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Our Team

June Kinoshita
Executive Director

June has extensive non-profit leadership experience, having served since 2012 with the FSHD Society, a rare disease advocacy and funding organization. Previously, she co-founded the Alzheimer Research Forum and N-of-One, a pioneering precision medicine company. June is a graduate of Harvard College, where she concentrated in physics, and has been a writer and editor for Scientific AmericanScienceThe New York Times Magazine, and many other national publications.

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Peter Torpey
Chief Technology Officer

Peter is an artist and engineer who explores the nexus of music, interface, interaction design, cognition, storytelling, and theater. He received his PhD in the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab and now works as an independent contractor providing services that span the possibilities of integrating technologies into live performance and artistic experience. These services include theatrical design, video production, media and graphic design, as well as web and software development.

Cecilia Roudabush
Director of Education

Cecilia taught General and Adaptive Music K-12 in the Iowa City Community School District for 32 years. She has a master’s degree in music education specializing in music therapy and behavior disorders from the University of Iowa. She was honored by the ICCSD District Parent’s Organization in 2012, received the Achievement in Education Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education in 2014 and was the Iowa City Education Association’s Teacher of the Year in 2017. Cecilia piloted Hyperscore in 2003 and passionately taught the program until 2021.

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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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Sep Kamvar

Sep Kamvar is a computer scientist, artist, and entrepreneur.  He has been a professor at MIT and Stanford, and a co-founder of Wildflower Schools (a network of Montessori microschools), Mosaic Building Group (an AI-based residential construction company), and Celo (a mobile-based global payments platform for cryptocurrencies).  Sep’s main contributions to computer science have been at the intersection of computer science and mathematics, particularly in the fields of numerical linear algebra, peer-to-peer networks, and information retrieval.  Sep is the author of three books and over 40 technical publications and patents, and his artwork has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musem in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens among others. Sep received his PhD in scientific computing and computational mathematics from Stanford University and an AB in chemistry from Princeton 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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