Program Director – Seth Mausner
Seth Mausner was a Violist in the San Francisco Symphony from 1981-2009, participating in over 4000 symphonic performances in Davies Hall and in concert halls around the world. He also performed hundreds of chamber music and solo recitals. From 1987-2005 Seth was also the executive director of Chamber Music Sundaes, a concert series featuring symphony musicians in small ensembles. He taught violin and viola at the Community Music Center, and has been a volunteer tutor and mentor for many children.
Education Director – Jerry Pannone
Jerry Pannone was the orchestra conductor at School of the Arts High School in San Francisco from 1988 - 2009. He has taught all grades, from elementary through high school levels, including several years at inner city schools in Oakland. Jerry helped develop the California State Standards for the teaching of music and has facilitated workshops for music educators to develop their curriculum. He has received numerous awards for teaching, including the San Francisco Symphony’s 2003 Agnes Albert Award for excellence in music education and the 2009 Teacher of the Year Award in State Senate District 8.
Development Director – Colm Ó Riain
Colm brings over 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley and a solid grant writing CV to HPBA as well as a lifetime of music performance and a strong belief in music's power to transform the lives of children and adults everywhere. Having moved to the United States from Ireland to study Artificial Intelligence, Colm soon moved into Video Games, working with companies such as Electronic Arts, Activision and latterly Zynga.org, the philanthropic arm of casual game developer, Zynga. A former Concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestras of Ireland, Colm is also both a performing violinist and a composer, having written for film, modern dance and various chamber music ensembles.