Board of Directors and Advisors
Board of Directors
* Past Chairman
**Lifetime Board Member
James M. Stone
"I have been on the Pops Orchestra Board since 2004 and have enjoyed it immensely. I wanted to be on the Board to contribute to the Pops, most currently as current Chairman, to help our outstanding musicians, Board, and patrons, and especially Maestro Carl Topilow and President Shirley Morgenstern. The Cleveland Pops have such a tradition of performing with their special flair light classical, popular, Broadway and Movie music, with emphasis on the music of the various traditions that make up our musical heritage, including the music of Black America, Latin America, and various European sources. Our 2022-23 season at Severance and Playhouse Square is going to be great!"
Ann Marie Hawkins
Russell H. Grindon
Michael A. Shemo*
"My wife, Penny, and I have been subscribers and supporters of the Pops for over 20 years. Carl Topilow and the orchestra never fail to provide us and our guests with a delightful, relaxing and entertaining evening."
"I support the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, because my wife Sally and I understand the value provided to our community of having this world-class orchestra for the current and future generations. The Cleveland Pops Orchestra is an essential contributor to the rich quality of life in Northeast Ohio, as well as a provider of important arts education for our children and young adults. I am honored to serve on its Board of Directors."
Sondra M. BoydThe Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Austin G. Carr
"It’s an honor to be a board member of the POPS, I enjoy the music, but most importantly, I like our direction we are going, in our community, trying to make a difference."
Jared Chaney**The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Susan DelaneyThe Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Edward H. Gabelman, M.D.The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Edward H. LueckeThe Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Ryan T. Marrie
"I love supporting local organizations including local arts organizations. I became involved with the Pops after watching how they interact with their subscribers and concert goers as well as watching the great work they do in the community. My family and I support The Pops both personally and through our company."
Lisa H. MichelThe Cleveland Pops Orchestra
R. Justin Mistovich, M.D.
"I grew up playing viola, and have a deep appreciation for both classical and pops music. While I’m not playing professionally, the arts are extraordinarily important to the value of life in Cleveland. It’s an honor to serve on the Board of the Pops, and help add to the vibrancy and culture of Northeast Ohio."
Lydia U. Parker, M.D.The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Thomas J. Scanlon* (d)The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Andrew SmithThe Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Randall L. Solomon
"I support the Pops because it brings exciting and entertaining music from a variety of genres to diverse audiences. It is the hidden gem of the Cleveland music scene."
Adrienne L. Stemen
“I joined a board focused on the arts, because the arts are a building block of any great society. The arts enable expression, learning, and sharing of diverse perspectives. I joined the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Pops because it is an outstanding musical arts organization that expertly performs a wide variety of musical genres, which affords a broader opportunity for shared experiences, outreach, and education.”
Salvatore (Sam) J. Totino
“I was excited to join the board of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra because the Pops are an undeniable force in Cleveland’s culture – joining the board was a great opportunity to contribute to an organization that has created incredibly fun and lasting memories for so many people.”
Keith M. Warner, MD, FACS
"I am at a point in my life where I may indulge in my appreciation and fondness of classical interpretation of popular music. I became aware that they offer concerts in Elyria and I am excited to help promote them."
Robert B. Weltman
“I am a proud supporter of the Cleveland Pops because of their commitment to offering great music to the public. I appreciate the dedication and all the hard work from the entire staff.”
“I love being on the board to help extend and encourage this wonderful organization to reach the masses. A toast to the Pops!”
Louis Lane (d)
Carl “Doc” Severinsen
“There’s an exciting future in Cleveland for lovers of Pops.”
– John A. Newburger, Past Chairman, Cleveland Pops Orchestra Board of Directors
Associate Board of Directors
"A Cleveland native and long-time patron of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, I have always found their blend of orchestral pop, Broadway, and jazz music exciting. As the acting President of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Associate Board, I am overjoyed at the opportunity to lead the Associate Board and support the Cleveland Pops Orchestra’s mission to entertain, enrich, and educate."
I was drawn to joining the Associate Board by two forces: a lifelong enjoyment of musical theater and a desire to connect with others who share the same interests.
I joined the Associate Board because I believe that music is a universal language. We’re able to connect to music on another level, and that is a joy that should be shared with everyone. I want to spread the power of music through this amazing organization that does so much for the community. I’m truly proud to be a part of it!