Board of Directors

Mark Kosower


Principal cello, The Cleveland Orchestra

Bachelor of Music-Indiana University; Master of Music and Artist Diploma-Juilliard School of Music

Ida Mercer

Executive Director

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

Private Cello Instructor

Bachelor and Master of Music-Cleveland Institute 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

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

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

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

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.

Richard Weiss

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

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