Board of Directors

Board

Ana Boe, Secretary

Assistant Professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University and Chair of the Humanities Division. Ms. Boe is a cellist who received her B.A. in Music Performance at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. She furthered her studies by earning her M.A. in English-Literature at the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in English Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ms. Boe is a lifelong classical musical enthusiast.

 

Bonnie Baker

Retired management consultant. For many years she was a principal with the Allegra Group, a Northeast Ohio firm specializing in assisting health care and nonprofit organizations with program planning, strategic planning, and financial feasibility studies. She previously had upper level management positions with the CSA Health Network, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, and the Metropolitan Planning Corporation. An active community volunteer, Bonnie currently serves on the boards of the Art Song Festival and the Cleveland Archaeological Society. Past board memberships include Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Cleveland, and Apollo’s Fire. She holds an MBA with a concentration in accounting from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

 

J. Tracy Mortimore, Treasurer

Professional musician and owner of Artisan Renovation, a Cleveland-based boutique remodeling and renovation firm. Mr. Mortimore received his Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance from the University of Toronto and subsequently furthered his musical studies in London, UK. He has enjoyed a diverse musical career that involves performing everything from contemporary classical and popular music to Early Music on original instruments. As an Early Music performer, he has performed extensively on historical double basses and violone. Early Music ensembles he has appeared with include Santa Fe Pro Musica, Washington Bach Consort, Musica Pro Rara, Rebel, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Toronto Consort, Wolftrap Opera, Chatham Baroque, Folger Consort, and Aradia Ensemble with whom he has made over 18 recordings on Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label. In addition to his work in Early Music, Mr. Mortimore is actively involved with contemporary classical and jazz movements as an improviser and composer. As a contemporary performer, he has worked extensively with L’Ensemble Denis Schingh and was a founding member of Diaphony, a flute and double bass duo specializing in free improvisation and electroacoustic music. He has appeared with the Esprit Orchestra, New Music Concerts, and 5th Species and has had numerous compositions written specifically for him by Canadian composers. Mr. Mortimore has performed in New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, England, Japan, Italy, and across the United States and Canada.

Charlotte Newman, Vice President

Lifelong champion of the Early Music movement in America. Ms. Newman serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Board of Directors of Early Music America (EMA), a non-profit corporation formed in 1985 to expand the awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods performed on period instruments using historical performance practices. She has previously served as EMA’s Secretary as well as EMA’s President from July 2004 to June 2007. Ms. Newman is a member of the Case Early Music Singers, the vocal ensemble Nightingale, and the Cleveland band Uzizi, which combines rock with the Celtic and shape-note traditions. She holds an M.A. in Music History with a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University, and for ten years was administrator of the university’s “Chapel, Court & Countryside” Early Music concert series. Under Ms. Newman’s administration, “Chapel, Court & Countryside” presented national and international touring musicians to Cleveland audiences.

 

Costa Petridis

Curator, Cleveland Museum of Art

 

Nick Wille

Associate, Ulmer & Berne

Shirley Simmons

Chagrin Falls Travel

Shirley is a New Zealand “Kiwi Specialist” and is the only certified Premier Aussie Specialist in Northern Ohio, as well as being a specialist for all of the Australian states and territories. In addition to having owned a travel agency for 25 years, Shirley has devoted her volunteer time to several classical music organizations, serving on the Board of Friends of Apollo’s for many years, and helping to raise over $250,000. Shirley was also on the founding board of M.U.S.i.C. and has chaired their benefit twice. In addition to Les Délices, Shirley currently serves on the CityMusic Cleveland Board and chaired their benefit in 2014.

 

Staff

Debra Nagy

Artistic Director

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Emily Rapson

Operations Coordinator, currently holds the position of second horn in both the Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia and The Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania and is the horn player in Cleveland’s professional woodwind quintet, the North Coast Winds. In addition to her work with Les Délices, she in the Orchestra Manager of the Cleveland Opera Theater and has held the position of General Manager with the Suburban Symphony in Cleveland since 2014. Ms. Rapson holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory in French Horn performance. 

 

Elizabeth Tracy

Education Intern, is a Ph.D. student in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Otterbein University and a Master of Music Education from Heidelberg University. Prior to her enrollment at Case Western Reserve University, she taught K-12 music for four years. Her research interests include community outreach and higher education, the evolution of music education in the 21st century, and contemporary wind band repertoire.