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 and a master's degree in Arts Administration.  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. 

Jennifer Ruiz

Director of Finance and 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.  

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.

Jessa Kinney

Bookkeeper

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Kate Lombardi

Philanthropy Manager

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.

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. 

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. 

Ken Eidinger

Gift of Music Program Liaison & Van Driver

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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.

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. 

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.