 she also developed and launched the instrumental live audition tour, which now spans eleven cities including international auditions in London. Since her role as Dean, the Academy’s applicant pool has increased by over 67% due to expanded recruitment efforts and impactful programmatic developments.

Prior to her tenure at the Music Academy, Tiffany worked for EF Educational Tours as a Tour Consultant, consulting more than 140 groups comprised of over 1,500 students/teachers traveling internationally and managing sales generating over 1.2 million dollars in revenue. EF awarded her “National Top Sales Person” in January 2001. In 2005, she was invited to serve as Westmont College’s Student Life Director of a European study-abroad program with courses throughout Europe, Russia, and Turkey.

Tiffany DeVries earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from Westmont College, where she was a Presidential Scholarship recipient, member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Omicron Delta Kappa Society, and awarded the National Dean’s List. She has a background in piano studies.

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Jessica Slocombe

Manager of Student Services

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email
jslocombe@musicacademy.org
phone
805-695-7955

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jessica took her first dance steps at the tender age of three, igniting her eternal spark and passion for movement and the arts. She grew up training as an elite competitive dancer and was selected to attend the highly esteemed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she was a member of the Advanced Repertory Dance Ensemble.

In 2006, Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts where she was awarded the National Dean’s List and was a selected representative of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. While attending CalArts Jessica worked for both the Housing Office and the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), where she developed an excitement for resident life and in-depth knowledge of an intensive-focused arts program.

As a professional educator with a focus in movement, Jessica has worked with aspiring artists and nonprofit arts organizations to achieve artistic goals and support student growth. Jessica has over 15 years experience working in arts education, fitness, and hospitality. She joined the Music Academy team in October of 2023 and is excited to work alongside an array of extremely talented artists. Jessica, her professional musician husband Pete, their little boy Teddy, and cat Tikka are thrilled to have moved from the hustle and bustle of busy Los Angeles city life to the relaxed charm of Coastal California.

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Chris Buckpitt

Director of Facilities

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cbuckpitt@musicacademy.org
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805-695-7924

Chris Buckpitt joins the Music Academy following a long career with Brooks Institute, where he held multiple posts during a 16 year span with the organization. Chris is also a very proud graduate of Brooks Institute. Chris began his employment there as a student employee assisting his mentor in all aspects of the classes he instructed. Other positions followed upon graduation, when he was hired full time as an Assistant Studio Manager, followed by Facility Manager of the Historic Lyon building, and finally as Ventura Facility Manager and Equipment Checkout Manager.

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Jeff Crute

Security Coordinator

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Jeff Crute is the onsite Buildings & Grounds security coordinator at the Miraflores campus.

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Brendon Tompkins

Facilities Manager

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Brendon Tompkins’ career has spanned a wide spectrum including business ownership, management, teaching, and art. He has served on the board of directors for non-profits, a charter school, and a food cooperative. He has owned several businesses including a successful bicycle shop, an organic farm, and a handyman business. He’s been a successful retail manager in the natural food industry, managed educational travel programs for a non-profit, and was a facility manager for a homeless shelter. He was also a certified trail crew leader and vocational instructor for at-risk teens. Lastly, he creates artwork in acrylic and watercolor. Brendon enjoys time with family, cycling, and the outdoors.

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Scott Reed

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Emeritus President & Chief Executive Officer

With 20 years of experience in the classical music industry, Scott Reed has developed an exceptional leadership profile founded on executive non-profit business management, significant fundraising success, and extensive experience in arts education and administration. Scott was named President and CEO of the Music Academy in 2010 after serving as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He served in that role through August 15, 2023.

Musical America named Scott Reed a 2015 Influencer, referring to him as a “brilliant fundraiser” and praising his “capacity to connect the Music Academy experience to the real world”. Read more

Since becoming the Academy’s President and CEO, Scott Reed has forged a number of transformative initiatives including a historic four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, which includes an opportunity for Music Academy fellows to train and perform with the renowned orchestra in New York City as part of an annual winter residency. When launched in 2014, this was the first training program of its kind in the United States. Under Scott’s leadership, the Academy then launched a new partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2018 involving Music Director Simon Rattle and Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas. Now in its second year, this collaboration represents both organizations first transatlantic training partnership, further bolstering the Music Academy’s international visibility and impact.

Other initiatives realized under Scott Reed’s leadership include the Mosher Guest Artist Program, an annual four-week String Quartet Seminar led by the Takács Quartet, a solo piano competition presented in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, innovative Community Access programs cultivating new audiences, significant administrative appointments, and a comprehensive national communications plan in collaboration with 21C Media. New initiatives include the Alumni Enterprise Awards, the Classical Music Evolution/Revolution Conference and a new Commissions and Premieres program featuring works and residencies from living composers.

Highlights among faculty and visiting artist appointments made during Scott Reed’s tenure include violinists Glenn Dicterow and Jorja Fleezanis, violists Cynthia Phelps and Richard O’Neill, oboist Eugene Izotov, trumpets Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, pianist Jeremy Denk, horn Julie Landsman, sopranos Renée Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa, and conductors Thomas Adès, Matthew Aucoin, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Since Scott Reed’s time as President, Academy applications have increased 34% and performance attendance has increased 38%. Scott has managed a net favorable operating budget at the Music Academy for ten consecutive years. During this time the budget has increased 82%, reflecting a number of new programmatic achievements. He has overseen major capital campaigns and projects extending $50M. The Music Academy received “All-Steinway” status in May 2017.

Prior to his tenure at the Music Academy, Scott worked for the San Francisco Opera as Associate Director of Development. In this position, he managed a staff of twenty, led the opera’s nationally renowned Bravo! Club, and implemented strategies to leverage high capacity donors, fundraising campaigns and organizational relationships. While in San Francisco, Scott was also a consultant for St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation where he facilitated executive board training and fundraising.

Scott Reed currently serves on the Board of Kids Helping Kids and as a National Advisor to the Rocky Ridge Music Festival. Additionally, he has participated in panels for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, UC Santa Barbara Career Services, and Leadership Santa Barbara. This past fall, Scott taught a seminar on Becoming an Impactful Board Member for Santa Barbara City College CLL.

Scott Reed earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a Music Affiliate scholarship recipient and swam on the UCSB NCAA Division I swim team. In May 2017 Scott was named “Distinguished Leader of the Year” by Leadership Santa Barbara.

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NancyBell Coe

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As the third president in Music Academy history serving from July 2004 to August 2010, NancyBell Coe presided over a series of ambitious campus efforts, including the renovation of Hahn Hall prior to the start of the Academy’s 2008 Summer School and Festival. The Academy’s stature had grown steadily, resulting in a record number of applications for its 2009 Summer School and Festival and increased national notice for its programmatic offerings.

A graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, NancyBell Coe began her lengthy career in classical music administration as a staff member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra from 1978 through 1985. Prior to being named president of the Music Academy, she served as artistic administrator of the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1999 through 2003, and as manager and general manager of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1990 through 1998. NancyBell went to Cleveland from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where, between 1986 and 1990, she served as administrator of the Philharmonic Institute (a summer professional training program), orchestra manager, and general manager.

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David L. Kuehn

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President of the Music Academy from 1993 to 2004 , David Kuehn was previously professor of music and dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1985-1993). He taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1965-1967) joined the University of North Texas faculty in 1967 and became assistant dean of the College of Music in 1975. In 1980 he was appointed professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at California State University, Long Beach.

David Kuehn holds degrees from the University of North Texas, the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music. A Fulbright Scholar in London (1964-1965), he holds diplomas from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music.

David Kuehn has been a member of the Ojai Music Festival Board of Directors. He was president of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, University Music Administrators of California, and the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music. He has also served as a member of the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation, a reviewer for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission, and an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts Opera and Musical Theater program. His three volumes of vocalise transcriptions for tuba were published by Southern Music Company. He is co-author of the text/workbook, A Guide to Successful Instrumental Conducting, published by Brown and Benchmark.

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The Ouellette Team

Housing & Rentals

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email us
april@theouelletteteam.com
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310-487-9676
call Nick
805-451-9023

April and Nick have been working as a team for 15 years, specifically in real estate since 2017. April is a realtor and property manager and loves serving the Santa Barbara community. Nick is a Santa Barbara native and an award winning photographer, as well as a certified drone pilot/photographer. Their combined talents and knowledge in the real estate world make them highly sought after.

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Katelin Ridenour

Special Events Manager

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A native of sunny Santa Barbara, Katelin Ridenour has always possessed a passion for people, parties, and uniting the two for a greater purpose. She is the hands and heart behind Katelin Event Productions, a local event planning company.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in Business and Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University, Katelin worked as an Event Producer at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. There she cultivated relationships with elite companies including Entertainment Weekly, Warner Brothers, Xbox, and Disney. In 2015 she returned to her hometown, taking the role of Chief Operating Officer at the The Joy Agency. At the Joy Agency Katelin managed all client accounts and sales, and enjoyed the unique opportunity of working with notable speakers including Bethany Hamilton, Lisa Oz, and Tim Tebow.

Katelin continues to find inspiration from her fundamental passions of connecting individuals, impacting communities, and inspiring positive change through live events.

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