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.
Rachel Carlin, Operations Manager
Rachel Carlin has over ten years experience in music education and arts administration. She has worked with many Bay Area arts organizations including the Mountain Play, Berkeley Symphony, Crowden School, San Francisco Community Music Center, and Berkeley Chamber Performances. Rachel is an accomplished violinist and has performed with many area symphonies including the Santa Cruz Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Fresno Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley, and Vallejo the Symphony. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.
Christina Lesicko, Administrative and Saturday Program Coordinator & Violin/Viola teacher
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, Artistic Coordinator & Cello Teacher
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.
Juan Felipe Molano, Artistic Advisor
Juan Felipe Molano, artistic director and conductor, graduated with special honors from the Vienna Conservatory. He has led prominent orchestras in Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil such as the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, OSUANL (Monterrey, Mexico) among many others. In 2014 he became the conductor for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). He has held that position also with the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra Salinas (California), Caldas Chamber Orchestra, Cali Youth Philharmonic and Bogota Youth Philharmonic. ELM is honored to have Juan Felipe as our acting artistic director for the third consecutive season. His experience with the El Sistema philosophy in Colombia and Mexico uniquely qualify him to continue to guide ELM through our next phase of growth.