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Members Council

The Members Council fosters engagement and promotes communication among and between member organizations; promotes the work of the National Guild; engages in projects determined by Guild leadership; encourages the participation of current and prospective Guild members in Guild events and activities; and provides representation within the National Guild's organizational structure.

All member organizations are encouraged to nominate and elect Council representatives as vacancies occur. A formal nomination process was initiated in Fall 2012 in advance of the annual Conference for Community Arts Education in Dallas. For more information, contact Drew Malmuth at (212) 268-3337 x19.


  • Michael Walsh, Executive Director
    Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR

Chair Emeritus

  • Kirsten Morgan, Executive Director
    The Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York, NY


  • Troy Anderson, Executive Director
    The Suzuki-Orff School of Music, Chicago, IL
  • Susanne Baker, Director
    DePaul Community Music Division, Chicago, IL
  • Bryan Bowser, Assistant Director of the Conservatory
    Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, Berea, OH
  • Carol Commerford, Director
    Community Music School of Webster University, St. Louis, MO
  • Kathy Czerny, President
    South Shore Conservatory, Hingham, MA
  • Amy Dennison, Director
    CCM Preparatory Department, Cincinnati, OH
  • Robert Gilson, Director
    92Y School of the Arts, New York, NY
  • Cara Graninger, Co-Executive Director
    Living Arts, Detroit, MI
  • Igal Kesselman, Director
    Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center, New York, NY
  • Magda Martinez, Director of Programs
    Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
  • Robert McAllister, Dean
    School of Performing Arts, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nancy Ng, Director of Community Development
    Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • Carla Pastore, Executive Director
    Center for the Creative Arts, Yorklyn, DE
  • Diana Pollak, Executive Director
    Creative Arts Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Howard Potter, Director
    Eastman Community Music School, Rochester, NY
  • Katherine Smythe, CEO & Artistic Director
    New Ballet Ensemble and School, Memphis, TN
  • Rick Sperling, Founder/CEO
    Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Detroit, MI
  • Davin Pierson Torre, Director
    Flint School of Performing Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Flint, MI
  • Jason Trotta, Executive Director
    Northampton Community Music Center, Northampton, MA
  • Peggy Quackenbush, President & Executive Director
    Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Rochester, NY
  • Kate Yoder, Executive Director
    Concord Conservatory of Music, Concord, NH


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