Staff

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Executive Director – Denise Kinney

Denise accepted the position of Executive Director of Musicopia in 2005 after a long history with the organization as a Board Member, succeeding her mother, Musicopia founder Welthie Fitzgerald. Denise is a violinist and equestrian rider. Prior to her work with Musicopia, she worked in health care administration, and holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration with honors from Villanova University and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Widener University. An active volunteer, she has served on the Board of the Main Line Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Community Performing Arts Center. Denise and her long time partner Susan have 7 children, all of whom play a string instrument. Denise’s personal interest in working for Musicopia rests on her passionate belief that every child deserves the opportunity to play an instrument. She also knows from first hand experience how sustained engagement with music helps children build the skills they need to be successful in life.

 

profile Development and Marketing Associate – Caitlyn Biddle

Caitlyn started working with Musicopia in August 2016 after earning a M.A in Professional and Business Communication from La Salle University.  Caitlyn also completed her undergraduate studies at La Salle, focusing her education on both communication and the study of music.  During this time, she successfully completed an internship with 93.3 WMMR and later accepted a part-time position with their Promotions Department.  Caitlyn was thrilled to begin working with Musicopia as the organization encompasses many of the La Sallian values that she holds true to her heart.  Music has an uncanny way of bringing together people from all different walks of life and Caitlyn is grateful for the opportunity to bring musical experiences to youths in Philadelphia.

mia-fries-photoInstrument Donation Manager – Mia Fries

Mia was first introduced to Musicopia in 2013 by her dad when he began producing annual benefit concerts for the organization. She has a special place in her heart for music as she studied guitar and voice during her undergrad days at Cabrini College, where she got a B.A. in English/ Communications. Mia then went on to complete a Masters in Education from Cabrini College. Her desire to teach came from her yearning to make a positive impact in the lives of young people. She has taught sporadically over the years at parochial, public and alternative schools. Mia also has a background in retail, her most extensive assignment having been managing a Betsy Johnson boutique. The work experience Mia gained managing the boutique taught her not only how to run a business, but also addressed Mia’s primary interests in fashion, music, photography and pop culture. Mia is thrilled to be a part of an organization that allows her to connect aspiring musicians to musical instruments. It is extremely rewarding to know that Musicopia helps to perpetuate the study, practice and performance of music, and makes it available to everyone.

 

Staff_JoanFinance Director – Joan Hay

Joan brings to Musicopia some greatly-valued experience as both an accountant for a law firm and a controller for a homecare franchise, Visiting Angels. Joan served as Vice President of Springfield Township’s School Board, as Co-Chair of their Annual Book Fair, and as a thoughtful strategic planner. She has always been interested in anything that encourages students to stay in school and stands behind Musicopia’s ability to engage disenfranchised youth. Joan has a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts.

 

Colleen Hood PhotoMusicopia String Orchestra Manager – Colleen Hood

Colleen Hood is active in the Philadelphia music scene as an administrator, librarian, performer, and teacher. She is currently the General Manager of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, as well as Manager of the Musicopia String Orchestra.  Previously, Ms. Hood served as the Assistant Director of Orchestra Personnel and Librarian for Opera Philadelphia, General Manager of the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra of Bryn Mawr College, and the Instrumental Ensembles Manager at the Boyer College of Music of Temple University. She has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Philly Pops, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Symphony in C, and the Baltimore, Delaware, and Taipei Symphonies. Librarian internships include those with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center. She has studied with Bernard Garfield, and Daniel Matsukawa. Ms. Hood holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, in Bassoon Performance, from Temple University and maintains a private teaching studio.

 

 julDirector of Individual Giving – Juliette Hyson

Juliette became the Director of Individual Giving in 2011 and is very happy to be part of the Musicopia team. She held fundraising and administrative positions at The Asia Society and Manhattan Theater Club in New York and at Cornell University in Ithaca. She has worked at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Royal National Theater in London, the New York International Festival for the Arts, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. As a volunteer, Juliette served for many years as the Cultural Arts Chair for the PTO at Hillside Elementary School in Berwyn and as a member of DELTA (Districts Educating and Learning Through the Arts), an association of cultural arts representatives from several suburban school districts and schools outside of Philadelphia. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. Having been lucky enough to be involved in the arts all her life, Juliette has seen the power they have to open and change hearts and minds; build self-confidence and self-esteem; foster cooperation, partnership, and teamwork; and nurture the soul. Juliette shares a passion with her colleagues that every child deserves the opportunity to experience music and the arts to grow into a happy, resilient, whole person.

 

leslie-macedo-headshotProgram Manager – Leslie Malmed Macedo

Leslie Malmed Macedo is a seasoned arts administrator with a focus on traditional and classical music and dance. She has served on the staffs of the World Music Institute (1999-2008), Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (2008-2011), Dance Theatre Etcetera (2011-2014) and the Philadelphia Folklore Project (2014-2016). In 2001, Leslie co-founded Mamadêlê Productions, a company that arranges performances and educational programs that present the music, dance and martial arts of Bahia, Brazil. She has served on the board of Dance USA (2009-2011) and joined the board of International Ballet Exchange in 2014. Throughout her career Leslie has worked with internationally acclaimed artists from around the world, arranging performances and educational programs at major performing arts centers and educational institutions throughout the United States and Canada. She was part of the curatorial team that co-produced the Cultural Olympiad in Greece, curated artists for the Nat Geo children’s tv series Ma Mirabelle as well as educational performance series at the Juilliard School and Baruch College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Leslie received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School where she studied Ethnomusicology and International Politics.

Liz HeadshotGrants and Corporate Development Manager – Liz McClearn
Liz joined the Musicopia staff in winter 2016 and is thrilled to reignite her passion for art education.  She is dedicated to Musicopia’s mission to reduce barriers to music through increasing access for the children who need it most.  Liz’s experience in philanthropic giving combined with her recent history as a successful fundraiser makes her an invaluable addition to the team.  Liz is also an adjunct instructor at Drexel University and is a published author on the transformative power of the arts.  She can also play Eye of the Tiger on the saxophone. Liz holds an MA in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and a BFA in Film Studies from the University of Colorado.

 

 

Staff_DebbieOrchestra Development Manager- Debbie Singer

Debbie started with Musicopia in 2008. Debbie’s former career was as a paralegal in a Philadelphia law firm for seventeen years before she left the profession to start a family. Her love of the arts and belief in the importance of music education led her to volunteer as Chair of the Cultural Arts Committee at Radnor Elementary School. In addition, she was a long-standing leader and member of “DELTA” (District Educating and Learning Through the Arts) which is an association of Cultural Arts Committee Representatives from several suburban public and parochial schools and school districts. DELTA serves as an information exchange among the districts for the purpose of bringing art and music enrichment programs and residencies to elementary and middle schools. As a result of her dedicated volunteer work, Debbie brings a strong background in all program-related areas, as well as a flair for special events. Her legal training has made her attentive to administrative details.

 

Screen-shot-2013-10-22-at-10.22.36-PMProgram Director – Patti Stewart
Patti joined Musicopia as Program Director in the Fall of 2013 and couldn’t be happier.  Patti began her career in the editorial department at Ladies Home Journal.  Her research and writing skills led her out of publishing and into institutional advancement at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ, where she held various development positions. Patti’s years at the Choir College, where she was exposed to some of the best choral music in the world, as well as many, many four year olds practicing the Suzuki Method, convinced her that all children are changed in deeply personal ways when given the opportunity to participate in quality arts programming.  Nowhere was this more true than at The Arise Academy, a Philadelphia charter school serving only youth in foster care, where Patti was most recently the Director of Partnerships and where she witnessed the transformative power of the arts as notoriously guarded students came alive while attending film, visual arts and music programs. Patti has been a volunteer in all four of her children’s schools and has also chaired major community-based fundraising events including New Jersey’s first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure twenty years ago.  Patti holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, psychology and political science, all from Duke University.