RPYO is managed by a Board of Directors who meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. This board is comprised of community members with a passion for music and education. Meet our 18-19 board members:
Voting Board Members
Maria Donnelly, Treasurer
Dave Lane, Board Chair
I am a retired instrumental music teacher from the Brighton Central School District where I taught for forty-two years. During that period I have served in various positions in the Monroe County School Music Association and NYSSMA including being president of both organizations. In addition to the RPYO Board, I am currently serving as Chair of the NYSSMA Resolutions Committee, All State Brass Adjudicator, editor of the trombone solo section of the NYSSMA Manual and Director of the Brighton Summer Arts Camp. My major instrument is the trombone. I am a member of the Eastman Music Educators Wind Ensemble, the Penfield Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony and the Finger Lakes Concert Band. During my career and now in retirement, I have found a great deal of satisfaction working with other folks all who have a passion to play music and to promote music in the community and in our schools. They are a wonderful group of people.
Ex-Officio— Non-Voting Members
James Mick, Music Director
Irene Narotsky, Manager
Molly Werts McDonald, RPO Liaison
A native of Fairway, Kansas, Molly joined the RPO in October of 2013 as Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin. She has been playing in the first violin section since September 2014. With a Bachelor of Music degree and a Certificate in World Music, McDonald was one of RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde’s first students at Eastman. McDonald then continued on to complete a Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil, concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra.
McDonald grew up playing music with both of her parents, and gained exposure to chamber music and orchestral playing through local festivals in Kansas City. In the coming years she attended many other summer festivals including the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Castleman String Quartet Program, the Round Top Festival Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Institute. Prior to the RPO, she was Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and she has made appearances with the Kansas City Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.
During her education, McDonald explored Early Music, Balinese Gamelan, folk, and many other styles of music. She is passionate about teaching and playing chamber music, and continues to do both in addition to her position with the RPO.
Josephine (Jo) Whang