NIMAN Board of Directors Candidates

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*denotes current NIMAN Director up for reelection

Jennifer Bowman, Houston Grand Opera

Abra Bush*, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Mark Churchill*, El Sistema USA

Anjoli Ferrara-Clayton*, Symphonicity

Jenny Snyder Kozoroz*, Brevard Music Center

Maria Mathieson, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Ian Saunders, Project STEP

Jeffery Tribble Jr., Levine Music

Jennifer Bowman

Houston Grand Opera, Director of Community & Learning

Jennifer Bowman is the newly appointed Director of Community & Learning at the Houston Grand Opera (HGO). Prior to joining HGO, Bowman spent five years as the Director of Music Education at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Bowman leads the HGO’s Community and Learning division (formerly HGOco), which has been celebrated for providing authentic and enriching experiences through collaborative partnerships with schools, families, community organization, and curious members of society since 2007. (Click to read more)

As the Kennedy Center’s Director of Music Education, Bowman developed performance programming and educational initiatives in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Washington National Opera (WNO), and the Center’s hip hop, jazz, and chamber music programs. Among her notable achievements, she served as the Center’s lead representative for the Washington Musical Pathways Initiative for young BIPOC artists wishing to pursue advanced study in music; spearheaded WNO’s 18-month community engagement project in support of Blue, an opera about a Harlem family’s experience with police brutality; revamped the Center’s training programs for young musicians; commissioned new works that reflect the population of the region served by the Center; and introduced youth and family audiences to diverse artists making their Center debuts.

A Houston, Texas native, Bowman’s career began at the Kennedy Center, where she coordinated professional development programs for chief executives and staff for over six hundred arts and cultural organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She also spent six seasons managing The Folger Consort, the early music ensemble at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 2020, she co-led Music Academy of the West’s transition to an online summer festival in response to the pandemic and remains a member of the organization’s Innovation & Education Committee. In addition, Bowman is a member of the third cohort of Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts & Diversity).

A champion of equity in classical music, Bowman is also deeply committed to mentorship of high school and college students hoping to pursue careers in the arts. With over 15 years in arts administration, Bowman has prioritized initiatives that promote equity and engagement, fostering belonging and inclusion in the field. During her time in the D.C. area, Bowman was an active volunteer in the community, serving as a grant panelist for arts councils in D.C. and Maryland. She was also a steering committee member for Emerging Arts Leaders D.C., as well as a mentor for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. She remains connected to the region as a mentor for DC Youth Orchestra’s Talent Development Program.

Bowman graduated from Dartmouth College and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

Abra Bush

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean

Abra K. Bush, DMA, is a musician, leader in the conservatory sector, executive coach, and entrepreneur. Her passion for NIMAN’s vision is exemplified through her more than 20-year career as a leader in higher education. She was recently appointed the David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, effective July 1, 2022. She is the school’s first-ever woman dean and one of very few women to lead a prominent U.S. school of music.  (Click to read more)

Dr. Bush was previously the Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she oversaw all elements of the curriculum for the preparatory programs and conservatory degrees. Since joining Peabody in 2016, Dr. Bush spearheaded multiple initiatives, including the Breakthrough Curriculum, which integrates music leadership and community engagement learning into the core training of student musicians, and a series to facilitate faculty discussion of best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

Dr. Bush previously was Director of the Music Division at The Boston Conservatory, where she developed strategic visions, established new degree programs, and developed external partnerships. She has held appointments at the Eastman School of Music, where she served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and teaching appointments at Concordia College and Kenyon College. 

Dr. Bush is highly sought for her expertise in evaluating student success. She is also a certified Executive Coach and the Founder and Principal Consultant of the Clark Webster Group, LLC, a Coaching and Consulting firm that supports leaders and executives in higher education, the performing arts and the non-profit sector through strategic planning, leadership development and leadership coaching.  

As a Director on NIMAN’s inaugural Board, Dr. Bush has been engaged in the development of numerous initiatives, including the Curriculum Reform Working Group. Drawing from her background in curricular development, faculty and staff leadership, and organizational facilitation, Dr. Bush’s contributions to the Working Group have been impactful to its direction and success. She has also made key recommendations to improve NIMAN’s overall efficacy.

Dr. Bush holds degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory and The Ohio State University.

Mark Churchill

El Sistema USA, Founding Director

Educator, conductor, and cellist Mark Churchill, DMA, is the Founder of El Sistema USA and Dean Emeritus of Preparatory and Continuing Education at New England Conservatory. Dr. Churchill has advocated for and supported BIPOC classical musicians throughout his career. He brings an abundance of experience in starting music education-based organizations and has extensive connections in the field. (Click to read more)

During his 31 years at the New England Conservatory, Dr. Churchill developed and oversaw programs emphasizing professional training for pre-college students and adults in addition to numerous community-based programs and local, national, and international partnerships. Under his leadership of the Preparatory School, the program earned a reputation as one of the best in the nation. 

An avid advocate for the improvement and expansion of music education programs in American Schools, Dr. Churchill is the founder and served as first director of El Sistema USA, which promotes social development through music. He serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including Project STEP, a pre-professional support program for string students of color, the Conservatory Lab Charter School, a K-6 public inner-city elementary school offering a music-based curriculum, the Orchestra of the Americas, which he also founded, and, previously, the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.

Dr. Churchill has also performed nationally and internationally as a cellist and is widely known as a conductor in New England and abroad. He was the Associate Conductor of the Boston Ballet and is the founder and Music Director of Symphony Pro Musica, Worcester’s Salisbury Lyric Opera, and the Salisbury Chamber Orchestra. He served as Resident Conductor and Faculty Chairman of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong founded by the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin. He is also Senior Advisor to the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

In his first term as a NIMAN Board Member, Dr. Churchill lent his expertise and leadership to the Efficacy Working Group. Tasked with exploring pathways program efficacy and data collection, the Group’s work built a foundation for ongoing research and conversations around the growth of young artists. NIMAN’s mission to connect institutions and individuals nationally to increase support for exemplary young musicians of color speaks to Dr. Churchill’s heart and he is committed to furthering and strengthening it. 

Dr. Churchill holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the University of Hartford. He has studied with conductors Herbert Blomstedt and Charles Bruck, and cellists Raya Garbousova, Laurence Lesser, and David Soyer.

Anjoli Ferrara-Clayton

Symphonicity, Violinist

Anjoli M. Ferrara-Clayton is a musician, performing arts philanthropist, arts administrator, director of social media and marketing, and former legal professional.  For the past 10 years, she has primarily performed with Symphonicity, a Virginia Beach, VA-based ensemble with a mission to provide high quality music for everyone, afford opportunity for performers, and educate young musicians. (Click to read more)

Anjoli served on Symphonicity’s Board of Directors, Education/Community Outreach from 2015-2021 and was selected by The Maestro and Music Director to be on the Artistic and Repertoire Committee. She co-chaired Symphonicity’s Marketing Committee from 2015-2016, was selected for Symphoncity’s Executive Committee for their Music Director Search of 2015-2016, and was selected by the Artistic Director/Maestro of the Florida based organization, Dunedin Music Society to be on their 2020-2021 Nationwide Executive Director Search Committee. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and has dedicated herself to working with numerous professional orchestras and organizations. She brings a strong background of arts administration leadership and performance experience, melding the two to champion for inclusion in music. She is also the Director of Social Media and Marketing for her husband’s psychology practice, Clayton Hypnosis Clinic, a champion for motivation and achieving goals. 

Anjoli serves as the Board Secretary of NIMAN’s Inaugural Board and on the Nominating and Governance Committee. She also offers guidance in NIMAN’s online and social media presence to promote equity in the classical music space. She radiates passion for promoting equitable space for BIPOC classical players to thrive and shine in their careers.

Anjoli is deeply committed to community education and engagement. Through forging relationships, working in fundraising, and stellar communications with leaders, musicians, and the general public, she has developed the tools to effect meaningful change. Throughout her arts administration, music, marketing, and legal careers, Anjoli has been dedicated to paving the road to equality and understands the challenges in that mission. She will both empower NIMAN to do great things and inspire its members to strive for those goals. Ultimately, she believes that sharing love for classical music makes the world a better place. She is excited at the opportunity to promote shared musical experiences and to work to achieve new heights.

In her spare time, Anjoli has an affinity for writing and has been published, featured, and highlighted throughout the years in Symphonicity’s Program Notes, as well as in 2020 by Berklee College of Music’s CDEI (Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) online newspaper/journal “The Collection” with her work “MLK – A Poem”.

Anjoli’s musical studies include prestigious institutions such as The Meadowmount School of Music, Encore School for Strings, and The Juilliard Starling DeLay Symposium. She received her Violin Performance education from Shenandoah Conservatory, Music Business education at Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts / Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and legal education at George Mason University.

Jenny Snyder Kozoroz

Brevard Music Center, Program Director

Violist Jenny Snyder Kozoroz is an active performer and enthusiastic educator who is committed to positively impacting the lives of the next generation of artists and musicians from across the country. As Program Director at the Brevard Music Center, Jenny is deeply committed to providing the intensive training and mentoring crucial to the success of young artists pursuing careers in classical music. Jenny previously served as Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s award-winning Progressions program – an intense string training program designed to increase participation by students from populations that face barriers of access and equity in music study. (Click to read more)

Jenny has dedicated her life to making music and to helping those around her pursue their creative passions for self-expression and community. She is a bridge-builder who serves as a personal guide for young people and their families as they navigate the challenging landscape of classical music. 

Jenny has served as Assistant Principal violist with the Virginia Symphony, performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, and was violist and founding member of the Ambrosia String Trio. She has also performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Harrington String Quartet, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. An advocate for education at every level, she has been on the viola faculty at Old Dominion University, Denison University, Christopher Newport University, West Texas A&M, The Sewanee Music Festival, The New England Music Camp, and for more than a decade at the Brevard Music Center. She continues to be a strong advocate and advisor for the Sphinx Organization (Music Scholarship Assistance Fund), which aids in the mentoring and financial support of minority student musicians in America.

Jenny has a keen interest in mentorship and a desire to cultivate strong, diverse relationships within an organizational body. She is committed to providing and encouraging an atmosphere conducive to inclusion, empathy, and kindness. Jenny brings a life-long commitment to the goals and principles of NIMAN. Her enthusiasm for developing curriculum, outreach, and unique activities geared to DEIB are matched by her commitment to underrepresented students and families.

As an inaugural Director on NIMAN’s Board, Jenny has lent her expertise to the development of the Common Application for Summer Study and has advised on numerous aspects of NIMAN’s growth. Her dedication to NIMAN’s success is matched by her enthusiasm for its mission.

Jenny completed her high school studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, her Bachelor of Music at the Ohio State University, and her Master of Music at the Juilliard School. She currently serves on the faculty of Brevard College, performs with the Asheville Symphony, and is the Program Director at the Brevard Music Center.

Maria Mathieson

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Executive Director of the Preparatory

Maria Mathieson is a dedicated and proven community arts leader who strives to provide educational opportunities to students of all ages, skill levels, and financial means to find their voice and creative expression through the arts. She is committed to ensuring equitable access to the arts for all through removing barriers, creating pathways, and ensuring financial support. In 2018, Ms. Mathieson joined The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University as Director of the Preparatory, Peabody’s community music and dance program.  (Click to read more)


Prior to coming to Peabody, Mathieson served as the Head of Music Education at Levine Music in Washington, DC, where she oversaw institutional and educational innovations. She managed 25 instrumental and program departments, serving 3,700 youth and adult students over five campus locations and handled the development of curriculum. While serving as Levine’s Assistant Dean, she also provided oversight regarding all educational programs, faculty, budget, and operations management.

Mathieson also served in various positions for The Salvation Army for 11 years, including as the Director of Community Relations, Special Events, and Volunteer Manager initially in Knoxville, TN and then in the Washington, DC. She also was the Divisional Music Director for The Salvation Army in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and in Washington, DC and Virginia.  Mathieson sits on the Board of The Salvation Army National Capital Brass Band as Band Secretary and is an Ambassador for the National Guild for Community Arts Education. 

Throughout her career, Mathieson has been instrumental in managing profitable organizational growth. Her demonstrated expertise in preparing organization strategy, initiating focus/alignment around the vision, and executing strategic plans have been beneficial to the success of the institutions where she has worked. She also has a special talent for steering business transformations, organizational structuring, and project/program implementation.

Mathieson is committed to equitable opportunities for BIPOC classical musicians and understands the dynamics of the privilege she and large institutions like Peabody have to help improve outcomes for musicians of color. She is eager to apply her talents, skills, and passions towards the work of NIMAN and help us advance opportunities to deserving musicians across the country.

Mathieson received her MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and her BMus (Hons) from the University of Glasgow.

Ian Saunders

Project STEP, Artistic Director

Dr. Ian Saunders enjoys an exciting career as a sought-after bassist, educator, and speaker. A champion of equity in the classical field, Dr. Saunders is the Artistic Director of Project STEP, a program that offers students from backgrounds underrepresented in classical music comprehensive support throughout their development including high-quality long-term training and scholarships. This support empowers students to achieve high levels of musicianship and develop skills including social and leadership skills, self-discipline, and confidence. (Click to read more)

Most recently, Dr. Saunders worked at The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, serving as the Assistance Dean for Social Change. In this capacity, Dr. Saunders also worked with Longy’s El Sistema orchestra for students ages 8-18. He served as the Assistant Dean of Students for the Eastern Music Festival and held the title of Classical Roots Coordinator with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A committed educator, Dr. Saunders has taught in youth programs in Virginia and Maryland and was associated with Cincinnati’s El Sistema program. He has also taught at the collegiate level, including at The University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and Penn State University.

Dr. Saunders earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and continued his studies at the University of Maryland, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying with Robert Oppelt, principal bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra. He has performed throughout the Baltimore and D.C. regions, most notably as the bassist for the critically acclaimed Post-Classical Ensemble. He won a prestigious diversity fellowship position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with his mentor Owen Lee, principal bassist of the CSO and earned an Artist Diploma for The University of Cincinnati. He has also appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington D.C.), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh, PA), and New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as abroad in Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas.  

Dr. Saunders is a passionate proponent of orchestras embracing the opportunities to establish meaningful relationships with the communities they serve. Truly engaging the community requires building relationships with those who have been previously excluded in the classical field and Dr. Saunders advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the musical world. As a speaker, he has been invited to lectures, panels, grant proposals, and discussions across the country to share his experiences and observations in order to develop solutions to systemic issues in the field.

Dr. Saunders is a well-respected performer, educator, and administrator with a strong desire to help students and colleagues to succeed. His is meticulous in his approach to continual improvement and a strong leader committed to the mission, vision, and values of NIMAN.

Jeffery Tribble Jr.

Levine Music, President and CEO

Jeffery Tribble Jr., JD, is the President and CEO of Levine Music, a 46-year-old music education institution with six campuses across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The $11+ Million organization has 200 employees who serve 3500 students each week. After graduating magna cum laude from Howard University, Jeffery was accepted to The George Washington University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2011. (Click to read more)

While in law school, Jeffery founded The MusicianShip, a nonprofit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences, and opportunities to benefit those who need it most. Under Jeffery’s direction as CEO, The MusicianShip grew from serving two students in 2009 to nearly 2,000 in 2021, and acquired the Washington Youth Choir, the Washington Area Music Association, and the DC Funk Parade. Those acquisitions preserved renowned DC music institutions so that our communities may continue to reap the benefits of DC’s incredible music heritage. 

At The MusicianShip, Jeffery garnered support from companies such as Google, Hard Rock Cafe, Marriott, Delta Airlines, Wells Fargo, Uber, and Dropbox, and was inducted—as an honorary member—into Phi Mu Alpha, the largest, oldest, music fraternity in the world. For seven years, Jeffery helped steward an Inc Fast 5000 tech company from $4M to $36M annually, overseeing contracts of $150M+ and credits much of this private sector experience for his management and strategy success. 

Jeffery was named B.E. Modern Man by Black Enterprise Magazine, and one of Magic Johnson’s 32 Under 32. He has won numerous civic awards, including the NBC4 2020 Community Leadership Award. Other notable achievements include Jeffery completing a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program at Georgetown University, being the Chief Strategist for internationally renowned recording artist, Jeremih, and being a Business Strategist for Pro-Bowl NFL Cornerback, Josh Norman. 

Jeffery currently sits on the Board of Governors for The Recording Academy’s Washington DC, Chapter and was elected as an Honorary Trustee for the Washington National Opera in 2021. He will join the upcoming Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2023. Jeffery and his wife have a two-year-old son. Jeffery loves to travel and has visited 37 countries, across six continents.

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