Kendall Smith has spent the last 30 years supporting artists and musicians around the world as a lighting designer for large theatre works as well as supporting his local symphonies and arts-based non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, he has designed lighting for concerts, ballets, operas, and musicals in places such as Queensland, Fort Worth, University of Michigan, and Oregon, and travels extensively to consult for multiple Shakespeare Festivals. In his local community in Carmel, California, Kendall is an activist and supporter of the Sunset Center for the Arts and the Monterey Symphony. By advising and consulting for both organizations, Kendall strives to keep both arts education and youth development alive in the community.
YOLA at HOLA Program Director
Michelle Rearick has been an active educator and cellist in LA for the past ten years. She has worked for multiple music and educational non-profits including the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and Neighborhood programs and Education Through Music LA. Michelle currently serves as the Program Director for YOLA at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) and is a performing cellist in studios and ensembles around LA.
Director of the Alumni Program, Sundance Institute
Abiram Brizuela is a composer and conductor who strongly believes in the power of the Arts as instruments for social empowerment. As an alumnus of El Sistema in Venezuela, his beliefs have driven his extensive work with organizations granting access to the Arts in underserved communities around the world including Miami Music Project and Los Angeles’ Harmony Project. Abiram currently serves as Director of the Alumni Program at the Sundance Institute and supports different organizations in the US as an El Sistema advisor, academic consultant, and guest conductor.
CEO, Global Arts
Over the last 10 years, Emily’s passion for supporting underserved youth through music has driven her career both locally and internationally. Her desire to work with youth and music started at a young age and eventually inspired her to pursue degrees in music, education, and psychology. This resolve stuck with her in her professional life, when 8 years ago she started her own consulting company which took her everywhere from Venezuela to South Korea, from Italy to Minnesota, working with organizations that support youth through music. After spending the last decade working not only with these programs, but also multiple music non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, Emily is now serving as the CEO of Global Arts Corporation. Her current passion is to not only help serve the youth through music, but also provide constant development for educators.
Dean for Community Initiatives, Colburn School
Nate Zeisler envisions a world where individuals have a clear path to a sustainable career and possess the tools to find work/life balance, financial stability and meaningful work. As Dean for Community Initiatives at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Nate is the Nichols Chair of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact, where he empowers artists, builds pipelines of learning for students, and helps people think about their role in the 21st century economy.
Conductor & Department Chair, Claremont Colleges
David Cubek, pianist and conductor, has been the director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra since 2010, and is currently a tenured music professor as well as the Chair of the Music Department. David also serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony, Conductor of the Pasadena Youth Symphony, and of the new music ensemble Fonema consort. Born in Venezuela, David is a firm believe in the power of music to foster social change. He currently guest conducts for various professional and youth orchestras around the world, including, Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Sinfónica Teresa Carreño, San Bernardino Symphony, the Eastern Sierra Symphony, OrchKids, YOLA, and Harmony Program NYC.
Executive Director, Heart of Los Angeles
Tony Brown has been the Executive Director and an active Board Member for Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) since 2006. During that time, he has received the LA Business Journal Leadership Excellence Award, Bank of America's Local Hero award and was named to Town & Country's Top 50 Philanthropists list in 2015. In 2017, he was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Innovation in the state of California. In addition, he serves on multiple Advisory Boards and Leadership councils around the state of California and is a passionate advocate for youth leadership around the country.
Professor & Head of Music Education Department, UCLA
Frank Heuser is Professor of Music Education at UCLA where he teaches courses in music education and supervises student teachers. His research focuses on developing ways to improve music pedagogy. He has presented at conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa, served on evaluation panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, and published articles in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, Studies in Music from the University of Western Ontario, Psychology of Music, Music Education Research and the Philosophy of Music Education Review.