Managing Director

Hugh Carslaw
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Hugh Carslaw, a native of Scotland, joined AF in 2015 following 12 years with the renowned Irish chamber orchestra, Camerata Ireland. He co-founded Camerata Ireland in 1998 with pianist Barry Douglas, serving first as General Manager and then Chief Executive. He was responsible for the Camerata Ireland’s tours of North and South America, France, Germany and China, including concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress. In 2004 he played a key role in securing the Joint Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen and Mary McALeese, President of Ireland. Camerata Ireland was one of only 2 organisations to receive this honor.

Prior to leading Camerata Ireland, Hugh served as principal trumpet of the Ulster Orchestra for 25 years. He holds a diploma in trumpet from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and did his post-graduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Prior to joining the Ulster Orchestra full time, he performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish National Opera. Hugh is delighted to bring his extensive experience with international touring to Apollo’s Fire, which he considers to be one of the finest chamber orchestras on the international scene today.


Director of Development

Noha Ryder
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Noha joined the staff in January 2015, having co-chaired AF’s spectacular Gala in spring 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. She has over 25 years of varied business and management experience, as well as volunteering and serving on non-profit boards.


Artistic Operations & Touring Manager

Allison Richards
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Allison joined AF in 2013, coming from the Cincinnati Symphony where she served as Assistant Artistic Administrator for the CSO, Pops, and May Festival.  A violist by training, she holds a Master’s from Mannes College The New School for Music.  Allison began her career in artistic administration through internships with Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


Marketing Manager & Assistant to the Managing Director

Matthew Flynn ~ extension 4

Matt joined the staff of AF in 2015, following five summers on the staff of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He received a Bachelor’s degree with honors in cello performance from Boston University and a Master’s in musicology from Brandeis University. He is also an avid performer of the viola da gamba, and has presented research at the international Medieval & Renaissance Music Conference in Italy.


Grants Manager

Tracy Cowart

Tracy holds degrees in business and vocal performance, and recently completed a doctorate in Historical Performance at Case Western Reserve University. A professional singer, she has sung with Apollo’s Singers for several years, and has also performed as soloist with Musica Angelica (Los Angeles) and the Washington Bach Consort.


Development & Special Event Coordinator

Sarah Mehler

Sarah has worked in the non-profit and political sector for over 15 years. Her passion is to help small organizations reach their potential through strategic planning, leadership development and diversifying revenue streams. She has a B.A. in International Politics and Spanish Literature from Miami University of Ohio and a M.S. in Urban Policy from the Maxine Levine Urban School at Cleveland State University. Additionally, she is a classical flutist and is excited to add her talents to the AF team.


Patron Services Coordinator

Kevin Lewis


Production Manager

Tom Frattare

Tom is beginning his 18th season with AF. He previously served as Stage Manager for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Tom is in charge of stage logistics for AF at home and on tour.


Director of Media Production

Erica Brenner

A classically trained musician with a Master’s in music from Yale University, Erica spent 20 years as producer and Director of Audio Production at the GRAMMY®-winning Telarc label. As an independent record and video producer, her clients include pianists Orli Shaham and Jon Kimura Parker, orchestral musicians from across the country including Joshua Smith and Michael Sachs (The Cleveland Orchestra), Ryan Anthony (Dallas Symphony), internationally-acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and ChamberFest Cleveland. Erica produces AF’s performance videos and CD recordings.


Chorus Manager, Music Librarian
& Assistant to the Artistic Director

Madeline Healey
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Madeline “grew up” with Apollo’s Fire, having made her debut as the young soprano soloist in the Praetorius Christmas Vespers at the age of 16. She holds a Master’s in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center last season.


Box Office & Marketing Associate

Margi Haigh
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Margi is a professional oboist and respected composer, with many commissions. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory. Now in her 6th season with AF, she handles marketing and program ad sales. She also provides all of the musical typesetting for Jeannette, under the name “Musicalligraphics.”


Patron Services Associate

Melanie Emig

Melanie joined the Apollo’s Fire staff in 2015, assisting with box office operations. Prior to her appointment at AF, Melanie worked as the Registrar for The Music Settlement. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and a Master’s degree in Opera Theater from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Melanie enjoys teaching and currently maintains a Suzuki piano studio at The Music Settlement.


Production Coordinator

Martins Daukss

Martins is in his 8th year with AF, assisting with production and stage logistics at rehearsals, concerts, and on tour.  He is a pianist who holds a degree in music with Arts Management emphasis from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory.

Contact the Apollo’s Fire Administration:

3091 Mayfield Road, Suite 217
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
phone: 216.320.0012
toll-free: 800.314.2535
fax: 216.320.0129
general e-mail: