Musicopia Staff

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.

Talia Fisher

Director of Communications & PR, MSO Manager

Talia has bachelor's degrees in music and Judaic Studies from Tufts University and a master's degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University.  She has worked as marketing manager for the American Symphony Orchestra League, communication and development manager for Healthy NewsWorks, publicity associate for ICM Artists, and as a marketing consultant at various arts and nonprofit organizations. 

Kate Lombardi

Philanthropy Manager

Kate Lombardi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts and Certificates from Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute and Boston University’s Professional Fundraising program. She 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.

Juliette Hyson

Director of Strategic Projects

Juliette joined the Musicopia team in 2011. She held fundraising and administrative positions at The Asia Society and Manhattan Theater Club in New York and at Cornell University in Ithaca. She has worked at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Royal National Theater in London, the New York International Festival for the Arts, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. 

Marcus Myers

Gift of Music Manager, Artistic Director of Musicopia Drumlines

Marcus Myers found his love and passion for music in a small church located outside of Philadelphia. At a young age, it was apparent that music would play a significant part in his life, and from that point on he immersed himself in every musical activity available to him. During his undergrad studies at University Of The Arts, with a concentration in percussion, his classical and gospel training fused with Jazz and shaped his musical style today.

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 School District of Philadelphia general 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.

Caitlyn Coleman

Director of Community Engagement & Digital Marketing

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. 

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. She currently directs all three orchestras in the school and has guided the growth of the World Percussion program, Jazz program, the Orchestra program, and the Middle School general music program.

Alex Lukens

Drumlines Manager

Alex Lukens has been with Musicopia since 2018. He had the pleasure of being the Site Director, show designer, and music writer for Musicopia Drumlines' Hill-Freedman Academy percussion program. In addition to Hill-Freedman, Alex is currently the director of the Musicopia Royals, comprised of the most talented and dedicated students from the Musicopia Drumlines programs.

Leslie Malmed Macedo

Program Director

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.

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. 

Denise Kinney

Director of Strategic Projects

Denise served as Executive Director of Musicopia from 2005-2020, succeeding her mother, Welthie Fitzgerald, one of the Musicopia founders. Denise also served on the Board of Directors from 1995-2005 and was Board Chair from 1999-2005. She continues her connection with both Musicopia and partner organization Dancing Classrooms Philly as a trusted advisor. Denise is a violinist and equestrian rider. Prior to her work with Musicopia, she worked in health care administration.

Jennifer Ruiz

Finance Director

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.  

Jessa Kinney

Bookkeeper

Check back later to learn more about Jessa.

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