TCPV Staff


Carla Dirlikov Canales
Founder, CEO

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.


Joshua Cerdenia Pangilinan
Administrative Associate

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.


Manuel Bagorro
Program Advisor

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.


Beth Sharp
Executive Assistant

Beth Sharp joins TCP as the Executive Assistant to our founder Carla Dirlikov Canales. Beth has worked in administrative roles for the past ten years, and finds enjoyment in helping people and organizations be successful. Her most recent position was with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities where she helped promote using the power of the arts and humanities to contribute to the vibrancy of our society and the education of our children. Originally from California, Beth holds a B.A. in History & Philosophy from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. When she is not working she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband Mike & their Corgi, Trixie.