Board of Directors
Aaron Ackerman, treasurer
Aaron is a Consulting Executive at HoganTaylor and leads the Oklahoma City Financial Management Services practice. He is a CPA with more than 15 years of experience in both public accounting and private business in Oklahoma City. Over the course of his career, Aaron has performed audits on a wide variety of entities including nonprofit, manufacturing, construction and self-insurance funds. After transitioning to corporate accounting/finance he worked in energy services, television/online media and retail fuel. Aaron has served as Controller or CFO for a 50-year-old family owned business as well as a hedge fund backed start-up company. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the accounting function, Aaron has also been responsible for cash management, debt management, risk and insurance, audit relationships and banking relationships. He has led multi-year music license agreement negotiations, credit facility negotiations and implemented consolidated financial reporting software. More than anything, Aaron enjoys contributing to organizational growth and goal achievement through efficient and effective accounting and financial processes.
Joy Reed Belt, Ph.D.
Joy Reed Belt is a professional recruiter and executive career strategist; a licensed professional counselor; and an art gallery owner. She owns Joy Reed Belt & Associates, Inc.; Joy Reed Belt Search Consultants, Inc; and Career Resources, Inc. and she is a partner in and former managing director and chairman of the board of OI Partners, Inc., the world’s largest career consulting partnership. Named as one of the top 250 recruiters in North America, Joy is a Fellow of the Institute for Career Certification International. For more than 15 years, she authored “Career Strategies,” a nationally-syndicated newspaper column. She continues to speak throughout the country. In 2002, she established JRB Art at The Elms, an art gallery in the Paseo arts district of Oklahoma City, which features the works of emerging, established and internationally-exhibited artists. Joy attended college on a voice scholarship; received an undergraduate degree in drama; completed graduate work in comparative literature; and received her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Oklahoma. She completed three years of post-doctoral training with the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry Post-Graduate Psychotherapy Program, and she has studied at the College of Organization and Management at Yale University. She has served as a director of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Oklahoma, St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, Healthcare Systems of Oklahoma, the World Affairs Council of Central Oklahoma, the board of advisors of the University of Florida, and Charter 35, a professional women’s organization. She currently serves as a director of the Paseo Arts Association; chairs the Arts Advisory Committee for the University of Central Oklahoma; and is a member of Art Table, the international leadership organization for female arts professionals.
Steve Blevins, M.D.
Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine; Bachelor of Science from Yale University; Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine; Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Chad Burrow, co-artistic director
Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic; Associate Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan; faculty member of the Alpen Kammermusik Festival (Liesing, Austria); Quartz Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, and the Camerata Pangae; member of Duo Clarion along with his wife, pianist Amy Cheng; Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), where he studied with Russell Dagon; Master of Music degree from Yale University, where he studied with David Shifrin. See complete bio here.
Amy I-Lin Cheng, D.M.A., co-artistic director
Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic; concert pianist, Lecturer of Piano at the University of Michigan; avid chamber musician and international educator; has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the National Recital Hall of Taiwan; graduate of Curtis Institute of Music (BM); Yale University School of Music (MM and Artist Diploma); and New England Conservatory (DMA). See complete bio here.
Grant J. DeFehr
Grant DeFehr is the Vice President, Business Development of Mammoth Energy Services in Oklahoma City. He is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Serva Corporation, and President of Moon Chemical Products. From December 2006 until November 2009, Grant was the Chief Operating Officer of Diamondback Energy Services LLC. From March 2006 to November 2006, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Great White Energy Services, an energy service company formed by Wexford Capital. Grant served as Vice President of Acquisitions of Diamondback Energy Services LLC from May 2005 to March 2006. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005 (where he was elected to Order of the Coif); his Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2005; and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1999 (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the varsity tennis team). Grant lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Joel Dixon, vice president, concert affairs
Joel Dixon, P.E., Captain of Engineers in the United States Army Reserve, is the Senior Petroleum Engineer for Dorchester Resources, LP in Oklahoma City. Receiving his Bachelors of Science degree cum laude in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in 2005, Joel was commissioned as an engineer officer in the United States Army, serving as a route clearance Platoon Leader in Afghanistan and culminating his active duty career commanding a combat engineer company in southern New Mexico. After leaving the service in 2010, he began his oil and gas career in Tyler, Texas as a Field Engineer with Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Moving to Oklahoma City in 2011, he began his work as a Reservoir Engineer managing Chesapeake’s assets in the Barnett Shale of North Texas. Before leaving Chesapeake in 2015, Joel worked as part of the company’s Reservoir Engineering Technology team. Joel signed on with Dorchester in December 2015. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma; a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers; and he plays viola in the Society of Strings Encore amateur orchestra in Oklahoma City.
David Grizzard, vice-president, design and marketing
Chair, Audience Development and Publicity Committee. David Grizzard is associate Creative Director for Relevant Products, an Oklahoma City-based giftware and product design company. A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, he began his career as a graphic designer and copy writer for Walker Creative, then worked almost 10 years as art director and product manager for United Design Corporation. In 1999, he joined Jordan Associates as art director. He volunteers for several local arts organizations, including The Girlie Show and Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO), and has been a past vice president of the Oklahoma Graphic Communication Society. David serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
Sara Grossman, vice-president, publicity
Sara is a retired insurance adjuster with Compsource Oklahoma. She studied business at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Rogers State College. She has been an enthusiastic community volunteer for many years, having organized and directed the Oklahoma City Citizen Response Team, a group of volunteer amateur radio operators who served as second responders supporting the Office of Emergency Management of the Oklahoma City Police Department during emergency operations. Her work in support of emergency management included natural disasters, such as the Moore tornado of May 3, 1999, and national security concerns, such as September 11, 2000. Sara’s service as a director of Brightmusic reflects her life-long love of classical music. Sara serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
Lisa Harvey-Reed is the principal oboist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as well as the longtime principal oboist of the Lawton Philharmonic.
She is the oboist in the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble. She has been Instructor of Oboe at Oklahoma City University's Wanda L. Bass School of Music for over twenty years and maintains a private oboe studio. Statewide, she has performed with the Enid Symphony and Tulsa Symphony. Summer festival performances include the Duncan Music Festival, Sommerfest in her native Minnesota, the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy. She has previously taught at the MacPhail Center for the Arts, a satellite school for the University of Minnesota. Ms. Harvey-Reed earned a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Indiana University and completed a Master's of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Oklahoma. Carl Holub, formerly of the Minnesota Orchestra, the late Jerry Sirucek of Indiana University and the late John Mack of the Cleveland Orchestra are her greatest musical influences.
David R. Johnson, president
Chair, Executive Committee. Retired former partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; former partner in the Houston, Texas and Washington, D.C. offices of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.; attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Air Force. In Oklahoma City: a member and currently president of the Oklahoma City Pianists' Club, a director of the KCSC Classical Radio Foundation, and a member of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In Washington, D.C.; a member of the D.C Bar, the bars of various federal courts, and the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Graduate of College High School, Bartlesville Oklahoma; Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; and the University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia. Additional graduate work in the College of Charleston Department of English, Charleston, South Carolina. Piano student of the late Martha M. Boucher, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Barbara Klepper, secretary
Barbara is an attorney with the law firm of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City. She received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Oklahoma magna cum laude in 2005; a master of music degree magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University in 2008; and a J.D. degree summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University in 2012. While in law school, she served on the articles committee for the Oklahoma City Law Review and was a merit scholar recipient, Academic Fellow, and member of the William J. Holloway Jr. America Inn of Court. She also earned CALI awards in both Advanced Legal Writing and Federal Jurisdiction. At McAfee & Taft, she is an ERISA attorney practicing in a wide range of employee benefits matters for a broad base of clients. Much of her practice is focused on plan compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform), as well as the general design and administration of various types of retirement and welfare plans. Barbara frequently handles matters concerning the Internal Revenue Service, including requests for determinations and voluntary compliance programs. She also practices as a corporate attorney dealing with healthcare compliance, physician agreements, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, contract drafting and negotiations, and general transactional matters. Barbara serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
Edward Knight, D.M.A.
Edward Knight is Director of Composition and Composer-in-Residence at Oklahoma City University; BME from Eastern Michigan University, MM and DMA from University of Texas at Austin, with postgraduate study at London’s Royal College of Music; studied privately with John Corigliano and was the first American to win the Sir Arthur Bliss Memorial Award for outstanding composer at RCM; music performed by Marquita Lister, Paul Neubauer, and the New York Philharmonic in venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall; ASCAP’s Nissim Award for Best New Orchestral Work; Best Song Cycle from the American Art Song Competition; fellow at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross, Copland House, and Djerassi; published exclusively by Subito Music; recordings are available from Albany Records, ERMMedia, and Capstone Records.
Gregory Lee, D.M.A.
Gregory is Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma and Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Sydney-born violinist started his music study at Queensland Conservatorium of Music at the age of 11. He was later accepted to study with the renowned pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay in New York, at the age of 17. Upon graduating from The Juilliard School, he received a fellowship to the University of Michigan, where he completed his Masters and Doctorate studies in Violin Performance with Paul Kantor. Previous teachers include Kerry Smith, Carmel Kaine and Naoko Tanaka. His successes in competitions include the Special Jury Commendation Award of Michael Hill International Violin Competition and winner of the Geelong Advertiser Instrumental competition.
While living in Los Angeles, he was a regular member of the Pacific Symphony and Long Beach Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he also worked with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also recorded for many Hollywood motion pictures scores at 20th Century Fox, Sony/MGM, Warner Bros, Paramount and Capital Records. From 2004 to 2007, he taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan, where he cultivated a number of talented young students, one of whom recently was accepted into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to frequent solo and chamber music performances, he judged numerous national competitions. His concerto performances include the Bach “Double” Violin Concerto with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Concertos by Dvorak, Paganini, Wieniawski, Beethoven Triple, Tchaikovsky and Bruch with various orchestras. He has also appeared on ABC’s “Sunday Live" live radio broadcast in Brisbane Australia.
In addition to performing with Brightmusic, Gregory regularly performs with the Oklahoma Chamber Players and the Holmberg String Quartet. He has also been featured as a soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He has given recitals and masterclasses at the University of Iowa, Arizona State University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, University of Texas in Arlington, Renmin University in Beijing, Shanghai Conservatory and many campuses/concert halls around Taiwan.
James H. McPhee
Recently retired Senior Staff Analyst, Midstream & Marketing Division - Devon Energy Corp.; BA University of Michigan; member: Gas Processor's Association; National Energy Services Association; Houston Energy Association. Volunteer: United Way of Oklahoma Allocations Committee, Mark Twain Elementary School Tutoring Program; Carpenter Square Theater.
Lawrence D. Reed
Lawrence D. Reed is first vice president and financial advisor in the Global Wealth Management Group of Merrill Lynch, where has worked for 35 years. A native of Norman, Larry received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Oklahoma; his master’s degree in music from the University of Indiana in Bloomington; and further post-graduate work in music at the University of Wisconsin. He has served on the music faculties of Baylor University and Oklahoma City University. He is a bassoonist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed extensively with other orchestras, including the Lawton Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Waco Symphony, Plattville (Wisconsin) Symphony, Wichita Symphony and the orchestra of the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He has served on the boards of the Norman Arts and Humanities Council, the Harrison Academy for the Performing Arts, the Children’s Arts Network, and the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts.
Frances P. Roach
Recently retired Assistant Secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board, the state agency responsible for conduct of state and federal elections. Former member of the Board of Directors of Civic Music Association of Oklahoma City. Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oklahoma.
Judith Willoughby is the Wanda L. Bass School of Music professor of Conducting and Choral Music Education and the artistic director of the Canterbury Youth Choruses (CYC). As a guest conductor, conference headliner and clinician, Willoughby has lead choruses and orchestras in the world’s major concert halls in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, Russia, China and Hong Kong. She has been an active honor choir conductor for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), conducting honor choruses for one national, five divisional and numerous state conventions, conducted numerous all state choruses throughout the USA, choral festivals in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, and has presented concerts and taught at leading universities and conservatories in the United States including Yale University and Westminster Choir College.
As a choral music educator, Willoughby’s career began in the Philadelphia, Pa., public schools. Her concert work with children and youth commenced when she founded the Temple University Children’s Choir in Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, leading the chorus to international prominence. Highlights of her work with that ensemble included numerous performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, concert performances with Helmut Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, many recordings for the 2000 music classroom series by Silver Burdett Ginn, national and regional performances for ACDA and MENC as well as extensive national and international touring.
Prior to her appointments in Oklahoma City, Professor Willoughby taught at Northwestern University (Ill.), Temple University (Pa.) and the Summer Institute Program at the Eastman School of Music (N.Y.). Her interest in public policy’s intersection with arts education and performance has resulted in her continuing service on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and its partner agencies as well as national foundations in the private sector, regional and state arts agencies. Willoughby served on the board of Chorus America for nine years, including two terms as secretary and was active on that organization’s conducting taskforce. She is a National Arts Associate of the Alpha Zeta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at OCU and serves on the Music Advisory Board for the Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Last summer, Judith Willoughby was honored by Pennsylvania’s ACDA chapter for her service as president of Pennsylvania ACDA, during that state’s 50th anniversary celebration. Choral music education students trained by Professor Willoughby are currently teaching in Oklahoma, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois and Australia.
Judith Willoughby edits a choral series published by Alliance Music, has contributed to articles published in ACDA’s Choral Journal, wrote a chapter for the Choral Director’s Cookbook published by Meredith Music, and was on the editorial board for two Chorus America publications: Leading the Successful Chorus and Conductors Count: What Chorus Boards, Music Directors and Administrators Need to Know. She authored a chapter in Way Over in Beulah Lan’: Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual by Dr. Andre Thomas, published by Heritage Music Press. The June/July 2009 issue of The Chorister (the journal of the Choristers Guild) includes an article by Professor Willoughby about training children to sing in faith communities, entitled: Planting Choral Seeds: Begin With the End in Mind. Professor Judith Willoughby, along with Dr. Andre Thomas, is the subject of a recently published book, written by Gerald Knight, Two African-American Choral Conductors: Eroding Misconceptions Through Excellence. She earned degrees from Northwestern (BM) and Temple Universities (MM in piano and conducting), studying piano with Gui Mombaerts and Natalie Hinderas, choral conducting with Elaine Brown and instrumental conducting with Max Rudolph.
Malcolm is an artist and scientist. He works in Air Quality Rules and Planning at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, working on technical and public outreach projects. Malcolm also practices as a visual artist and plays various flutes. He earned his BS in biochemistry, magna cum laude, at the University of Oklahoma, followed by graduate research in medicinal chemistry at the University of Utah. Malcolm is a member of the American Chemical Society, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and the Oklahoma Art Guild.
N. Luke Back
Ed Beaudette (Past President)
H. Scott Raab
Deborah McAuliffe Senner
Jeffery R. Thyer
John Williams (Past President)