Transitions: Fall 2019
Congratulations to Emily Paris-Martin, who was recently promoted to the position of executive director of the Bozeman Symphony. Paris-Martin comes from within the organization, having played violin (2002-2015), and served as orchestra operations manager, director of marketing and orchestra operations, director of communications, and director of business operations. Paris-Martin holds a bachelor’s in business from Montana State University and a master’s in communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She makes her home in Bozeman with husband Charlie Martin, a cellist in the orchestra, and 4-year-old daughter Iris. Paris-Martin was recently selected as one of 35 orchestra professionals from across the country to participate in Essentials of Orchestra Management, the League of American Orchestras’ premier educational course for developing effective and innovative orchestra administrators. The 10-day seminar, held July 8-18 in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, represents the gold standard of orchestra management training, offering a powerful curriculum and invaluable career network for the future. “This experience had the utmost impact on the work and vision I have for the future of the Bozeman Symphony, from the relationships formed with an outstanding group of professionals from across the country to working directly with executives from today’s most innovative orchestras,” she says.
Welcome to Jo May Salonen, who was hired as executive director of the Missoula Symphony Association after a months-long search. Salonen served as the association’s interim executive director for the past seven months and applied for the job, along with a large number of national and international applicants. Salonen is a longtime resident of Missoula, working in the community in a variety of marketing and public relations roles. She is the former owner/partner of Salonen-Smith Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, and had been working as a freelance marketing professional since before joining the MSA. Classical music has always been her passion and she continues to play the cello in small ensembles. MSA President Jim Valeo believes her knowledge of the organization and the community is a plus. “Jo May undertook the interim job with enormous enthusiasm and brings pertinent experience and continuity,” said Valeo. Salonen is excited about her new endeavor, “especially as we head into a new concert season where five finalists will vie to be the new music director for our orchestra and chorale.” She praises the organization as “a strong group of musicians, staff and board members – all working tirelessly to bring the highest quality of classical music to our community. It’s an honor to be a part of the organization.”
Welcome to Lowell Stuck, who was named new executive director of the Butte Symphony following the retirement of Mark Hayden, who served the symphony for 13 years. Stuck comes to Butte from Portland, OR, and brings experience in business and the arts, a passion for Butte and the symphony, and a strong vision for its future. Recently retired from the commercial printing industry, he has been active in music and the arts throughout his life. Stuck attended the University of Michigan where he was business manager and student conductor of the Men’s Glee Club, and performed in The Friars, the university’s longstanding a cappella performance group; he also attended further music classes at Portland State University. From his first visit to Butte seven years ago, Stuck says he “just plain fell in love with the city, its history and that ‘Butte Pride’.”
Welcome to oboist Dr. Paul Chinen and violinist Luis Angel Salazar, who join the Great Falls Symphony for the 2019-2020 season. Chinen is the new principal oboist in the symphony and the newest addition to the Chinook Winds, the symphony’s resident wind quintet. He succeeds Lauren Blackerby, who was recently appointed principal oboe of the Boise Philharmonic. Prior to joining the Great Falls Symphony and Chinook Winds, he held the position of second oboe with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and second oboe/English horn with the Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with the Miami City Ballet, Symphony of the Americas, the New World Symphony, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra and Fairfax Symphony, among others. He recently received his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and earned a master’s from the Lynn Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s from George Mason University where he also studied saxophone. Salazar is the interim principal second violin in the symphony and performs with the Cascade Quartet for the 2019-2020 season. He fills in for Mary Papoulis, quartet member and concertmaster of the symphony, who is taking a well-deserved leave of absence after 29 years of service. Salazar has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. He joined the St. Petersburg String Quartet in April of 2014, and has traveled with the group throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Cascade Quartet member and violinist Megan Karls assumes the role of symphony concertmaster.
Welcome to Dr. Coreen Duffy, who recently took the helm as artistic director of the Missoula Community Chorus, a 90-voice mixed choir and select chamber ensemble. Duffy is director of choral activities at the University of Montana School of Music, where she conducts the Chamber Chorale and University Choir, teaches conducting and choral methods, and supervises student teachers. Before arriving in Montana, she served on the faculty at the University of Miami Frost School of Music; she is an active clinician as well as a composer, whose choral works are published by Walton Music, ECS Publishing, and Pavane Publishing and regularly featured in reading sessions and as recommended repertoire. A specialist in Jewish choral music, Duffy has designed performance sessions dedicated to Jewish repertoire at two National American Choral Directors Association Conferences; she also founded the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale of South Florida.
Welcome to Nicole Maria Evans, who recently joined Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls as the new curator of art. Evans brings a diverse knowledge of historical and contemporary art to her new post. She co-founded Itinerant Arts Collaborative, an artist/historian-led exhibition group in San Diego, and was curatorial research associate at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for the exhibition “Goya: Order and Disorder.” In addition, she helped write educational content for the C.M. Russell Museum of Art in Great Falls. Evans resides with her family in Great Falls, and is excited to be joining the Square’s team. Her goals for the curatorial department include bringing in more regional and nationally recognized artists to provide workshops in conjunction with exhibits and installations, as well as grow the Square’s permanent collection of contemporary and outsider art. Evans received her master’s from Tufts University in Art History and Museum Studies, with an emphasis in modern and contemporary art of the Americas. While obtaining her graduate degree, she was granted a fellowship at the Smithsonian Latino Center at the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, she has taught art history at multiple colleges including Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Otis College of Art and Design.
Welcome to Joanne Feinberg, who was selected to serve as the guest-programming director of the 2020 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Joining the institute to helm the selection process for the 17th annual event, Feinberg succeeds long-time director of programming Doug Hawes Davis, who is on sabbatical, and senior programmer Michael Workman, who began his MFA in documentary film and video at the Stanford School of Art and Art History this fall. Feinberg is an award-winning filmmaker and curator who served as the programming director at the Ashland Independent Film Festival for 11 years, and graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
So long (although he’s not going far), and best wishes to Eric Whitney, who recently stepped down as Montana Public Radio (MTPR) news director and is moving on to a new job with National Public Radio, where he’ll serve as NPR bureau chief for 10 Rocky Mountain and Great Plains states, including Montana. Whitney will still be based in Missoula but will be travelling a bit more, he says. During his tenure at MTPR, he oversaw the news team’s award-winning coverage of public lands, politics and the Legislature, wildfires and health care, and more. His leadership established two news podcasts, SubSurface and Richest Hill, which was dubbed a “must listen” by The New Yorker. Whitney is also a fellow in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative.
So long and best wishes to Matt and Emily Free Wilson, who are moving their popular Helena ceramics studio, Free Ceramics, to the Oregon Coast. Helena has been Matt’s home for 35 years and Emily’s for 17 years. Together, they built Free Ceramics and Studio Art Center, located in an old Nabisco factory on Boulder Ave. According to a story in the Independent Record, Free Ceramics “became a place for artists to work, play and create community.” It hosted a yearly Christmas sale, the multimedia “This Is Helena” art show and a local singer-songwriter showcase, Solid 15, plus ongoing classes and other community events. Emily notes that leaving Helena is “bittersweet,” and says the couple is “beyond grateful to all the support, love and friendships we received over the years.” Their building, Free Ceramics, is for sale. “We are excited to see who takes our building and makes it their own.”