On most days, Make Music Chicago Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang is a classical pianist and piano professor. But when he was asked to contribute an event to the inaugural Make Music Chicago in 2011, Kuang-Hao shunned his beloved piano for a trombone, an instrument he had played throughout his youth, and organized MMC’s first Sousapalooza band play-along. The intention was to give himself an opportunity to make loud noises legally in downtown Chicago, but instead, Kuang-Hao re-discovered the power and joy of amateur making music. And so the obsession has grown … now as Artistic Director, Kuang-Hao wants to get all Chicagoans, regardless of age, ability or musical style, to come out on June 21st to have some fun, make some new friends and most of all, make music!
Carlo Diaz is a composer and arts administrator based in Chicago and Amsterdam. When he’s not coordinating production at the International Music Foundation, Carlo can be found writing up Master’s Research at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam or running his Early&New Music ensemble, stile nu.
Carlo’s compositional work often explores the relationship between composition and interpretation and between historical and contemporary music. He often considers the rhetoric of historical musical cultures as a way of highlighting a continual relationship to the past. Carlo’s music has been performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, Pavia, Amsterdam, and the Hague in co-operation with Ensemble Linea, wild Up, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s National Composers Intensive, the highSCORE New Music Festival, Make Music Chicago, the Bienen School of Music, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Studio 22 Productions, and Continental Players. In 2016, he received his Bachelor of Music in composition, interdisciplinary arts, and music technology from Northwestern University.
A self-professed arts ninja Make Music Chicago’s Consulting producer Surinder Martignetti has had a life-long love affair with the stage. A trained dancer and choreographer, Surinder hails from Australia, where she earned a BA in Dance and Theater and Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Western Sydney Nepean after spending a childhood oscillating between the dance studio and tending to pet goats on the family farm. This upbringing, imbued with equal parts hard work, fine arts, and mud, left Surinder uniquely equipped for the rigors of performing arts administration. Not afraid to roll her sleeves up and get her hands dirty, Surinder holds a Master’s Degree in arts management from Columbia College Chicago and has enjoyed a robust 15-year career as an arts administrator. Highlights include the Chicago Dancing Festival, where Surinder served as Interim Executive Director; Audience Architects, where she managed “Dance: A Moving Canvas,” a grant-funded community-building project, and Manager of Performance Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This is Surinder’s third year with Make Music Chicago and she can’t wait to dig her hands into MMC 2017.
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Alex Fruin is thrilled to join the Make Music Chicago team as the 2018 Weging Intern. Born and raised in Mattawan, Michigan, Alex moved to Chicago in 2015 to pursue a degree in music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Now in his third year at CCPA, Alex is pursuing a special interest in performing arts administration through the newly formed Center for Arts Leadership at Roosevelt University.
In addition to his academic and musical coursework, he serves as a student representative on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Arts Leadership at RU, the advisory board for the Honors College at RU, and proudly serves on the board of advisors for CCPA. In October 2017, Alex had the honor of attending the inaugural Community Engagement training at the Obama Foundation, where he collaborated with 150 other Chicago area leaders in brainstorming solutions to challenges our communities face today.
Mark Riggleman brings more than twenty-five years of successful nonprofit leadership experience to the International Music Foundation and has a career history of leading and managing performance and educational activities.
Most recently, Mark served as the Director of Education at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he led Lyric’s education initiatives, reaching more than 100,000 Chicago-area children and adults annually. Prior to coming to Chicago, Mark spent twenty years leading arts programs and organizations in New York City. While in New York he held positions of note at The Juilliard School, the 92nd Street Y and the Judith G. Wharton Music Center.
Mark is also a pianist and a former President of The Leschetizky Association.