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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Andrew Bluhm has been involved with the LSO for over 15 years in many capacities. He began his involvement with the orchestra as a trumpet player and continues in that role currently. Andrew has been a member of the LSO Artistic Committee for many years, chairing that group during times that the orchestra was without a music director. He has also served on two Music Director selection committees. During all this time, he regularly attended board meetings, and has served as an at large board member for the past year.  Andrew also founded the Saturday Morning Brass Project, a group of professional and accomplished amateur brass musicians in Northern VA who perform at various venues in the area.


Andrew is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon by profession. He and his two business partners have run a successful private practice, Loudoun Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, for the past 30 years. In addition, he has been co-director of the Greater Loudoun Study Club, an organization providing continuing education to area dentists for the past 20 years.


For Andrew, music is a true passion, and he is very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Loudoun Symphony Association. He will do all in his power to support the further growth of the organization, so that everyone in Loudoun County can experience the joy of the music we make.

Dr. Andrew Bluhm
President

Michelle Rippey studied flute performance through high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, during her summers at the Brevard Music Center and holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Master of Education.


Ms. Rippey performs regularly with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Art Chamber Orchestra (PACO) of Greater Washington D.C., and as a freelance musician throughout the Potomac region. She is the flute instructor and director of the Flute Ensemble at Frederick Community College, maintains a private flute studio, and enjoys assisting youth programs as an adjudicator for youth contests, a mentor for youth orchestra, and by providing sectional coaching, clinics, and master classes for young flutists for schools throughout the Potomac region.


In her spare time Ms. Rippey enjoys hiking and biking with her husband, and spending time with their 5 daughters, their parents, and their two German Shepherd dogs.

Michelle Rippey
Vice President

Brett’s day job is working with scientific nonprofits on both their administration and meetings.  As a member of several boards of directors, he is hopeful that his experience can be useful to the Loudoun Symphony.  Brett is also a volunteer board member for several community based nonprofits with the goals of growing community through sports and the arts.


Brett’s appreciation for the arts increased when his then-young daughter began ballet classes at three years old.  She danced through her childhood and eventually became a professional ballerina.  This experience resulted in a long-standing appreciation for the arts and how it can bring people together and be a positive force in the community.

Brett Burk
Treasurer

Flutist Ashley Bowen-Sanchez is an active freelance musician in the D.C. Metropolitan area.  Currently, Ashley is a member of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO). She began her flute studies with Wendy Webb Kumer, then continued with George Pope, Mary Kay Robinson, and Walfrid Kujala. Ashley holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Akron (B.M.) and Northwestern University (M.M.).

Ashley Bowen-Sanchez
LSO Player Representative

Rick’s involvement and admiration for LSO and LSYO began when his youngest son joined the LSYO as a cellist nearly 20 years ago, the LSYO was significantly smaller then! Growth of the arts and engaging the community that the LSO/LSYO serves inspired Rick to join the Board. 


Rick works to expand and increase corporate partnerships with LSO/LSYO and enjoys introducing the symphony to new audience members. 

Rick Boyd

Nick Bulgarino has been a working professional musician performing, arranging, teaching, and organizing concerts since he was 18. Nick’s passion for music is not bound by genre; he has played in groups ranging from small chamber ensembles, big bands, historically informed performances, and symphony orchestras.


Nick studied with Larry Zalkind at the Eastman School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music in 2018. Nick continued his education at the Peabody Conservatory, studying under David Murray, and received his Master of Music in May of 2020.  Nick holds the honor of being the conservatory’s first sackbut student, performing with the Baltimore Baroque Band and Peabody Renaissance Ensemble.


Nick currently holds the Second Trombone position with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. He is an active freelancer who has performed with the Amadeus Concerts Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Capitol Philharmonic of New Jersey, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and Endless Mountain Music Festival.


Outside of music, Nick’s interests are model railroading in O Scale 2-Rail, vintage SEGA video game collecting, computer gaming, and spending time with his friends.

Nick Bulgarino
LSO Player Representative

Part of a family of avid amateur musicians, Kellan Hogye studied piano, flute, and guitar as a child and young adult. She was a devoted member of her high school marching band in Central Virginia, which sparked a long-term interest in school music programs.


Kellan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, where she also participated in music ensembles and student theater. She has worked in various positions as a Latin teacher, English teacher, and reading interventionist in Loudoun County's public, private, and homeschool communities since 2002. Presently, she performs as a musician and vocalist with church-based bands in Loudoun. Carrying on the family's musical tradition, Kellan's son and daughter are active musicians with the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Loudoun County High School Marching Band, the J.L. Simpson Middle School band program, and the Catoctin School of Music.


Kellan is excited for the opportunity to support the growth and development of Loudoun's student musicians through partnerships between the LSO/LSYO and local school and community music programs.

Kellan Hogye
LSYO Parent Representative

Catherine Palusci has been a violist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 1999, with a five-year hiatus to Texas. She has served as a Board member for the last two years.


Loving every minute of her beginner orchestra in the public school system in Plano, Texas, she eventually moved on to viola to fill its need, for the last 35 years. While in Texas, she performed in the Allen Philharmonic for six seasons. In addition to performing with the LSO, she also plays viola in the ProArte Chamber Orchestra (PACO) of Greater Washington DC, and the DC Strings Workshop.


Catherine happily calls Ashburn her home, where she maintains a private viola and violin studio. She also enjoys providing sectional instruction for young string players of various levels throughout Loudoun County schools.


Among her favorite company is her husband JP, son Gabriel, daughter Daniela, and their cat Leo.

Catherine Palusci
LSO Player Representative

Mitra Setayesh has more than twenty-five years’ experience in various business leadership positions in the US and Europe.  Ms. Setayesh and her husband Luiz Taifas planned and founded Ion International Training Center. Up until recently, Mitra owned and headed MS Consulting Group, a full-service marketing and advertising agency. MS Consulting Group’s over 50 clients ranged from small businesses to big corporations such as Pepco, Giant Food, PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), etc., all attesting to her track record of increasing revenue and efficiency, while solving team conflicts and improving overall financial health of the organization. Prior to that, she served in many leadership roles in various industries, training sales teams coast to coast, turning companies around, and preparing and facilitating many for mergers and/or acquisitions. She has helped start and run 27 companies, 3 of which were her own.


Mitra brings a wealth of experience and expertise to any team she joins, and has a knack for spotting talent and potential, within the team members. She is a good mentor and strongly believes in gratitude, humility and giving back.


She received her graduate degrees from University of Lausanne, Switzerland and did her Ph.D. work in Psycho-Linguistics at The Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

Mitra Setayesh

Raelene Wagoner has been a First Violinist of the LSO for over 20 years and has served as a Board member of the Loudoun Symphony for the past four years.


Wagoner is Vice President, Talent Management at Unison. She has over 25 years of experience in technology firms as an HR executive, consulting delivery leader, and engineer. She has led the HR components of several mergers and acquisitions, as well as international experience in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Before joining CVP, Raelene spent 7 years as the HR executive in Mantas, a software company, and over 12 years at SRA International as a consulting delivery leader.


Raelene holds a BS in Computer Science and a Music minor from the College of William and Mary. Raelene is a Trustee on the William and Mary Foundation and former Board member of the William and Mary Career Center Employer Advisory Board.

Raelene Wagoner

PRESIDENT EMERITUS

HONORARY BOARD

Ara Bagdasarian, Chairman

Don O’Brien, Teresa Yancey Crane, Elizabeth Ellers, Shye Gilad, Jackie Gosses, Eugene Gulland, Tom Jewell, Hon. Joe and Bobby May, William May, Hon. Robert Sevila, and Thomas and Priscilla Toth.

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