Meet the Staff

Lyndsay Werking 

Director of Development 

lyndsay [at] americancomposers [dot] org
212.977.8495 ext 204

Lyndsay Werking (she/her) is a self-described curious community connector. Her ultimate passion is original works created by living artists. She believes in the power of art to examine social issues, spark conversation, and bridge gaps between people. She joined ACO in May 2017 as the Director of Development and was appointed Acting President in September 2020. Accomplishments of recent years include launching ACO’s Commission Club, securing capacity building grants from the Altman Foundation and Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, working to design ACO’s new website, and increasing individual giving by sixty percent.

Garrett McQueen

Director of Artist Equity

garrett [at] americancomposers [dot] org 212.977.8495 x252

Noted as a “classical agitator” by the Star Tribune, Garrett’s overall work and mission is rooted in the decolonization of “classical” music in the United States. Garrett offers presentations, workshops, and guest lectures at the intersections of race, contemporary culture, and “classical” music with past collaborators including the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater. Garrett is the host and producer behind nationally-syndicated radio programs including “The Sound of 13” and is the Executive Producer of the TRILLOQUY podcast, noted by the New York Times as “required listening for industry leaders and listeners alike.” 

Kevin James

Director of Education 

kevin [at] americancomposers [dot] org
212.977.8495 x202

Kevin James (he/him) is a noted educator, a world-class performer and composer, a writer, a thinker and an obsessive problem solver. His groundbreaking models for community engagement and out of school arts education for disadvantaged children have had a dramatic impact on the lives of countless children and have influenced the work of dozens of organizations in New York City and beyond. He’s served on several university advisory boards and regularly sits on selection committees and expert panels.

Steven Behr

Production Manager 

steven [at] americancomposers [dot] org
212.977.8495 x205

Steven Behr (he/him) began studying violin at the age of four. His previous work in orchestra administration has included roles in production and artistic administration with American, Atlanta and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras. Steven is passionate about bringing the works of under-performed and living composers to light. He has served as Board President for the Long Island Youth Orchestra since 2017 and is committed to the musical development of the next generation of young performers.

Christina Jensen 

christina [at] jensenartists [dot] com 646.536.7864 x1

Founded in 2007 as public relations firm Christina Jensen PR, Jensen Artists expanded in 2015 to include artist management services. Jensen Artists is dedicated to developing the careers and telling the stories of today’s most vibrant classical musicians. The firm is motivated by a desire to illustrate the abundance and appeal of today’s classical music world by sharing our clients’ personalities, creativity, and art with the public. 

Sydney Lolita Cusic 

Development Associate 

sydney [at] americancomposers [dot] org

Sydney Lolita Cusic (she/her) is a passionate advocate for the arts. She deeply believes in supporting artists by supporting them in their creative endeavors. As a recent graduate from New York University, Sydney is excited to join the ACO team in the development department. She is excited to use her position to champion composers of color in the field.

Our Mission & Vision

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.

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