Musicopia Staff

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Catherine Charlton

Executive Director

Catherine served as Musicopia’s and Dancing Classrooms Philly’s Grants & Corporate Development Director from 2017-2020. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Vice President in Market Research and technology management for a global credit card company. Catherine has a B.S. in Engineering with Distinction and a minor in Music from Cornell University and holds an Executive Certificate in Financial Success for NonProfits from Cornell University.

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Alecia Burke

Grants Manager

Alecia first experienced the power of Musicopia, and the welcoming dedicated faculty and staff, as a Musicopia String Orchestra parent. Meeting her children’s music teacher, who happens to be one of the incomparable MSO Teaching Artists, has forever shaped her family’s extracurricular focus and her professional passion.

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Nicholas James
Director of Communications, Strategy, & People

 

With extensive experience as a writer, educator, school leader, and DEI practitioner, Nic brings expertise in cultural identity literacy, data assessment, strategic planning, written content and curriculum development, and project management services.

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Antoine J. Mapp is a product of the Philadelphia Public School system and graduated from University High School. He went on to attend Cheney University where he graduated with a Business Administration Degree with a Major in Accounting and a Minor in Computer Programming. Antoine joined

West Powelton Steppers & Drum Squad

when he was 11 years old

under the direction of his grandmother Elise Wise.

Antoine Mapp

Director of the Musicopia Drumlines

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Nicole Pratt

Social Media Content Curator

Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Music Industry Studies and Arts Administration from Albright College. Her experiences include working for an independent record label in marketing and promotions and for a non-profit arts organization assisting in membership efforts and social media management. Joining Musicopia in 2022, Nicole is excited to be part of an organization that values the importance of sharing and experiencing music with others.

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Taia Harlos

Artistic Director & Conductor, Musicopia String Orchestra

Taia Harlos received her Bachelor’s of Music in Performance, Bachelor’s of Music in Education, and Master’s in Teaching from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Greg Fulkerson.  Taia has taught at Germantown Friends School for 17 years and served as Chair of the Music Department for ten years. 

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Nathan Rifenburg

Program Manager

Nathan Rifenburg has a robust record in music education both as a classroom teacher in Florida and Washington DC and also as a teaching artist with LA Opera (2011-2015). As a performer, he has sung in many regional choirs and has been a part of regional repertory theater and community theater, serving both as a performer and musical director. 

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Rasaq Lawal
Director of Student Development & Family Engagement

Rasaq Lawal is a NASM certified group fitness instructor, director, producer, and choreographer, who has performed on leading platforms such as So You Think You Can Dance Season Six ( Celebrity Judge Round). He has also shared the stage with Academy Award Winning group “Three 6 Mafia” and Grammy Award Winner Wizkid. He was Semi- Finalist in the American College Dance Associate, an inductee of Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor and Houston RAW Artist Nominee.

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Caitlyn Coleman

Director of Community Engagement & Public Relations

Caitlyn started working with Musicopia in August 2016 after earning a M.A in Professional and Business Communication from La Salle University.  Caitlyn also completed her undergraduate studies at La Salle, focusing her education on both communication and the study of music. During this time, she successfully completed an internship with 93.3 WMMR and later accepted a part-time position with their Promotions Department. 

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Ken Eidinger

Gift of Music Program Liaison & Van Driver

Check back later to learn more about Ken!

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Kate Lombardi

Director of Philanthropy & Community

Kate  began working with Musicopia affiliate, Dancing Classrooms Philly (DCP), in 2008 as a Teaching Artist, when she had the honor of being trained in the Dulaine Method by Dancing Classrooms (DC) founder, Pierre Dulaine.

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Jennifer Ruiz

Director of Finance and Business Operations

Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University and obtained her MBA from Wilmington University.  She possesses 14+ years in the finance field and her experiences range from corporate to non-profit. Besides having a passion for finance, she also has an appreciation for music and dance, which drew her to Musicopia.  As a child she attended Ballet Hispanico in NYC where she took ballet and Flamenco.  

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Alexa Golieb

Brand Storyteller

Alexa is an arts administration professional experienced in fundraising and communications. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She firmly believes that her experiences in the performing arts growing up helped her find her voice as a storyteller. She is dedicated to serving the Philadelphia community and making arts education accessible to all youth.

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Leslie Malmed Macedo

Senior Director of Programming

Leslie Malmed Macedo is a seasoned arts administrator with a focus on traditional and classical music and dance. She has served on the staffs of the World Music Institute (1999-2008), Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (2008-2011), Dance Theatre Etcetera (2011-2014) and the Philadelphia Folklore Project (2014-2016). In 2001, Leslie co-founded Mamadêlê Productions, a company that arranges performances and educational programs that present the music, dance and martial arts of Bahia, Brazil.

Leslie Malmed Macedo is a seasoned arts administrator with a focus on traditional and classical music and dance. She has served on the staffs of the World Music Institute (1999-2008), Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (2008-2011), Dance Theatre Etcetera (2011-2014) and the Philadelphia Folklore Project (2014-2016). In 2001, Leslie co-founded Mamadêlê Productions, a company that arranges performances and educational programs that present the music, dance and martial arts of Bahia, Brazil.