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June 8, 2007

by Douglas McLennan
Steven Tepper
Associate Director, Curb Center
Vanessa Bertozzi
Researcher, Producer
Ed Cambron
Philadelphia Orchestra
Lynne Conner
Department of Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh
Greg Sandow
Critic, Composer
Molly Sheridan
Journalist, NewMusicBox.org
Alan Brown
Principal, Wolf/Brown
Robert Levine
Violist, Milwaukee Symphony
Moy Eng
Program director, Hewlett Foundation
Russell Willis Taylor
President, National Arts Strategies
Laura Jackson
Conductor, Atlanta Symphony
Andrew Berryhill
executive director, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
Douglas McLennan
Editor, ArtsJournal.com

Andrew Berryhill came to the Duluth Superior Symphony in May of 2002 as the organization's new executive director. He is responsible for management functions of the DSSO's $1.4 million dollar annual budget and has spearheaded the orchestra's recent $2.2 million dollar capital and endowment campaign. Before coming to Duluth, Mr. Berryhill worked as the Assistant Director of Programming at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Prior to the Chicago Symphony, Mr. Berryhill worked with Jonathan Wentworth Associates as that firm's Operations Manager in New York, and was a staff member for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games 1996. Mr. Berryhill received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Mr. Berryhill serves as an executive committee member of the American Symphony Orchestra League national board of directors, where he chairs the board's marketing and membership committee and is the ASOL Group 5 orchestras' president. Mr. Berryhill was appointed by governor of Minnesota in 2005 to serve on the eleven-member Minnesota State Arts Board and currently serves on that board's executive committee.

Vanessa Bertozzi is a documentarian and media researcher with a special interest in informal learning, participatory media, and subcultures. She and Professor Henry Jenkins co-authored "Artistic Expression in the Age of Participatory Culture: How and Why Young People Create" while she was a graduate student at MIT's Comparative Media Studies program. Her Master's thesis "Unschooling Media: Participatory Practices among Progressive Homeschoolers" generated five original case studies examining families fully engaged in child-lead learning outside of institutional schooling. Bertozzi worked as a research fellow at MIT for Project New Media Literacies, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, where she developed interactive tools for media literacies K-12. Bertozzi has an undergraduate degree from Harvard in Visual and Environmental Studies. She now lives in Brooklyn, where she works for Etsy.com, an online community marketplace for artists and craftspeople creating and selling all things handmade.

Alan Brown is a leading researcher and management consultant in the nonprofit arts industry. As a principal of WolfBrown, his work focuses on understanding consumer demand for cultural experiences and assisting cultural institutions, foundations and agencies and in gaining the insight and perspectives they need to fulfill their promise.

J. Edward Cambron joined The Philadelphia Orchestra Association (POA) in 1987 as subscription manager. He served as assistant director of marketing from 1990 to 1995, when he became the Orchestra's director of marketing and patron services. He became vice president for marketing in 1999, public relations was added to his responsibilities in 2003. During his tenure at the Orchestra, Mr. Cambron established TicketPhiladelphia, a collaborative, revenue generating ticketing operation serving the needs of the resident companies of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; has served as a negotiation team member to secure contracts with the Association's musicians; and oversaw all marketing efforts around the Orchestra's move from the Academy of Music to The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as well as the introduction of a new music director, Christoph Eschenbach. Mr. Cambron has also served on national advisory committees for several foundations, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Magic of Music initiative, as well as on various committees of the American Symphony Orchestra League. A native of Shepherdsville (K.Y.), Mr. Cambron has previously worked for the Los Angeles Theater Center and the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and in 1992 he was director of marketing for the Florida Philharmonic. He holds a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Louisville.

Lynne Conner is a cultural policy consultant and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches courses in cultural history and performance studies. Her current research interests and consulting projects are focused on studying the history of audience behavior and psychology in order to design more effective audience enrichment programming for today's cultural consumers. As the principal investigator for The Heinz Endowments Arts and Culture Program Arts Experience Initiative, she has been invited to lecture on the topic for the Southwest Arts Conference, Grantmakers in the Arts, Dance USA, the American Symphony Orchestra League, and the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She published a short essay on the subject in the Grantmakers in the Arts Reader (Winter 2004) and a chapter in Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life, co-edited by William Ivey and Steven Tepper (Routledge, 2007). Dr. Conner was recently selected as a Salzburg Seminar Fellow for "Cultural Institutions Without Walls: New Models of Arts-Community Interaction" and in October 2007 will join an international group of artists, cultural managers, public sector representatives to identify particularly imaginative and effective new models of arts and community interaction and identify ways in which these models might be replicated elsewhere or adapted to other contexts. Other publications include the books Pittsburgh in Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater (University of Pittsburgh Press) Spreading the Gospel of the Modern Dance: Newspaper Dance Criticism in the United States, 1850-1935 (University of Pittsburgh Press), and In the Garden of Live Flowers, co-authored with Attilio Favorini (Dramatic Publishing Company).

Moy Eng serves as Program Director of the Performing Arts Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the largest foundation funding programs for the arts in California. Under her leadership, the program has been focused on providing more aesthetically diverse opportunities for engagement in the arts, creating new, affordable and permanent performing arts space in the San Francisco Bay Area region, and increasing opportunities for standards-based arts education as part of quality education for K-12 schoolchildren in California. The latter effort is conducted in collaboration with the Hewlett Foundation's Education program. Prior to her appointment at the Hewlett Foundation, Moy amassed over two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in arts and culture, immigrant rights, international human rights, lesbian and gay rights, and renewable energy fields. She has served on a number of national committees encompassing human rights, environmental and arts issues, including Co-chair of the 2007 Arts Education conference, a Grantmakers for Education and Grantmakers in the Arts collaboration and on the national advisory committee of The Dana Foundation's Transforming Arts Teaching initiative. Moy has taught at New York University and the State University of New York at Purchase, and also has lectured at numerous national, regional and state conferences on grantmaking, organizational development and fundraising. In 2003, Moy received awards in recognition for her exemplary work in the arts from the California Arts Council and Americans for the Arts.

Laura Jackson is the Assistant Conductor and American Conducting Fellow of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She conducts the Young People's Concerts, the Symphony 360ยบ Series, Summer Classical Concerts, and Classical subscription concerts. In addition, Ms. Jackson is active as a guest conductor and has appeared recently with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Appearances for next season include orchestras in Berkeley, Detroit, Alabama, and Sacramento. Ms. Jackson came to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2004 as a member of the American Conducting Fellows Program, a national conductor-training program developed and managed by the American Symphony Orchestra League and funded by major grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Robert Levine has been principal violist of the Milwaukee Symphony since 1987. Prior to coming to Milwaukee, he held the same position with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the Orford Quartet, in residence at the University of Toronto. He was chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians from 1995 to 2001. Currently he is president of AFM Local 8, senior editor with Polyphonic.org, and a member of the board of directors of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

Douglas McLennan is an arts journalist and critic and the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, the leading aggregator of arts journalism on the internet. Each day ArtsJournal combs through more than 200 publications worldwide and posts links to the best cultural stories. He is also acting director of the National Arts Journalism Program. Prior to starting ArtsJournal, Mr. McLennan was arts columnist and music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A former concert pianist, he has a Master's degree in music from the Juilliard School in New York. He has performed in Asia, Europe and North America and lived and worked in Italy and in China, where he spent a year as artist-in-residence at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. He has written on the arts for numerous publications, including as music critic for Salon.com, and for Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and the London Evening Standard. He has been a music critic for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and is a contributor to the new edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians. He runs an annual conference for classical music critics at the Aspen Music Festival each summer. He is a recipient of several awards for arts criticism and reporting, including a National Arts Journalism Program Fellowship at Columbia University and a Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism. He was recently named one of 100 Outstanding Graduates of the Juilliard School for the school's centennial.

Greg Sandow was best known for many years as a music critic, one of the few with a national reputation for writing about both classical music and pop. But in recent years, he's revived a composing career that he abandoned in the 1980s, and spends much of his time speaking and writing about the future of classical music, exploring that topic in an influential blog, in a book he's been improvising online, and in consulting work and other special projects, some with major orchestras. He teaches graduate courses on the future of classical music at Juilliard and Eastman. His music and a selection of his older writing can be found on his website.

Molly Sheridan is the managing editor of NewMusicBox.org and the producer of CounterstreamRadio.org. She is also the host of Carnegie Hall's Sound Insights podcasts and a contributing writer to publications such as Time Out and SYMPHONY magazine.

Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies since January 2001, has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning, and all areas of operational management. Before joining NAS she was the Managing Director of the English National Opera in London. Mrs. Taylor has held a wide range of managerial and Board posts in the commercial and nonprofit sectors including the advertising agency DMBB; head of corporate relations at Stoll Moss; director of The Arts Foundation; special advisor to the Heritage Board, Singapore; chief executive of Year of Opera and Music Theatre (1997); and lecturer on business issues and arts administration. She received the Garrett award for an outstanding contribution to the arts in Britain, the only American to be recognized in this way, and is currently serving on the advisory boards of the National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise, The University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, the 21st Century Trust, and the Virginia Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Mrs. Taylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Steven J. Tepper is associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and assistant professor in the department of sociology at Vanderbilt. His research and teaching has focused on creativity in society; conflict over art and culture; and cultural participation. He is co-editor (with Bill Ivey) of the forthcoming Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life (Routledge, 2007). He is also author of "The Creative Campus: Who's Number 1?" a cover story for the Chronicle of Higher Education that helped launch a national movement around the arts and higher education. Tepper has published articles on public art, culture and democracy, literary reading and gender, and the creative economy. Tepper holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and Latin America from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a master's in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. Tepper has advised numerous cultural institutions including the National Humanities Center, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and many foundations.

Posted by mclennan at June 8, 2007 7:10 AM

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