CMA News | July 6, 2022 | By CMA Staff

Chamber Music America Announces Board Changes

For Immediate Release  | Contact: Nichole L. Knight,  

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America (CMA) is pleased to announce its leadership and member changes for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

Flutist Jennifer Grim assumes the role of President, becoming the first Black woman to fill this position in the organization's 45-year history. Grim is a member of Zéphyros Winds, an associate professor at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, and an active member of the National Flute Association's board of directors.


Grim joined the CMA board in 2017 and has served as one of its vice presidents since 2021. She succeeds Billy Childs, who completed his tenure on June 30. 

"I am honored to take on this role and to continue working to grow this organization that I love," said Grim. "We are all grateful for Billy's leadership over the past six years, and I look forward to finding new and creative ways to sustain this vibrant and vital community," she continued. 

Jennifer Grim headshot by Tracey Hagen

Jennifer Grim | Photo by Tracey Hagen

CMA’s membership has elected six new directors to serve on the Board: Dawn Berry-Walker, Natalie Haas, Adriana Linares, Helen Sung, Melissa White, and Pat Zagelow. Each began a three-year term on July 1 and will be eligible for reelection in 2025. Additionally, the membership voted to re-elect Jenny Bilfield and Paula Grissom-Broughton to their second terms. Current board member Oliver Ragsdale joins the executive committee, assuming the vice president seat vacated by Grim.

"Our field faces unprecedented challenges and finding creative solutions are crucial for our artist community,” said Mimi Hwang, Chair of CMA's Board of Directors. "These bold and innovative leaders will help guide the priorities and goals of the organization at a critical time,” she continued.

"I am looking forward to working with our board and staff to continue providing much-needed support for the ensemble music field,” said Kevin Kwan Loucks, CMA's chief executive officer. "I am excited to build upon CMA’s robust efforts alongside the new directors, who represent all corners of the small ensemble music field.”

The newly elected directors' profiles are below. 

Dawn Berry-Walker

Chief Executive, Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective

The mission of the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective is to create opportunities for diverse community engagement to educate, honor, and celebrate the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of jazz. As Chief Executive, Dawn Berry-Walker oversees initiatives such as the the Pappy Martin Legacy - Masten Jazz Festival, the Celestial Jazz Series, and the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society. (Buffalo, NY)

Natalie Haas

Cellist / Faculty, Berklee College of Music

Natalie Haas is a Juilliard-trained cellist and educator. A leading practitioner of Scottish traditional music, she has toured extensively with her longtime duo partner, the violinist Alasdair Fraser, and appeared as a guest artist on more than one hundred recordings. She holds an associate professorship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. (Boston, MA)

Adriana Linares

Violist, Dalí Quartet / President, Director, & Founder, ArCoNet / Faculty, West Chester University

Venezuelan violist Adriana Linares is the founding violist of the Dalí Quartet and a member of the IRIS Orchestra, the SATORI Chamber Players, and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Through ArCoNet (The Arts & Community Network), a nonprofit organization based in North Wales, PA, Adriana's initiatives include a string academy, a youth and chamber orchestra, and the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival. (Philadelphia, PA)

Helen Sung

Jazz Pianist; Composer

Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, and Steinway artist. Helen and her band have performed at major American festivals and venues, and have toured southern Africa as a U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassador. Helen has served on the jazz faculties at Berklee College of Music, the Juilliard School, and Columbia University, where she also was the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia's prestigious Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. (New York, NY)

Melissa White

Founding Violinist, Harlem Quartet; Faculty, New York University

Melissa White is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician and a founding member of the Harlem Quartet, which serves to advance diversity in classical music. A first-prize laureate in the Sphinx Competition, Melissa has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. She is currently on faculty at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. (New York, NY)

Pat Zagelow

Executive Director, Friends of Chamber Music (Portland)

With over thirty years' experience, Pat Zagelow is one of the longest-serving arts administrators in Oregon. Friends of Chamber Music has the distinction of being the longest non-interrupted chamber music series in Oregon and the sixth longest running in the country. During Pat's tenure, the nonprofit has grown to include the Not So Classic Series and the Vocal Arts Series, which bring nontraditional and unique musical experiences to Portland audiences. (Portland, OR)

Dawn Berry Walker

CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, strengthen, and support the chamber music community. CMA members represent musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music working across a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its community with professional development resources, networking opportunities, consulting services, and publications including the quarterly print magazine, Chamber Music.  ​