Administration

HOWARD BENDER

Executive Director
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Howard joined Apollo’s Fire in 2020. He previously served as Vice-President of Virginia Opera and then as Chief Development Officer of Florida Grand Opera. Prior to his career in arts management, Howard had a flourishing career as an opera singer, performing in major opera houses on four continents. He sang for four seasons at the Metropolitan Opera and worked with many of the world’s leading conductors. He attended Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School, and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

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NOHA RYDER

Chief Financial Officer
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Ms. Noha Ryder joined the staff of Apollo’s Fire in January 2015 as Director of Development, and became General Manager in September 2016. Prior to joining the staff, she had previously co-chaired AF’s 2014 Gala Benefit. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. With over 25 years of varied business, management and finance experience, she has been an active volunteer for the arts and has served on several non-profit boards.

ALLISON RICHARDS

General Manager
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Allison joined Apollo’s Fire 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. Allison is now in her 8th season with Apollo’s Fire, having previously served as Director of Artistic Operations & Touring.

BARBARA FELD

Director of Patron & Donor Relations – Summit County
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Barbara joined the Apollo’s Fire staff in 2020 as Director of Patron & Donor relations in Summit County. Ms. Feld is Executive Director Emerita of Tuesday Musical Association and has led Tuesday Musical for 24 years until her retirement in July 2013. She serves on the Apollo’s Fire Akron Advisory Board and is co-chair of Apollo’s Fire’s gala to celebrate 25 years of AF’s Akron concert series. She is a board member of the Akron Roundtable and past chair of that organization. Ms. Feld continues to serve on the Blossom Committee and has served on statewide arts boards, national arts committees, as well as the Arts Advisory Committee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Feld has served as an Ohio Arts Council panelist on many occasions.

ANGELA MORTELLARO

Development & Public Relations Manager
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Angela came to Apollo’s Fire in 2019 after serving as General Manager of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland. She has also worked in the Education department of The Cleveland Orchestra, and for Cleveland Opera Theatre. With a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University, Angela has enjoyed a 10-year performing career as a professional lyric soprano, with performances at such companies as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theatre, among others.

LOREN REASH-HENZ

Patron Services Coordinator
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Loren joined Apollo’s Fire in January of 2018. As a voice instructor at the Beck Center for the Arts, he maintains a studio of more than 25 diverse students. Loren completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH, and regulary performs around Northeast Ohio. A Cleveland native, Loren has experience in administration, collaboration, and production.

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MARGI HAIGH

Box Office & Marketing Associate
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Margi joined the staff of Apollo’s Fire in 2009. She is a professional oboist and respected composer, with many commissions. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory. Margi handles grassroots marketing and program ad sales. She also provides musical typesetting for Jeannette’s arrangements.

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MELANIE EMIG

Staff Accountant & Patron Services Associate
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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.

ERICA BRENNER

Director of Media Production

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.

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TOM FRATTARE

Production Stage Manager

Tom has been AF’s Stage Production Manager for 2 decades, since 1999. He previously served as Stage Manager for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has a Master’s degree in playwriting. He handles AF’s stage logistics at home and on tour.

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MARTINS DAUKSS

Stage Manager & Operations Coordinator

Martins joined Apollo’s Fire in 2007 as Production Assistant and presently serves as Stage Manager. He works in the area of production logistics and stage set-up for rehearsals, concerts and on tour, as well as handling CD merchandise sales on tour. He is a pianist and holds a degree in Music with Arts Management emphasis from Baldwin Wallace University.

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: info@apollosfire.org

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