The Symphonia's Artistic Advisory Committee is led by Alastair Willis, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor. He is joined by Susan Dirgins-Friend, M.M., Principal Bass, Music Librarian; Joanna Marie, Nonprofit Arts Professional; Kyle Prescott, DMA, and Jeffrey Kaye, M.M., President & Artistic Director of JK Productions.
Alastair Willis, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, has guest conducted orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Rio de Janeiro, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, China National Orchestra (Beijing), and Silk Road Ensemble (with Yo-Yo Ma) among others. His recording of Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” with Nashville Symphony and Opera for Naxos was Grammy-nominated for Best Classical Album in 2009.
Susan Dirgins-Friend, like many of The Symphonia’s musicians, was a past member of the Florida Philharmonic. Currently serving as orchestra librarian and principal bass, she also plays with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the Klezmer Company Orchestra, and other local music groups. Susan shares her expertise with children as a music educator.
Jeffrey Kaye, founding member and Principal Trumpet of The Symphonia, is an internationally-acclaimed orchestral, chamber and solo performer. Jeff played Principal Trumpet with the former Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera for 14 years. He has played with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, has been a guest soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and has played in music festivals throughout the world. He has served on the faculties of UNLV in Las Vegas, FAU in Boca Raton, and the New World School of the Arts in Miami and is currently a faculty member and performer for Eastern Music Festival.
Joanna Marie Kaye, Executive Director of Festival of the Arts BOCA, has a long history of involvement with the arts community. She has served as Director of classical music stations in both Florida and Pennsylvania, and has moderated and produced Classical Variations, a radio program dedicated to music and the arts. Joanna is a member of the former Florida Philharmonic Chorus, hosts local concerts, and narrates major musical works.
Kyle Prescott serves as Director of Bands and Coordinator of Winds and Percussion at Florida Atlantic University. Kyle has conducted side-by-side concerts with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County and The Symphonia, and has led The Symphonia during community concerts. Known for his research in score analysis, Kyle has conducted bands and orchestras throughout the country. He served as Interim President of the Symphonia’s board during the 2015-2016 season.