Michael Reynolds is co-founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Classics for Kids Foundation, which has given hundreds of matching grants for excellent student instruments valued to string programs around America since its inception in 1998. He is founding and current cellist of the world-renowned Muir String Quartet, which began its career in 1979. As a member of the Muir Quartet and as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Reynolds has performed well over 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Far East, and he has performed with such diverse artists as Benny Goodman, Leon Fleisher, Menachem Pressler, Gil Shaham, Richard Stoltzman, and Phyllis Curtin. Accolades he has won with the Muir Quartet include first prize at the Evian Competition, the 1981 Naumburg Award, two Grand Prix du Disques, the Gramophone Award, a Grammy nomination and a Grammy on the EcoClassics label he founded, and an internationally acclaimed PBS broadcast, “In Performance at The White House” for President and Mrs. Reagan. A native of Montana, he received his professional training at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of David Soyer and Martita Casals, continuing with Karen Tuttle and George Neikrug and studies at Yale University. Mr. Reynolds has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the U.S, and his recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello on the EcoClassics label has received much critical acclaim. Recent and upcoming recordings include the Muir Quartet performing Berg Op. 3, Kreisler Quartet and Schulhoff 5 Pieces on the KidsClassics label, the Beethoven Clarinet Trio (after the Septet) and Zemlinsky Trio with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Judith Stillman on KidsClassics, and the Weber Clarinet Quintet and works from the Klezmer Tradition with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein. Profits from these recordings support Classics for Kids Foundation’s grant programs.
Mr. Reynolds has taught at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts since 1983. His students continue to develop successful careers in music, including members of the Boston Symphony and other orchestras, teachers at universities and other institutions internationally, four Boston Symphony Competition and numerous other competition winners. He is also Artistic Director of ArtsLIVE! (artsliveva.org) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the Montana Chamber Music Society (montanachambermusicsociety.org), the first statewide chamber music society in America.
Mr. Reynolds has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory, Rutgers University, the University of Utah, and UC Santa Cruz. He received an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island College in 1995, and is a recent recipient of the Blue and Gold Award from Montana State University. In his spare time he is an avid flyfisherman and outdoorsman.
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Georgia Godfrey is the Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Emeritus Dr. Condoleezza Rice, serving as Dr. Rice’s principal counselor. Ms. Godfrey previously served at the White House as the Senior Press Advance Representative and Press Office Manager for the Executive Office of the President, and she has extensive experience in communications, government and international affairs strategy. Ms. Godfrey is the Founder of Trailblazer Public Affairs, which provided strategic communications and media guidance to a variety of organizations and companies. In her spare time, Ms. Godfrey is an accomplished violinist.
Barry Kingston has been a Wealth Advisor with UBS Financial Services since January, 2012. In addition to providing advice to families and corporations on wealth planning, succession, and estate issues, he specializes in the area of retirement plans and planning. Previously, he held a similar role at Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firms from 1984 – 2012. He served as founding Branch Manager of the Westborough, MA office from 1999 – 2008, opening a new territory for the firm. Barry has been married to his wife Deborah since 1983 and they have two children, Nathaniel and Emily. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Master’s from Florida International University. He loves traveling, fly fishing, and studying the markets. He is currently Treasurer of Classics for Kids Foundation.
Jill Lenhardt was raised in Bozeman, Montana and played several instruments in the public schools there. She attended Macalester College and went on to a career in finance and investment, including positions at Merrill Lynch in Chicago and Bariston Partners in Boston. From 1998-2001 she was Founding Executive Director for New England SCORES – an after-school program that serves inner-city youth through an innovative program combining soccer, creative writing and service learning. She served on the New England SCORES Board of Directors from 2001-2005. She has also been actively involved with Macalester for many years as an Alumni Chapter Leader, President of the Alumni Board and currently as a member of the Campaign Steering Committee for Macalester’s Step Forward Campaign.
Paul Lowden has been playing music all of his life. He has been a professional musician, orchestra leader and accompanist for many performers. Paul is a successful businessman and hotelier in Las Vegas, Nevada. At one time he was the majority owner of 4 hotels in Southern Nevada, including the famous Sahara Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. He has served on many non-profit boards including the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Paul received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from MDA. Paul hosted the famous Jerry Lewis MDA telethon at the Sahara Hotel for many years. Because of his love of children in need and the arts, he has devoted much of his philanthropic efforts towards young people. The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, a magnet public school, named it’s new facility The Lowden Theatre to honor the Lowden family for their dedication and financial support towards the young people at the school. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Paul started working in Nevada in 1961. Paul has been married for 32 years to his wife, Sue. They have 4 children and a granddaughter who all reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul continues to play keyboards and supports numerous charitable organizations including the Nevada Military Support Alliance, Opportunity Village for the Handicapped, Nevada Dance Theatre/Smith Center for Performing Arts and the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
Iris Model was born in Berlin, Germany and was educated in Berlin, London and Paris. In 1964 she came to the USA on vacation, and fell in love with New York City which consequently became her home. Her career started with Rudi Gernreich, the world-renowned American fashion designer and innovator whose NY showroom she co-managed for a few years. In 1968 she became part of a small founding team launching Clinique Lab. Inc., the enormously successful international skin care and makeup company. After 28 years, she retired as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development. During her professional career she served on the board of several industry organizations. Her many interests include the arts, environmental conservation and learning about different cultures. To this end she has traveled all over the world and has been in almost all of the 50 states in the Union. In 2001 she created Indian Uprising Gallery located in Bozeman, MT, showcasing American Indian art of the Plains region and providing an appropriate setting to help known and unknown contemporary Native artists to receive wider public recognition. She is presently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Rockies where she is also on the Executive Committee.
Dr. Angus Muir is a practicing oncologist living in Fredericksburg, Virginia. On the Board of the Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts since its inception, he is an active supporter of the arts in northern Virginia. A graduate of George Washington University, Case Western University, and the University of Rochester, he has been practicing medicine since 1966. He was the Director of Human Genetics at Case Western Reserve University from 1973-1984. He is a member of numerous scientific and honorary societies, including the American Societies of Hematology and Human Genetics. He is also founding member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Scottish Games, and breeds Highland cattle at his home in Virginia. He is presently in private practice of oncology in Fredericksburg.
Since moving to Las Vegas in 1996, Lynn Hackeman Weidner has served in leadership roles in many organizations such as being on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Women’s Philanthropy Board of the Las Vegas Jewish Federation. She is currently a member of the national board of directors of both the Miss America Organization and the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization. Lynn joined Keystone Corporation in 2006, and has been a driving force in its success throughout the past few years. Her mission has been to promote issues that preserve Nevada’s economic freedom, and further supports private sector job creation, low taxation, and responsible regulation. She has become a major player in Nevada’s electoral process, and a supportive community member to high-profile conservative causes that protect and improve Nevada’s business environment. Before moving to Nevada, Lynn received her Communications degree from Rutgers University and worked as a newscaster for New Jersey Public Broadcasting and NBC’s local affiliate in Atlantic City. Mrs. Weidner is a former Miss New Jersey, and worked as an International Tourism Representative for the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. Lynn is married to William P. Weidner, Chairman and CEO of Global Gaming Asset Management LLC and Weidner Resorts. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Paul Brest is the president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, and serves as the director of its Philanthropy Program. Mr. Brest received an A.B. from Swarthmore College in 1962 and an LL.B from Harvard Law School in 1965. He served as law clerk to Judge Bailey Aldrich and Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan, and practiced with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi, doing civil rights litigation before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, where his research and teaching focused on constitutional law and problem solving/decision making. From 1987 to 1999, he served as the dean of Stanford Law School. Mr. Brest is co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. 2007), and of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (Oxford University Press, 2010). Together with Hal Harvey he is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy (Bloomberg Press, 2008). He teaches a course on Judgment and Decisionmaking in the Public Policy Program at Stanford. Mr. Brest holds honorary degrees from Northeastern Law School and Swarthmore College, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Roger Kirk, co-founder of CFKF, is Manager of several hydroelectric projects, including: Shasta Hydroelectric projects: Isabella Hydroelectric, South Dry Creek and Strawberry Creek. He is also President of the Diamond T Bar Ranch Corporation and Sherwood Developers, LLC. Roger is Past Director of the Montana Chamber Music Festival. Roger is also on the Board of Directors of HeadRoom Corporation, which creates and manufactures high-end audiophile equipment.
Judy Salter is the former President and CEO of Turtle Bay Exploration Park, an $82 million educational and cultural complex along the Sacramento River in Redding, California Ms. Salter has a background in business, government, and non-profit management. She served on the Washington staff of Senator Lloyd Bentsen, on the Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign, as the first Administrative Director of Fort Mason Center in San Francisco (the first urban national park) and as the director of corporate and government relations for two major natural resource based companies. She has served widely on numerous arts and environmental boards and is a frequent host for public television educational programming.
Michael Tree’s principal studies were with Efrem Zimbalist on violin and viola at the Curtis Institute of Music. Subsequent to his Carnegie Hall recital debut at the age of 20, Tree has appeared as violin and viola soloist with major orchestras, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles and New Jersey. As a founding member of the Marlboro Trio and Guarneri Quartet, he has played throughout the world and recorded more than 80 chamber music works. Prominent among these are ten piano quintets and quartets with Artur Rubenstein. Tree serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, University of Maryland School of Music, and Rutgers School of Music, and regularly performs at the Marlboro Music School and Festival.
Dr. Thomas Wolf’s career spans over four decades and encompasses the fields of philanthropy, education and the arts. He established the Cambridge office of WolfBrown in 1983 after serving as the founding Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts for seven years. His clients have included ten of the fifty largest US foundations, government agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, and treasured international cultural institutions like the British Museum, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Kennedy Center. Dr. Wolf has consulted directly with the leaders of major cities, including Chicago, Cleveland, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Dallas on the creation of vibrant cultural communities. His workshops and convocations for trustees, administrators and volunteers have earned him national recognition. Tom holds a doctorate in education from Harvard, and has taught at Harvard and Boston Universities. He is the author of The Search for Shining Eyes: Audiences, Leadership and Change in the Symphony Orchestra Field, Managing a Nonprofit Organization in the 21st Century and Presenting Performances in the 21st Century, among numerous articles and books. A professional flutist, he is listed in the International Who’s Who of Music.