OUR STAFF

 
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JAMES GOURLAY, ARTISTIC & GENERAL DIRECTOR

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James Gourlay was born in Scotland, where, at the age of ten, he was "volunteered" to play in his school brass band. Being the tallest in class, he was serendipitously given the tuba, an instrument he loves and continues to promote all over the world.

After much success as a solo champion, Gourlay entered the Royal College of Music but left after a short time to become the Principal Tuba of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the age of eighteen. He continued working at the BBC Symphony Orchestra for ten years, then performed for an additional ten years with the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera. Gourlay's career as a chamber musician and soloist continues to flourish. He has been a member of the Philip Jones and English Brass ensembles with which he has toured the world, and also continues to perform as a soloist extensively. He has recorded five solo CDs, the latest being British Tuba Concertos recorded for the Naxos label with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, which has since received international critical acclaim.

Gourlay's early work within the Brass Band Movement forms a vital component of his creative output. After early success with the Brass Band Berneroberland, he became music director of the Williams Fairey Band with which he won the English Masters and British Open contents. Gourlay has also been the professional conductor of the Grimethorpe Colliery and the Etoiles, with which he has won the Swiss National Championships, the Swiss Open Championships, and second place at the European as well as at the World Brass Band Championships.

Gourlay's commitment to music education is a continuing passion. He has been Head of Wind and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music and Deputy Principal and Music Director at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Salford University, a Masters degree from Leeds University, a Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music, a Fellowship of the London College of Music, and is also a recipient of the Henry Iles Medal, presented by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for services to the Brass Band Movement. Currently, Gourlay is International Vice President of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association and Artistic Director of the River City Brass.


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CINDY GEIB, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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Cindy Geib has been with RCB nearly twenty-nine years and has a seasoned grasp on her areas of responsibility. These responsibilities include budget/financial management, marketing, ticket sales, concert series production, contracted performances, and implementing concert sponsorship packages.


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PHIL PARR, PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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Phil Parr has over thirty years of substantial experience in the health and human service and public education sectors. He has managed non-profit organizations, operated a management consultation business, and served in the cabinet of the Superintendent of Schools of the Pittsburgh school district. His career in the school system culminated with the position of Chief of Staff. At RCB, Phil oversees the strategic plan and manages development activities to bring in contributed revenue from foundations, corporations, and individuals.


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LINDA REZNIK, DIRECTOR OF ARTIST MANAGEMENT

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Linda Reznik has over twenty-seven years experience in arts management, and has worked with some of the world's most celebrated dance companies and music ensembles. As the founder and director of River City Artists Management, she facilitated touring engagements for her diverse roster of artists all over the United States. Her work in the field of touring continues with Pittsburgh's River City Brass.


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ANDREW BLIGHT, MARKETING ASSOCIATE

Originally from Los Angeles, Andrew Blight moved to Pittsburgh in 1996 when he was invited by Patricia Wilde to dance with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 1999 he founded the move, a ballet company dedicated to the creation of new works. Andrew has taught ballet in the Pittsburgh area for over fifteen years, sharing his love of dance with the next generation, and inspiring young dancers to view themselves as artists. In 2014, Andrew went back to school to pursue another audio/visual, time-based, art-form: film. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Film Studies in 2018. Andrew has years of experience marketing performing arts companies, both his own and those represented by Linda Reznik’s River City Artists Management. Andrew is putting that experience together with his understanding of the power of film and video to get River City Brass the audience it so richly deserves.


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JEFFREY NICODEMUS, PRINCIPAL EB SOPRANO CORNET & MUSIC LIBRARIAN

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Jeffrey Nicodemus joined the RCB in 1984. He played 2nd cornet, Repiano cornet and Flugelhorn until 1987, when he became the band's Principal Eb Soprano Trumpet player. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied Trumpet Performance under the guidance of the renowned Anthony L. Pasquarelli. He was a two time winner in the Pittsburgh Concert Society Solo Competition in 1987 and has performed with many organizations, including the McKeesport, Westmoreland and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras and the Civic Light Opera Orchestra. He maintains an active freelance performance schedule and a private teaching studio. He is a member of the faculty at Chatham University and Carnegie Mellon University and teaches full time in the Pine Richland School District.


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ABIGAIL LANGHORST

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Abby Langhorst is a freelance percussionist in the Pittsburgh area. She has performed with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Resonance Works, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, and NAT 28. Outside of Pittsburgh, she has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra in North Carolina, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.

Abby earned her Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, where she studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and River City Brass. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, where she studied with members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cleveland Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (emeritus).

Outside of performing, Abby also works as a music educator. Inspired by her parents who both are music educators, she teaches privately and works as the percussion coordinator for the Keystone Oaks Golden Eagle Marching Band in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

Abby is excited to join the River City Brass team and bring her considerable performance experience to administration and provide support to the organization behind the scenes.


Our Board

Chair
Dolores Nypaver
Associate Director
Office for Stewardship and Development
Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

Vice-Chairs
Paul Furiga
President
WordWrite Communications

Thomas J. Nist
Senior Vice President
Private Client Group Sales Development Leader
The Huntington National Bank

Caleb B. Wallace, Esq., MPH
Assistant Counsel and Sr. Health Policy Analyst
UPMC Health Plan

Treasurer
Karen A. Shastri
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Masters in Accounting Program
Katz Graduate School of Business

Directors

Roderick T. Booker, Ph.D.
Director of Music
Westmoreland County Community College

Karen Bostick
Investment Advisor Representative
Cetera Advisor Networks

Patti Buck-Torrey, CFE
Senior Manager, internal Control Analysis
Fedex Ground

Alicia Cafardi
Senior Manager, Global Marketing and Communications
PPG

Linda Dickerson
Principal
501 (C) 3 2

David W. Hoffman, CFP
Financial Advisor
D.B. Root & Company

Susan E. Kessler
Attorney
Jones Day

Daniel B. Long
Partner
Enscoe Long Insurance Group

Brad McGourty
BNY Mellon
Head of Risk Capital Adequacy

Grant B. MacIntyre
University of Pittsburgh
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law & Director of the Environmental Law Clinic

James E. Ostrowski
Vice President
National Account Manager
Federated Securities Corp.

Philip Petraglia
Retired Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

 

Dominic Rupprecht
Attorney
Reed Smith

Pam Selker Rak
President
Communitech, LLC

Richard Skrinjar
Senior Justice Advocate
Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office

Mary Rodgers Schubert, M.P.M., B.S.N.
Director of Continuing Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Callan Wilcox, M.B.A.
Vice President, Senior Client Manager Commercial Banking
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Directors Emeriti
Douglas D. Danforth
David F. Figgins
John C. Marous, Jr.
Mrs. John C. Marous, Jr.
Frederic B. Sargent
Mrs. Edward J. Sargent
Vincent A. Sarni
W. Keith Smith

Endowment Board
Edward A. Nicholson, PhD, Chairperson
Gary R. Brandenberger
Robert A. Johnson
David L. Wohleber
W. Keith Smith, Director Emeritus