Board of Advisors

Jack Bethards

Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Bruce Brown

University of Southern California

Miles Kreuger

Institute of the American Musical, Los Angeles

Morten Lauridsen

University of Southern California

Kate van Orden

Harvard University

Thomas Riis

University of Colorado, Boulder

John Spitzer

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Kevin Starr

University of Southern California

In memoriam

Larry Stempel

Fordham University


Board of Directors


Michael Reid Smith


Michael Reid Smith has served as Senior Staff Attorney and then as Assistant General Counsel with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. From 1973 until 2012, he served as the Assistant Chancellor – Legal Affairs, University of California, Berkeley, serving as Campus Counsel to the Chancellor and the Senior Campus Administration. He was also Assistant General Counsel to the University of California from 2009 until 2012. Mike is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bar Associations, and a past member the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the San Francisco Bay Area Colleges Legal Counsel Group.  He also serves as a member on the Board of Trustees of the Wright Institute, and a past member of the ACLU Board of Directors Northern California Chapter, the Berkeley City Personnel Board, the Board of Directors of the Academy of Art University, and the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Art Museum of the University of California, Berkeley.


Joan Goldsmith

Joan Goldsmith, Doctor of Humane Letters, is an educator, coach, mediator and consultant in leadership, organizational change, team building and conflict resolution.  She is currently a student of piano. She founded Cambridge College and has been a faculty member at Harvard University, UCLA, and Antioch University.  She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University and Pepperdine University Law School. She is founder of “Women Leaders: Creating Ourselves at the Crossroads,” and co-author with Warren Bennis of Learning to Lead: A Workbook On Becoming a Leader (4th Edition). She co-authored with Kenneth Cloke: Resolving Conflicts at Work: 10 Strategies for Everyone on the Job (3rd Edition); The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Effectiveness; The Art of Waking People Up; as well as, Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness.


Jason Pyszkowski

Jason Pyszkowski is a freelance violist and musical administrator residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Baldwin Wallace University, his main passions are historically informed performance and education through ensemble training. He is currently Associate Director of the Youth Orchestra program with the San Francisco Symphony and performs regularly with the American Bach Soloists, Theatre Comique, and Sinfonia Spirituoso. Jason is also a contractor and enjoys putting together comprehensive events that highlight the context for individual works, composers, styles, and periods.  Outside of music, he enjoys cycling, painting, and leading classes in the art of sausage making.


Corey Jamason



Eric Davis