Our Board

Curtis Smith, President, is a Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial with a passion for working in neighborhoods where many have not had access to financial services. He is also President of the non-profit organization One Northside.

Joel Cohen, Secretary, is President of USPlate Glass Insurance Company, a position in which he has served since 2004. He is also President of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and a former Director of the Suzuki Orff School of Music’s Board of Directors.

Ed Jamison, Treasurer, is the former General Manager of Trackside Restaurant of Arlington Park Racetrack. He is also the volunteer Registrar and former Treasurer of the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly’s Planning Council.

Tom Clowes is a Chicago-area cellist and teacher, and founder and Executive Director of Crossing Borders Music. Tom was a student of internationally acclaimed cellist Wendy Warner and is a past member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He learned about arts administration in classes with past Chicago Symphony Orchestra President Henry Fogel. Over the summers, he teaches at music camps in Haiti.

Danny Silbert is a Senior Public Service Administrator at the State of Illinois Division of Behavioral Health where he works in project management. He has graduate degrees in business and social work, and enjoys exploring the positive psychological effects of music on its listeners.

Suzanne Wint received her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago, and has taught classes at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and as a Visiting Professor at Reed College. She specializes in Ugandan music, especially Western-style music education programs and compositions. She currently teaches at St. Olaf College.