General Manager & Director of Development
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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.
Director of Artistic Operations & Touring
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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. She handles tour logistics, contracting and logistics for AF’s musicians and guest artists, and hired engagements/tour bookings within Northern Ohio.
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
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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.
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Meredith joined Apollo’s Fire in November 2017. She has a B.A. in History and English from Kent State University. She also has an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work deals with the impact of jazz on art music in Germany and the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. Her experience in the nonprofit sector includes editorial work, meeting planning, research and writing, and fundraising.
Patron Services Coordinator
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Loren joined Apollo’s Fire in January 2018. He has a B.A. in Music Education and Voice Performance from Miami University of Oxford, OH. In addition to his position, Loren teaches in a voice studio at the Beck Center for the Arts. He also continuously performs with the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus, among other organizations. A native of Cleveland, Loren has experience in arts administration, production, designing projects, and collaboration.
Box Office & Marketing Associate
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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
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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.
Director of International Projects
A native of Scotland, Hugh joined Apollo’s Fire in March 2015 as Managing Director. He co-founded the renowned Camerata Ireland in 1988 with pianist Barry Douglas, and served as Executive Director for 12 years. He was responsible for the Camerata’s tours of North and South America, France, Germany and China. Prior to leading the Camerata, Hugh served as principal trumpet of the Ulster Orchestra for 25 years. 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.
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.
MADELINE APPLE HEALEY
Madeline has been part of the Apollo’s Fire family since she sang as treble soloist on AF’s recording of the Praetorius Christmas Vespers. She was also a Young Artist Apprentice with AF, and is now a professional soprano. She has performed as a soloist and ensemble member at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, The White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, and Spoleto Festival USA. She can be heard regularly with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Amor Artis, Clarion Music Society, and AMPERSAND, as well as Apollo’s Fire.
Tom is beginning his 19th 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.
Production & Operations Coordinator
Martins joined Apollo’s Fire in 2007 as Production Assistant and presently serves as Production Coordinator. 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
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