Our team

The Live Music Project was created out of a shared love for music, community, and accessible data. We LOVE our volunteers and we would be grateful to have you with us! Join a team to get involved.

Administration


Shaya Lyon

Shaya Lyon
Executive director

Product lead, UX designer, writer, artist, and casual pianist who loves organizing information. Passionate about collaborative creative processes, Shaya can often be found behind a camera, documenting performers in their natural habitat.

> shaya@livemusicproject.org
shayalyon.com

 

Communications


Megan Ihnen
Megan Ihnen
Communications lead

Megan Ihnen is a mezzo-soprano on a mission to change the world through the commissioning, performance, and proliferation of new music. She performs with a number of ensembles across the country and is the creator and main content producer behind The Sybaritic Singer. The act of live performance is integral to Megan’s worldview and fuels her desire to see Live Music Project grow.

> megan@livemusicproject.org
> meganihnen.com

 

Jess Testa

Jess Testa
Communications

Impassioned by creativity, Jess is currently earning a Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) degree through the Communication Leadership program at the University of Washington – with ambitions of assisting nonprofits and arts organizations in their brand integration journey and community outreach. Before becoming a Husky, she received a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In her spare time, she is actively searching for superb coffee, finding excuses to play with dogs, and spending time with those who make life meaningful – all while living in the wonderful city of Seattle.

> jtesta.com

 

Calendar


Bronson Foster
Bronson Foster
Lead calendar editor

Bronson is a versatile conductor who is reimagining the pathway of classical music for today. He is dedicated to the advancement of new music and developing the 21st century musician through his work with organizations in both live performance and digital spaces. His approach is deeply rooted in his belief that the future of traditional classical and new music depends on community building and broadening sustainability in the arts. Bronson received a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Aside from music and his work with Live Music Project, Bronson is passionate about traveling and finding a soul-satisfying cup of coffee.

> bronson@livemusicproject.org
> bronsonfoster.com

 

Hester Qiang

Qiang Qiang (prefers Hester)
Community outreach

Hester has an MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She received her BA in Music Performance (viola) and MA in Music, studying 20th Century American Music, from the South China University of Technology. She has volunteered and interned at many nonprofit organizations, including the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Artist Trust, and Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra.

> hester@livemusicproject.org
Hester’s Linked In

 

Jon Icasas

Jon Icasas
Calendar Squad lead

Jon is a lead payloads stress analyst helping certify commercial airplane interiors. He can also be found buzzing around the Seattle skies as a private pilot or around the local music scene playing his viola in the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and the Serendipity String Quartet, among many other passions.

> jon@livemusicproject.org
linkedin.com/in/jicasas

 

Gail Wein

Gail Wein
Calendar editor – NYC

With a voracious appetite for live music, Gail balances her career between work as a freelance journalist (NPR, Voice of America, Playbill, etc.) and publicist. As the president of Classical Music Communications, Gail and her team handle publicity for a roster of classical performers and composers, venues and recordings. Outside of the concert hall, Gail rides her bike by the Hudson River, travels near and far, and gazes upon her bassoon gathering dust in the back of the closet.

classicalmusiccommunications.com

 

Geoffrey Landman

Geoffrey Landman
Associate calendar editor – NYC

Geoffrey splits his time as a publicist for Classical Music Communications, and performer (Either/Or Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, NovusNY, New Thread Quartet, etc), teacher, and advocate of the saxophone and new music. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM), University of Cincinnati (MM), Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel (post-grad), and is finishing his Doctoral degree at New England Conservatory as the first DMA candidate for saxophone performance in the school’s history. Outside of music, Geoffrey is passionate about road bike racing, fine espresso, and his two dogs.

geoffreylandman.com

 

Technology


Nick Pozoulakis

Nick Pozoulakis
Programmer

Programmer by day, cellist by night, Nick likes building things and can’t get enough classical music. Nick joins the team as a web developer to make access to classical music even easier.

> nick@livemusicproject.org
linkedin.com/in/nicholaspozoulakis

 

Carole Snyder

Carole Snyder
Programmer

.NET and C# programmer with a twinkle in her eye and a passion for music. Not to be deterred by a language barrier, Carole also took on PHP and WordPress for this project.

linkedin.com/in/carolersnyder

 

Sam Lyon

Samuel Lyon
Programmer

Samuel is a software engineer at Nerdwallet, builder of little programming projects, founder of InTouch, ex-architectural consultant, and former resident of the PRC. He lives in Oakland, CA.

linkedin.com/in/samuellyon

 

Creative


vero

Veronica De La Peña
Designer

In love with technology, art, history, music. The moving image, the narrative, individual persons’ stories, an instance and a nuance. Born in the heart of Mexico City, Veronica grew up with the influences of an old & modern city that is constantly reinventing itself.

theverito.com

 

Kent Karnofski

Kent Karnofski
Writer

Kent Karnofski has been a Seattleite most of his adult life. By day he is a research engineer at a local manufacturing firm, by night he is an extraordinary audiophile. In addition to his work with the Live Music Project, he is the curator and primary contributor at Community Noise.

CommunityNoise.blog

 

Grants & Fundraising


Danielle Buonaiuto

Danielle Buonaiuto
Grantwriter

Danielle is a Brooklyn-based Canadian musician and arts administrator. She keeps busy freelancing as a choral, chamber, and solo soprano in New York and beyond; she also currently serves as the Executive Director of Musica Viva NY. Danielle’s favorite musical projects are collaborations with composers, visual artists, and poets; her favorite non-musical projects include culinary experimentation and hikes with dogs.

daniellebuonaiuto.com

 

Board of Directors


Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark
President

Kevin Clark is a Senior Product Manager at Pivotal Labs and a leader in technology and philanthropy, having previously served as Director of Platform at New Music USA and as a consultant to the MAP Fund and Creative Capital. Kevin also researches and teaches arts economics and entrepreneurship, and is an active composer.

kevinclarkcomposer.com

 

Sheila Oh

Sheila Oh
VP & secretary

Sheila directs the Computer Science Certificate Program at Seattle University. In her “spare” time, she can be found in the violin section of the Seattle Philharmonic, kicking up her heels with Sister Kate Dance Company, and supporting women in technology as a community leader of Anita Borg Institute.

linkedin.com/in/sheilaoh

 

Maggie Stapleton

Maggie Stapleton
Treasurer

Maggie is passionate about the access to and awareness of classical music, with a keen interest in new music. Maggie helped launch and cultivate Second Inversion, KING FM’s 24/7 streaming project dedicated to contemporary classical music. She is currently the Publicity Manager for Jensen Artists, a classical music public relations and management firm dedicated to developing the careers and telling the stories of today’s most vibrant classical musicians. Outside of music, Maggie enjoys cycling, hiking, rock climbing, cooking, and traveling.

Maggie’s LinkedIn

 

Andrew Goldstein

Andrew Goldstein
Member-at-large

With a passion for introducing classical music to new audiences, Andrew Goldstein is the co-founding Executive Director of Emerald City Music in Seattle. He holds a BM in Music Management from The Hartt School and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University, and has worked with arts institutions around the globe. Andrew lives in Seattle with his wife, Eryn, and daughter, Hazel.

linkedin.com/in/goldsteina

 

Tim Schmuckal

Tim Schmuckal
Member-at-large

A teacher, attorney, and strategist, Tim is focusing the second half of his life on helping people and organizations thrive. Currently, this includes his kids, a few non-profits, and a couple friends launching new businesses.

linkedin.com/in/tschmuckal

 

Shaya Lyon

Shaya Lyon
Member-at-large

Product lead, UX designer, writer, artist, and casual pianist who loves organizing information. Passionate about collaborative creative processes, Shaya can often be found behind a camera, documenting performers in their natural habitat.

shayalyon.com

 

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