Brian Kaufman — Artistic Director Brian Kaufman is a musician, teacher, and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing music with communities for social improvement. He is an active conductor, tubist and jazz vocalist and has performed in venues from NEC’s Jordan Hall to Xian China’s Groovz Jazz Club. Brian has served as a mentor at From the Top’s Center for Arts Leadership and as a Resident Artist at El Sistema Boston. He has presented on entrepreneurship, music and creativity as vehicles for social change at United Nations Headquarters in NYC, Yale University, the Ford Foundation, Indiana University, New England Conservatory and the University of Glasgow (Scotland).
Michael Reichman -- Operations Assistant Michael Reichman continues to cultivate a diverse artistic career. In addition to being at The Sounding Board, he’s performed at the Scotia Festival of Music, Sunflower Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, New England Conservatory’s Tuesday Night New Music Series, New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, & Kansas City's historic Blue Room and Gem Theater. As a soloist, he’s also appeared with the rock band Julia Knew, the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Big Band, & the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Born & raised in Kansas City, he received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance with distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Master of Music in Conducting from New England Conservatory.
Erik Johnson— Creative Team Erik’s involvement with the Minnesota Orchestra and Americans for the Arts is informed and inspired by his dedication to the arts. In addition to his work with TSB, Erik also serves as Company Manager for Boston Lyric Opera, and holds degrees in music and business management from the University of Saint Thomas and Boston University.
Lila Palmer — Creative Team Lila is a classical vocalist, actress, stylist and author/editor. After graduating with first class honors in History from Cambridge University, Lila began her career assisting London society photographer Hugo Burnand (Vanity Fair, Tatler). She then progressed into literary publishing as an agent and editor (Working Partners, Pollinger Ltd) before pursuing an MM in Classical Voice at New England Conservatory ('11). She currently divides her time between Chicago, Boston and London.
Anne Gregory — Creative Team Anne Gregory is TSB's one- woman dynamo. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she uses her southern charm not only to direct TSB's public relations, but also as the Education Program Developer for NPR's From the Top. Anne received her BM in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory where she received the George C. Chadwick Medal for outstanding achievement. She was also the editor-in-chief of NEC's newspaper, The Penguin. When separated from her suitcase and laptop, Anne can be found pursuing her culinary passions at http://classicalkitchen.com/ and keeping the dust off her feet running and cycling miles in all weather.