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Project History

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1991-1992). Wrote the seminal white paper “Music Education: Empty Seats” which helped guide Mellon’s funding in music and arts education for many years.

Annenberg Foundation (1994-1999). Designed and led the strategic planning process for restoring arts education to New York City Schools. Created the New York City Anneneberg Arts Education Initiative, which continues today to provide teacher training, programs, funds, artists and arts education leadership to Americas largest school system. Worked successfully with mayor, unions, foundations, arts organizations, school board, teachers and administrators.

Baltimore Symphony (1994-1999). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning ArtsExcel program. Developed the programs initial design and strategies, in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts.

Blair School, Vanderbilt University (2008- ). Teaches courses including “Music and Community,” “21st Century Artistry: Advanced Skills in Live Performance Technologies and Communication,” “Creating Funding and Non-Profit Vehicles for 21st Century Music and Art Performance, Production and Community Service” and “New Ears.” Course work includes developing skill sets in arts and arts education and preparing musicians, artists and other pre-professionals as community assets. Studies also include development of community directed music and arts services, fundraising, mission-directed organizational building and repertoire and listening skills. He has recently initiated Blair School’s new continuing education classes in the community through research and the development of a strategic plan for lifelong learning at community sites.

Blumenthal North Carolina Performing Arts Center (2000-2005). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning Arts in the Schools Partnership. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their successful fundraising efforts.

Boston Symphony (1996-1998). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created the partnership program Boston Music Education Collaborative- The Boston Symphony, New England Conservatory and WGBH. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their successful fundraising efforts.

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts (1989-2005). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning PARTNERS programs of which has been widely replicated throughout the Hartford region and in its 20th year of service. Developed the program’s initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts. Also developed family and audience development programs and led numerous seminars and conferences on their behalf.

Cleveland Orchestra (1995- ). Created their award winning Learning Through Music Program (LTM), now in its 17th consecutive year. Created the strategic plan and program design, curriculum, teacher and musician training, and yearly provides the training for its teachers and musicians, while working with symphony staff.

Dayton Hudson Foundation (1996-2001). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process for the cities of Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul. These plans structured arts education funding and partnership programs for arts organizations, schools and philanthropic institutions.

Dayton Philharmonic (1998-2005). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning SPARK Program. The program is in its 15th year. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their successful fundraising efforts.

Eric Carle Picture Book Museum of Art (2006-2009). Designed and led the museum’s organizational, education and community engagement strategic planning process. Worked directly with Eric Carle, authors and illustrators, board and staff in creation of plan. Provided essential assistance in their successful fundraising efforts.

GE Fund (1996-2000). Provided advisory and strategic services in the funding of arts education and community engagement initiatives.

Florida State Lottery (1998-1999). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process for the creation of arts education and literacy programs in the Tampa-St. Petersburg school systems.

Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-2003). Led major arts education lectures on partnerships, philanthropy and arts integrated learning. Taught course on arts education strategic planning.

Houston Grand Opera (1993-2000) Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their STARS program using international song and diversity to teach literacy in Houston Public Schools. Created this program with recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and advocacy components. . Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts.

Indianapolis Symphony (2000-2006). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning School Partnership Program. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their successful fundraising efforts.

MacArthur Foundation (1993-1999). Designed and led, with over 15 philanthropic partners, (including Chicago Community Foundation, Marshal Field’s, Polk Brothers Foundation, Sarah Lee Foundation, etc.) their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created the award winning and most replicated arts education initiative in the world – The Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) Initiative. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment of board of foundations, and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Also advised MacArthur on the development of their covenant with the Chicago Symphony and Chicago Opera on education commitment and services; and the creation of arts education programming in Palm Beach County Florida.

Milwaukee Symphony (1994-2000). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning Arts in the Community’s Education (ACE). Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts.

Nashville Ballet (2012- ). Serves as Mentor to Artistic and Executive Director, advising on programs, artistic issues, leadership, staffing, fundraising and advocacy.

Nashville Symphony (2006-2011). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their Music Education City Initiative and their award winning “One Note, One Neighborhood” which provides after school music instruction, including Suzuki education for the very young and their families, and in-school music education services for students, teachers and families. Created their Advocacy program of billboards and public speaker bureau, On Stage and Off Stage programs for adults and their bi-lingual family concert series. Also trained musicians, developed curriculum, trained teachers and recruited and trained their program partners. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts.

Orange County Performing Arts Center (2003-2008) Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning arts education and family programs. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts.

Richmond Performing Arts Center (2005-2009) Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their digital arts learning lab and library, governance structure and services for multiple public and private schools throughout the Capital Region. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, repertoire development, evaluation and classroom resources. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts.

San Francisco Jazz (2002-2005). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Revised and created Jazz in the Schools programs; advised on philanthropic and partnership strategies; trained musicians and advised senior staff and board. Provided essential assistance in their successful fundraising efforts.

San Francisco Ballet (1998-2002). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Revised and created their Dance in the Community and Dance in the Schools programs; advised on philanthropic and touring strategies; trained dancers and advised senior staff and board. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful fundraising efforts.

San Francisco Symphony (1987-2007). Designed and led their education and community engagement strategic planning process. Created their award winning “Adventures in Music” (AIM) initiative, currently celebrating its 25th consecutive year, serves every San Francisco school elementary and middle school, in addition to many private and regional systems. Developed the programs initial design and strategies in addition to recruitment and training of their partners, curriculum, advocacy plan, teacher training, musician and artist training, evaluation and classroom resources. Created their family program concert series and their adult education programs in the community. Provided essential assistance in their highly successful and groundbreaking fundraising efforts.

San Francisco Unified School District (2000-2004). Created the education and strategic plan for The San Francisco School of the Arts. Worked with architects, funders, educators and cultural partners in the design, curriculum, and artistic vision of the new school.

State of Tennessee (2011- ). Providing teacher training, workshops and keynotes for the State Education Department, State Arts Commission and State Library Association on the subjects of picture book art and literacy; advocacy and arts in early childhood education.

Tracy Silverman, concert electric violinist and composer Terry Riley (2011- ). Personal manager and artist representative for the seminal concert musician and composer Tracy Silverman. Worked with Tracy and composer Terry Riley on the world and Carnegie Hall premieres of Riley’s “Palmian Chord Ryddle” and continues to assist Riley-Silverman collaborations, working with G. Schirmer, the publisher and others.

University of Hartford, Hartt School Community Division (1997-2006). Created strategic plan for a community based performing arts center; and created and implemented the strategic plan and expansion of the Community Music Division. Also taught courses for musicians in performance communication and service of community.

University of Toronto/ Royal Conservatory of Music (1989-1995). Founding professor of Music Performance and Communication Program. Taught classes to musicians throughout Canada on communication skills, audience development, service to schools and building successful engagement and learning with audiences of all ages.

Yale University School of Music (2006-2009). Taught seminars and advised student ensembles and individual musicians in the development of community engagement and education programs. Advised staff and administrators on their Music in the Schools programs.

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