Executive Director George Hanson brings many years of experience in the symphonic world to his position with ASO. After several decades of an active conducting career in the U.S. and Europe, George turned his attention to management and administration, completed graduate coursework at the University of Arizona Eller School of Management, and took the administrative helm as Director of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. George grew the festival’s financial support and expanded the collaborative organization’s list of partners, while raising its national profile through the engagement of major artists and composers. His focus at ASO is to create a solid financial and organizational foundation to support the community mission of the orchestra and Maestro Jim Ross’ artistic vision.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ryan began his career with the ASO in July 2011 when he was hired as box office and patron services manager and is currently serves in a variety of new roles in production and sales as Director of Operations. A trained musician, Ryan completed his M.M. in music composition from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and has worked as an arranger, transcriber and copyist for a variety of musical acts encompassing both classical music and jazz. He currently performs as a freelance musician on trumpet around the Washington D.C. region.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING
Joining the ASO staff in 2014, Melinda Kernc formerly served as General Manager of the California Philharmonic in Pasadena, California. Graduating with a B.A. from Principia College and earning a double major in Music (Vocal Performance) and Mass Communication, she has dedicated herself to the arts through performance, instruction, advocacy, and arts administration. Ms. Kernc directs fundraising and advertising activities for the ASO as well as public and community relations with media. Serving as a former Music Director in a progressive private school, Ms. Kernc maintains a private studio (voice, piano) and performs regularly as a singer throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. Ms. Kernc is former President of the Alexandria Arts Alliance and has served as a grant panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Ms. Kelly, who also plays cello with the ASO, is in charge of hiring the musicians for the ASO concerts. She works closely with Music Director Kluge and the Musicians’ Union to find the best musicians in the area for the ASO concerts. She received her musical training at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Fontainbleau, France, encouraged by her musician/conductor father, James Swift. She has been part of the Washington, D.C. area musical scene since 1975 as a player, contractor, librarian, and teacher. Current responsibilities involving the first three roles find her working at Wolf Trap, Kennedy Center Opera House, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Post-Classical Ensemble and Opera Camerata in addition to the ASO. She teaches cello at the Levine School of Music, Episcopal High School and at her McLean home.
Craig has served and played with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 1996. He considers himself a retired music educator having taught Kindergarten through college. For over three decades he has served as a stage manager for choruses and orchestras including such ensembles as Eclipse Chamber Orchestra (NSO musicians) and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians). In addition to occasional freelance percussion playing, he owns a chorus and orchestra equipment company, and he also serves as the Music Director for Kensington Baptist Church. Craig is a beekeeper and can often be found with a camera in hand.