Board

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.

18-19 Board Members

Jeanne Gray

Jeanne is a retired music teacher having taught at Corning CSD, Webster CSD, Rush Henrietta CSD and served as advisor to the music programs at Brighton CSD and Avon CSD.

Jeanne is currently a member of the viola section of Penfield Symphony Orchestra and serves on PSO Board of Directors.

In the past she has served as a member Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Board helping to establish the Education Program as it is today and member of the Committee for a Quality Philharmonic (CQP). Jeanne has chaired the Monroe County School Music Association Board and served as VP and President of New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). She was awarded the NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

Jeanne is a graduate of Ithaca College (Bachelors in Music Education), Cornell University (Masters in History) and the University of Rochester (Masters in Administration).

Maria Donnelly, Treasurer

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Vicky Feathers


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Jeanne Gray

Jeanne is a retired music teacher having taught at Corning CSD, Webster CSD, Rush Henrietta CSD and served as advisor to the music programs at Brighton CSD and Avon CSD.

Jean is currently a member of the viola section of Penfield Symphony Orchestra and serves on PSO Board of Directors.

In the past she has served as a member Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Board helping to establish the Education Program as it is today and member of the Committee for a Quality Philharmonic (CQP). Jeanne has chaired the Monroe County School Music Association Board and served as VP and President of New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). She was awarded the NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

Jeanne is a graduate of Ithaca College (Bachelors in Music Education), Cornell University (Masters in History) and the University of Rochester (Masters in Administration).

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Rus Healy

  Dave Lane, Board Chair

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Michael Loeb

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Jim Orgar

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.

Linda Orgar 

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Brian Scudder

 Kelly Scudder 

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Dan Stare

Fred Weingarten 

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Roxanne Willard

Cindy Yancey 

Ex-Officio— Non-Voting Members

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Barbara Brown

RPO Director of Education

Barbara joined the RPO in 2008 and, as the Director of Education, organizes all of the orchestra’s education and community engagement concerts and events. Barbara has her bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance and anthropology from the University of Washington. In 2008, she received her master’s degree in saxophone performance and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

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David Harman

RPYO Music Director Emeritus

RPYO Interim Music Director (Jan-May 2019)

David Harman was Music Director of the RPYO 1993-2014. Dr. Harman received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and has conducted widely throughout the United States and abroad. In 2017 David retired as Professor of Music at the University of Rochester and as Music Director of its Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Dr. Harman currently serves as Music Director of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra. He has been honored by the Monroe County School Music Association and by Mu Phi Epsilon, the international association of professional musicians, for his significant contributions to the musical life of Rochester.

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James Mick

Music Director

Dr. James Mick is an associate professor of music education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in string pedagogy, orchestral rehearsal techniques, instrumental conducting, psychology of music teaching, and contemporary ensembles.

A passionate music educator and ardent supporter of public school music programs, Dr. Mick is the immediate past-president of the New York American String Teachers Association and he frequently works with public school students of all ages and abilities. A popular guest conductor, he has been invited to work with students in a variety of settings ranging from individual school and all-district events to all-county and all-state honor festivals. Recent and upcoming all-state orchestra appearances include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, Ohio, and Wyoming more…

Irene Narotsky, Manager

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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.

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Josephine (Jo) Whang