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Lecolion Washington
Executive Director

lecolion@cmcb.org x21
M.M. Manhattan School of Music
B.M. University of Texas at Austin

After over 20 years as a performing bassoonist, 15 years as a music professor, and 10 years as an arts administrator, Lecolion Washington has established himself as a leader for the next generation of arts entrepreneurs; and he has been a staunch advocate for the relevance of music as an agent for social change.
 
Lecolion is the Executive Director of Community Music Center of Boston. Prior to moving to Boston, Lecolion was the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the PRIZM Ensemble in Memphis from 2009-2017, and he was the founder of the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival. In 2015, he was named as one of the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. He was selected as a 2019 Musical America’s Top Professional of the Year honoring Innovators, Independent Thinkers and Entrepreneurs, celebrated as a 2020 Boston HUBWeek “Change Maker”, and he is the 2020 Chamber Music America Conference Planning Committee Chair.
 
As a bassoonist, Lecolion has performed solo recitals and master classes at colleges and universities all over the world. He has been a featured solo and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Brazil, South Africa, Canada, and Switzerland among others. As an orchestral musician, Lecolion has performed as guest principal and/or co-principal bassoon with orchestras such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. He served on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa from 2006-2013. His CD entitled “Legacy: Music for Bassoon by African-American Composers” was released on the Albany Records label.

Morgan Beckford
Chief Programming Officer

mbeckford@cmcb.org
M.M. University of Maryland – College Park
B.A. University of Texas, Austin

Morgan Beckford, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, embraces her work as an arts administrator, teaching artist, and performer. She is very excited to bring her experience to Boston, having sharpened her education and outreach, programming, and development skills with Opera Memphis, the Opera Memphis Summer Conservatories, and the Memphis Music Initiative. With a background in classical voice and musical theater, she enjoys singing, as well as cultivating a love of music in others.

Meghan Jasani
Chief Finance and Operating Officer

jasani@cmcb.org
M.B.A. Columbia Business School
B.S. Pennsylvania State University

With 15+ years of operational leadership roles spanning financial services, e-commerce and the non-profit sector, Meghan brings deep finance and strategic planning expertise to CMCB. Meghan graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University before obtaining her MBA from Columbia Business School. Meghan currently serves on the Board of Project STEP and the Board of Advisors for Boston Public Market. While Meghan is undoubtedly the least musically accomplished member of the staff, she is passionate about CMCB’s mission and is the proud parent of an Early Childhood Program student.

Sarah Spinella
Chief Advancement Officer

sspinella@cmcb.org
M.S. Boston University, Metropolitan College
B.A. Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Spinella received her graduate degree in arts administration with a focus in fundraising management, and her undergraduate degree in music and French. Sarah comes from a strong performing arts background and currently sings with local renaissance choir, Convivium Musicum.

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Abigail Bowling
Community Engagement Coordinator

bowling@cmcb.org
M.A. Candidate, School for International Training
B.A. Skidmore College

Abby is a singer, traveler, and peacebuilder originally from Topsfield, MA. Following a degree in Music in 2012, she toured for a year with the international singing group Up with People throughout the US, Mexico, and Europe. Abby is a career changer, and comes to CMCB with four years of experience working in business management in the group travel industry. She is currently working on a Masters in Peace & Justice Leadership, and is passionate about combining music and community building. Abby is a classically trained mezzo-soprano, and continues to explore and work with her voice in sacred and secular spaces around Boston.

Elizabeth Cai
Registrar and Facilities Coordinator

ecai@cmcb.org
M.M. Longy School of Music
B.A. Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Originally from Houston, Texas, Elizabeth is a classically trained violinist, teacher, and performer who looks forward to working in arts administration as a way of giving back to her community. She is a recent graduate of Longy School of Music with her M.M in Violin Performance, prior to which she was at Boston College studying applied psychology and playing chamber music. She has volunteered and taught at schools such as Gardner Pilot Academy and Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester and hopes to continue supporting musical education through fostering healthy and positive relationships with all the families at CMCB.  Currently she plays with Brookline Symphony Orchestra to satisfy her love for orchestral repertoire – when she is not practicing she enjoys spoiling her pet bunny, occasional morning workouts, and checking in on her three younger sisters.

Rebecca Connors
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

connors@cmcb.org
MFA, Solstice Creative Writing at Pine Manor College
B.A. Boston University

Rebecca Connors is excited to bring her marketing and communications skills to CMCB and support the mission of equity in music education. In her creative career, she has been the vocalist for two rock bands and still remembers how to play the piano.

Besides working at CMCB, she is also an MFA candidate at the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. Along with her writing and studying, she volunteers for her daughter’s public school, and uses her digital skills to help progressive women win elections. She has too many plants and a weakness for regency romances, horror stories, and disease ecology. She lives in Boston with her family and also has a tuxedo cat named Lizzie.

Michael DePasquale
Senior Director of the Community Music School

mdepasquale@cmcb.org
M.A. McGill University
B.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michael enjoys a multi-faceted career as a cellist, vocalist, teacher, conductor, and administrator. He believes in music education and community engagement as a vehicle for social change. Since graduating with his Masters in Performance from McGill University in Montréal, Quebec, Michael has engaged in a career filled with performance, education, and community engagement.

Most recently, he has worked with El Sistema inspired programs in Québec and New Brunswick, as a Project and Personnel Manager, Cello Head Teacher, and Conductor. Michael studied cello in his native Pittsburgh with Anne Martindale-Williams and David Premo of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with Brian Manker of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. He was a founding member of the ensemble Port City 5, which aimed to change the way that performances are delivered, creating a more bidirectional relationship between audience and musician. He also performs as a freelancer with professional ensembles (chamber music and orchestral) in the area.

Samantha Gambaccini
Early Childhood Director, SummerARTS Director, and Voice Division Chair

gambaccini@cmcb.org
M.M. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A. Emerson College
B.M. Millikin University

Samantha Gambaccini is a freelance director, singing actor and educator in the Boston area. Currently a teaching artist in private and group voice, general music and theatre performance, Ms. Gambaccini specializes in musical theatre audition preparation and musicianship training with emphasis on the transition from dialogue to song. She serves as music director for singing ensembles and theatre groups of all ages. Most recently, she has performed with Anthem Theatre Company, Emerson College, and sung with the Church of the Redeemer chamber choir in Newton, MA, under the direction of Michael Murray. She has performed the operatic roles of Ruggiero (Alcina), Madame de Croissy (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Puck (The Fairy Queen) and Juno (Dido & Aeneas). Previous credits also include Production Stage Manager for the world-premiere opera The Garden of Martyrs with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Producer for Kennedy Elementary School Drama in Somerville, MA, and Assistant Director at the New Brunswick Early Music Festival. Locally, she has served as artistic director with the North Shore Players and Wakefield Repertory Theatre, and her own philanthropic production company Little Dinos Productions. Recent faculty positions include School Outreach and Early Childhood instructor in voice, piano and choir at the Community Music Center of Boston, singing instructor for the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute, director of the North Shore YMCA’s Glee Club, and director of the nationally recognized a cappella group WitchPitch? at Salem High School.

Diego Hernandez
Development Associate

hernandez@cmcb.org
B.A. University of California

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Diego has lived in various cities throughout the United States. After coming to Boston for work, he quickly fell in love with the vibrancy of the community. His affinity for the arts began at an early age, when he found music and painting as an avenue to express teenage angst. In middle school he learned to play the trumpet, and in high school formed a rock band where he was the lead singer. Major dreams include visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and learning how to play the violin.

David Mueller
Accountant

dmueller@cmcb.org
B.S. Business Administration, University of Wisconsin

David comes to CMCB with more than 25 years of professional experience and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He has previously worked for John Hancock Financial Network/Manulife Financial and Allmerica Financial Corporation (now Hanover Insurance). David holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin. He is based in Boston, has an office in Roxbury, and lives in Dorchester. He plays guitar and is a founding board member and current treasurer of the Jamaica Plain Music Festival.

Quentin Powell
Community Engagement Manager

qpowell@cmcb.org
Education:M.M. Longy School of MusicM.A.T. East Carolina UniversityB.A. Elizabeth City State University

Singer, Scholar, and Social Activist Quentin B. Powell holds a M.M. in Voice Performance, a B.A. in Music Performance, a B.A. in English with a concentration in Speech & Hearing Sciences, and has done extensive graduate study in Education & Curriculum Design. Quentin has been an active Arts & Culture administrator for over a decade, and has been working diligently to create equitable access to the arts for underprivileged youth. As the lead teaching artist and founder of the Mosaic Music Project Quentin provides music enrichment for incarcerated communities and volunteers regularly for multiple social justice initiatives. Quentin maintains an active for performance career, singing the standard tenor operatic repertoire, and has a vibrant voice studio.

Tiniqua Patrick
Registrar

patrick@cmcb.org
B.A. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Since graduating from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2014, Tiniqua has been using her degree in music to begin her career as a Jazz Vocalist and a member of Petrichor, a vocal ensemble made up of her closest friends.  She also works for 3050 Music Group as a member of the production team.  Tiniqua looks forward to honing her music and administrative skills in this warm and exciting community.

Christopher Perry, MT-BC
Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs

cperry@cmcb.org
B.M. Berklee College of Music

Christopher Perry is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in music therapy.  Whether working with adults with developmental disabilities, children with special needs, Early Intervention, or children with autism, Christopher has a passion for connecting with others through music.  He has experience practicing music therapy with groups and individuals, in classrooms, homes and community spaces.

Zachary Sheets
Manager of Institutional Giving

sheets@cmcb.org
M.M. Eastman School of MusicB.A. Harvard University

Zach is a flutist, composer, and arts administrator originally from Vermont. He’s thrilled to move home to Boston after five years in New York, where he worked as Managing Director of the Talea Ensemble and as Executive Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble]. Zach currently serves as Principal Flute in the Cape Cod Symphony performs as a freelancer with Boston Ballet, the Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, Talea Ensemble, and more. Summers have brought Zach to engagements at the Spoleto Festival USA, Aldeburgh Festival, Britten-Pears Young Artist Program, IRCAM’s Manifeste, Klangspuren Schwaz, the June in Buffalo Festival, and Colorado College Music Festival. He holds an MM and a Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a B.A. from Harvard University. Read more and listen at zachsheetsmusic.com. Zach grew up watching baseball with his dad, a Missourian, and will forever be a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but if someone from the AL has to win the Sox are cool, too.

Hannah Sigel
Community Music School Coordinator

hsigel@cmcb.org
B.M. Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Hannah Sigel holds a BM from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she studied voice under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson. Having performed and taught privately for years, Hannah is delighted to share her passion for music with the community and inspire the next generation of musicians. Originally from Miami, FL, Hannah is passionate about the importance of music in our communities and its members lives. She hopes to inspire a will and drive to make a difference in our communities through music education and performance.