ACO welcomes oboist and founding member of the Imani Winds Toyin Spellman-Diaz to its Board of Directors. In addition, Jesse Rosen, a longtime member of ACO’s Board of Directors and the organization’s executive director from 1987-1996, is currently serving as ACO’s Interim President while Acting President and Director of Development Lyndsay Werking completes her maternity leave.
Toyin Spellman-Diaz grew up surrounded by her parents’ enormous record collection in Washington, DC. It was there she absorbed the many layers of classical music’s beauty and the inspiring and uniting potential of the world’s diverse cultural landscape. Spellman-Diaz earned her Bachelors of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master’s and Professional Studies degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. Hailed by The Washington Post for her “smooth, controlled tone and excellent technique,” her orchestral career includes performances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. An original member of Imani Winds, Spellman-Diaz has built her career as a champion of contemporary chamber music. Along with her Imani Winds colleagues, she is devoted to discovering new and diverse musical voices and cultures to increase and enhance the woodwind quintet repertoire. She has also collaborated with some of today’s most influential chamber music ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the Antara Ensemble and Camerata Pacifica.
Jesse Rosen was President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras from 2008-2020 and now serves as a Senior Advisor to the organization. Under his leadership, the League advocated for orchestras’ deeper engagement with community, renewed efforts to address diversity, greater discipline in relation to fiscal health, increased use of data to inform decision-making, and widespread engagement with composers. In addition to serving on ACO’s board, Rosen serves on the board of the Gateways Music Festival, has served on the board of the Performing Arts Alliance, and was a member of the National Center for Arts Research Board of Advisors. He is a lifelong musician and experienced orchestra executive who previously served as general manager of the Seattle Symphony 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.