Seth Weinreb is a hernia surgeon based at UNC-Rex Healthcare, where he also serves as Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). He double majored in music and biochemistry while an undergraduate at Yale. Seth plays piano and various wind instruments, but concentrated on bassoon and orchestral conducting during his education and training. He is passionate about the PA and helping to provide the best musical opportunities possible for our children. When not caring for his patients, he enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible, which includes piano accompaniment for his daughters Noa (oboe) and Marni (bassoon), playing and coaching soccer, and eating Asian food whenever possible.
Steve Hodges is retired from IBM and parent of Philharmonic Association alumnus, oboist Emily Hodges. He serves several other local organizations including the NC Symphony, classical radio station WCPE and the Duke Homecare & Hospice Patient Family Advisory Council. An avid musician, he regularly plays piano for Transitions Lifecare, Duke Hospice, community singalongs, and occasionally at his church.
Stephanie Petzold served as a public school orchestra teacher for ten years in Fairfax County. She is the mother of three young musicians, two of whom have participated in Philharmonic Association ensembles. She has served the organization as the Triangle Youth Symphony Ensemble Coordinator and photographer. She is also active in supporting the band programs at her children’s schools.
Krista Telford is currently a student at Meredith College pursuing a major in English with minors in Arts Administration, Music, and Professional Writing. She interned with the Philharmonic Association from the summer of her senior year of high school through her freshman year of college before becoming Executive Assistant. Krista is an alumna of the Philharmonic Association having played in the Triangle Youth String Orchestra, the Triangle Youth Orchestra, the Triangle Youth Symphony and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic, and attaining the position of Concert Master of TYS in 2016 and Principal Second Violin of TYP in 2017. In 2016, she formed a string quartet of TYS players that continued to perform together until 2018. From that experience, Krista discovered her passion for management.
Christin Danchi is a collaborative violinist with a passion for exploring connections between music and other disciplines. Her performance interests include solo, chamber, and orchestral works, as well as fiddle music and sacred collaborations in her church. Christin and her three siblings are proud alumni of the Philharmonic Association. She joined the Triangle Youth Symphony in 1999, later serving as Concertmaster of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. The PA played a pivotal role in her decision to pursue studies in violin performance at UNC Chapel Hill and Carnegie Mellon University. Christin also works as the Associate Director of Development for the Emily K Center in Durham, NC. She loves seeing students achieve their dreams in music, school, and all areas of life. Christin is honored to serve on the board of the PA and grateful for the chance to give back to an organization that has touched her life for over 28 years.
At Large Directors
Kim Bentley is a Private Voice Teacher, Singer, Coach and Vocal Health Educator in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas as well as a member of National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS). Along with being a board member for the Philharmonic Association, she serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board for the International Young Artists Project (IYAP) and was a founder and board member of the Sunday Evening Concert Series at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in NYC, where she lived and performed for many years. Kim has performed in operas, recitals and orchestral concerts both nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards including being a NY District winner and regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received her B.A. in Music from Valparaiso University, her M.M. from Meredith College and her Professional Studies Diploma in Opera Performance from Mannes College of Music. Kim is passionate about musical education and development in our young people as well as in our society at large.
Joel Duquene is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM and inventor with over 18 patents granted. He is a resident of North Carolina for 18 years and earned a M.S. Telecommunications from Pace University. He grew up in a family where music played a very important part of life. His Mother was school principal and introduced music classes as part of the curriculum. Many uncles were also music teachers. During Middle and High School, Joel played the French Horn, and later the Barytone for the town band, and the Tuba for the College band. He has one daughter who plays the piano and Viola, and was a member of the 2018-19 TYS orchestra.
Tiffany Haddock Born into an artistic family, Tiffany’s affinity for music was nurtured early on while learning to play the cello, alto saxophone and flute during primary and secondary schools.That exposure would remain with her and further her aspiration to participate in and support the arts. With nearly two decades of professional experience in business administration and operations, Tiffany realizes that her career longevity and hard-won achievements have been due in part to a relentless drive coupled with a perpetual pursuit of the things she is most passionate about. Those qualities easily extend themselves to the Philharmonic Association where she desires to utilize the skills she’s acquired in the workplace and world-space to enhance the lives of youth musicians and artists.
Phil Kates received his Bachelor’s degree at San Jose State and his Master’s degree at Stanford, both degrees in oboe performance and music education. He taught in the public schools for a few years, and performed in several orchestras and chamber music groups in the San Francisco Bay Area before becoming a professor at Humboldt State University. His main teaching duties at HSU included oboe, chamber music and conducting. He was also the director of the annual summer chamber music workshops. While at Humboldt State he and a colleague co-founded the Humboldt Light Opera Company in 1973 in the community. It is still going strong; in fact, last year the Company received an award for the major cultural contributions it has been providing to the greater community. Along with the annual Broadway musicals, the Company also performed oratorios, operas, chamber music and opera scenes. Phil directed the major performances until he retired in 1995.
Alice Ming-Yi Ju received her M.M.and B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland and M.A in Music Education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Ms. Ju has performed with many ensembles including the Ars Nova, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Avanti Orchestra, Apollo Orchestra, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has soloed with the Raleigh and Durham Symphony Orchestras. As a passionate chamber musician, she has performed the Brahms and Dvorak Piano Quintets, and most recently Shostakovich and Beethoven String Quartets with faculty members at the Levine School of Music and has worked closely with the Guarneri String Quartet, Miami String Quartet and the Left Bank String Quartet. Prior to moving to back to the Triangle, Ms. Ju was the orchestra director at Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, MI, on faculty at the prestigious Levine School of Music in Washington DC, an Orchestra Director in Fairfax County Public Schools, a Violin Sectional Coach for Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (working with Artistic Director Jonathan Carney) and Violin Instructor for Vienna Summer Strings while maintaining a private violin studio and freelancing in the Washington D.C. area. Ms. Ju is currently the Director of Orchestras at Green Hope High School in Cary, on faculty of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra Summer Strings Camp, and a Coach for the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. Ms. Ju herself was a member of TYP from 1994-2001 and enjoys giving back to the organization that played an integral part in her musical journey.
Kelli Partin was the Concertmaster for the Raleigh Youth Symphony Orchestra during Hugh Partridge’s entire tenure as Conductor. She is currently a violin teacher and active freelancer in the local community. Kelli is also on the Board of the Oakwood Waits and performs with them as a singer. She supports underprivileged youth by teaching Music Theatre at Community Music School of Raleigh.
Christopher Short is an emerging musician from the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Christopher graduated Magna Cum Laude from the East Carolina University School of Music as a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Theory/Composition in May 2019, when he received the ECU School of Music’s Award for being the “Most Outstanding Graduating Senior” in the area of Music Theory, Composition, and Musicology. Christopher has traveled internationally as a choral musician, performed regionally in a variety of operatic and oratorio performances, is an award-winning composer, and enjoys regularly performing as a singer/songwriter in the Triangle area. Christopher currently holds staff singing positions at Duke Chapel and Christ Church on Capitol Square and performs with the Raleigh Bach Soloists and in the Duke Bach Cantata Series. In addition to his music career, he is currently working in the box office for the North Carolina Symphony, where he previously interned in the philanthropy department.
Stephanie Swisher is a local violin teacher who played in the Raleigh Youth Symphony Orchestra when Hugh Partridge was the conductor. For many years she was the Assistant Director for the Duke String School.