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Our Team

Tod Machover
Founder and Board Chair

Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Emmy-winning composer and Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, director of the Opera of the Future Group and creator of City Symphonies. In 2016, he was named Composer of the Year by Musical America. Co-founder of Harmony Line and New Harmony Line. Called a “musical visionary” by The New York Times and “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times, Machover is an influential composer and inventor, praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries and for developing technologies that expand music’s potential for everyone, from celebrated virtuosi to musicians of all abilities. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. Machover is widely recognized for designing new technologies for music performance and creation, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public. The videogames Guitar Hero and Rock Band grew out of Machover’s group at the Media Lab. Hyperscore software, developed by his Media Lab team, has enabled children around the world to compose music which has been performed by major orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and rock bands.

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Betsy Corcoran
Betsy Corcoran brings education's best ideas to life. She heads Lede Ventures, which advises organizations at the intersection of technology and learning on the strategies and tactics for catalyzing innovation. She consults with C-level executives on how to foster vibrant teams that stress authenticity and transparency drawing on decades of experience in leading teams and in analyzing industry’s top leaders. In 2011, Betsy cofounded and served as CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning news and information hub for teachers, entrepreneurs and school leaders with a commitment to edtech. She was named a “Rock Star of Education.” In 2019, she negotiated its successful acquisition by ISTE, the International Society for Technology Education. She writes regularly on the future of learning for sites including EdSurge and Protocol. Betsy is a well-known speaker and conference moderator as well as LinkedIn “Influencer.” She advises the Unboxing School Movement and the REMOTE Summit. She is a Fellow with the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. Betsy served as Silicon Valley Bureau Chief for Forbes Media, helping establish its Midas List. She has received national recognition for her work as a journalist at organizations that include The Washington Post and Scientific American magazine. She has been a Fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has a B.A. in economics and math from Georgetown University.
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Alysia Lee

Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Alysia Lee is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG), the El Sistema-inspired, girl empowerment choral academy in Philadelphia, Camden, and Baltimore. She is the education program supervisor for Fine Arts Education for the Maryland State Department of Education across five arts disciplines: music, dance, visual art, theatre, and media arts. She is the President-Elect of the national service organization, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE). Alysia is the series editor of Hal Leonard’s Exigence for Young Voices, the new choral series uplifting Black and Latino composers for young choir ensembles. Her piece ‘Say Her Name’ is published by Hal Leonard. She has recent composition commissions by Baltimore Choral Arts, Portland Lesbian Choir, and GALA Choruses. Lee is a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she is a Board member of Chorus America and the Advisory Board for ArtsEdSEL.

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Simone Ovsey

Looking to combine her love of music with her undergraduate studies at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Simone began her journey in performance production while an undergrad researcher with Tod Machover at the MIT Media Lab. After graduation in 2010, she began working on large-scale projects with Machover, including his Death and the Powers opera world premiere, leading to a career producing high-profile events and experiences. During her time at the Media Lab, she had the opportunity to contribute to numerous Hyperscore projects around the world, from Armenia to Switzerland. Simone is currently the Head of Account Services at a Boston-based creative agency where she continues to pursue the intersection of art and technology. As a classical percussionist, she performs with a variety of musical groups at MIT and in the Boston area. 

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Nick Pettinella
Treasurer

Senior financial executive serving public and private companies with over 30 years experience as CFO in financial management leadership, financial reporting, financial processes, debt and equity financing including IPO and LBO process, purchase/sale/divestiture of business enterprises/segments, coordinating outside legal, auditing, tax and administrative processes.

Board of Directors

Tod Machover
Founder and Board Chair

Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Emmy-winning composer and Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, director of the Opera of the Future Group and creator of City Symphonies. In 2016, he was named Composer of the Year by Musical America. Co-founder of Harmony Line and New Harmony Line. Called a “musical visionary” by The New York Times and “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times, Machover is an influential composer and inventor, praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries and for developing technologies that expand music’s potential for everyone, from celebrated virtuosi to musicians of all abilities. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. Machover is widely recognized for designing new technologies for music performance and creation, such as Hyperinstruments, “smart” performance systems that extend expression for virtuosi, from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, as well as for the general public. The videogames Guitar Hero and Rock Band grew out of Machover’s group at the Media Lab. Hyperscore software, developed by his Media Lab team, has enabled children around the world to compose music which has been performed by major orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and rock bands.

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Betsy Corcoran
Betsy Corcoran brings education's best ideas to life. She heads Lede Ventures, which advises organizations at the intersection of technology and learning on the strategies and tactics for catalyzing innovation. She consults with C-level executives on how to foster vibrant teams that stress authenticity and transparency drawing on decades of experience in leading teams and in analyzing industry’s top leaders. In 2011, Betsy cofounded and served as CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning news and information hub for teachers, entrepreneurs and school leaders with a commitment to edtech. She was named a “Rock Star of Education.” In 2019, she negotiated its successful acquisition by ISTE, the International Society for Technology Education. She writes regularly on the future of learning for sites including EdSurge and Protocol. Betsy is a well-known speaker and conference moderator as well as LinkedIn “Influencer.” She advises the Unboxing School Movement and the REMOTE Summit. She is a Fellow with the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. Betsy served as Silicon Valley Bureau Chief for Forbes Media, helping establish its Midas List. She has received national recognition for her work as a journalist at organizations that include The Washington Post and Scientific American magazine. She has been a Fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has a B.A. in economics and math from Georgetown University.
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Alysia Lee

Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Alysia Lee is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG), the El Sistema-inspired, girl empowerment choral academy in Philadelphia, Camden, and Baltimore. She is the education program supervisor for Fine Arts Education for the Maryland State Department of Education across five arts disciplines: music, dance, visual art, theatre, and media arts. She is the President-Elect of the national service organization, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE). Alysia is the series editor of Hal Leonard’s Exigence for Young Voices, the new choral series uplifting Black and Latino composers for young choir ensembles. Her piece ‘Say Her Name’ is published by Hal Leonard. She has recent composition commissions by Baltimore Choral Arts, Portland Lesbian Choir, and GALA Choruses. Lee is a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she is a Board member of Chorus America and the Advisory Board for ArtsEdSEL.

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Simone Ovsey

Looking to combine her love of music with her undergraduate studies at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Simone began her journey in performance production while an undergrad researcher with Tod Machover at the MIT Media Lab. After graduation in 2010, she began working on large-scale projects with Machover, including his Death and the Powers opera world premiere, leading to a career producing high-profile events and experiences. During her time at the Media Lab, she had the opportunity to contribute to numerous Hyperscore projects around the world, from Armenia to Switzerland. Simone is currently the Head of Account Services at a Boston-based creative agency where she continues to pursue the intersection of art and technology. As a classical percussionist, she performs with a variety of musical groups at MIT and in the Boston area. 

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Nick Pettinella
Treasurer

Senior financial executive serving public and private companies with over 30 years experience as CFO in financial management leadership, financial reporting, financial processes, debt and equity financing including IPO and LBO process, purchase/sale/divestiture of business enterprises/segments, coordinating outside legal, auditing, tax and administrative processes.


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