board of directors & staff

A volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of individuals from the public and private sectors, leads Classical Tahoe. The Board is responsible for governance over the business affairs and property of Classical Tahoe. They also provide counsel to the Artistic Director of Classical Tahoe.

The Board of Directors meets eight times per year and its Board Committees meet regularly to thoroughly discuss and resolve the key issues that face the organization on a year-round basis. All Directors on the Board are requested to “give or get” a minimum of $5,000 annually.

The critical focus of the Board of Directors is: alignment on the mission, vision and goals of Classical Tahoe; leadership development to successfully accomplish the mission, vision and goals; raise the necessary funds to implement the mission, vision and goals; and assure that Classical Tahoe audiences experience the transformative power of classical music.

Advisory Board

David Gockley, retired general director of the San Francisco Opera (2006 to 2016) and Houston Grand Opera (1972 to 2005)

Joseph Kalichstein, Concert Pianist

Janet Napolitano, President, University of California

Mary Schroeder, Senior Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Frederica von Stade, Opera Singer (Mezzo Soprano)

Classical Tahoe Staff

Karen Craig, Executive Director
Kirby Combs, Operations Manager
Cindy Rhys, Program and Development Manager

Ernie Garcia, Bookkeeper
Stephanie McMullin, Production Manager
Rita Whitaker Haun, Teacher, Movement and Music Program