Paul Dresher, Artistic Director
You can read Paul’s bio here.
Michele Fromson, Executive Director
Michele holds advanced degrees in music history (Ph.D., Music History and Theory, University of Pennsylvania) and in non-profit management (University of San Francisco College of Professional Studies).
Michele began her non-profit career as Executive Director of the new music ensemble Earplay, which she led for five years. From 2001-03 she worked as Associate Director of Development and Outreach Programs for Adam Frey at the respected San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Between 2005 and 2014, she was Development Director of the Paul Dresher Ensemble, also functioning as needed as Director of Educational Programs.
In July 2014 Michele was promoted to Executive Director of the Ensemble, where she is building a robust organizational infrastructure that will fully support the Paul Dresher Ensemble’s core programs. Her primary responsibilities include institutional and individual fundraising, Board development, and day-to-day management of the Ensemble’s programs. As needed, she also oversees and manages educational and community outreach activities.
Also a scholar of late Renaissance and early Baroque music, Michele spent seven years teaching at Columbia University, UC Davis, the University of Washington, Mills College, and the University of Santa Clara. For her research into late Renaissance music, she received two, full-year fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a year-long fellowship from Harvard University to work at its Villa i Tatti Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, and summer research fellowships to work at Brandeis University and at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Her research has been published in the Journal of Music Theory, Journal of the American Musicology Society, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (s.v. “Willaert”) and other academic publications.
Also a non-profit development consultant, Michele has worked with Empyrean Ensemble, DooF (a children’s TV show about healthy food), the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Berkeley Playhouse, First Look Sonoma, Deborah Slater Dance Company, California Symphony Orchestra, Flyaway Productions, as well as individual composers, theater artists, and choreographers.
Sarah Lockhart, Financial Manager (since August 2005)
Sarah Lockhart grew up in the Bay Area, determined from a young age to work in the arts. In 1998, she launched her career at San Francisco’s media arts non-profit Artists’ Television Access later working as a media exhibition technician at SF MoMA. In 2000 Sarah co-founded Oakland’s interdisciplinary arts space 21 Grand, where she directed its acclaimed music and performance program, as well as managing marketing and fundraising. Sarah was one of the earliest leaders of the Oakland Art Murmur, and served as its Treasurer for the first 5 years. She also collaborated with other curators’ projects, Neighborhood Public Radio and The Illuminated Corridor, to produce work at Southern Exposure, the Whitney Biennale, and in various public spaces in the Bay Area.
After 21 Grand closed in 2011, Sarah served as Interim Executive Director of the Lab (2012-2013), rescuing that organization from bankruptcy and closure, as well as guest lecturing at Mills College on business models for arts organizations. From 2005 – 2016, Sarah was Business and Marketing Manager for the Paul Dresher Ensemble, reducing her responsibilities for the Ensemble in July 2016 in order to take a new position as Associate Director of Pro-Arts, the prominent Oakland organization that supports contemporary artists directly through exhibitions, commissions, interdisciplinary series and presentations, residency programs, satellite projects, digital platforms and publications.
Sarah has 15 years of experience as a bookkeeper and is a licensed tax preparer. She holds a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, focusing on video art, popular culture, and electronic music; and an MA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University, where her thesis was a fictional, found-footage documentary claiming consumer desire is caused by a virulent brain parasite.