Board of Directors
John Anderson, Artistic Director
John is the founder and Conductor of Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra. He has served on the faculty of Monterey Peninsula College for twenty years and has been Chairperson of the Division of Creative Arts for the past ten years. His faculty appointments have also included conducting positions at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Indiana State University, and Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He held the position of flutist in the Alpine Wind Quintet and was Assistant Conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival for seven years. In addition to guest conducting, he also has an active career as a classical recording engineer and has worked on recordings for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the West Palm Beach Chamber Players, among many others. He holds two degrees from UCLA and a Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. John lives in Watsonville with his wife, Cheryl, an eminent Choral Conductor, and it has become a happy tradition for them to combine their talents at the end of each concert season with a joint concert.
A graduate summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, Robert B. Klevan pursued his post-graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and at UOP where he received a Masters of Music Degree. In 1993, Dr. Klevan earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin. For twenty-seven years Dr. Klevan served as Music Director and Director of Fine Arts at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, sixteen years as Director of Bands at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Klevan is the Jazz Education Director Emeritus for the Monterey Jazz Festival and currently serves as Director of the High School Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble for the MJF, Jazz Studies Director for the York School, Director of the Pacific Grove Jazz Club Big Band, and Community Relations Specialist for CSU Summer Arts in residence at CSU Monterey Bay. Dr. Klevan made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut with the UCSC Wind Ensemble in May, 2001, and returned for an encore performance with the ensemble in February, 2009. He is Past President of the California Orchestra Directors Association, a past member of the Board for the Central Coast Section of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Past President for CMEA and Past Vice-President for the California Alliance for Jazz. He currently serves as a Board member for the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival and Ensemble Monterey, and as an Advisory Board member for Jazz Bash Monterey. In 1992, Dr. Klevan was named CMEA-CCS Educator of the Year, and received the McNeely Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Monterey Jazz Festival named Dr. Klevan the Jazz Educator of the Year for 2003-04. CMEA selected Dr. Klevan as the Jazz Educator of the Year for 2006-07. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Klevan received Downbeat Magazine’s Education Achievement Award. Dr. Klevan’s articles on music teaching have been published in JazzEd Magazine, The Jazz Education Journal, The Instrumentalist, CMEA Magazine, The Journal for Texas Music Education Research, Newsletter for the California Association of Independent Schools, The Monterey County Herald, and others.
Art Schuller has been an active supporter of Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra since he moved to this area 15 years ago. He has experienced EMCO’s commitment to extraordinary music making while sitting in the audience, as well as being on stage as a member of Cantiamo!, under the direction of both John and his wife, Cheryl. He appreciates the opportunity to serve on the board. He and his wife, Sandy, and their daughter, Stephanie, live in Carmel Valley.
Leslie is a family physician working in the Salinas Monterey area. She is also a director for Central Coast VNA Hospice as well as Windsor Gardens Skilled Nursing Facility. When not playing doctor she plays flute in the MPC concert band as well as numerous other musical groups. She is enthusiastic about continuing to boost the Ensemble Monterey audiences in the Monterey area.
William Whipple, Treasurer
William Whipple is a CPA in Monterey. He has lived in the area for over 25 years. Bill holds degrees in Accounting from CSU Bakersfield and in Psychology from UCLA. Prior to pursuing a career in accounting, Bill spent 25 years in public service as an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration, mostly based in Monterey and Salinas. Bill is a (very) amateur musician and plays clarinet in Dr. Anderson’s Monterey Peninsula College Band.
Jeanne is retired from her career as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT for short). She has an MA in Family Therapy, and she received a BA in Music from Grinnell College, and an MA in Music Education from Washington University, St. Louis. She is a choral singer (mezzo soprano), currently singing in two choirs directed by Cheryl Anderson. She has also sung with Ariose and the Santa Cruz Chorale in the past. She has lived in India and England and was engaged in musical activities in both countries. She currently plays drums in an ethnic band, and enjoys folk dancing and music from the Balkan countries.
Claire Horn earned her B.A. in Music Education at Ithaca College and Master’s degrees in Music, and Education Administration at CSU Fullerton. She was the high school band and orchestra director for years at Mission Viejo High School. From1980 until 1988, she was the Coordinator of Music for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. After moving to Monterey, she became the director of the Defense Language Institute Pan Cultural Orchestra, and also conducted the youth orchestra for Youth Music Monterey. During all these years, she has served on the boards of Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, Orange County Music Administrators, California Music Educators Association, Mozart in Monterey, and Youth Music Monterey. She has been on the board of Ensemble Monterey for 19 years and has served as the board president (10 years), vice president (2 years), secretary (2 years), and is now serving as treasurer. She plays the oboe both professionally with numerous groups in the Monterey Bay Area and for fun, and also plays the piano, and violin in local organizations for personal enjoyment. She has been cited in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America and the World Who’s Who of Women. Claire has grown children and grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. She lives in Monterey with her husband of 57 years.
Kirk joined EMCO’s board in the 2013-2014 season. He is a lifelong borderline musician, playing Trombone in various Jazz and Symphonic Orchestras in his formative years. Later, he regressed to playing guitar and vocals in a bar or campfire near you. He has been a longtime audience supporter of EMCO. He enjoys an eclectic mix of musical styles, particularly the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus and Cantiamo!, in which his son Kasey participates. He looks forward to the opportunity to be associated with this extraordinary group of people and musicians.
Mr. Osarczuk has also served as an adjudicator for SCSBOA and CMEA-CCS honor events and as a clinician for summer music camps in Southern California as well as the Central Coast including the renowned Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp. In 2012, he appeared as a guest conductor at the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar where he conducted a brass ensemble comprised of members from the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he was on the planning board for the International Double Reed Society- 42nd Annual Conference and was in charge of coordinating the Teen Camp.
Mr. Osarczuk earned his Bachelor of Music Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Fredonia and was awarded a full scholarship at the University of Redlands for a Master of Music in Conducting. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary membership to the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Charles Winge, CPA