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Lecolion Washington
Executive Director
MM Manhattan School of Music
BM 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. He was selected as one of Musical America’s 2019 Professionals of the Year honoring Innovators, Independent Thinkers and Entrepreneurs, celebrated as a 2020 Boston HUBWeek “Change Maker”, and was a 2020 Chamber Music America Conference Planning Committee Chair. Lecolion was a recipient of the Sphinx’s Organization’s MPower Artist Grant to support a mentorship initiative for young artists and entrepreneurs in 2020-21.
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
MM University of Maryland – College Park
BA 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 Financial and Operating Officer
MBA Columbia Business School
BS 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.

Michael DePasquale
Senior Director of the Community Music School
MA McGill University
BFA 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.

Christopher Perry, MT-BC
Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs
BM 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
Senior Director of Major and Institutional Gifts
MM Eastman School of Music
BA 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 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.


Abigail Bowling
Community Engagement Coordinator
MA Candidate, School for International Training
BA 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
Human Resources & Business Office Manager
MM Longy School of Music
BA 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 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 the Apollo Ensemble to satisfy her love for orchestral repertoire – when she is not practicing she enjoys spoiling her pet bunny and cat, occasional morning workouts, and checking in on her three younger sisters.

Holly Dyer
Community Engagement Manager
MM University of Illinois
BM/BA Boston University

Holly Dyer is a cellist, educator and performer originally from Milwaukee, WI. She comes to CMCB with a desire to engage with Boston’s diverse communities, using music education to support youth and to strive for a socially just community. Holly was most recently a musician fellow with Community MusicWorks, a music performance, education and community-building program in Providence, RI. She also holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her freelance musical endeavors, Holly served as an AmeriCorps fellow focused on urban youth development in the Boston Public Schools. This experience first sparked her desire for classical music as a tool for community service. Other interests of hers include running, cooking, and exploring the art of pour over coffee.  

Samantha Gambaccini
Early Childhood Director, SummerARTS Director, and Voice Faculty Instructional Lead
MM University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MA Emerson College
BM 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.

David Mueller
BS 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.

Tiniqua Patrick
Registrar & Office Manager
BA 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.

Juan Suarez
Assistant Registrar & Facilities Coordinator
MM New England Conservatory of Music
BM Stetson University

Juan is a classically trained baritone originally from Bogotá, Colombia. He recently graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with his Masters in Voice Performance / Concentration in Voice Pedagogy, and has fallen in love with Boston and its vibrant music scene. His favorite music to sing includes repertoire by Bach, Handel and Mozart, and his favorite artists to listen to are Fleet Foxes, Regina Spektor, and Florence + the Machine. Now officially based in Boston, Juan hopes to continue to perform and use his combined experience in customer service and music to advance CMCB’s mission to its students and the community.

Michael Wark
Development Associate
BA Ithaca College

Michael has loved music and the arts from a young age. He played trumpet through most of his time growing up in upstate New York and went on to learn more about visual arts during his undergraduate studies. He’s excited to bring his passion for the arts to CMCB. In his spare time, he enjoys watching theater, ballet, and opera, as well as spending time at museums. He’s also an avid video game player and fledgling YouTube content creator.

Kenneth Wilson
Executive Assistant
BA N.C. Central University

Kenneth Wilson is an actor (stage and screen) and singer. Originally from Durham, N.C., he holds a BA in Spanish from N.C. Central University and has called Boston home the past 15 years. Under an alias, he has fronted and written with various pop, rock and cover bands in the New England area. (His record is fronting three simultaneously.) Kenneth also worked with members of the Grammy-winning Winans family (in partnership with Emerson) in a workshop of their own musical. As an actor, Kenneth has done commercials, theatre (including musical!), has toured nationally and appears in three seasons of a web series.