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 Minnesota’s 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, and countless schools, conservatories, and universities. Garrett is the host and producer behind nationally-syndicated radio programs including “The Sound of 13” and “Gateways Radio”, 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.

Jordan Musser

Program Manager

jordan [at] americancomposers [dot] org 212.977.8495 

Jordan Musser (he/him) joins ACO from Cornell University, where he served as Program Coordinator of the Cornell|Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and as PR/Production Manager of the Cornell Concert Series. He completed a Ph.D. in Musicology from Cornell as well, thereafter publishing on and teaching topics in contemporary music as Instructor of Art and Music Histories at Syracuse University. As Program Manager, Jordan stands committed to composer advancement, seeking fresh ways of enabling and advocating for new-musical expression among the artists and communities we serve.

Chaele Davis 

Development & Communications Associate 

chaele [at] americancomposers [dot] org

Chaele Davis (she/her) began singing, dancing and acting professionally at 7 years old. Her passion for the performing and creative arts has been a defining characteristic of her eclectic career. She is a trained pastry chef,  culinary educator, and the founder of Femme Focus Events, an event consultant group which supported fellow BIPOC Femme led organizations. She has also provided her skills and services in the world of fundraising with organizations such as the Sarah Lawrence Queer Alumni Action, Young New Yorkers Chorus, Park Avenue Armory, Black Chef Movement, and the Public Theater. She is thrilled to join the incredible community of artists and art lovers at ACO!

Katy Salomon 

Katy [at] primoartists [dot] com

Founded in 2015 by Charlotte Lee, Primo Artists is a top international classical music management agency with a selective roster of several of the world’s finest classical artists, from rising stars to household names.

With nearly 25,000 social media followers, Primo Artists is a trailblazer in the field and one of the only international agencies that offers a holistic portfolio of artist management, social media and public relations services to artists and institutions. Widely considered one of the most diverse and modern agencies in the industry, Primo Artists represents a growing roster of Social Media and Public Relations clients to optimize and build presence in an ever-evolving media world.

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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