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2022 COVID Guidelines

As we welcome audiences back for live performances, the health and safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff remain our highest priority. To that end, our policies and procedures are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and regulations from state and local governments, as well as the best practices in the performing arts industry, and the recommendations from the dedicated and knowledgable physicians on our Board of Directors. Please note that we will continue to monitor all relevant data and recommendations closely and make appropriate adjustments as deemed safe.
  • The Skaneateles Festival will not request proof of COVID vaccination nor proof of a recent negative COVID test result.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged inside indoor concerts but are not required. Should this change, if you have purchased tickets, you will receive an e-mail in advance with further information and masks will be provided at the door.
  • The Festival encourages audience members who feel ill or show symptoms of illness to stay home. To facilitate this, we are offering a flexible exchange policy. Call the Box Office at (315) 685-7418 and explain your situation; we will exchange your tickets to another 2022 Festival performance based on availability.

SKANEATELES FESTIVAL

Leadership & Staff

The SkanFest Team

It takes a great team to present world class talent in a priceless location. So many have contributed so much over the years to deliver our lasting success. We celebrate all those who have come before us in making the Skaneateles Festival a one-of-a-kind experience. Our current team of leadership and staff welcome you to the upcoming season. Please join us in experiencing brilliance!

(Pictured above are the Festival’s 40th Anniversary Board Reunion Members)

Staff

Susan Mark

Executive Director

Susan Mark has served as Executive Director of the Skaneateles Festival since 1999, guiding it through a period of strong artistic, financial, and organizational growth. Susan previously held positions with the Landmark Theater, Syracuse Opera, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She is an active member of Chamber Music America, the Arts and Culture Leadership Alliance of Central New York, and previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Susan Mark has served as Executive Director of the Skaneateles Festival since 1999, guiding it through a period of strong artistic, financial, and organizational growth. Susan previously held positions with the Landmark Theater, Syracuse Opera, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She is an active member of Chamber Music America, the Arts and Culture Leadership Alliance of Central New York, and previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

With Susan’s stewardship, the Skaneateles Festival has been 20+ years in the black, a remarkable streak for any non-profit arts organization. She led two successful capital campaigns for our Legacy Funds and the Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s. In leading this transition from Brook Farm to our new venue, Susan had managed the accompanying need for more paid staff, volunteers, and increase in concert attendance.

 

Susan says, “This is, by far, the most remarkable job I’ve had, due in no small part to the “Festival Family” I’ve come to know and love.”

 

“I believe the four decades-long success of the Skaneateles Festival is rooted in the generosity of founders David and Louise Robinson. By opening their home, Brook Farm, to musicians and audiences for nearly 40 years, they made the Skaneateles Festival a true “community” event. The years I spent working with and learning from David and Louise were enriching on every level. It is my honor and privilege to help move their vision for the Festival forward.”

 

“My most rewarding memory is the harrowing success of our very first concert at the Robinson Pavilion in 2016. Our original opening concert at the venue the previous week was rained out, so we got to “test the waters” with a high-pressure SOLD-OUT concert with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. An army of volunteers, many working from sunup to sundown, along with a picture-perfect evening, and incredible music made it a night many of us will never forget.”

Julia Bruskin

Cello, Co-Artistic Director, 2015 – present

Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She performed Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall, and has soloed with the Nashville, Utah, Virginia, and Pacific symphony orchestras, among others.

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Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She performed Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall, and has soloed with the Nashville, Utah, Virginia, and Pacific symphony orchestras, among others. She won first prize in the Schadt String Competition and was a prizewinner in the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria. As a founding member of the critically acclaimed Claremont Trio, Bruskin won first prize in the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded the first ever Kalichestein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. Bruskin also gives frequent solo recitals with her husband, Aaron Wunsch, including tours in China, and is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City.

Aaron Wunsch

Piano, Co-Artistic Director, 2015 – present

Aaron Wunsch enjoys a multifaceted career as an artist, presenter, and educator. Especially regarded for his chamber music performances, he has appeared at the Norfolk, Bowdoin, Sarasota, Great Lakes, and Yellow Barn chamber music festivals.

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Aaron Wunsch enjoys a multifaceted career as an artist, presenter, and educator. Especially regarded for his chamber music performances, he has appeared at the Norfolk, Bowdoin, Sarasota, Great Lakes, and Yellow Barn chamber music festivals. Wunsch is a full-time faculty member at Juilliard, where he teaches graduate studies, chamber music, music history, and keyboard studies, and directs Juilliard PianoScope, the Piano Department’s performance series. He teaches piano master classes and lectures at conservatories and universities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His awards for written work in musicology include the Henry Hart Rice and the Richard F. French prizes. Wunsch is also artistic director of the Music Mondays concert series in New York City.

Steve Frackenpohl

Operations Manager

The Festival has been dear to my heart for more than 20 years. In 2002, I volunteered to help with the stage management to give David Robinson a hand. It turns out that David was ready to pass the job on, so I joined the Board and took over stage management, which I found was much more than pushing the chairs around on the stage.

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The Festival has been dear to my heart for more than 20 years. In 2002, I volunteered to help with the stage management to give David Robinson a hand. It turns out that David was ready to pass the job on, so I joined the Board and took over stage management, which I found was much more than pushing the chairs around on the stage. It was invaluable to learn from David, not only the nuts and bolts (like putting up the long pipes with spotlights at the top that served as stage lighting at Brook Farm) but also the connections with schools, vendors, and neighbors.

 

In 2012, I retired from my job as music teacher at West Genesee Schools in time to start work on the biggest project the Festival had tackled–making the move from Brook Farm to Anyela’s Vineyard for our Saturday outdoor concerts. After several years of planning and fundraising, we were ready to go in 2016 with our first concert–Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Before the concert started I was walking next to the grape vines and an audience member asked if had anything to do with putting on the show. I don’t know if it was the Festival logo on my shirt or the worried look on my face that tipped her off. It could have gone either way, but she congratulated us for a job well done and things have only gotten better since.

Ellen Sorber

Manager of Marketing and Digital Communications

Ellen began working with the Skaneateles Festival in May 2021 as the Manager of Marketing and Digital Communications. She is a graduate of Le Moyne College and received her degree in Communications with concentrations in Film and Advertising. 

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Ellen began working with the Skaneateles Festival in May 2021 as the Manager of Marketing and Digital Communications. She is a graduate of Le Moyne College and received her degree in Communications with concentrations in Film and Advertising. Despite beginning her position in the midst of a pandemic, Ellen quickly learned how supportive and enthusiastic the Skaneateles Festival community is.

“Being a part of bringing back live music after a year of silence has been such a blessing. What I’ve seen so far is how easy it is for people to get hooked by the community of the Festival. One-time audience members quickly become family and long-time supporters that plan their summer around us. It has warmed my heart just how much people appreciate and love the Skaneateles Festival.”

Ellen is thrilled to be able to combine her skills in Communications with her love for music. She has played the piano for nine years, been an active member in her community theater, and performed with Le Moyne a Capella group, Fermata Nowhere, throughout her college career. Ellen is so excited for the opportunity to learn and grow in her career and feels honored to be a vital part of such a premier music festival in Central New York.

Board of Directors

Barbara Connor

President

As of January 1st, 2022, Dr. Barbara Connor is the new President of the Skaneateles Festival. She is a retired emergency room physician; a part-time physician in charge of vaccination clinics for Cayuga County; does clinical research at Velocity Clinical Research, which is affiliated with Upstate; and is a long-time supporter of the Festival.

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As of January 1st, 2022, Dr. Barbara Connor is the new President of the Skaneateles Festival. She is a retired emergency room physician; a part-time physician in charge of vaccination clinics for Cayuga County; does clinical research at Velocity Clinical Research, which is affiliated with Upstate; and is a long-time supporter of the Festival.

Barb has been with us since the beginning “Library days” and has spent over four decades serving on the board, volunteering on committees, fundraising, and attending concerts.

“Dr. David Robinson was one of our professors in medical school, and he used to hang up mimeographed sheets on the bulletin boards to notify us about concerts. That’s how I first learned about the Festival. Now, I am so proud of our Festival and am truly passionate about all aspects of it!”

Barb is delighted to have so many experienced physicians on the Festival Board to help guide safety protocols related to COVID-19. She looks forward to every summer and especially loves to extend a warm hand of friendship to musicians for homestays, dinners, and post-concert soirées during their visits to Skaneateles.

Jean Shook

Vice President

I joined the Skaneateles Festival Board of Directors for the second time in 2017. Serving on the Festival Board has given me an opportunity to help ensure that we continue to hear wonderful music by our beautiful lake. My husband and I were introduced to the Festival shortly after we moved to Skaneateles in 1989.

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I joined the Skaneateles Festival Board of Directors for the second time in 2017. Serving on the Festival Board has given me an opportunity to help ensure that we continue to hear wonderful music by our beautiful lake. My husband and I were introduced to the Festival shortly after we moved to Skaneateles in 1989. We started going to concerts at Brook Farm with our children where they were giddy to enjoy the wonderful lawn at Brook Farm with a picnic dinner and then listen to delightful music. Our daughter had Jean Graham as a 3rd grade teacher and got to know Hillary Hahn as Hillary sent them postcards from all the places she was performing from around the world. Hillary always stayed with the Grahams when she was performing for the Festival, and even brought her violin into class and played with those students who were playing string instruments! That experience has always exemplified to me what the Festival is about–creating community between musicians and the audience and making music accessible to everyone

Douglas Whitehouse

Past President & Creative Director

My wife Peg, daughter Stephanie, and son Tristan moved to Skaneateles in 1990, where we have raised our family, worked, and volunteered ever since. For us, the Festival has always been the best part of summer in Skaneateles. In 2008 Wendy Kopley asked if I would join the Board of Directors.

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My wife Peg, daughter Stephanie, and son Tristan moved to Skaneateles in 1990, where we have raised our family, worked, and volunteered ever since. For us, the Festival has always been the best part of summer in Skaneateles. In 2008 Wendy Kopley asked if I would join the Board of Directors. Now 12 years later, I am delighted to still be part of the amazing Skaneateles Festival Family. I have been responsible for the graphic design of the Festival brochure and other marketing tools since the early 1990’s, and most recently served as the Board President for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

 

My favorite Festival memory was in 2011, when David Ying and Elinor Freer brought the Hyperscore project back to the Festival for a second time. I jumped at the chance to compose something. The input and encouragement offered by David and composer Stacy Garrop from Chicago was a thrilling experience. My piece was performed along with others who participated in the program at the Hyperscore II Community Celebration during the opening week of the 2011 Festival season. It was sheer joy.

 

 

Edward Conan

Treasurer

My wife, Paula, and I moved to Skaneateles in 1981, but I have known members of the Robinson family since childhood in DeWitt. When I was invited to join the Skaneateles Festival Board in the 1990’s, I was pleased to have a chance to reconnect with David and Louise and the rest of the Festival family.

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My wife, Paula, and I moved to Skaneateles in 1981, but I have known members of the Robinson family since childhood in DeWitt. When I was invited to join the Skaneateles Festival Board in the 1990’s, I was pleased to have a chance to reconnect with David and Louise and the rest of the Festival family.

 

I have served on the Festival Board periodically ever since and have watched this organization thrive in every way. I also serve as Treasurer and am grateful to the Festival’s management team for matching their commitment to artistic excellence with a commitment to fiscal responsibility that ensures we will be able to transfer this remarkable Festival to generations to come.

Katie Peck

Recording Officer

Katie joined the Festival Board in 2021. A graduate of Skaneateles High School, Katie volunteered at the festival at Brook Farm and enjoyed attending festival concerts as a young adult. A lifelong musician and lover of live music, she is excited to be part of this long-standing local tradition as a Board member.  

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Katie joined the Festival Board in 2021. A graduate of Skaneateles High School, Katie volunteered at the festival at Brook Farm and enjoyed attending festival concerts as a young adult. A lifelong musician and lover of live music, she is excited to be part of this long-standing local tradition as a Board member.  

Dave Birchenough

Board Member
Committees: Co-Chair, Finance & Legacy

Colin Carroll

Board Member
Committees: Finance & Legacy

I grew up attending the Skaneateles Festival with my parents and now enjoy taking my own children.

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I grew up attending the Skaneateles Festival with my parents and now enjoy taking my own children. Because I am committed to helping the Festival succeed and endure in Skaneateles, I was delighted to join the Board in 2016

Heather Carroll

Board Member
Committees: Hospitality

I have served on the Festival’s Summer Suite committee since 2015 and was honored to join the SkanFest board in 2020. I have loved attending festival concerts since moving to Skaneateles from the Boston area in 1999.

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I have served on the Festival’s Summer Suite committee since 2015 and was honored to join the SkanFest board in 2020. I have loved attending festival concerts since moving to Skaneateles from the Boston area in 1999. I grew up going to the BSO with my mother to watch the open rehearsals on Wednesday nights when Seiji Ozawa was conducting. We would rush in for the open seating with our brown-bag suppers to get our favorite seats in the first balcony overlooking the violins. With my binoculars I could follow along on their scores. Sometimes they played straight through the program, but sometimes we would hear the tap-tap-tap of Seiji’s baton when he would stop the orchestra to give them a note and send them back to measure 84 to play it again. It was so exciting to feel like we were there, in the inner circle, witnessing the transformation of each performance.

 

This is what I love about the Skaneateles Festival. It feels intimate, accessible, connected, comfortable. The performers are so close and personable, the artistic directors make the programs come to life, and the festival volunteers are welcoming, like old friends. We rush with our lawn chairs to our favorite spot with our picnic suppers, and now I can share this love of world-class live music in a casual setting with my own children. Such a gift

Somak Chattopadhyay

Board Member
Committees: Finance & Legacy

Somak Chattopadhyay is a software venture capitalist who has been operating and investing in early-stage startups in New York State and other emerging venture regions since 1999. Before launching Armory Square Ventures in Syracuse in 2014, he was a partner at Tribeca Venture Partners.

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Somak Chattopadhyay is a software venture capitalist who has been operating and investing in early-stage startups in New York State and other emerging venture regions since 1999. Before launching Armory Square Ventures in Syracuse in 2014, he was a partner at Tribeca Venture Partners. He started his career in venture capital at Edison Partners. Prior thereto, he held senior operating roles at 2 startups including DealTime (NASDAQ:SHOP), a company that was later acquired by eBay.

 

Somak and his wife moved to Skaneateles from NYC in 2013. He and his wife immediately fell in love with the town and its people. Somak was a concert violinist earlier in his life who performed at numerous venues across the country including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Although he still occasionally performs as an amateur chamber musician, he spends more of this time now supporting the arts. Somak was a founding board member of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

 

Somak is thrilled to be part of the Skaneateles Festival Board and considers the Festival one of the treasures of the region.

 

Somak holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Music) from MIT and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Sidnie D’Amelio

Board Member
Committees: Hospitality

Sidnie is a life-long musician with a deep love for music. Born and raised in the festival, she has fond memories serving brownies and lemonade during intermission as a child and helping her grandparents, David and Louise Robinson, host dinners for musicians and friends. Sidnie is honored to continue the family legacy and serve the Skaneateles Festival. 

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Sidnie is a life-long musician with a deep love for music. Born and raised in the festival, she has fond memories serving brownies and lemonade during intermission as a child and helping her grandparents, David and Louise Robinson, host dinners for musicians and friends. Sidnie is honored to continue the family legacy and serve the Skaneateles Festival. Sidnie sits on the board and teaches Spanish at the Holy Trinity Preschool. She lives in Skaneateles with her husband and two children.  

Kimberley Driscoll

Board Member
Committees: Chair, Hospitality

Kim joined the Skaneateles Festival Board of Directors in the fall of 2018. Kim and her husband Charley love attending concerts, especially the outdoor concerts at the Robinson’s Brook Farm and recently at Anyela’s Vineyard.

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Kim joined the Skaneateles Festival Board of Directors in the fall of 2018. Kim and her husband Charley love attending concerts, especially the outdoor concerts at the Robinson’s Brook Farm and recently at Anyela’s Vineyard. As our children Zach and Conor grew, the Festival has become a family tradition by hosting musicians, thanks to Jean Graham, volunteering, and attending memorable concerts.

Alison Ferretti

Board Member
Committees: Education & Community

Alison joined the Skaneateles Festival board in 2018 after relocating to the area from Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. A lifelong musician, Alison has always been passionate about supporting the arts and was excited to get involved in the local arts community.

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Alison joined the Skaneateles Festival board in 2018 after relocating to the area from Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. A lifelong musician, Alison has always been passionate about supporting the arts and was excited to get involved in the local arts community.In addition to the Skaneateles Festival, she serves on the board of the Skaneateles Music Guild and performs locally with the Auburn Chamber Orchestra. Alison began playing the violin at a young age and has performed with regional community symphonies in Charlottesville, VA, The Berkshires, and Atlanta. Her favorite festival memory is watching Hilary Hahn perform Bach violin sonatas to a group of new moms and their babies overlooking our beautiful lake.

Leanna Fischer

Board Member
Committees: Finance & Legacy

Leanna joined the SkanFest Board in January 2022. Growing up in Skaneateles, Leanna enjoyed attending festival concerts with her parents and when her family would host musicians during the summer. Now she is looking forward to giving her kids that same opportunity. 

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Leanna joined the SkanFest Board in January 2022. Growing up in Skaneateles, Leanna enjoyed attending festival concerts with her parents and when her family would host musicians during the summer. Now she is looking forward to giving her kids that same opportunity. Leanna is delighted to serve on the board, volunteer, and attend many more concerts. Leanna works as a National Bank Examiner and lives with her husband, Brian, and their two children in Skaneateles.

Kathleen Haddock

Board Member
Committees: Education & Community

Danielle Mensing

Board Member
Committees: Co-Chair, Audience Development

Danielle Mensing, MBA works as Senior Development Officer in Boston. She volunteers for several organizations in the community and is a member of The Junior League. She is also a Central New York Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty honoree and a classically trained singer. 

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Danielle Mensing, MBA works as Senior Development Officer in Boston. She volunteers for several organizations in the community and is a member of The Junior League. She is also a Central New York Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty honoree and a classically trained singer. 

Jessica Millman

Board Member
Committees: Education & Community

Jessica Cogan Millman is the Executive Director of the Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation. The mission of the Soderberg Foundation is to enhance access to quality health services and economic empowerment opportunities by boosting the quality of life for all people with a specific emphasis on improving the lives of women.

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Jessica Cogan Millman is the Executive Director of the Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation. The mission of the Soderberg Foundation is to enhance access to quality health services and economic empowerment opportunities by boosting the quality of life for all people with a specific emphasis on improving the lives of women.

Jessica is an expert and leader in urban planning and environmentally sustainable development and known as a passionate and energetic organizer for the public good. Presently, Jessica is a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee of the Village of Skaneateles and is on the Board of Directors for the Skaneateles Festival. Jessica served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the School Safety Committee of the Skaneateles School Board, the Skaneateles Lake Association, and the Skaneateles Music Guild. In addition, she was a member of various local government committees including the Planning Board of the Town of Skaneateles.

Jessica has extensive experience working at all levels of government and in the non-profit arena. Through the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Green Neighborhoods Program, Jessica worked with communities around the country to design, plan, and catalyze the building of model, neighborhood-scale development projects that combine equity, environmental justice, green stormwater infrastructure, efficient transportation options, green building, public health practices, smart growth, and new urbanism. 

Jessica served as the Planning Director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, an organization dedicated to the adoption of sound planning policies around the Washington region. Jessica has held many other positions including: Deputy Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute at Smart Growth America (where she ran a technical assistance grant program); Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office of Smart Growth in Maryland (where she helped directed the State budget towards the Governor’s top environmental priorities); and a variety of grant-making positions at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Brendan McGinn

Board Member
Committees: Hospitality

Brendan McGinn moved to the Syracuse area in 2014 to begin his career as a physician with his wife who grew up in Fayetteville, NY, and their three kids. He joined the board in 2016.

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Brendan McGinn moved to the Syracuse area in 2014 to begin his career as a physician with his wife who grew up in Fayetteville, NY, and their three kids. He joined the board in 2016. He completed a music major at Brown University and toured throughout the United States for most of his 20s with his band Addison Groove Project before pursuing his medical studies in New York City and Boston. Contributing to the festival has been a deeply rewarding way to connect back to his musical roots. He still dreams of getting Edgar Meyer to come back to the festival, but this time with Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan

Dwight Perry

Board Member
Committees: Finance & Legacy

Judy Robertson

Board Member
Committees: Hospitality

I have only been a member of the SkanFest board since December of 2018 but have been a member of the Skaneateles Festival Family for almost 20 years. Upon moving to Skaneateles in 2002, we quickly recognized the outstanding diversity and quality of the programs being offered.

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I have only been a member of the SkanFest board since December of 2018 but have been a member of the Skaneateles Festival Family for almost 20 years. Upon moving to Skaneateles in 2002, we quickly recognized the outstanding diversity and quality of the programs being offered. My husband Douglas and I became season ticket holders, rarely missing a performance or Festival event. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August we were immersed in concerts at the Presbyterian Church, Brook Farm and more recently, the Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s. If family or friends dare to visit in August they are likewise immersed.

 

In addition to recruiting world-class performers, the most recent artistic co-directors of the Festival (Elinor Freer & David Ying and Julia Bruskin & Aaron Wunsch) have had an admirable commitment to educating us. Skanfest U in the time of Covid19 has been especially uplifting and appreciated.

 

As time passed, Doug and I became more involved with the hospitable, intimate culture of the Festival. We have had the privilege and pleasure of hosting several musicians and sponsor dinners. Most recently we had the delightful experience of housing a performer and her husband. Her voice echoing throughout our home was celestial.

 

I am a Skaneateles Festival Addict. Hope you will be, too!

Alison Rutter

Board Member
Committees: Hospitality

I joined the SkanFest board in 2020. My first meeting preceded the Christmas Suite, an absolutely magical experience, like wandering into Narnia with glittering lights and greens everywhere.

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I joined the SkanFest board in 2020. My first meeting preceded the Christmas Suite, an absolutely magical experience, like wandering into Narnia with glittering lights and greens everywhere. That’s what each concert has become — little feasts with a growing group of friends, special music, and the stars (and sometimes moon) shining overhead. August has become our out-of-town friends’ favorite time to visit!

Steven Scheinman 

Board Member
Committees: Audience Development

Steven Scheinman is a retired physician and medical educator.  He earned prominence for his research into the genetics of kidney disease and stones.  He served for 8 years as dean of the College of Medicine at Upstate and subsequently as president and dean of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. 

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Steven Scheinman is a retired physician and medical educator.  He earned prominence for his research into the genetics of kidney disease and stones.  He served for 8 years as dean of the College of Medicine at Upstate and subsequently as president and dean of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Pennsylvania.  He and his wife Kelly live on East Lake Road.  Steve and Kelly enjoy skiing, sailing and bicycling, and are passionate about music and theater, and especially their 10 grandchildren.

Carrie Scholz

Board Member
Committees: Hospitality

Carrie joined the Festival Board in 2021. Since moving to Skaneateles in 1998, my family has enjoyed the magic of the Skaneateles Festival, which helps make our community so special. Over the years, we loved picnic dinners at Brook Farm while exposing our young daughter to
exceptional music. 

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Carrie joined the Festival Board in 2021. Since moving to Skaneateles in 1998, my family has
enjoyed the magic of the Skaneateles Festival, which helps make our community so special.
Over the years, we loved picnic dinners at Brook Farm while exposing our young daughter to
exceptional music.

The Christmas Suite gala is always enchanting and the new Anyela’s outdoor
venue is extraordinary. That music of this caliber is so easily accessible in our community is a
remarkable treasure. As a Board Member, I look forward to helping to sustain this wonderful
resource and its traditions.

Jay Stith

Board Member
Committees: Audience Development

Jay joined the Skaneateles Festival Board of Directors in the fall of 2019. Jay, a 2009 graduate of Skaneateles High School, grew up five minutes away from the Festival’s original home – Brook Farm – and heard nothing but great things about the concerts.

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Jay joined the Skaneateles Festival Board of Directors in the fall of 2019. Jay, a 2009 graduate of Skaneateles High School, grew up five minutes away from the Festival’s original home – Brook Farm – and heard nothing but great things about the concerts. As an adult, the Skaneateles Festival has served as an opportunity to enjoy culturally enriching and diverse music while in the company of friends.

Stephen Thomas

Board Member
Committees: Audience Development

Joshua Wells

Board Member
Committees: Finance & Legacy

Having spent summers in Skaneateles as a child, I have long appreciated its natural beauty and vibrant community. My thirty-five years of enjoying the nation’s foremost live jazz performers further drew me to the Skaneateles Festival, which I was delighted to join as a board member in 2019.

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Having spent summers in Skaneateles as a child, I have long appreciated its natural beauty and vibrant community. My thirty-five years of enjoying the nation’s foremost live jazz performers further drew me to the Skaneateles Festival, which I was delighted to join as a board member in 2019. The excitement and energy of welcoming world-class musicians to not only perform but often live in Skaneateles during their stay is perhaps akin to the Carrier Dome when Syracuse basketball hosts the best teams in the country: for those moments, Skaneateles is among the centers of the musical performance world. Having seen the greatest living jazz musicians such as Wynton Marsalis perform on some of the nation’s biggest and most renown venues, including Carnegie Hall, it was incredibly intimate enjoying the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a small, local setting as we did in August 2019. Can’t wait for more of the same!

Paige Williams

Board Member
Committees: Co-Chair, Education & Community

Paige Williams, native of Newark, NY, is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and the Hartt School of Music and Dance.  She began teaching at Skaneateles High School in Fall of 2019, where she directs the choirs, teaches music theory, and runs the extra-curricular vocal groups. 
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Paige Williams, native of Newark, NY, is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and the Hartt School of Music and Dance.  She began teaching at Skaneateles High School in Fall of 2019, where she directs the choirs, teaches music theory, and runs the extra-curricular vocal groups. 
Before coming to Skaneateles, she taught in Port Byron CSD for five years.  Paige became a board member for the Skaneateles Festival in the Winter of 2021.

Bridget Buckley Wynne

Board Member
Committees: Hospitality

Bridget is a Casting Director for Matchbook Company, a company that specializes in casting talent for digital, and print advertising. Their clients include beauty, apparel and editorial brands.

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Bridget is a Casting Director for Matchbook Company, a company that specializes in casting talent for digital, and print advertising. Their clients include beauty, apparel and editorial brands.


Prior to joining Matchbook, Bridget worked at Conde Nast Publications in New York City for over a decade as the Bookings Director of Lucky Magazine. She booked all of the models for both inside editorials and covers as well as influencers and designers that were featured in the magazine. She started her career working at Wilhelmina Models, also in New York City.


In the Summer of 2019, Bridget, her husband, Dan, and their three young children, Eleanor, Timothy, and Alexander relocated to Skaneateles from Jersey City, NJ. Bridget is a native of Geneva, NY. In addition to spending time with her family/friends she coaches her
daughter in soccer and is an avid runner who enjoys running races.

Advisory Board Members

Thomas Bersani

Judy Bryant

Joan Christy

Mary Cotter

William Davis

Michael P. Falcone

Lindsay Groves

Claire Howard

Andy Latchem

Sharon Magee

Andrew Ramsgard

Doug Sutherland

Doug Whitehouse

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