Alumni ambassadors are important volunteers who serve as connectors between BYSO and the BYSO alumni community. Ambassadors are alumni who value the BYSO experience and are well-connected among your peers. They help by encouraging their fellow BYSO alumni to (1) stay connected, (2) get involved, and (3) give back.
Alexandra Morgan-Welch ’10
Alexandra Morgan-Welch is Director at Comcast NBCUniversal and participant in the firm’s Rotational Leadership Program. Alexandra currently works in Pricing Strategy for Comcast Consumer Services and Decision Science for Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service launching in Spring 2020. Alexandra graduated with Dean’s Honors from Columbia Business School with a focus in Media, Technology, and Strategy. While getting her MBA, Alexandra worked across Corporate Strategy, Cable Entertainment and Ad Sales at Comcast NBCUniversal while serving as Co-President of Columbia Business School’s Media Management Association, VP of Communications for the Black Business Students Association, and while working as a Teaching Assistant for courses in the Strategy and Economics departments. Prior to business school, Alexandra worked as a Senior Analyst in New Business Operations at Credit Suisse in New York.
Alexandra graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a triple major in Mathematics, Music and Film & Media Studies. Her senior honors thesis, “Stardom & Participatory Viewership in the Age of Reality Television; A Study of the Bravo TV Network” won the Senior Prize for most outstanding Film & Media Studies thesis. In 2019, Alexandra received the Young Alumni Award from the Amherst College Society of Alumni for her innovative service on the Amherst Fund Committee, as the Class Agent for the Class of 2014 and as a reunion attendance chair. Alexandra graduated from and serves on the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Council and as an Alumni Ambassador.
Eric Cortell ‘82
Bio to come.
Abe Dewing ’87
My name is Abe Dewing and I have a background in sales and marketing in news media and in the arts.
My career in news media began in 2004 with the Boston Herald in advertising sales that culminated with innovative campaigns that included creating a blog dedicated to the arts. I also served on the Board of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and headed up Marketing for a decade.
I am currently a performing musician specializing in pop, rock, country and bluegrass and a private instructor for guitar, violin and piano. I also formed my own volunteer traveling chamber music group called Fusion String Ensemble.
Much of my organizational and networking skills were made possible with the experience I had and continue to have with the Boston Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Alex Adamczyk ’14
Alex is a BYSO class of 2014 alum and played oboe with Rep for two years. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from Carleton College where he also studied oboe performance, contemporary art history, lived on a sailboat for three months, and wrote a thesis on the politics of Russian Avant Garde Art. Alex currently works in marketing at Google in NYC, building out tech capabilities for advertising agencies. Alex also performs oboe with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and while in quarantine, the Google Work From Home symphony orchestra.
Thomas Hadley ’83
Thomas Hadley is the Dean of Admissions, Alumni and Fellow Services with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, a position he started in 2006. He attended Boston University and studied for two summers at the Tanglewood Music Center. Following his formal education, he joined the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas as a horn Fellow and performed with this organization for two years. For the twelve years that followed, he performed with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and also became active in the musicians’ association and eventually the orchestra’s Personnel Manager. This led to his appointment as Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where he stayed for four years before returning to Florida and the New World Symphony.
Dave Jones ’85
Dr. David Jones, MD, PhD, is the Chief of Dermatology at Newton Wellesley Hospital. His background is in chemical engineering, medical research, and medicine.
Raised in Massachusetts and Alabama, he is a GBYSO alum (Horn in the early 80s), and also a BYSO alumni parent (his son played oboe in Rep).
Ryan Miller ’97
I started playing the violin at the age of 3 and am grateful to have been able to spend so many wonderful years with GBYSO, growing up in the rep orchestra and then becoming co-concert master of the senior orchestra. Since graduating from Middlebury College, I have spent my career working on Wall Street, starting as an investment banker at JPMorgan and now working as an investment manager at Invesco. To reconnect with my artistic roots, I applied to (and graduated from) film school last year, which spurred a desire to not only explore the world of filmmaking, but also to tap back into the chamber music community as well. I look forward to being an Ambassador for BYSO so that I can help bring together wonderful BYSO alumni in the NYC area and also help promote the growth of young musicians in the greater Boston area.
Farrah Ridore ’12
Farrah Ridore is a BYSO/ICP alumna class of 2012. She played the double bass for BYSO/ICP for 10 years. She currently works for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as her Regional Director for the Greater Boston/Metro West area. She is currently a student at Cambridge College in Charlestown, MA studying Human Services Management. She is a resident of Stoneham, MA.
Sebastien Ridore ‘15
Sébastien Ridoré is a violist hailing from Stoneham, Massachusetts. He started taking lessons through the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program. He progressed within the orchestras through to BYS. Sébastien graduated in 2015 and decided to continue his music education at the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College. There, he earned his bachelor’s in music performance focusing on both classical and jazz viola.
Sébastien currently splits his time between teaching and performing. During the start of the 2019 school year, he began working at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program as a teaching artist and at the Community Music Center of Boston as a studio teacher. Additionally, he assumed a position as music coordinator at the Immigrant Family Services Institute. Sébastien enjoys performing with the Park Street Church string ensemble and performing quartet music with his colleagues at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program.
Sébastien recently became an Alumni Ambassador and is excited to reconnect with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras community.
Joia Findeis ‘20
Bio to come.
Sarah McDermott ’18
Bio to come.
Samantha Velasquez ’10
Bio to come.
Janet Raciti ‘69
Janet Raciti has over 40 years of experience dealing with the myriad of federal and state health policy issues that affect the development and commercialization of healthcare products and services in the U.S. In her early career, Janet directed the business development team at National Medical Care (now Fresenius Medical Care) after which she joined Genzyme Corp (now Sanofi/Genzyme) where she led the reimbursement team of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Genzyme Genetics. In 1997, she moved to Illinois to join the marketing team at PathoGenesis Corp (later Chiron, now Novartis) to launch the first inhaled antibiotic for people with cystic fibrosis. During the last decade of her career at Baxter/Baxalta (then Shire, now Taketa), she worked extensively with cross-functional product teams to achieve, maintain, and expand market access for pipeline and marketed products. Janet retired from active employment in late 2016.
Dr. Philip Simon ‘65
Bio to come.