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Nicolasa Kuster
Nicolasa Kuster
Founder/Artistic Director
University of the Pacific
Ann Shoemaker
Ann Shoemaker
Co-Executive Director
Baylor University
Staci Spring
Staci Spring
Competition Director
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
David A. Wells
David A. Wells
Co-Executive Director
California State University, Sacramento

Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Founder, Artistic Director Emeritus
University of Texas at Austin

Richard Beene
Host, 2019 and 2016
Colburn School

Nathaniel Zeisler
Colburn School Liason
Colburn School

Amy Pollard
Competition Committee
University of Georgia

Darrel Hale
Competition Committee
Louisiana State University

Jacqueline Wilson
Competition Committee
Southeast Missouri State University

Jessica Findley Yang
Director of Media/Marketing
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

Stephanie Willow Patterson
Co-Director of Education
Columbus State University

Sara Hiner
Co-Director of Education
Colburn School

Jessica Nelson
Exhibits Coordinator
Midwest Musical Imports


On-Site Event Support

Josef Schein
Danse Forte’ Entertainment

Dorian Antipa
Chinook Winds and Great Falls Symphony

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Debbie Devine
24th STreet Theatre/Colburn School

Benjamin Kamins
2014 Co-host
Rice University

Nathan Koch
2016 Artist Liaison, 2014 Competition Committee Chair
Sam Houston State University

Janet Rarick
Rice University

George Sakakeeny
2010 Host/2012 Artist Liaison
Eastman School of Music

John Steinmetz
Pre-Session and Facilitation

Leyla Zamora
San Diego Symphony

Maya Stone
2014 Competition Committee
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra


Founding Advisory Board

Marin Alsop
Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Silvia Coricelli
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Spain

Benjamin Coelho
University of Iowa

Monica Ellis
Imani Winds Woodwind Quintet

JoAnn Falletta
Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Felicia Foland
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Robert Freeman
University of Texas, Austin

Nancy Goeres
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University

Sue Heineman
National Symphony Orchestra, USA

Nadina Mackie Jackson
University of Toronto

Judith LeClair
New York Philharmonic, Juilliard School

George Sakakeeny
Eastman School of Music

Leonard Slatkin
Music Director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Barrick Stees
The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Institute of Music

Leyla Zamora
San Diego Symphony Orchestra