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MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

October 12, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Announces Appointment of
New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors:
Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

MasterVoices announces the appointment of two new Co-Chairs of its Board of Directors, Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles, to succeed its former Co-Chairs, Susan Baker and George Grumbach.

“Susan Baker and I are thrilled that Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles have been elected as the new Co-Chairs of MasterVoices,” said Mr. Grumbach, “and that MasterVoices will be in the hands of such capable Board leaders. Our new Co-Chairs have distinguished and complementary careers. Deborah Stiles brings her skills as a lawyer and university executive, together with her avocation as a choral singer with MasterVoices and other groups. Jewelle Bickford is a leader in the financial world as an investment banker and wealth advisor. Both bring experience as non-profit board members. They are old friends and will make a great team to collaborate with Ted Sperling to lead MasterVoices and our Board into our 75th anniversary and beyond.”

“The Collegiate Chorale—now MasterVoices—has been an important part of my life since 2006 when I joined the chorus as a singer and became a Board member as well,” said Ms. Stiles. “Being part of this organization musically has brought me great joy over the years. I am honored to have been chosen to lead it with my long-time friend, Jewelle Bickford. Jewelle and I and the rest of the organization have much to be excited about: we have a new name, a promising new partnership with City Center and Ted Sperling’s vision for the future of MasterVoices.” Jewelle Bickford added that “MasterVoices has had a distinguished history and has a bright future. It will be a pleasure to help MasterVoices realize its ambitious new plans.”

Jewelle Bickford joined Evercore Wealth Management in 2013 as a Partner and Wealth Advisor, where she focuses on family governance, impact investing and women’s financial issues. Before that she served as a senior strategist at GenSpring Family Offices and until 2009, as a global partner at Rothschild Group. Ms. Bickford has served on many non-profit Boards, including Women for Women International, the Women’s Center and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Committee of 200. Having attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College, she received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

Deborah Stiles has been since 2004 the Vice President of Research Operations at Columbia University, where she has overall responsibility for managing the administration of research at the University. Previous to that, she was a corporate partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, a major international law firm. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Dean’s Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She received a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

MasterVoices is continuing The Collegiate Chorale’s preeminent reputation for its performances of the traditional choral repertoire, rarely heard operas in concert, unusual music theatre pieces and commissioned works. The chorus has worked with the great luminaries of the music world, singing under conductors such as James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti. MasterVoices has performed in recent seasons with renowned vocal artists, including Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson and Deborah Voigt. Highlights of recent seasons have included Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, David Lang’s battle hymns, Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) with Eric Idle and the U.S. premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise. MasterVoices is committed to fostering the talents of the next generation of artists and audiences through its Side-by-Side mentoring program, student masterclasses, Faith Geier Artist Initiative and most recently with the launch of Bridges, its outreach program creating new works in collaboration with communities throughout New York City. For more information, visit mastervoices.org. Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).

The company’s 2015-2016 Season includes:

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty
By Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert
Featuring Deborah Voigt, Phillip Boykin, Douglas Hodge, Hunter Parrish, Julia Udine, David Garrison, Betsy Wolfe, Montego Glover and Zachary James
Conducted by Ted Sperling with Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Choreography and Associate Direction by Gustavo Zajac
Scenic Design by David Korins
Lighting Design by Frances Aronson
Sound Design by Scott Lehrer
Costume Consulting by Tracy Christensen
October 15-16, 2015 at 8pm at New York City Center

The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
An Evening Exploring the Creation of a New American Opera by Justine F. Chen and David Simpatico
Presented by the American Lyric Theater
October 17, 2015 at 7pm at Merkin Concert Hall

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Conducted by Zubin Mehta, presented by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
November 5, 2015 at Carnegie Hall

Dido and Aeneas
By Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate
With a World Premiere companion work by Michael John LaChiusa
Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark
Conducted by Ted Sperling with Orchestra of St. Luke’s
April 28, 2016 at 7pm at New York City Center
April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Conducted by Joshua Gersen, presented by the New York Youth Symphony
May 29, 2016 at Carnegie Hall

The 2015-2016 season will conclude in June with a program featuring a World Premiere work composed by Marisa Michelson developed for the launch of MasterVoices’ new community outreach program, “Bridges”. The location and date of this program will be announced at a future date.

Major funding for MasterVoices’ 2015-16 season has been generously provided by The Geier Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



October 12, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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115 E. 57th Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10022

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