Jane Kramer, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director
Jane started the recorder at age seven with early music specialist Arnold Grayson in Miami, Florida. She plays oboe and English horn, studied with Bill Bennett and Jonathan Fischer, played principal oboe with the American Philharmonic/Sonoma, and has been a soloist with the Mill Valley Philharmonic and College of Marin Orchestra. With a Ph.D. in urban policy and planning from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Kramer has worked as a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and as a consultant for public sector and non-profit organizations with a focus on vulnerable adolescents. After being awarded a grant to pursue a passion from an anonymous donor at Vassar College, Jane returned to her musical roots to fulfill a dream of replicating the vision of the Fine Arts Music Conservatory of Miami, which she attended as a child. Jane was a CAELI Arts Leadership Fellow through the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the recipient of the 2016 Marin County Humanitarian Award, recognition of the social justice mission of ELM and the 2016 Pamela Levine Leadership in the Arts award.
Christina Lesicko, Administration and Program Coordinator, Violin/Viola Teaching Artist
Christina, native of Ohio, holds degrees in Viola Performance and Education from Youngstown State University and the University of Guadalajara. She has played with numerous small ensembles and orchestras across the country and has taught violin and viola students of all ages. Her passion and love for music and excellence in music education has given her the opportunity to perform and teach privately in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Christina is passionate about the El Sistema model that recognizes that music is not only enrichment, but it can bring about social change and impact students’ lives forever.
Maaike Harding, String Program Artistic Coordinator, Site Director and Cello Teaching Artist
Maaike Harding, originally from Detroit, Michigan, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig. After her studies, she began an active freelance career in the Cleveland area performing with CityMusic Cleveland, The Canton Symphony, and The Akron Symphony. A devoted teacher, Maaike maintained a private studio and was instrumental in developing an after school music program in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland. In 2011 Maaike joined the New World Symphony under the directorship of Michael Tilson Thomas. After her move to the Bay Area, Maaike joined the staff of ELM as a cello teacher and artistic coordinator.