Staff

To read more about CMA staff members, click on the individuals' names below. Contact our staff through the email links next to each name, or by calling (212) 242-2022. As soon as the voicemail message begins, you may enter the extension of the person you are trying to reach.


Staff Member Email Address Extension

Nichole Benjamin
Development Manager

nbenjamin@chamber-music.org

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Susan Dadian
Program Director,
CMA Classical/Contemporary

sdadian@chamber-music.org

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Andrew Frank
Editor, Chamber Music

afrank@chamber-music.org

Julian Howard
Digital Media Associate

jhoward@chamber-music.org

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Gina Izzo
Manager of Public Programs

gizzo@chamber-music.org

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Nichole L. Knight
Communications Manager

nknight@chamber-music.org

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Margaret M. Lioi
Chief Executive Officer

mlioi@chamber-music.org

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Brenden O'Hanlon
Advertising Manager

bohanlon@chamber-music.org

Gargi Shindé
Program Director, CMA Jazz

gshinde@chamber-music.org

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Michael Welch
Director of Finance & Operations

mwelch@chamber-music.org

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Aryo Wicaksono
Membership Manager

awicaksono@chamber-music.org

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Nichole Benjamin

Development Manager

Prior to joining CMA as Development Manager in 2017, Nichole Benjamin served as Associate Director of the Cardinal’s Annual Campaign of the Archdiocese of New York and Data Research Manager at the New York University Cancer Institute. She holds a BS in Legal Studies and an MA in Sociology from Saint John’s University. Benjamin brings to her work a life-long love of music, which began during her time as a vocalist in her high school choir.

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Susan Dadian

Program Director, CMA Classical/Contemporary

Susan Dadian came to CMA in 2002 from the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, where she served as executive director. A classical guitarist, Dadian received a B.F.A. in music history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and did graduate work at the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Andrew Frank

Editor, Chamber Music

Andrew Frank joined Chamber Music America in 2013 in the position of Digital Media Editor, and was appointed Editor of Chamber Music magazine in 2016. He served as Communications Director from 2016-2017. He holds a BA from Hampshire College, and worked previously with the non-profit arts publications BOMB Magazine and Esopus. He is, additionally, a guitarist and songwriter.

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Julian Howard

Digital Media Associate

Julian Howard is a classically and jazz trained saxophonist. He graduated from Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts and received degrees in saxophone performance and business marketing from Ohio University. Prior to becoming CMA’s Digital Media Associate in 2017, Howard worked and volunteered with several Ohio and New York based music publications and organizations such as the Fine Arts Fund and City Beat Arts & Culture.

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Gina Izzo

Manager of Public Programs

A flutist who frequently performs in the New York City area, Gina Izzo is also an educator who has taught at Manhattan School of Music’s Camp MSM, New York University, and the Larchmont Music Academy. She has worked with Welltone New Music, Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival at Symphony Space, the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Izzo holds a B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and an M.M. from New York University.

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Nichole L. Knight

Communications Manager

Nichole L. Knight is a lifelong performing arts enthusiast and intermittent participant. She spent two years teaching English in Shiga, Japan, where she was also a member of the Kojyo Taiko drumming team. Prior to joining Chamber Music America as Communications Associate in 2016, she worked in marketing and communications at The New School and in student affairs at The Juilliard School. Knight was appointed Communications Manager in 2017. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MA from The New School.

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Margaret M. Lioi

Chief Executive Officer

Margaret M. Lioi joined Chamber Music America as CEO in June 2000. She began her arts career as a professional pianist and holds a master's degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory and an M.B.A. in arts administration from Binghamton University/SUNY. Before coming to CMA, she held several administrative posts in the arts, including director of development for Spoleto Festival U.S.A., senior director of external affairs for The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and executive director of The Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust. A member of NEC's Board of Visitors and Alumni Council, Lioi also serves on the Board of Advisors of The Sphinx Organization.

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Gargi Shindé

Program Director, CMA Jazz

Gargi Shindé has over a decade of experience in program curation, artist development, and arts education. She has served as program director at Galapagos Art Space in New York; developed strategic marketing for a wide range of artists; and lectured on classical Indian performance history and the aesthetics of improvisation at conferences in the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada and the United States. Shindé is a classically trained sitarist and composer whose collaborations bridge Indian classical music and the traditions of jazz. She holds an M.A. in Theater Studies and a B.A. in English Literature from the University at Albany, SUNY.

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Michael Welch

Director of Finance & Operations

For the past two decades Director of Finance and Operations Michael Welch has provided planning, project management, and accounting consulting services to non-profit organizations in the New York area. Clients have included PEN American Center, CEC ArtsLink, the Rubin Museum, Mobilization for Survival Foundation, People with AIDS Health Group, and National Central American Health Rights Group. He was full-time director of planning and finance at PEN American Center from 2003 to 2008. In prior years he served as a conference and event organizer, administrator, and fundraiser for labor, civil rights, and human rights organizations, primarily in the South. He was the least-talented member of his high school chorus in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Aryo Wicaksono

Membership Manager

Aryo Wicaksono joined CMA as Membership Manager in 2013. A graduate of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the University of Arizona, Aryo has worked with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet Company, American Academy of Ballet, NYU Tisch Dance, and Mark Morris Dance School, and as the Artistic/Executive Director for the Yogyakarta International Music Festival Academy 2012. He is a pianist, composer, and educator, and has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and abroad.

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