Staff

SARAH CALDERINI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sarah Calderini brings extensive and multifaceted experience from the corporate, entrepreneurial, and non-profit sectors to the Symphony. As a former Director and Board Chair of the University Musical Society (UMS) at the University of Michigan, Calderini’s leadership philosophy is inspired by the interplay between… Read more

LORI ZUPAN, BUSINESS MANAGER

Lori Zupan is responsible for budgeting, tracking and managing all of the A2SO’s finances, as well as coordinating subscription ticket sales and producing the programs distributed to patrons at concerts. Zupan also works on Hearts for the Arts, our primary educational fundraiser. Lori is the A2SO’s longest serving employee, and… Read more

JENNIFER BALCH HALE, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & DONOR SERVICES

Jennifer Balch Hale brings to the A2SO over 25 years of non-profit experience, and a specialization in donor relations, development, planned and endowment giving, and stewardship. Jennie is a true Ann Arbor townie and a graduate of… Read more

YI-CHING CHEN, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Yi-Ching Chen is responsible for the implementation and development of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s educational programs and she oversees the A2SO’s volunteer force. Yi-Ching joined the A2SO as an intern in the summer of 2017. She received her doctoral degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Michigan, where…Read more

BENJAMIN TISHERMAN, DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL & LIBRARIAN

Benjamin Tisherman has served as Director of Orchestra Personnel & Librarian since August 2021 after serving in previous roles as Personnel Manager & Librarian and Education & Community Engagement Coordinator. His role at the A2SO includes contracting all regular and substitute musicians as well as preparing music for each performance… Read more

KARA SUDHEIMER, PATRON SERVICES MANAGER

Kara Sudheimer is responsible for giving customers welcoming contact, handling ticket orders, and preparing for special events. Ms. Sudheimer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Management from the University of Evansville in 1996, combining her musical knowledge and skill on violin (as well as several other instruments)…Read more

KEMPER EDWARDS, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Raised in London and Pittsburgh, Kemper Edwards joins A2SO from the Academy of Ancient Music, the leading period instrument ensemble where he was Communications and Engagement Manager. Joining AAM after studying music at the University of Cambridge, he oversaw a revitalization of the orchestra’s digital presence, with AAM becoming the world’s most listened-to ensemble of its kind online and producing a number of critically acclaimed recordings…Read more

MIGUEL CISNEROS, PRODUCTION MANAGER

Miguel Cisneros has worked with the Ann Arbor Symphony for since 2015. Miguel has sung with the Ann Arbor Symphony 3 times at the annual Holiday Pops concert. Miguel is currently an undeclared undergrad but loves complexity, ethics, and mathematics. He enjoys keeping the arts an active part of his life through his work as Production Manager with the A2SO and oversees rehearsals and everything behind the scenes at performances.

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