MOUNTAINSIDE BAROQUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE REV. MARTHA MACGILL, President
MARK STEINER, Vice President
REV. DR. MARSHA BELL, Recording Secretary
BRYAN KELLEHER, Treasurer
PATRICIA ADAMS NORDSTROM, Corresponding Secretary
The Rev. Martha Macgill, President
Rev. Macgill was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church, Alexandria, where she sang for several years in the junior choir. She graduated from St Agnes School in Alexandria in 1976 as valedictorian, and thereafter received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Davidson College. After attending University of Virginia Law School (J.D.) and New York University Law School (L.LM. in Taxation), she practiced law in Connecticut and as a clerk at the United States Tax Court in Washington, DC. Rev. Macgill entered the ordination process in the Diocese of Virginia from St Paul’s, Alexandria in 1990 and attended Virginia Theological Seminary where she graduated with honors in 1995. Ordained to the Diaconate in June 1995 by the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee at All Saints, Richmond, she served as an Assistant Rector at St Stephen’s, Richmond where she was ordained to the Priesthood in January 1996. In 1997, she and her family moved to the Diocese of Christ the King, South Africa where she became Priest-in-Charge of St Francis, Walkerville. In August 2000, she returned to the States to become Rector of Memorial Church in Baltimore, Maryland until May of 2014. In the Diocese of Maryland, she has served as Chair of the Commission on Ministry. She was a mentor to the new Episcopal Service Corps of young adults and served as a Deputy to General Convention in Indianapolis in the summer of 2013. Martha now serves as Rector of Emmanuel Parish in Cumberland, Maryland and serves as Founding Director of Kaleo, Inc. Her passions include walking with others to find their vocations to serve the common good through small group conversation, retreats and pilgrimages. She believes that the 21st century Episcopal Church can become a beacon of this work in an interfaith, diverse world community.
Mark Steiner, Vice President
Mark W. Steiner was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland. He graduated from Frostburg State College (now University) with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a minor in Music Education. Following graduation from Frostburg he studied Organ Peformance with Dr. Cylde English at West Virginia University.In 1981 Mr. Steiner accepted the position of Director of Music at Second English Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland and completed a second Bachelor's degree in Organ Performance at Towson State University with Dr. Thomas Spacht. In 1985 he returned to Cumberland to accept the position of Choir Master and Organist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He was Director of Music at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church from 1993-2003, free-lance Organist throughout the state of Maryland from 2003-2006 and returned to Emmanuel as Organist in 2006-2014. In 2015 he became the Director of Music and Organist at Emmanuel. In addition to his positions as Organist/Accompanist in the Cumberland area, he founded Steiner-Murphy Organ Company in 1987. Steiner-Murphy Organ Company is a full-service Organ Building firm with over 75 clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region that includes Rebuilding services, restorations and regular Tuning and Servicing contracts.
Bryan Kelleher, Treasurer
Bryan Kelleher serves as Treasurer of Mountainside Baroque. An MBA with an additional masters degree in education, Bryan has experience in the business world as well as over 15 years experience as a math teacher. He currently teaches math at Frankfort High School in Mineral County, WV. Bryan has had lifelong involvement with non-profits and community initiatives, having served on the boards of D.C. Cares Inc., the City of Alexandria (VA) Advisory Board on Juvenile Justice, and the Anglican Diocesan Foundation of Johannesburg, South Africa. Bryan lives with his wife Martha in Lavale, MD.
Rev. Dr. Marsha Bell, Recording Secretary
The Rev. Dr. Bell served as Pastor of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cumberland since spring of 2010, retiring in June of 2018. Prior to coming to Cumberland, she served as Pastor of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in South Glens Falls, New York for seven years. Pastor Marsha holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University. She began her seminary studies in the Lutheran Program at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She went on to attend the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and holds the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Ministry from that institution. Music is her life-long passion. She began piano studies at age 4 and sang in church children’s choirs from her early years. For many years, she served as hand bell choir director and children’s choir director in United Methodist and Lutheran churches. She has an administrative background as a bank officer and later as the office manager for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. She has owned and operated two bed & breakfasts, in Texas and most recently Alleluia Bed & Breakfast in Glens Falls, NY. Music, hospitality, and the Gospel – that’s Marsha.
Patricia Adams Nordstrom, Corresponding Secretary
A graduate of Macalester College (B.A.), Stanford University (M.A. in music), and Oakland University (M.S.), Pat is an original member of the well-regarded “Musicians of Swanne Alley.” She has performed with them in tours across Europe and North America and has appeared on American, Canadian, German, French, English and Danish radio and television, and has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Focus and Virgin Classics. Trained on historical bowed-string and wind instruments at Stanford University, Pat was on staff at Oakland University in Michigan for fifteen years until her move to Atlanta in 1992. In Atlanta, she performed regularly with a variety of groups, notably the Merry Band and Muses Gardin, taught at early music workshops, and was also instrumental in launching the Atlanta Early Music Alliance, having served Board chair and newsletter designer and editor. Over her career, Pat has combined her performance activities with providing promotional services for performers and working with individuals and groups on stage fright issues. She also has a long-standing interest in collecting texts and tunes in the English and American ballad tradition for use in performance. After her move to Denton, Texas, she performed with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Dallas Bach Society, Fort Worth Early Music and the Denton Bach Society, and was an adjunct instructor in viola da gamba at the University of North Texas College of Music. In 2008, she retired from her position as Senior Assistant to the Dean of the UNT College of Music. Since moving to LaVale in 2010, in addition to enjoying the many outdoor activities available in Western Maryland, she has begun to pursue a long-delayed interest in weaving.
Ryan Mullaney, Artistic Co-Director
Conductor and Baritone Ryan Mullaney has made a name for himself in music circles across the country. A native of Western Maryland, Ryan currently resides in Seattle, Washington serving as a pre-doctoral teaching associate at the University of Washington School of Music, where he has lead the World Voices Ensemble, Men’s Glee Club, UW Summer Chamber Orchestra and teaches a course on music in culture. He also serves as co-founder and artistic director of Mountainside Baroque, an early music collective based in Western Maryland. Before his departure to the West Coast, Mullaney spent four years as Director of Liturgical Music at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Parish in Cumberland, MD, supervising a staff of eight part-time musicians and musical worship at five churches. As a graduate conductor in The Boyer College of Music at Temple University, he was named Elaine Brown Scholar in Choral Music. In addition to leading all choral ensembles over a two-year period, Mullaney maintained a professional singing career with the renowned choir of St. Clement’s Anglo Catholic Church. Recent engagements include a guest appearance leading Seattle-based Queen City Musicians in performances of Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day and serving as chorus master and assistant conductor in Pacific MusicWorks’ production of Magic Flute, for Grammy award winning music director Stephen Stubbs. Mullaney holds a Master of Music Degree in Choral/Orchestral Conducting from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Towson University. He is currently pursuing a DMA in choral conducting at the University of Washington.
Dr. Lyle Nordstrom, Artistic Co-Director
Lutenist and conductor Dr. Lyle Nordstrom has been one of the most influential musicians in early music in the last several decades, particularly in the area of education at the collegiate level. In the course of his college teaching career he has led the early music programs at Oakland University in Michigan, Clayton State College and University in Atlanta and, most recently, the University of North Texas, being nominated for a number of teaching awards at each institution. He has also taught lute at Indiana University and Oberlin Conservatory. In 2000 he was given the Binkley award by Early Music America for his work on the collegiate level and in 2009 the Paul Riedo Award by Dallas Bach Society for his contributions to early music in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. He is also known for his scholarly contributions to various early music journals as well as a book about the wire-strung bandora and articles in the New Groves Encyclopedia of Music. Lyle’s role as a committed mentor to new generations of early music performers and enthusiasts has been a hallmark of his teaching career, and graduates of his programs, both singers and instrumentalists, have populated early music organizations in both North America and Europe. He is also known as a founder of The Musicians of Swanne Alley, a group he directed with lutenist Paul O’Dette from 1976 to 1996, performing with them at nearly every major early music festival in the US and Europe, and contributing his performing and editing talents to recordings on Focus, Harmonia Mundi and Virgin Classics. The movie Rob Roy features music edited by Nordstrom in performances by Swanne Alley. In 1997 Lyle also founded the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and is now the Director Emeritus. He also tours regularly with the 17th century ensemble Armonia Celeste.
Jeffry Dilks grew up in rural Illinois and earned a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois and an MA in the History of Technology and Science from Iowa State University. Much of his working career was spent teaching high school physics and leading professional development for secondary school science teachers. As a result of his nomadic working life, Jeff has been engaged with the early music communities of New Orleans, Houston, Iowa, and Washington D.C. as a performer, board member, and passionate supporter.
Rommel Gonzaga is the CEO of Gonzaga Health and co-founder of GCR Therapy Group and Gonzaga Interventional Pain Management. He leads a multi-disciplinary team consisting of physicians, nurse practioners, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists who provide integrative care to the western maryland region. Rommel believes that patients should be treated as part of a big family and not just another number. Before coming onboard to Gonzaga Health in 2014, he taught Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology at UMPC and Chatham University in Pittsburgh for over 6 years. Rommel holds a doctorate of medicine from Far Eastern University and is also ECFMG certified. He also pursued graduate studies in vocal performance at New York University under the direction of the late Anna Moffo one of the leading lyric sopranos of the Metropolitan Opera in the 1960’s-70’s. Some of Rommel’s accomplishments are keynote speaker for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Shadyside School of Nursing graduation 2015, 1997 Awit Award recipient (Philippine’s version of the Grammy’s), for international achievement, 1996 Grandprize winner of the Philippine International Song Festival. On his spare time he likes to bike local trails, network and workout.
Bob Hilderbrand is an associate professor at the Appalachian Laboratory. While he has very broad interests in both basic and applied science, most of his research comes back to actionable science involving the conservation, management, or restoration of wadeable streams and their biota. His work has substantively contributed to recovery and management plan actions for protecting rare, threatened, and endangered species; the delisting of an endangered species; and additional legal protections to Maryland's coldwater streams. Much of his current research involves the responses of fish, aquatic invertebrates, and overall stream ecological condition to land use and landscape change, including stream restorations. He is also very involved in developing and testing applications from high throughput, next generation DNA sequencing data for stream monitoring and assessment.
Al Hunt received a Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music in Performance from nearby West Virginia University. After which, he moved to Southeastern Virginia, became a band director and played with local groups in York County for four years. In 1974 he moved to New York City where he worked for 30 years as a freelance musician, specializing in multi-woodwinds. Al is a veteran of over 30 Broadway shows and performed or recorded with such headliners as Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler, Beyoncé, Jon Bon Jovi and others. Al has also toured with such diverse groups as the Frank Sinatra Orchestra and the minimalist composer Steve Reich. For over twenty years Al was a member of the Ed Palermo Big Band which still performs regularly at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. He also performed with the New York Saxophone Quartet that toured under the sponsorship of the Yamaha Music Corporation. Al frequently played saxophone with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the New York City Ballet and other freelance orchestras in the area. Al and his wife Donna moved to Cumberland four years ago. After hearing a concert by Mountainside Baroque we were both impressed with the quality. The idea that a small city could support Early Music concerts where prominent musicians came from all over the country intrigued us. After talking to other board members we decided we wanted to do whatever we could to encourage the development of Mountainside Baroque in Cumberland.
Donna Walker Hunt is a native of Cumberland and moved back in 2016 to be a health care provider to her elderly parents. She is a retired music educator from Port Washington, NY public school district as well as being, organist and choir director in New York City. She received her Bachelors of Music from West Virginia University, Masters in Performance Flute and Music Education from Florida State University, postgraduate credits from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NY, and the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. In 1996 she was ordained at St. John’s Cathedral Church of the Divine in Manhattan, NY as an Interfaith Minister and practiced for ten years in Valley Stream, NY. She is a student of the “Course of Miracles” philosophical teachings. She is a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir, the Allegany Arts Council and the Gilchrist Museum. Her passion and dream is to see the success of Mountainside Baroque’s concerts and festivals become a destination for classical music lovers and contribute to the growth of Cumberland’s revival.
David Rankin is a life-long resident of the area, and works as a psychotherapist in a rural community behavioral health center. He has the Master's in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University, has studied music at Shenandoah University, and choral conducting at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. A church musician for over forty years, he is currently Music Director at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cumberland. Other musical activities include several semesters as director of the College-Community Chorus of Potomac State College, membership in the Cumberland Choral Society, vocal coaching for middle school musical theatre productions, and learning to play steel drums. He has sung with the Scholars of St. Cecilia since the 2016-2017 season.
Neil Stylinski is comfortable in many hats. He’s a filmmaker and communicator by profession, having worked as a TV producer, director, writer, cameraman, sound recordist, lighting director and editor for much of his career in southern California. In that time and since, Neil has collected an Emmy and other national and regional creative awards. His coolest job may have been as newsletter editor and social media producer for Ferrari of Washington. Along with a BA in communications, Neil holds an MBA and a certificate in financial planning. In a former life, he also worked in military intelligence as a linguist and analyst, affording a three-year residence in Germany. One thing Neil is not is a musician, despite a brief turn at drums. This qualifies him uniquely as an MBQ board member and marketing chairperson. A Cleveland native, Neil has lived in Cumberland for two decades now.