Leadership

Dr. Timothy Blair, Board President

Dr. Blair brings to the position his experience in various professional artistic and educational leadership roles at West Chester University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts, Steinway Asia Pacific, WL Global Corporation and Alexander & Buono International to name a few. He also gives of his time by serving in board leadership roles, including the Grammy award winning Crossing Choir. In addition, Dr. Blair serves as Chair of Development for the Music Teachers National Association.

Throughout his more than thirty years in higher education and the arts he has garnered experience in strategic planning, fundraising, international initiatives, community outreach, personnel management and budgeting. He is a collaborative leader in all matters of administrative and artistic decision making.

Dr. Blair holds a Bachelor of Music from Susquehanna University, Master of Music from The New England Conservatory of Music, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America.

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Michael Hall, Music Director

Currently in his 9th season as Music Director of the Kennett Symphony and his 5th season as Music Director of the Prince George Symphony in British Columbia, Canada, as well as holding the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Space Coast Symphony in Florida, Maestro Hall is recognized for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, and passion for developing new audiences. Hall is especially passionate about seeking innovative ways to present concerts that break down perceived barriers, which is crucial for the art form to thrive. A passionate advocate for music education, both in the concert hall and in the classroom, Maestro Hall has conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University.

Hall holds a Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, having studied with renowned conducting pedagogue Gustav Meier, and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Sir Colin Davis. Recognized for his talent among his peers, Maestro Hall was a finalist in the International Conducting Competition in Besançon France and was awarded Third Prize in the Cadaques Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain.

April Evans, General Manager

April Evans joined the Kennett Symphony as General Manager in July 2023 with a deep passion for the performing arts.

Born and raised in Chester County, April brings over 20 years of leadership experience working with impactful performing arts organizations such as Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center as Executive Director, Museum of Dance as Project Manager in collaboration with Generation Thrive and the Warriors Foundation, and as co-founder of global Hip-Hop touring group, Chosen Dance Company.

As an avid supporter of non-profit organizations, and the impact they bring to their community, April is excited to work with a pillar of the Brandywine Valley like Kennett Symphony.

Emily Harris, Digital Content Specialist

Emily Harris has always had a passion for music and the performing arts. Some of her fondest memories are of seeing the Radio City Rockettes, musicals on Broadway, and Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia as a child with her family. These performances inspired Emily to take dance, piano, acting, and singing lessons starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. She graduated from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Minor in Psychology, and Concentration in Management. In June of 2017 Emily left the corporate world to start E Harris Marketing, a digital marketing agency which combines her love for the arts with her business education. She has worked with both non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses in the music industry and performing arts space, including the PYO Music Institute, Music & Mindfulness at Fox Crossing, Playhouse Deck at the Bucks County Playhouse, Jacobs Music Company, and now, Kennett Symphony.

Emily currently serves on the Board of Directors at Visit Bucks County, the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County, whose mission is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage, diverse sites, and attractions.

Board of Directors

Our dedicated board members are leaders who live and work in the Greater Philadelphia region and help us build partnerships with leading regional community organizations.

  • Timothy V. Blair, DMA | President

  • Veronica Mikitka Reed | Immediate Past President

  • William Ronayne  |  Vice President

  • Rhonda Cook | Secretary

  • Kathryn Listerman, CPA  |  Treasurer

  • Katherine Ball-Weir

  • Martha Diffey

  • Michael Hall |  Ex-officio

  • Malcolm Johnstone

  • Katheryn B. Knox, ACFRE

  • Geoffrey A. McCarthy

  • Robert A. Rinaldi

  • Lin Tan, PhD

  • David Ventura

  • Catherine Williams

Emereti Board

  • Sandra Thompson

  • Alvin Willard, PhD.

  • Hope Middleton Wood

  • John A. Yeatman

  • Sandra P. Yeatman