Karen Deschere, Executive Director

Deschere, Karen_MG_3945Ms. Deschere served for 8 years as president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, a community music school based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with three branch locations, outreach programs, and a concert series presenting faculty and guest artists. Prior to Wisconsin Conservatory, Ms. Deschere served as executive director for both the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, adjuncts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also served as the Managing Director of Education for the Grammy Foundation. Ms. Deschere has a bachelor of music in vocal performance and music education from Syracuse University.

Development & Marketing

Alice Hamlet, Associate Director of Marketing
Elizabeth Piercey, Associate Director of Development
Hannah DeGenova, Development Assistant

Student Services

Andrew Nitkin, Director of Education

Kristen Wuest, Student Services Manager
Hannah DeGenova, Student Services Assistant
Christopher Walters, Student Services Assistant
Kristine Peters, Education Coordinator


Susan Peterson, Director of Operations


Jillian Lyons, Director of Finance

Musical Theatre Arts

Timothy Maureen Cole, Director of Musical Theatre Arts

New Jersey Youth Symphony

Jeffrey Grogan, Artistic Director and Conductor
Diana Charos Reilly, Director of Summer Programs and Conductor of Flute Ensembles
Stacy Beltran, Manager of Orchestras
Adrienne Ostrander, Student Services Assistant

Paterson Music Project

Elizabeth Moulthrop, Program Director
Shanna Lin, Associate Program Director