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SHELLY DILKS, Vice President

RYAN MULLANEY, Temporary Secretary









Jeffery Dilks, President

Jeffery 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. Jeff was a long-time member of Iowa State University’s Musica Antiqua, specializing on the renaissance flute. He has sung with Arlington Virginia’s Collegium Cantorum in performances of 15th century English polyphony and has performed on baroque flute alongside Igor Kipnis and with Washington, DC area ensembles such as the Friends of Fasch, Ensemble Gaudior and the Voce Chamber Singers.


Shelly Dilks, Vice President

Michelle (Shelly) Dilks has spent her life surrounded by music. Raised in Chicago with WFMT radio and the occasional trip to the Chicago Symphony, along with piano lessons found her studying musicology in college. After a degree from the University of New Orleans and Early Childhood teaching certification from Iowa State University, she devoted her working career to helping others in need. After managing Head Start programs, working for ISU Extension, the Community Action Agency, and concluding her work life at the Department of Health and Human Services, Shelly and husband Jeff retired to Cumberland. Mountainside Baroque was a key factor in the relocation and Shelly is happy to be part of the Board. She brings a love of music, along with management, organization, and myriad other skills. Hobbies include singing, cooking, gardening, rabble rousing, and travel to see two adult daughters and their families. 

Emily Kenney, Treasurer

Ryan Mullaney, Artistic Co-Director

See Ryan's bio on his Artistic Co-Director page.



Dr. Lyle Nordstrom, Artistic Co-Director

See Lyle's bio on his Artistic Co-Director page.



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.

Rt. Rev. Matthew Riegel

Christmas Day 1981, The Dick Cavett Show reran its 1979 episode with the Waverly Consort, and Riegel was hooked. So began a high school junior's quest for LPs, cassettes, and whatever concerts of early music as could be had in Berks County, PA, at the time. College offered the chance to take a 300-level class in musicology of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque---had to beg to be let in because he wasn't a music major---and to sing elements of the Latin mass in the Gettysburg College Chapel Choir. Since then, he's been able to weave his interest in early music into his ecclesiastical work, including sponsoring a schola cantorum at his campus chapel at WVU while chaplain. Now serving as bishop of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the Ev. Lutheran Church in America, he and his wife, Tamara, are pleased to support Mountainside Baroque and its summer academy in which their daughter, Grace, participated.

Nicole Wigfield

Nicole Wigfield is the Vice President of Finance at Komodo Systems Inc and Skypacket Networks. She has over 15 years’ experience working with telecommunication companies and Internet Service Providers. Nicole received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University in 2008. Nicole currently serves as Past Chairwoman of the Allegany County Chamber Board of Directors and is active with the Marketing Committee and International Women’s Day Committee. Nicole is a graduate of their Leadership Allegany! Class of 2010 program and has served on their Board for over 8 years. She also serves on the First Peoples Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee, Rotary Club of Cumberland Board of Directors,  Robotics and Engineering in Allegany County--Together, Inc. (REACT), and Sue’s Crew. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and cycling and is looking forward to exploring the world of Baroque music. Nicole is a lifelong resident of Allegany County where she resides with son, Jordan, and her daughter, Josie in Corriganville.


New Board Members Welcomed at 2022 Annual Meeting (Photo: Meg Romero)

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