SHELLY DILKS, Vice President









Jeffrey Dilks, President

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.


Shelly Dilks, Vice President

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.

Patricia Adams Nordstrom, 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.

Robert Hilderbrand

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.

Neil Stylinski

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.

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