Board of Directors

Richard Weiss


First Assistant Principal Cello, The Cleveland Orchestra; faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music.

Bachelor of Music-Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.

Ida Mercer

Director of Programs

Faculty Cleveland Institute of Music and The Music Settlement; cellist Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Bachelor of Music-University of Illinois; Master of Music-Yale University School of Music; Doctor of Music-Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sally Jiang


Certified Public Accountant at PWC, audit and assurance advisory services to a wide variety of clients, both in the US and in China/HK and amateur cellist.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting-Case Western Reserve University.

Stephen Geber

President Emeritus

President Emeritus: Principal Cello- The Cleveland Orchestra 1973-2003. Faculty and Cello Department Chair, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1973-2016.

Bachelor of Music-Eastman School of Music

Pamela Kelly

Director of Scholarship Competition

Faculty Cleveland Institute of Music, Preparatory Department.

Bachelor and Master of Music-Cleveland Institute of Music

Bela Anand-Apte MD, PhD

Staff, Ophthalmic Research Cleveland Clinic Foundation and cello enthusiast.
M.D. -Bombay University, India; PhD- Boston University; Post-doctoral Fellowship and Research Associate-Harvard University

Susan Bestul

Private cello instructor; cello, Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
Bachelor of Music- University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and graduate work at Yale University School of Music.

Elaine Breiner

Physical therapist at the Cleveland Clinic, cello enthusiast, and an avid exerciser, training for old age.
Bachelor of Science-Baldwin Wallace College; Master of Science-Kent State University

Nick Diodore

Cello faculty, Aurora School of Music.
Bachelor of Music-Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University

Brian Dumm

cello, the Cleveland Orchestra. Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University.
Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Performer’s Certificate-Eastman School of Music

Amir Eldan

cellist, Associate Professor and Director, Division of Strings, Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Bachelor of Music-Cleveland Institute of Music; Master and Doctor of Music- Juilliard School.

Damir Janigro

Chief Scientific Officer and acting CEO, Flocel, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
PhD in Physiology - Univ. of Milano, Italy

Gayle Klaber

Cellist- Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra

BM University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Andris Koh

Suzuki Cello Instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. Classical Revolution Cleveland, cellist, and frequent collaborator with the Cleveland Cello Quartet
Master of Music and Bachelor of Music –Cleveland Institute of Music

Julie Myers King

faculty The Music Settlement; cello, Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Athena Quartet.
Bachelor of Music-Indiana University; Master of Music-Louisiana State University

Mark Kosower

Principal cello, The Cleveland Orchestra; faculty Cleveland Institute of Music
Bachelor of Music-Indiana University; Master of Music and Artist Diploma-Juilliard School of Music

Beth Meany

Partner, WIN Collaboratory
Bachelor of Science - University of Michigan; MBA- Loyola University

Derek Snyder

faculty The Music Settlement; manager, publisher, and arranger
Bachelor of Music-University of Michigan; Master of Music-New England Conservatory.

Laura Williams

Freelance writer and editor in business journalism and an arts advocate.
Bachelor of Science-Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.