Board and Staff
Aloysia Friedmann | Founder and Artistic Director
Ms. Friedmann is a violinist and violist whose broad-ranging career has included tours in Japan, Europe, South America and the United States, performances with New York’s most prestigious musical ensembles, and a special onstage role on Broadway. The New York Times praised her “fiery spirit” after her Carnegie Recital Hall debut. As a regular member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s she has performed classical symphonies in Carnegie Hall and rock’n’roll alongside “Metallica” in Madison Square Garden. She made her Broadway debut as the violinist in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, which starred Dustin Hoffman. Ms. Friedmann performed with the Soni Ventorum Quintet on the world premiere recording of William O. Smith’s “Jazz Set for Violin and Wind Quintet.” Ms. Friedmann is featured as both violist and producer on the CD Classical Music with a View: Islands and Vistas. Ms. Friedmann has been an Affiliate Artist of Viola at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and performs regularly with the Houston Grand Opera orchestra. She was also acting concertmaster for HGO’s world premiere performances of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair. Trained at The Juilliard School and the University of Washington, Friedmann plays on a Grancino violin and a Grancino viola, both made in Milan in the late 17th century.
Jon Kimura Parker | Artistic Advisor
Mr. Parker is one of the world’s leading classical pianists, playing as many as 100 concerts annually everywhere from New York’s Carnegie Hall to London, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Tasmania. He has given two command performances for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has recorded as guest soloist with Andre Previn, jammed in an impromptu concert with Doc Severinsen and the original Tonight Show Orchestra, and was a celebrity guest on the children’s television program Under the Umbrella Tree on the Disney Channel. In November 1996 Jon Kimura Parker received the Governor General’s Arts Award, the most prestigious arts award in Canada. Gold Medal winner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, he was also awarded his country’s highest honor for lifetime achievement, the Order of Canada. A committed educator, Mr. Parker joined the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston in 2000. He studied in his native Vancouver BC with Edward Parker, Keiko Parker, and Lee Kum-Sing, and with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School.
Leslie Rae Schmitz | Executive Director
Leslie worked with the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle as Director of Education/Membership/Pilot Funding with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. Her responsibilities included overseeing a team of operations managers, technology managers and financial analysts, working together with faculty and administrators to deliver education and training events and programs. Her life-long attachment to Orcas Island began as a YMCA Camp Orkila camper, then as a staff member. She has been a full and part-time resident of Orcas Island since 1999 and held consulting appointments with OPAL Community Land Trust, San Juan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, Orcas Island Parks & Recreation, San Juan Island Community Foundation and Frontline Call Center. Leslie holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. She began her career in Washington, D.C. as the Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for National Security Policy for Science Applications International Corporation. Her work with the U.S. Department of Energy/Defense Programs to restructure and realign national security programs and infrastructure at the end of the Cold War led to the receipt of the Hammer Award for Reinventing Government, awarded by Vice President Al Gore. Leslie’s expertise as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) has involved the successful management of events, programs and projects involving distributed work teams on local, national and international levels.
Joyce Stone | Festival Office and Marketing Manager
Joyce Stone, Festival Office and Marketing Manager, brings a career in television marketing to the Chamber Music Festival. An award-winning writer and producer of news and entertainment promotion, public service campaigns, sales presentations and fundraising videos, for 25 years she has worked at network affiliate TV stations in Kansas City, Chicago and KING-TV in Seattle. A Chicago area native, she also was a writer/producer for a large retail corporation, creating national TV and radio commercials. Joyce received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Prior to moving to Orcas Island, Joyce worked as Office Manager for a non-profit association in the Seattle area, where she provided leadership in improving community relations and communication techniques. Her broad background includes computer and bookkeeping skills, in addition to writing, fundraising, promotion and public relations.
Laura Gibbons | Festival Production Manager
Festival Production Manager, Laura Gibbons comes to the Chamber Music Festival with a diverse communications and event production background. She received her B.A. in Communications Studies at the University of Southern California and continued graduate studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. While in California her professional experience included promotion production for an Emmy award winning woman’s talk show, line producing national and regional television commercials, Manager of the Story Department at Phoenix Entertainment and Manager of International Television Production at the Walt Disney Studio. Upon arriving in the Northwest she was Public Affairs Producer at KOMO-TV and co-producer of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Telethon. She has lived on Orcas Island for the past twenty years and is currently a partner in a native landscape and design company, an instructor of Public Speaking at Skagit Valley College and the co-founder and producer of the Orcas Island Solstice parade now in its 15th year. Celebrating art and community while using her seasoned organizational skills is her life long passion.
2015-2015 Board of Directors
Sam Coleman | President
Mimi Sommerville | Vice President
Carl de Boor | Treasurer
Catherine Pederson | Secretary
Anita Orne | Nominating Committee Chair
Artistic Advisory List
Valerie Anders | Chair Emeritus
Phil Burbo | Lighting Technician
Wade Campbell | Season Image / Graphic
Jean Dickerson | Gardening
Rick Gould | Archivist
Derk Jager | Festival Photographer
Kevin Kelliher| Web Designer
Patty Monaco | Operations Manager
Jeff O’Kelly | Program Annotator
Anita Orne | Videography
Win Rhodes | Archivist
Dan Rue | Piano Tuning
Bill Levey and Roger Sherman| Sound Engineers
David Shade | Stage Manager
Gunning, Stenson & Price, P.S., John Price | Accounting Services
Annie Moss Moore | Bookkeeping
Chimayo/Sazio, William Patterson
Patina Design, Leslie Ginnes | Floral and Design
Driftwood Nursery, Lorna Vester | Landscape Design and Gardening
Garvey, Schubert & Barer | Legal Counsel
Kurt Thorson, 2015 images