Edward “Ed” Yim (he/him) came to ACO in February 2017, eager to renew and rebrand the organization in collaboration with the board, staff, composers and musicians. He is passionate about supporting overlooked and emerging American composers. Ed’s prior experience is as an artistic planner for music organizations including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York City Opera, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Artistic Planning for the New York Philharmonic during Alan Gilbert’s tenure.
Lyndsay Werking (she/her) is a 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 and oversees all fundraising activities. Working closely with the President and Board, she leads fundraising and communications strategy for ACO’s three-year strategic plan.
Aiden Kim Feltkamp (they/he) began his musical life at the age of 5 playing a quarter-size cello and now he champions new classical music and opera as a trans nonbinary librettist, producer, performer, and educator. Mx. Feltkamp is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and that mission pervades every aspect of his career.
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.
Born and raised in Qiqihaer, China, Jade (she/her) started to study music theory and composition from middle school. In 2020, she was accepted by University of Missouri-Kansas City and continued her compositional career in the U.S. During those years, Jade was actively participating in many professional productions, not only in the field of Classical music, but also movie and TV industry. Jade joined ACO in 2013 as an intern and then worked as Development Associate. She started the position of Production Manager in July 2017.
Dominican-American Stephanie Polonio (she/her) recently returned to New York as American Composers Orchestra’s Development Associate after living in four different states along the East Coast and developing her knowledge of a multitude of cultures and lifestyles along the way. Stephanie’s interest in music began early – she wrote songs and sang in her middle school choir – but her love for classical music bloomed during her time at Stetson University, where she studied Vocal Performance.
jay [at] americancomposers [dot] org
Jay (she/her) is a fundraiser and strategist with 18 years in the nonprofit sector. After 15 years running a range of programs unified by a passion to serve the arts and the artists who make art, Jay transitioned to institutional fundraising and brought in $500k in her first three years. She excels at creating powerful and persuasive proposals, building relationships with potential funders, and connecting creative new ideas to resources needed to bring them to life.
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. We are 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. ACO works with Christina Jensen and Maggie Stapleton for PR, Aled Roberts manages ACO’s Q&A blog.
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