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kate Duhamel

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Kate is an award winning director and producer of dance films, and creates video design for the stage.  She is currently producing "FURY",  a live concert inspired by "Mad Max - Fury Road".  It's a collaboration among indie-pop band, YASSOU, composer Kristina Dutton, choreographer Danielle Rowe, dancers from SFBallet and LINES Ballet, and creative director Luke Acret.   Kate has previously directed both narrative and documentary films, and she received rave reviews for her projection designs for “Swimmer”, a stage production for San Francisco Ballet choreographed by Yuri Possokhov.

Kate serves on several boards including San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and SFJAZZ. Kate attended Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has three fabulous sons who keep her moving, and lives with her husband in San Francisco.

James brinkmann

the innovative flutist

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James Brinkmann is the Innovative Flutist who asks the question “what if...?” when searching for ways to use music to interact with and inspire people to be creative and find connection with music.

As a teaching artist and clinician, he unites his passions for teaching and performing by creating interactive performances to strengthen audience's connection with music. From playing in concert halls to jamming in the subways, he has performed for and collaborated with various organizations and communities throughout the United States.

He presented his TEDx Talk Collaborative Listening at Tedx DePaul University. An explorer of community art projects, he created artwork with people in Chicago subway stations and tours with his hybrid arts collection, ‘L’-Evating Art.

pamela z

composer. performer. media artist.

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Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet). Her awards include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, the Herb Alpert Award, and an Arts Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA/Japan-US Fellowship


Changing the narrative for symphony orchestras

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A graduate of Rice University with degrees in Music Performance and Business, for the last 15 years, Bergauer has used music to make the world around her better, through programs that champion social justice and equality, through marketing and audience development tactics on the forefront of trends and technology, and through proving and sharing what works in the rapidly changing landscape of funding, philanthropy, and consumer behavior.

Bergauer’s ability to strategically and holistically examine and advance every facet of the organization, instilling and achieving common goals and vision across what are usually siloed marketing, development, and artistic departments is creating a transformational change in the audience, in the office, on the stage, in the community, and is changing the narrative for the classical music industry

Carrie Cambell

Director of Community School of Music and Arts
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Carrie Campbell received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia and earned her Master of Music from Yale University.

For many years Carrie has been both a teacher and advocate of community arts education through her work at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA). 


In July 2014 Carrie was named Music School Director at CSMA where she oversees all aspects of the school including private lessons, music classes, Music4Schools, and CSMA’s Corporate Arts Program. Combined these programs serve over 10,000 students per year.

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