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

Geysa Castro
Membership Manager

gcastro@chamber-music.org

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Susan Dadian
Grant Programs Officer

sdadian@chamber-music.org

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Jordyn Davis
Grant Programs Associate

jdavis@chamber-music.org

Andrew Frank
Editor, Chamber Music

afrank@chamber-music.org

Nichole L. Knight
Director of Operations

nknight@chamber-music.org

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Margaret M. Lioi
CEO Emeritus

mlioi@chamber-music.org

Kevin Kwan Loucks
Chief Executive Officer

kloucks@chamber-music.org

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Orchid McRae
Digital Content Editor

omcrae@chamber-music.org

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Brenden O'Hanlon
Advertising Manager

bohanlon@chamber-music.org

Gargi Shindé
Director of Grant Programs

gshinde@chamber-music.org

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Kathy Wang
Development Associate

kwang@chamber-music.org

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Michael Welch
Director of Finance

mwelch@chamber-music.org

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Geysa Castro

Membership Manager

Geysa Castro joined CMA as Membership Manager in 2018. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Castro is a classically trained ballet dancer who has worked professionally with artists and companies in both Brazil and New York City. In 2002, she embarked on a new venture as a partner at Ginga P. Culture Business, a multifaceted Brazilian company that promotes cultural and business exchange through project and event production, business and marketing consulting, and artist development. Castro holds an M.B.A. in Cultural Production and Administration with a focus in Creative Economy. She is the first Brazilian member of the professional networking organization, Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA).

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Susan Dadian

Grant Programs Officer

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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Jordyn Davis

Grant Programs Associate

Jordyn Davis is a bassist, composer, songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist from Inkster, Michigan. In May 2019, Davis became the first African American woman to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Michigan State University as well as the first Michigan State student to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Jazz Studies concurrently. Additionally, she has worked with organizations such as Girls Rock Detroit, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, MSU Community Music School – Detroit, & recently completed a Masters’ Degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

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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 B.A. 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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Nichole L. Knight

Director of Operations

Nichole L. Knight is an experienced communications professional and performing arts administrator. Prior to joining Chamber Music America’s communications team in 2016, she’d worked at The New School, home of the Mannes School of Music, and The Juilliard School. She was appointed CMA's Director of Operations in 2018. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from The New School.

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Margaret M. Lioi

CEO Emeritus

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. Lioi serves on the Board of Advisors of The Sphinx Organization, and is an adjunct faculty member in the M.A. program for Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The New School's College of Performing Arts.

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Kevin Kwan Loucks

Chief Executive Officer

Representing a new generation of performing arts executives, Kevin Kwan Loucks has cultivated a distinguished leadership profile founded on artistic excellence, entrepreneurship, and innovative strategic design. In September 2021, Mr. Loucks was appointed CEO of Chamber Music America after serving in leadership roles at Chamber Music | OC, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and Music Academy of the West. Mr. Loucks was mentored by Julian Martin at The Juilliard School and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he was Teaching Assistant of the Emerson String Quartet and received the distinguished 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. He holds an Executive MBA from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University, and completed his executive education at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Loucks is currently on the faculty of Chamber Music | OC’s Pre-College Program, where he teaches portfolio development, leadership and strategic management, and entrepreneurship.

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Orchid McRae

Digital Content Editor

Orchid McRae is an electronic musician, composer, and percussionist. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where they earned a B.M. in Jazz Composition. Prior to joining Chamber Music America as Digital Content Editor in 2018, McRae had interned for the record label Pi Recordings, worked as a publicist for Pusher Music Publicity, and served as the personal assistant to composer and multi-instrumentalist Ned Rothenberg.

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Gargi Shindé

Director of Grant Programs

Gargi Shindé is Director of Grant Programs at Chamber Music America where she leads CMA's seven flagship programs. She is a contributor to “RE-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process,” a resource to achieve racial equity in the grants review and selection process of artists and arts organizations. Gargi has twenty years of experience in the performing arts, specializing in arts education, program curation and production, artist development, and digital media. She has appeared on panels and lectured on performance histories, funding underrepresented aesthetic practices, dismantling institutional bias, and interventions for program transformation at conferences in Canada, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Her writing has been published in Theatre Research International and Arts and International Affairs. Gargi is a classically trained Sitarist, and was the disciple of Padmabhushan Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan.

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Kathy Wang

Development Associate

Kathy Wang graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Classical Piano, and earned her undergraduate degree in Canada. Prior to her start as Development Associate at CMA, she worked at New York Youth Symphony and Manhattan School of Music. With over 8 years of teaching experience in Canada and US, she maintains a small but active piano studio, and is passionate about music education.

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Michael Welch

Director of Finance

For the past two decades Director of Finance 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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