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Stephanie Challener, PublisherStephanie Challener joined Musical America in 1993, working as an advertising assistant, as a sales representative in 1995, then on to associate publisher in 1997 and publisher in December 2001.
Before working at Musical America, Stephanie received a BA degree in International Relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a Master of Music degree in Accompanying and Coaching from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.
Stephanie also takes and develops her own black & white photos, plays the piano and because of her position with Musical America she has had the opportunity to travel to some wonderful places. She is also the happy companion of 2 beautiful orange cats named Sunny and Ray.
|Sedgwick Clark, Editor Musical America International Directory of the Performing ArtsSedgwick Clark's sophomore college roommate was sick of hearing Ferrante and Teicher and film soundtrack records. "Here, listen to this," he demanded, thrusting Stravinsky's stereo recording of Le Sacre du printemps into Clark's hands. Clark has been hooked on classics ever since.Among the long-defunct magazines he edited are Tape Deck Quarterly and Modern Recording, and in 1978 he began a 12-year stint as editor of Keynote, the music magazine and program guide of New York's late classical-radio station WNCN. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Opera News, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, High Fidelity, Musical America, The Absolute Sound, The Perfect Vision, Video Review, International Music Guide (U.S. editor), and in the program books of Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic. He was a frequent guest on New York's classical-radio station WQXR's "First Hearing" program.
Clark's passion for historical recordings led to his involvement in three highly acclaimed CD series: assisting producer Wilma Cozart Fine in the reissue of Mercury's Living Presence recordings, consulting on Sony's Masterworks Heritage reissues of Columbia recordings, and producer of five 10-CD sets of New York Philharmonic broadcasts that date from 1923 to the present, for which he received three Grammy Award nominations.He has been editor of Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts since 1993.
|Susan Elliott, News Editor MusicalAmerica.comSusan Elliott has won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor fo her work on the Web site and has contributed articles to the daily New York Times, Dance Magazine, Symphony and Opera News. A composer by training, Elliott is a onetime critic for the New York Post and former managing editor of High Fidelity/Musical America under the late Shirley Fleming. She is an officer on the board of the Music Critics Association of North America.
|Carolyn Eychenne, European Advertising Sales Representative
Carolyn Eychenne has represented Musical America in Europe since 1989, a period in which the music industry in Europe has experienced both great upheaval and great renewal, as the fall of the Berlin wall and subsequent fall in music subsidies in Germany and then other countries forced artists' agents to become more and more creative.Carolyn has developed Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts's reach in Europe and the Middle East, tripling turnover in this region. A specialist in business-to-business marketing, Carolyn has also worked for professional magazines in the food, pharmaceutical and medical industries. An "American in Paris," Carolyn studied English Literature at Mills College in California (home to composer Darius Milhaud after the War), before coming to France on a Fulbright scholarship. She has since lived in Tunis, Paris, Nice and Versailles.
Bob began his association with Musical America in the 1970s mainly working for the Survey of North American Cities and Index sections. the 1980s, his involvement in Musical America expanded with an integrated approach to all listings, the Survey, and the Index. It was during this time that files were migrated from electronic typesetting to computer, and then to database files.
Questionnaire production and direct mailings were added in the late 1980s, Web site listings and press releases in the 1990s, and electronic questionnaire updates in the 2000s.
Joyce Wasserman, Senior Account Manager
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