Hugh Carslaw, a native of Scotland, joined AF in 2015 following 12 years with the renowned Irish chamber orchestra, the Camerata Ireland. He co-founded the Camerata in 1988 with pianist Barry Douglas, serving first as General Manager and then Executive Director. He was responsible for the Camerata’s tours of North and South America, France, Germany and China, including concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress. In 2001 he played a key role in securing the Joint Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen and Mary McALeese, President of Ireland. The Camerata was one of only 2 organisations to receive this honor.
Prior to leading the Camerata, 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.
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.
Sarah is in her sixth season with AF. Previously, she served as Business & Sales Manager for Ohio Light Opera, where she also served a term as Acting Executive Director. She holds a Bachelor’s in music and communication and a Master’s in vocal performance from Rider University, and served as marketing intern for the Rochester Philharmonic.
Alison is in her second season with AF. Previously she worked for Baldwin Wallace University-Conservatory, where she served as Program Coordinator for the Conservatory Outreach and Music Ed. departments. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Music with an Arts Management emphasis, also from Baldwin Wallace.
Christine joined AF in 2013, coming from the Cleveland Botanical Garden where she served as the accountant. Her 12 years of professional experience includes working for Kuzman & Cline CPA’s, Inc., and serving as Controller/HR Manager for Aeromag 2000 Corporation at the Cleveland-Hopkins Airport. Christine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting as well as a Masters of Accountancy, in Financial Auditing Accounting from Cleveland State University.
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.
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.
Tom is beginning his 17th 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.
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.
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.
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 5th season with AF, she handles marketing and program ad sales. She also provides all of the musical typesetting for Jeannette, under the name “Musicalligraphics.”
Martins is in his 7th 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.