Board of Directors
Douglas W. Meyer, President, Music Director
Yoshiaki Ko, Treasurer
Brenda Vincent, Secretary
Philip Kwoka, Executive Director
Carlos Tabarez-Perez, Administrative Assistant
Emeritus Board Members
Joan Winer Brown
Ruth Bryan Greene
Our Special Thanks to Major Supporters
Bronx Community College/CUNY
Holy Rosary School
Elizabeth T. Hoard, Founder
PO Box 622460, Bronx, NY 10462 US
Mel Brown is a pianist, conductor, and teacher who has over twenty years of experience as an independent school and arts education leader. His particular educational interests include advancement and strategic planning, increasing student global awareness, and societal improvement through engagement with the visual and performing arts. His educational areas of expertise include public relations, fundraising, fostering team creativity, optimizing resources and budgets, leveraging technology, new teaching methodologies, and volunteer development.
Mel was most recently Head of School at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in New Orleans, following his tenure as Head of School at the private French-American Waring School in Beverly, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as Head of the Performing Arts Program, K-12, at the Trinity School in New York City. At Trinity, Mel performed as organist and pianist, conducted over two dozen musical theatre shows and produced several original cabaret revues of Broadway songwriters that are currently in rental catalogues.
Mel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and French Literature from Duke University, and a Master of Music Degree in Piano from the Juilliard School. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. He recently performed and recorded Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff concertos with the Sofia Sinfonietta Orchestra of Bulgaria. Mel is married to the pianist and teacher Inka Rudnycka, is the father of two adult sons and divides his time between New York and New Orleans. He has recently moved back to New York, his home town.
Philip's leadership, managerial, and administrative skills were honed during his tenure as house manager and then Dean of Students at Pianofest in the Hamptons. Philip worked closely with the festival's Operations Manager Steven Dickman, and Founder/Artistic Director Paul Schenly overseeing the festival's day-today operations, managing the festival's house budget, and arranging student events.
Philip is an alumnus of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he completed his Bachelor of Music, studying solo-performance with Daniel Shapiro and Paul Schenly, and chamber music with Peter Salaff, Anita Pontremoli and the Cavani Quartet. Upon graduating from CIM, he was awarded the 2015 Sadie Zellen Piano Prize for outstanding musical development. Philip then went on to study with Pavlina Dokovska at the Mannes College of Music, where he completed his Master of Music degree.
Philip's career began when he was chosen to perform on Christopher O’Reily’s National Public Radio program “From the Top”. Philip made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 13 and has performed with the Warminsko-Mazurskie Filharmonia (Olsztyn, Poland) and the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Philip was awarded honorable mention at 2019 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. Other achievements include the Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition (First Prize) and the Bluthner Junior Piano competition (First Prize), New World Symphony Concerto Competition (Second Prize), and laureate in the Blount-Slawson National Young Artist Competition. Philip is a recipient of grants and scholarships from the National Chopin Foundation’s Scholarship Fund for Young American Pianists and the Koszciusko Foundation's Fund for Graduate Studies.
Advisors in the Arts
Barbara Klein and Neil Goldstein
Dr. Paul Greene
Julia Egorova is a NYS licensed Real Estate Sales Associate, a buyer's agent and the marketing specialist for her team at Keller Williams Realty in the Bronx, New York. Julia and her husband’s “Team Tsougranis” makes a formidable force providing their clients with data, technology and valuable expertise. Her family has deep ties to the Bronx community and are committed to increasing the impact of music on the cultural and everyday lives of Bronx residents.
Julia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Queens College in New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University in Russia.
As an educator, Konstantin has been mentoring artists at Pianofest In The Hamptons for 9 years and has served on juries of numerous international competitions, most notably the Hong Kong Music Schools Festival. He has given masterclasses in the U.S. and China, and is a strong proponent of an interdisciplinary approach to holistic musicianship. Konstantin’s experiences as an actor on stage and screen are the root of his career-long passion of incorporating the technique of informed musical narrative, enabling musicians to be better story tellers through their music.
Doug Meyer brings a combination of global business experience and professional musical training to his role as President and Music Director of the Bronx Conservatory of Music.
A management consultant and New York Certified Public Accountant, Doug has 40 years of experience working with international clients. He was a Partner in the Financial Industries Consulting Group at Ernst & Young, where he was the national leader of the performance management service line, and was also a Vice President of Electronic Data Systems Corporation, where he was the global head of the Business Process Innovation consulting practice. Doug has consulted with over 250 clients including American Express, Citibank, Chase Bank, Bank of America, and Medtronic. He is currently Co-Founder and Managing Director of a startup firm in the dietary supplement industry.
Doug received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Piano Performance from Tulane University, where he was in the University Scholars Program. He then received a Master of Music degree in Piano from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Ania Dorfmann and Rosina Lhevinne as a scholarship student. He has given recitals in numerous North American cities and performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the New Orleans Philharmonic (predecessor to the Louisiana Philharmonic). He gave his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1982. After completing his studies at Juilliard, Doug went on to receive a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University, where he was a Bronner Fellowship recipient.
Doug has been a resident of New York since 1974. One year later, while teaching piano and theory at a precollege music program in the Bronx, he met Elizabeth Thode Hoard, another piano teacher at the same school, and they quickly became close friends. When Elizabeth founded the Bronx Conservatory of Music in 1991, Doug advised her on setting up the organizational structure and not-for-profit status. After Elizabeth retired from active involvement in the Conservatory, she tasked Doug with helping to ensure the successful continuation of her original vision of providing classical music training to underserved communities in the Bronx. He and Elizabeth remained good friends until her passing in 2011.
Doug is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and has been a board member of the Bronx Conservatory of Music since 2005.