Paul von Autenried
Courtney Lin Kaita
Dr. Grace Hao
Music Director / Conductor
Immediate Past President: Myrna Reiter
Stage Manager: Dr. Robert Kaita
Hospitality: Dr. Donna Muzzicato
Promotion & Marketing: Elizabeth Von Autenried
Fundraising: Wen Bash, Dr. Grace Hao, Molly Sung
Young Artists Competition: Wendy Wu, Ellen Fisher-Deerburg
Chamber Music: Dr. Chiu-Ling Lin
Bravura Youth Orchestra: Irene Yu
Bravura Summer Music: Dr. Chiu-Ling Lin
Member at Large
Ellen Fisher-Deerburg, Young Artists Competition
Ellen Fisher-Deerberg is the principal flutist of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a graduate of Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music where she majored in music performance and studied with Murray Panitz, former principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ellen is a well-respected freelance artist in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and has performed in a wide variety of instrumental ensembles. She has been teaching flute for over 27 years and is currently on the faculty of the Westminster Conservatory of Music. In 2013 Ellen became the director of the Bravura Youth Orchestra's Flute Choir, as well as the chairperson of the Bravura Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition. She is a member of the Volanti Flute Quartet in Princeton New Jersey, and is also a frequent guest artist with the San Diego California flute quartet Flutes de Salon.
Dr. George Hicks, Treasurer
Dr. George Hicks served as Board President of the Manalapan Battleground Symphony Orchestra for 7 years and was a clarinetist in the orchestra. In earlier years when that Orchestra was sponsored by the Battleground Arts Council, he served as the orchestra’s treasurer. He also plays with several orchestra members in small chamber ensembles for private and community venues. An advocate for the Arts, George lives in Freehold and worked at Lucent Technologies for more than 27 years managing a software development team. He is now retired and dedicates time to raising awareness and enhancing collaboration with wide ranging community organizations and associations for a broad spectrum of the Arts.
Dr. Chiu-Ling Lin, Bravura Summer Music / Chamber Music
Chiu-Ling Lin is an international-renowned pianist, educator and former Artistic Ambassador who made extensive solo appearances in South America. Critics have written that she makes compositions “soar with her joyous and skilled interpretation.” Dr. Lin made her Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut as the winner of the East and West Young Artist Auditions. She has soloed with orchestras such as the Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Des Moines Symphony & Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. Her appearances in New York, Boston, Chicago, England, Canada, and throughout the Far East have featured her unique mix of music by Chinese and Western composers. Her virtuosity is showcased in the CD, “Portraits of China.” As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Marina Piccinini, Marcos Granados, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.
Dr. Lin is committed educator who received her bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. She is Emeritus Professor of Piano of Drake University in Des Moines, IA where she taught for 37 years before moving to West Windsor, NJ where she maintains a private piano student. She is past president of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association and the recipient of the 2014 Foundation Fellow. She is also the NJ-DE-PA tri-state representative of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and the Program Director of Bravura Summer Music at Lawrenceville School, NJ.
Courtney Lin Kaita, Trustee
Courtney Lin Kaita is currently an Assistant Vice President in the Investments office at the Global Atlantic Financial Group. She was previously an Associate in the Fixed Income Sales & Trading group at Morgan Stanley and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a B.M. in Cello Performance and B.S. in Applied Mathematics. Courtney continues to be passionate about music and the arts, as she is the principal cellist for the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra and co-principal cellist for the Greenwich Village Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Brooklyn-based indie band, Sun Nectar, which recently released its first album and music video.
Dr. Donna Muzzicato, Hospitality Chair
Dr. Donna Muzzicato has more than 25 years experience in her public school education tenure as an assistant superintendent, curriculum and instruction director, and middle school and special education teacher. She is a graduate of Monmouth University with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Art, Georgian Court University with a Masters in Special Education and a Masters in School Administration, and a doctorate in education at Nova Southeastern University. She was the recipient of the Graduate Distinction Award for Project Web 2000. Her applied dissertation, Program Evaluation of Advisories: Administrator and Teacher Perceptions of Personalization for Preadolescents, is a program evaluation based on the Logic Model. Dr. Muzzicato was awarded US and Foreign approved concept patent, various jewelry copyrights and designs. She edited and published quarterly political newsletters, authored newspaper articles, children’s plays, published poetry, and position papers. She chaired the committee for the publication and cover art. Her community achievements and leadership roles include: Senate & General Assembly Citation in community leadership roles, published quarterly newsletters, and served as an elected County Committee. Currently, Dr. Muzzicato is writing and illustrating a children’s book about an adopted champion Bengal incorporating a higher Lexile measure for ages 7-10. She serves as a board member with the Freehold Art Society and has exhibited oil paintings and giclées in Monmouth, Mercer, and Ocean Counties.
Myrna Reiter served as President of Bravura Philharmonics for six years. She feels that being a small part of an organization that brings joy to the hearts of people of all ages and all walks of life through music, is an honor.
Myrna was a Hospital account Manager for 30 years in the pharmaceutical business. She is past president of Knob Hill Country Club Community .
Myrna is presently a wish grantor for Make A Wish of New Jersey, she coaches golf to the individuals at ARC of Monmouth and partners with them in Special Olympics.
She is on the legal advisory committee for the Community Affairs Institute and s is also involved with Turning Lives Around. Her retirement has been spent givng of herself to different organizations and her goal is to continue to do so.
Arlene Sengstack, President
SUSAN CRITELLI, SECRETARY
Susan Critelli is a digital marketing consultant specializing in social media. With nearly two decades of experience in direct sales and internet advertising, Susan now teaches entrepreneurs and small businesses how to translate their offline advertising to online media, and develop social media solutions that result in increased exposure and sales.
Susan's love for classical music started when her mother brought home a volume from the "Library of the World's Greatest Music" from the grocery store when she was about 5 years old. She attended Young People's Concerts throughout childhood, and studied piano for about 10 years. She was a Patron of the Metropolitan Opera during the seven years she lived in New York City.
Susan is married and has two grown children. She and her husband have attended all but three Bravura concerts since the orchestra's inception. She has been a manager of the Bravura Facebook page since 2010.
Susan joined the Board of Directors in December 2014.
Irene Yu, Bravura Youth Orchestra President
Irene Yu is a clinical nutritionist who works at a hospital at Monmouth County as a manager of the clinical nutrition department and diabetes center. She is also a clinical preceptor of Rutgers University-UMDNJ (formerly-School of science and health professions).
Her passion for classical music was initiated when she started learning piano at the age of 6. As a young musician, Irene’s musical experiences include playing cello for her high school orchestra and being a member of her church choir. Irene’s appreciation of music has also been passed on to her daughter. It brings her joy to see musicians from the youth orchestra play music.