Meet the group of talented and passionate women
HS/College Mentorship Program Director
Dr. Kaitlin Bove is Assistant Professor of Music at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington where she directs instrumental music ensembles in addition to instructing courses in music theory and music appreciation. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from University of Kentucky and a Masters and Bachelors of Music in Education from the University of the Pacific. Kaitlin is founder of the And We Were Heard initiative, a volunteer organization that matches underrepresented composers of wind band and orchestral literature with ensembles, generating quality recordings of the music of diverse compositional voices.
Born in Thailand, Chanphanitpornkit graduated from the Eastman School of Music (BA) and Teachers College, Columbia University (MA, EdM) and is currently pursuing her doctorate at TC. A fierce advocate for music education for all, Chanphanitpornkit’s expertise as a teacher ranges from working with toddlers to young adults, having taught at the Eastman Community Music School, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s El Sistema program, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Chanphanitpornkit currently holds positions teaching orchestra at the Nyack public schools and Teachers College Community School. She is currently on faculty at TC, Columbia University and William Paterson University. She also conducts and mentors young conductors at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege.
A graceful yet powerful force on the podium, Argentinian-Italian conductor Michelle Di Russo is known for her compelling interpretations, passionate musicality, and championing of contemporary music. Recently appointed Assistant Conductor of North Carolina Symphony beginning fall 2021, and Interim Director of Orchestras at Cornell University for the 2021-22 season, she is a Fellow in Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship program and The Dallas Opera Hart Institute. Former posts include serving Assistant Conductor for the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra and serving as cover conductor and as an assistant for The Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Musicfest.
Past performance highlights include serving as Assistant Conductor for Prague Summer Nights Festival in productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte in the Czech Republic; leading the state premiere of Annika Socolofsky’s Gaze at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; leading the premiere of Carlos Simon’s This Land at Arizona’s Gammage Memorial Auditorium’s “Beyond the Concert Series” and engagements with the United States Pershing’s Own Army Band.
A native of Argentina, Michelle Di Russo was the recipient of a 2020/2021 American Austrian Foundation/Faber Young Conductors Fellowship attending the Salzburg Festival, a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Fellow and a Fellow with Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy.
Early Career Program Director
Janet Song Kim (she/they) is the Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Nebraska Wesleyan University. They also just finished their final year as a doctoral assistant in wind band conducting at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where Kim studied with Dr. Travis J. Cross. Previously, they earned a Master of Arts degree in instrumental conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and their Bachelor of Music degree in music education and jazz studies magna cum laude from Montclair State University. During their time at Montclair State University, Kim also had the opportunity to study composition with Alan Ferber and learned orchestration from Patrick Burns. Their primary conducting teachers include Dr. Travis J. Cross, Dr. Timothy A. Paul, Dr. Jason Worzbyt, and Dr. Shelley Axelson.
Kim’s performance career began during their time at Montclair, and has performed as a bassoonist, saxophonist, and flautist in various settings. They have performed as a principal bassoonist for the Ridgewood Concert Band, the MSU’s Wind Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra, IUP’s Wind Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra, and BLYSO. They have also performed as a chamber musician with Lyrica Chamber Music, Lignum Winds, and have also been a scholarship recipient for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. In addition to performing on separate instruments as a bassoonist and saxophonist, Kim has performed as a doubler for several musical theatre shows.
Kim began their career as a band director and conductor at Northern Valley Demarest High School and went on to be a band director at several other schools in the state of New Jersey. They led ensembles to perform at Region Band Festivals, District Band Festivals, and has successfully brought home gold and silver ratings during her time as a public-school educator. Most recently, Kim served as the associate director of the Peninsula Symphonic Winds for 2 years while attending and being a Teaching Assistant at UCLA. As they finished their coursework, Kim also taught Audio Technology 101 at UCLA because of their interests in Audio Technology, including but not limited to: DAWs, Synthesizers, Recording Techniques/Equipment, Microphone Technology, and other Sound Equipment.
Social Media Director
Johanna Laney is Manager of Creative Projects for the Seattle Symphony and Artistic Director for the Seattle-based professional choir, SoundCity Singers. She also runs a social media marketing organization for arts organizations called Classical Content.
In 2018 and 2019, Berkshire Choral International named Johanna the Robbins/Wolff Overseas Conducting Apprentice. Additional positions include conducting apprentice at the Bach Choral Course, Children’s Choir Director at Christ Church New York City and choral music teacher in Manassas, VA where she was recognized as New Teacher of the Year and Apple Award winner for her ensemble’s consistent superior ratings at state adjudication.
As a choral singer, Johanna performed at the 2018 and 2019 Spoleto Festival including the first fully staged version of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles and appeared on the Westminster Choir recording of the Frank Martin “Mass for Double Choir”. She’s performed various masterworks with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as a section leader of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Johanna holds a Masters in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
Hannah Nacheman is a choral conductor, vocalist, and educator based in New York City. A lifelong musician and arts advocate, Hannah has performed on many prestigious stages including Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, the David H. Koch Theater of Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.
Hannah currently serves as Conducting Fellow to the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, as well as Assistant Conductor to The Choral Society at Grace Church in NY. She has previously served as Director of the Primo Coro ensemble of the New Jersey Youth Chorus and Assistant Conductor to the National Children’s Chorus. She is one of the co-creators of Girls Who Conduct, a mentorship program for young women and non-binary musicians, whose mission is to foster diversity and inclusion in classical music.
In addition to vocal performance, her musical training includes harp, piano, and violin, which she teaches in her private music studio in NYC, along with conducting and musicianship. Hannah holds advanced music degrees from Bryn Mawr College and The Manhattan School of Music, with continued studies at The Juilliard School.
Hannah’s specialized pedagogical work focuses on music and the brain– her research, studying the positive effects of music on human behavior, enables her to provide students with a musical toolkit with which to better approach all aspects of their lives.
Michelle Rofrano is a Sicilian-American conductor with a keen interest in the intersection of art and social activism. An avid opera conductor, she holds the position of 2021-22 Resident Music Director with City Lyric Opera. Rofrano has recently led The Queen of Spades and Trouble in Tahiti with The Glimmerglass Festival; Don Quichotte at Comacho’s Wedding with Opera Saratoga; Le Nozze di Figaro with The Crane School of Music; An Evening of Contemporary American Opera and Trouble in Tahiti with Westminster Choir College; and Così fan tutte and The Turn of the Screw with DC Public Opera. She has served as assistant conductor for productions with Juilliard Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Saratoga, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Birmingham. Rofrano is the founder and artistic director of PROTESTRA, an activist orchestra that advocates for social justice through classical music. Rofrano completed graduate conducting studies at the Peabody Conservatory and counts Marin Alsop, Joseph Colaneri, Gustav Meier, and Markand Thakar among her mentors.
Founder & Artistic Director
Acclaimed by critics for her “brilliant” interpretations and “remarkable nuances”, Chaowen Ting is the newly appointed Conductor of the Peabody Youth Orchestra and the Assistant Conductor of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. A native of Taiwan, the ascendant maestra has led a number of the world’s prominent ensembles, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, and orchestras in Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Croatia, and Honduras. In addition to her prolific musicality, Ting is also hailed for her award-winning leadership of countless music diversity initiatives, recognized via national grant awards and additional accolades.
Both on and off the stage, Ting seeks to democratize classical music by creating opportunities for diverse voices—audience, performer, conductor, and composer alike. She has actively commissioned and conducted premieres of new works for orchestra and wind ensemble. Ting’s performances often interweave new compositions, culturally relevant themes, and interdisciplinary presentation, presenting orchestral music in ways that excite not only the ears, but also the eyes and mind. Examples of her innovative performances include combining dancers, science, and the Math team from Georgia Tech (The Seven Bridges of Königsberg); integrating film, orchestra, and a smartphone app to bring awareness to marine noise pollution (Oceana); and using silent film to present a suite of newly composed works, among others.
In addition to audience engagement, Ting has made similarly bold efforts to generate equality within the classical music field. Through the ADORE Project, she connects composer and conductor, regularly featuring intermediate-level works of marginalized composers so that music students and amateurs can have increased access to music. In Girls Who Conduct, women, women-identifying, and non-binary conductors receive training, mentorship, and a professional network. She additionally serves young professionals through the “Maestro as Professor” webinar series: a broader initiative where Ting and fellow host Dr. Carolyn Watson speak on industry issues relevant to those who seek to enter the music field.
A protégé of Bernard Haitink, Ting directly shadowed the maestro’s leadership of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her Fellowship with the Allentown Symphony, she holds positions as the music director of NANOWorks Opera in Ohio and Principal Guest Conductor of VIM Ensemble, the Atlanta-based contemporary collective featuring artists of the southeastern United States.
Ting received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School and previous education from the Cincinnati College Conservatory (M.M.) and Mercer University (M.M.).