With over ten years of arts administration experience as well as an active career as a soloist on the country’s finest opera and concert stages, Natalie Polito brings a unique perspective to her role as Paralegal at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the Senior Program Associate for the Free for All Concert Fund, a foundation created to provide free, high-quality classical music to all people of Boston through support of a diverse portfolio of classical music organizations. Under Natalie’s leadership, Free for All reached over 60,000 audience members annually, in places ranging from public parks to subway stations to civic theatres. In 2013, she traveled to Vietnam to represent the Fund’s Charles Ansbacher Music for All Award and its mission of promoting reconciliation through music, while also presenting masterclasses in voice and performing an opera gala concert alongside Vietnamese opera singers at the National Academy of Music in Hanoi. Natalie is a founding member, former Development Director and current Board Member of Boston Opera Collaborative, one of Boston’s most vibrant opera companies, which produces innovative professional productions while providing vital development opportunities to emerging artists both on and off the stage. Natalie is an active opera singer whose performances have taken her across the country to the Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Columbus, Virginia Opera, the Colorado Symphony, and the Santa Fe Symphony, among others. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory and her Bachelor of Music with Honors from Northwestern University.
Brooke Larimer combines her musical training and her extensive experience in business management and arts administration in the Operations Manager position at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP. A working opera singer, she has a passion for the promotion of music and the people who make it. Before joining the firm, Ms. Larimer was on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College, and held the position of Manager of Operations & Administration at Prize4Life, a small non-profit with a mission of finding a cure for ALS disease. She completed degrees in music performance at Vanderbilt University and The Boston Conservatory and co-founded Boston Opera Collaborative, a small, artist-driven opera company that has produced over thirty operas as well as countless concerts and events since its founding in 2006. Today she serves Boston Opera Collaborative as a board member and Treasurer. She sits on the Advisory Board for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, and also co-hosts the Indie Opera Podcast.
Francesca Giacco, an Executive Assistant/Paralegal at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP, brings a variety of editorial, marketing, administrative and creative experience to her role at the firm. She has previously worked as a publicist at Henry Holt, an imprint at Macmillan, where she managed several successful book campaigns, before serving as assistant to the editor in chief of Departures Magazine, published by American Express. Most recently, Francesca held a Marketing position at Kadmon Pharmaceuticals. She has also worked consistently as a freelance writer and editor for an array of clients, from luxury hotels to military think tanks.
Francesca is a graduate of Barnard College and holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and she is currently at work on a novel.
Lesley Mok, Administrative Assistant at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP has a background in jazz and improvised music. Having received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Contemporary Music at Berklee College of Music, Lesley had the privilege of studying with Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patittucci, and Joe Lovano. Lesley has performed in venues in the U.S. and abroad, including the Regattabar, Mezzrow Jazz Club, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and the Panama Jazz Festival. In addition to performing and composing, Lesley is passionate about promoting social awareness & cultural dialogue through education in the arts. As a Berklee Global Jazz Institute ambassador, she has travelled to teach in underserved communities, including City Music (Boston), FeduJazz (DR), and the Danilo Pérez Foundation (Panama). Lesley hopes to continue bringing attention to the arts and learn more about how musicians can protect their rights in this ever-changing industry.
Jeremiah Johnson is an assistant administrator for Alter, Kendrick, & Baron, LLP. In addition to working for Alter, Kendrick, & Baron, LLP Jeremiah maintains an active performing schedule on the operatic stage, and teaches classes on finance and budgeting at training programs for musicians across the country. Jeremiah holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Texas Tech University, a Master of Music in Voice from the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and an Artist Diploma in Voice from the University of Memphis.
Silke Hilger is a musicologist specializing in contemporary classical music. She holds a M.A. and PhD from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. Previous positions include Head of Promotion for Boosey & Hawkes in Germany and Director of Publications and Promotion at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Former board member of the International Society of Contemporary Music. She is a published author and a member of the American Musicological Society.
Caitlin Murphy Pine
Caitlin Murphy Pine is the Grants Manager for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Amphion Foundation. Prior to joining Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP in 2012, Caitlin worked at Chamber Music America with their contemporary classical and jazz grant programs, and in development and fundraising. Caitlin earned her bachelor’s degree in viola performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. Caitlin is currently the vice president of development on the board of trustees at Sutton Place Synagogue and served on the board of directors of the Astoria Music Society from 2011-2014. Caitlin performs freelance in the tri-state area, and is an enthusiastic audience member at many New York City performing arts events.
Wesley York currently coordinates special projects for the Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd. Prior to his present position, he was Director of Foundation Services at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and before that, Executive Director of Kirov Mariinsky Opera International, a support organization in New York City. At the American Music Center, he was Grants Manager from 1992 to 1997. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he majored in music theory and composition, and from Clark University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature. He is a composer, a published author and lectures on contemporary American music and art.