2020-2021 Board of Trustees
Michael holds a Bachelor in Music Management from Florida Southern College. He has previously worked for the Sarasota Orchestra’s Marketing and Education departments. His work as the Instrumental Director with Venice Instrumental and Vocal Arts (VIVA) brought a new focus to the North Port, Florida, area for high school music students. Through VIVA, Michael was able to provide professional experience to advanced high school students through professional performance opportunities as well as providing scholarship opportunities. He also served as the Executive Director of Rebound Percussion – a community percussion ensemble for high school age youth with aspirations of becoming a world class competitive music organization by fostering dedication, leadership, self-discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, and musicianship. He is the music teacher at Atwater Elementary School in North Port and is the Assistant Director for the North Port High School marching ensembles. Michael has served as the Executive Director of the North Port Symphony since May 2019.
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This year, Emma is a non-traditional graduating high school senior. Homeschooled for seven years through Florida Virtual School, Emma completed her high school credits a year early and is now spending her gap year gaining career experience before college. She hopes to double major in music and business with a minor in vocal performance.
Moving to Sarasota in 2018, she immediately became involved in the community as a cantor with Epiphany Cathedral and as an avid member of their youth group. In 2019, she volunteered at Historic Spanish Point, a local historical non-profit, running the gift shop weekly and assisting the program and marketing directors. After merging with Marie Selby Gardens in May of 2020, they hired her as a part-time guest relations staff member. Emma also sings with the Venice Chorale and the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Choir in their apprenticeship programs. Currently she is running a local society of the Children of the American Revolution and serves on their state board as Chaplain.
Emma wants to coalesce all these management and marketing skills these organizations have instilled in her as a future director of educational programs at a major music non-profit.
Passionate about music, Emma began taking classical voice lessons in 2014 and has continued ever since. Though her original aspiration was to be a performer, she’s decided she can share music’s gifts best behind the scenes, giving the next generation of musicians opportunities to tell their own stories through the notes.