The League staff team works on Conference planning throughout the year, and is excited to see you in Nashville this June.
If you see any of us around the Conference venue, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and say, “Hi!” Meeting members is one of the best parts of our jobs!
Director, Learning and Leadership Programs
John-Morgan Bush is working to change the face of classical music in the 21st century and he takes a multifaceted approach to define a new model for the role of the artist-as-administrator. Bush is director, learning and leadership programs at the League of American Orchestras where he works to provide innovative programming and resources for the orchestral field at the national level.
He holds an adjunct faculty position in The New School University, Mannes School of Music's Entrepreneurial Musicianship program. He was formerly on the music faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he taught courses in applied horn, music education, and arts administration, and also served as executive director of the national award-winning UMass Lowell String Project.
As a concert artist, Bush hit the ground running after winning second prize in the 2008 International Horn Society Solo Competition in Denver, CO. He is the recipient of the John Clarke Award for Excellence in Brass Performance. He regularly performs with orchestras in the greater New York area and presents innovative solo and chamber music recitals across the region. He holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Kentucky and a Master's Degree in Classical Horn Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
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Associate, Member Services
Danny Els is a born and raised music nerd who has always held a special place in his heart for orchestral music. Despite having gone off to college at the Crane School of Music for a degree in Music Education – voice concentration, Danny was raised playing instruments throughout his childhood. These formative years as a young instrumentalist embedded a passion that carried through his undergraduate career. In fact, it was his passion for instruments that brought him to his decision to add a second degree in Music Business with an arts administration concentration.
After graduating in May 2016, Danny started working at the League of American Orchestras the following September. He now gets to enjoy his lifelong passion for music at work while also being on the front lines of the Member Services department. If you’ve ever got a login problem, he’s your go-to guy! This will be Danny’s third Conference during his tenure at the League. He looks forward to welcoming you all to Nashville this June for MUSIC CentriCITY! Come meet him at the check-in/registration table!
On a personal note, Danny loves to travel, cook, binge Netflix shows, and looks forward to marrying his partner David this November.
Major Gifts Officer
Erica R. Green is the major gifts officer for the League of American Orchestras. Green, who joined the League in 2017, oversees cultivating relationships with major donors and raises money to support the League. She also manages all donor events, including the annual Donor Appreciation Dinner during Conference. Prior to the League, Green worked as the manager of individual giving at the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) and at the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), and she worked at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR/PBS affiliate, as the development associate and major gifts events coordinator.
Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Green graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Muhlenberg College in Music and Art History. She currently lives in New York City. During her free time, you will find her at the theater or practicing Italian.
Manager, Digital Communications
Caroline Greenberg, manager of digital communications, has been with the League of American Orchestras since December 2016. As part of the marketing/communications team, Greenberg runs the League’s website, produces videos, manages and produces email to members, and assists with social media. She is an integral part of the team working to create a new League website.
Outside of the League, Greenberg is an active musician, playing both the French horn and the bagpipes around New York City and Long Island. She is also an active runner and loves to cook and bake for her friends. Greenberg graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Applied Music, specializing in French horn, from SUNY Fredonia, a B.S. in Sound Recording Technology from SUNY Fredonia, and an M.M. in Music History and Literature from the University of Northern Colorado. With music and technology being the focus of her higher education, working at the League has been a great way for Greenberg to combine her skills in a way that helps the entire orchestral field.
Sarah E. Kelly
Vice President for Development
Sarah E. Kelly joined the League in June 2016 as vice president for development. She is a fundraising professional with more than 25 years’ experience and has served as a senior staff member or a consultant to a cross-section of nonprofits in New York City, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, Bronx Museum for the Arts, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Kelly gained international fundraising experience during her tenure at the National University of Ireland, Galway, (NUI Galway) where she served as the University’s first professional director of development. Kelly also provided fundraising counsel to a range of Irish institutions establishing a presence in the United States, including the Druid Theatre Company, All Hallows College, and The Abbey Theatre.
Kelly graduated from Purchase College with a B.A. in Philosophy. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York who currently lives in Redding, CT with her husband and two children.
Director of Government Affairs and Education Advocacy
Najean Lee is the director of government affairs and education advocacy at the League of American Orchestras. From the League’s two-person Washington, D.C. office, Najean represents the League’s member orchestras before Congress and federal agencies on a range of issues including federal support for the arts, nonprofit tax policy, arts education policy and funding, cultural exchange, visa policy improvements for international guest artists, and domestic and international travel with musical instruments. Najean participates in several policy coalitions and working groups with national arts, education, and nonprofit organizations, and for more than ten years has served on the Legislative Planning Committee that writes the policy briefs and helps train advocates for national Arts Advocacy Day. In addition to her legislative portfolio, Najean serves as the staff liaison to executive directors of the League’s smallest budget orchestras (groups 7-8) and to orchestras’ education and community engagement personnel.
Najean previously worked at the Arts Education Partnership and the Council of Chief State School Officers. She holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Michigan and M.A. in English from Indiana University. A former student of the violin and piano, Najean played in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Starling Chamber Orchestra.
Vice President, Advocacy
Heather Noonan is the vice president for advocacy for the League of American Orchestras. From the League’s Washington, D.C. office, Noonan represents orchestras before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies in the arenas of government arts funding, education reform, international cultural activity, and nonprofit and philanthropic policies, and leads the League’s efforts to increase the advocacy capacity of orchestras.
She serves on the national advisory committee of the Arts Education Partnership and co-convenes the national Arts Education Policy Working Group. Noonan established and edits the League web site Artists from Abroad: The Complete Guide to Immigration and Tax Requirements for Foreign Guest Artists. She also leads the League’s technical assistance to orchestras navigating the complex aviation and protected species rules related to travel with musical instruments, and is representing global music interests in treaty negotiations at the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Noonan has served on the Public Policy Advisory Committee for Independent Sector, the national leadership network for America’s nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Prior to joining the League in 1996, she was a legislative associate for the American Arts Alliance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and studied art history at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
President and CEO
Since becoming President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras in 2008, Jesse Rosen has been a leading voice for the League’s more than 2,000 member organizations and individuals, empowering them with knowledge and perspective to navigate a rapidly changing environment. Rosen has been instrumental in overseeing the League’s renewed focus on developing longitudinal research benefitting the entire orchestra field and has created new initiatives in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion; artistry, leadership development, governance, capitalization, and community engagement, including Ford Made in America; the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service; the Music Alive composer residency program; the Noteboom Governance Center; and the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund. Under his direction, the League has been a catalyst for the orchestra field’s collective action around equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), including the drive to increase participation of musicians from underrepresented communities. Among the League’s endeavors are annual Forums and national task forces that led to the creation of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), supporting early career Black and Latinx musicians with mentorships and audition travel stipends; the creation of two major quantitative and qualitative studies on diversity in orchestras; and the launch of The Catalyst Fund regranting program, building the internal capacity of orchestras to advance their understanding of EDI and to foster effective EDI practices.
Rosen serves on the boards of the American Composers Orchestra and the Performing Arts Alliance, and is a member of the National Center for Arts Research Board of Advisors. He is an experienced orchestra executive who has served as general manager of the Seattle Symphony, executive director of the American Composers Orchestra in New York City, and orchestra manager of the New York Philharmonic. A trombonist, Rosen received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and pursued graduate studies at The Juilliard School.
Director, Member Services
Kim Schneider has been with the League of American Orchestras since August 2006. She started as a temporary employee and has worked her way up through the membership department, currently working as Director, Member Services. In this role, Schneider serves as the administrator of the League’s customer relationship management database and is currently working on the migration and implementation of a new platform that will help provide better and more efficient service to all League members.
Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and studied history at the University of Florida and currently serves as the president of the New York/New Jersey chapter of the University of Florida Alumni Association. During her free time, she spends time wandering NYC’s numerous museums, reading in Central Park, or hitting the hiking trails outside of the city.
This year will be Schneider’s twelfth League Conference and her first visit to Nashville. Please stop by the registration desk to ask questions, give advice on local restaurants and activities, or just to say hello!
Tori Sheehan is excited to be attending her first Conference! A proud Ithaca alum, she spent the past decade working as a stage manager for various regional and NYC companies, joining the union for actors and stage managers in 2014. She has recently joined the development team at the League as the new development assistant, and spends her days supporting the team and all incoming donations. When she is not at the League, you can find her working on Kid Riot Comics, a superhero story highlighting diverse and inclusive heroes from all backgrounds. See you at the Donor Desk!
Manager of the Annual Fund
Samara Ungar has been working at the League of American Orchestras since 2013, when she was hired as the meetings and logistics manager. Now, as manager of the annual fund (since 2015), Ungar enjoys getting the opportunity to build relationships with League members and donors.
A graduate of Brown University with a B.A. In Theatre Arts and Religious Studies, Ungar began her career in stage and event management then transitioned from working in commercial theater to the nonprofit arts sector. This transition was a way for her to better align her career with her commitment to ensuring future generations have the same access to the arts that she did growing up. In addition to working full time at the League, Ungar is also currently a Masters Candidate at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (Baruch College) where she is working towards her MPA with a focus in Nonprofit Administration.
Derek J. Weagle
Manager, Learning and Leadership Production
Brooklyn-based composer-conductor Derek J. Weagle is passionate about disrupting academic and social barriers around new music, uniting a wide variety of genre, tradition, and ritual into a single musical experience. His work spans both instrumental and vocal idioms, ranging from professional to educational audiences. Significant projects include the premieres of his Earthrise Mass, Serenade, a companion piece to Britten’s work premiered in Boston’s historic Jordan Hall by hornist John-Morgan Bush, and Assembly, commissioned for the Sesquicentennial of the New England Conservatory. His Serenade recently received Honorable Mention by the International Horn Society in their 2018 annual composition call.
In addition to his position with the League of American Orchestras, Weagle freelances as a consultant in artistic operations, communications and web development, and data maintenance for several artistic ensembles including Voices 21c and the Refugee Orchestra Project. In his free time, Weagle is a proud plant dad, technology aficionado, Nada Yoga practitioner, and member of the Language Creation Society. Weagle holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an M.M. with Academic Honors in Music Composition with a minor in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory as a student of Michael Gandolfi and Erica Washburn.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Celeste Wroblewski has been with the League of American Orchestras since 2015. Before that, she was the VP of public relations for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At the League she oversees the Symphony magazine department, membership, and marketing and communications, including media relations, social media, and the website. She’s very excited about developing a new website for the League, and equally excited to come to Nashville to greet friends old and new. You may find her near the Donor Desk helping to capture delegates’ stories on video – come by to tell your story; she promises it will be quick and easy!
Vice President, Knowledge, Learning, and Leadership
Karen Yair joined the League in 2015 as vice president, Knowledge Center, and in 2017 took on the new position of vice president, Knowledge, Learning, and Leadership. She leads a talented and dedicated team whose work spans the development and delivery of the League’s conferences and meetings, its data and research work, its leadership programs, its two major regranting programs, and its portfolio of seminars, webinars and artistic programs.
With a background in nonprofit arts research, Yair is passionate about data-driven decision-making. She has been instrumental in modernizing the League’s suite of annual member data reports, and in publishing influential research studies on topics ranging from orchestra finances to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the orchestra field. Yair is inspired by the transformative work of the League’s members, and by the potential for the League’s programs to enable and expand on members’ engagement with the diverse communities they serve.
Prior to joining the League, Yair worked for national arts organizations in England, including The Crafts Council, Youth Music, and the National Foundation of Music for Youth. With a keen interest in creativity as a driver of social change, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in design, and earned a doctoral degree in design management from Sheffield Hallam University (UK).