BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
President: Walter J. Bissett, Maui Realtor for over 25 years focusing on the luxury marketplace in Wailea and Makena. Born and raised in rural Michigan. Earned a degree from the University of Denver in hotel management. Spent 20 years in hotel and restaurant management in New York City before settling on Maui. Walter has served as President for the MCO for six years providing gracious leadership for the organization and our growing base of support. He is an avid stand up paddle boarder and snorkeling enthusiast which keeps him in touch with a place in nature that rejuvenates and inspires him. He is a defender of children, animals and the environment. Since childhood, Walter has always expressed himself as a singer. He frequently lends his tenor voice to The Maui Masterworks Chorale preforming works such as Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Haydn’s The Creation and more. The dedication and commitment to the MCO is defined by his role as president.
 
 
 

Vice President: Kristin Holmes ASID, is the owner of Swan Interiors an interior design firm in Kihei and home furnishings store in Wailuku. With over 35 years as a business owner, she brings her business background and organizational skills to the board. She is a published author of two books on history and architecture with a focus on historic preservation. Her commitment to the arts and cultural community is evident through ongoing donations of time, talent and treasure. Kristin is the Vice-President of the Wailuku Downtown Association, a non-profit group in partnership between the County of Maui setting the foundation to accomplish changes that will benefit everyone in the island community. Having a vibrant Arts and Cultural District is one of the goals of the WDA. MCO is one of the key organizations for the Arts and Cultural District in Wailuku. As an active participant of both boards, she help to keep the spotlight on the added value of the MCO to Wailuku. Kristin developed the CHIMES program, Communities Helping in Music Education for Schools with the goal of securing donations to feed into schools. She has been a chorister with many different choral organizations over the past 25 years. A full appreciation of the quality of music programming under the direction of Robert Wills is the motivation to be a part of the MCO board. 

 
 
 

Treasurer: Stuart Karlan is the Maui Chamber Orchestra treasurer. He has served as president, secretary, and treasurer for the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea and The Arica Institute. His professional career includes the practice of Rolfing and Acupuncture, bookkeeping, book illustration, fine art painting, and website design. He also sings in the Maui Masterworks Chorale and chose to serve on the Maui Chamber Orchestra board to support musical director Bob Wills and the organization's world-class presentations of great music on Maui.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Secretary & Marketing Director: Since settling on Maui 16 years ago, Lotus Dancer has become actively involved as a versatile pianist performing as soloist, and collaborator with chamber music ensembles, vocalists and choral groups. She was the featured pianist for the all Mozart concert with MCO, March 2015, playing the Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor. As a strong advocate for inspiring musical performances on our island, Lotus is a board member for Maui Chamber Orchestra, Maui Choral Arts, and past member of Ebb and Flow Arts. She received her BA in music at the University of Colorado; MA in music from Illinois University, and has taken advanced studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Julliard-Aspen Summer School in Aspen. In addition to actively performing, Lotus is a loving and dedicated teacher with over 55 years of experience both at the college level as well as in her private studio. Advocating excellence and developing stability is her objective to being on the MCO board of directors. The chamber orchestra presence has been lacking here on Maui until now. The successful seasons launched in the past few years have gained enormous respect locally and her enthusiasm for marketing to reach wider audiences continues to flourish.
 
 
 

Professional Development - Jen Meyers and her husband Arnold Jacobson are recent transplants to Maui from Yardley, PA. Involved in the arts (singing, acting, dancing, radio, television) since childhood, and growing up in Winnipeg Manitoba she was involved with Manitoba Theater Center and Rainbow Stage. Moving to the states in 1969, she was involved in community theater both on and off stage in Kentucky, Northern Virginia and Washington DC where she also sang with the Congressional Chorus. Jen has a MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and is retired from Tibotec, a subsidiary of Janssen where she was a Senior Regulatory Associate working on HIV drugs. She is enjoying all the arts Maui has to offer and is excited to have such exhilarating volunteer opportunities.

 
   
 
 
 
Director: John Rowehl: In 2015-16, John held two academic appointments: as the sabbatical replacement at Wellesley College (choral conductor), and as Visiting Lecturer in Voice at Cornell University, where he was also a doctoral student in the Performance Practice program within Cornell’s Department of Music. Prior to that, he was affiliated with the  Cornell Glee Club and Chorus 2002-15, as Assistant Conductor and Interim Conductor (2012-13). He also held an appointment as Associate Director of Choral Music 2010-15. He has conducted Cornell choral groups at such venues as Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, as well as on international tours to Brazil, China, and the U.K. Trained in classical piano from the age of seven and a competition-winning pianist as a teenager, John originally matriculated at Cornell as a Ph.D. student in Philosophy. His performance focus is on choral conducting, and his dissertation—a project in applied bio-musicology—examines how our ideas about performance change when we take seriously the latest findings in the neurophysiology of music and the growing body of evidence that music is hard-wired into us humans, in part because of the role it plays in creating and nurturing community. John has been heard as a baritone soloist in the Fingerlakes Bach Festival and with New York State Baroque. He also enjoys working with singers from the keyboard, as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist. In 2014, John became a Certified Yoga Teacher. After enduring 29 winters in the Northeast, John has come to his senses and is moving home to Hawai`i, where he will work as a church musician and run his own voice studio.
 
 
 
Director: Tracey Bloser, Mezzo-soprano is currently on faculty at Maui Music Mission in Lahaina, providing instruction in voice, piano, theory and performance practices. In addition, she has a private studio in voice and piano. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Master of Music in Voice from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, CT. Shortly after receiving her degree, she became a founding member of Hartford Opera Theater, performing and producing new works and contemporary interpretations of opera theater in the city for several years. She was most recently featured as the Alto soloist for Maui Chamber Orchestra’s production of Handel’s Messiah at the Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tracey is thrilled to be contributing to the growing classical music scene on Maui. Singing, piano, opera, choir and musical theater have all been a major part of her life since early childhood. Tracey is especially committed to imparting this love, knowledge and experience of classical music to the youth of Maui, by enriching the local music programs and focusing on their quality and expansion.
 
 
 
 

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