Board of Directors

Katherine Charapko
Stuart Diamond
E.B. Moss
Alexis Agliano Sanborn
Gail Wein
Chris Whittaker

Volunteers & Staff


Chris Whittaker, Music Director
Erin A. Paul, Executive Assistant
Brian Gilling, Assistant Conductor
Alexis Agliano Sanborn, Volunteer Coordinator


Ariel Kurtz, Social Media Manager
Josh Whittaker, Graphic Design


Stanton Nash, Administrative Support
Jessica Hillard, Outreach
Aaron Sanborn-Overby, Donor Management

Music Director

Composer, conductor, pianist Chris Whittaker’s musical language of classical, jazz, and gospel music melds genres and brings people together.  Originally from York, PA, he received his masters in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan and studied composition at the Peabody Institute.  His compositions have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States. www.chriswhittakermusic.com



Violinist Amos Fayette enjoys a diverse career, performing in a variety of settings while remaining committed to education. He has appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Orquesta Filarmonica de Medellin, Mid-Atlantic Symphony and others, all while presenting recitals in Miami, New York, Baltimore, Tucson, and in his native Long Island. In demand as a frequent guest concertmaster, he has held that distinction with Orchestra Iowa, Illinois Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and the Annapolis Symphony, amongst others.

Equally committed to education, Amos has served on the faculties of New World School of the Arts and the East End Arts Council School of the Arts. During the 2014/15 Season he was awarded a prestigious Morse Fellowship by the Juilliard School. Presently he is a Teaching Artist in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's CHAMPS program and violin faculty at CUNY Queens College Center for Preparatory Studies in Music.

Amos began his violin studies at the age of 2 with his mother. Subsequent teachers have included Shirley Givens, Pamela Frank, Glenn Dicterow, and Ron Copes.  An alum of the New World Symphony, Amos currently resides in New York City where is pursuing graduate studies at The Juilliard School. He chooses from a variety of modern violins, including those by Edward Maday, Jason Viseltear, and Florian Leonhard.