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.

program & development executive – Suzanna Sitomer


Suzanna Sitomer is a native of Washington, D.C., where she is a proud graduate of the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, D.C.’s most high profile public music programs. Growing up, Sitomer learned a strong sense of musical community and service - which led her on her grand adventure around the world, starting at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, living in Alexandria, VA (home of the Titans!) and most recently living in China and Hong Kong, always teaching music, and always finding ways of reaching the less fortunate members of society. A long time El-Sistema enthusiast, working with Harmony Project has been a dream fulfilled - to be able to offer a high quality music education to those who might not otherwise have access to it. Sitomer hopes to help HPBA grow by building the relationships and cultivating the new resources needed to expand HPBA to Oakland and beyond!