Crystal Young-Otterstrom, Chairwoman of the Board A two time Enlightened 50 (E-50) recipient from the Community Foundation of Utah, Crystal is a Utah Change Leader, was was named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2013, and has been featured as a Utah’s Educated Woman of the Week and profiled in the publication, IN Utah This Week. Crystal is a composer and coloratura soprano. She earned her bachelors in music theory with minors in humanities, economics, and marketing as an undergrad at Brigham Young University and earned her masters in musicology and composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College, City University of New York).
Leland Dailey, Secretary, is a student-composer currently pursuing an MM in Composition from the University of Utah. Somewhere along the line, Leland developed an ear for classical music, which led to an interest in playing and composing. Later, a dissatisfaction with the typical office cubicle led him to pursue composition more seriously. He began composition lessons in 2015 and currently studies with Dr. Morris Rosenzweig.
Turner Bitton, Treasurer, Driven by the intersection between data and organizational development, Turner C. Bitton utilizes his experience in political campaign management, community organizing, and public policy advocacy to improve the financial successes of the organizations he interacts with. Turner uses a data-centered approach to fund development and has lectured, spoken, and presented on the intersections between political engagement, donor cultivation, and digital organizing. Turner lives in Glendale with his husband Chase and their two dogs Charley and Moose.
Ashkan Fakhrtabatabaie’s artistic and scholarly works are interwoven. Thanks to his different backgrounds, ranging from music composition to engineering, and his exploration of music psychology, he has reached an interdisciplinary approach between art and science. With life as the main source of inspiration, he has written instrumental, electroacoustic, and creative multimedia pieces, many of which have been published and performed by distinguished performers, ensembles, and orchestras around the world. Photo Credit: Audrey Lund
Angie Keeton is a versatile concert and stage vocalist with life-long Midwest roots. During eight years serving as the Teaching Artist for Minnesota Opera, Ms. Keeton brought the operatic art form to thousands of school children and adults across the upper Midwest. Now, as a nonprofit administrator in Salt Lake County, she advocates for out-of-school programming for youth as executive director of Tennis and Tutoring and as a board member for Salty Cricket Composers Collective and Community Education Partnerships of West Valley City.
Aaron J. Kirschner is a composer, theorist, clarinetist, and conductor based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His music has been presented throughout the United States, Italy, Finland, and Canada. In addition to his work on rhythm and meter, Dr. Kirschner has extensively explored hyper-transformational theories of late twentieth and twenty-first century American and British modernism. As a performer, Dr. Kirschner is a strong advocate for new music and appears regularly as a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and conductor.
Devin Maxwell is a composer, percussionist, and co-founder of Listen/Space and the Vu Symposium. His chamber music has been described as “amiably strident…clusters hammered insistently” by the New York Times and orchestral works “a beautiful puzzle, … fitting between plucks and pedals that build pyramid melodies” by the American Record Guide. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of music composition at the University of Utah, Applied Instructor of composition and percussion at Westminster College, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Weilenmann School of Discovery.
Liz Lambson, a 2008 BYU School of Music grad, is a string bass player, luthier (formerly with Kennedy Violins), writer, and children’s music performer/singer/songwriter with a program called Lizzy Luna’s Yoga Storytime and Songs shared through the Salt Lake City Library. She subs on string bass with Ballet West, freelances, and does string instrument repair and setup from her home. Liz moved to Salt Lake City in April 2017 from Kansas City, Missouri with husband Sam and 4 boys.