Carla Dirlikov Canales
Carla Dirlikov Canales is an internationally known opera singer who has also established herself as a leader in the area of using the arts to advance important social issues. She is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts Program, was selected by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of its 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 and won the Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Organization. In each case, she was the first opera singer ever to receive the honor. As a singer she has received worldwide acclaim, and is best known for her portrayals of Bizet’s “Carmen” which she has performed over 80 times in a dozen countries. She has performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and top international venues in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is the founder and CEO of The Canales Project, aimed at giving voice to issues of Identity and culture through music and conversation. www.carladirlikov.com
Joshua Cerdenia Pangilinan
Joshua, known professionally as Joshua Cerdenia, is an internationally performed composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music currently based in New York City. A recent alumnus of The Juilliard School, he continues to work with a growing number of ensembles of repute, such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others. www.joshuacerdenia.com
Manuel Bagorro founded and directs the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA); established in 1999, the event has become one of the most significant multi-disciplinary festivals in Southern Africa, weathering the social, political and economic turmoil in Zimbabwe. He moved to New York in 2007 to work with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as a consultant during the establishment of their Musical Connections program. He continues to be involved in strategic thinking and planning for a range of Carnegie Hall community-based projects linking people to diverse musical experiences. He takes a leading role in Carnegie Hall’s National Lullaby Project and has been involved in engaging national partnerships and supporting arts organizations as they prepare lullaby projects in their communities. For the last 4 years, he has also served as the Artistic Director of Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, where he has initiated a new approach to performance, education and community programming, attracting significant attention and support for this venerable music organization.
James Egelhofer is a project manager with First Chair Promotion, where he works with musicians of all stripes and their teams of all kinds to facilitate their endeavors. He joined First Chair in May 2012 and manages a list of performers and composers as well as coordinating particular projects for other artists, focusing on pursuits that require complex funding and organization alongside nuanced and creative implementation. Previously, he was an artist manager at IMG Artists, where he looked after a group of instrumental soloists, conductors, composers, and singers. http://firstchairpromo.com/management
Rosemary Feit Covey
Visual Arts Consultant
Rosemary Feit Covey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work is housed in over forty major museum and library collections worldwide, including the former Corcoran Gallery of Art, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the National Museum of American History, Harvard University, and the Papyrus Institute in Cairo, Egypt. In 2012 five-hundred of her prints were acquired for the permanent collection of Georgetown University Library, Special Collections. She is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio, Italy), an Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation National Fine Art Award and a fellowship to Georgetown University Medical Center as the 2007-2008 Artist-in-Residence. Her solo museum exhibitions include the Butler Museum of American Art, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. In 2014 a retrospective of her prints, paintings and installation work was held at Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum. A solo exhibition titled, The Planet is a Delicate Thing, will be on display at the Carnegie Library in Washington, DC. in May 2017. Articles on her work have been featured in magazines including Art in America, Juxtapoz and American Artist Magazine.
Jonathan Wilson is the author of eight books: the novels The Hiding Room (Viking 1994), and A Palestine Affair (Pantheon 2003) two collections of short stories, Schoom (Penguin 1993) and An Ambulance is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble (Pantheon 2004); two critical works on the fiction of Saul Bellow; a biography, Marc Chagall (Nextbook/Schocken 2007), and most recently a memoir Kick and Run: Memoir With Soccer Ball (Bloomsbury 2013). Wilson’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and Best American Short Stories, among other publications. In 1994 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. His fiction has been translated into many languages including Dutch, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese. He is Professor of English at Tufts University where he was the founding director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts.