Michael is currently a Director at the Center City District in Philadelphia, and works with private social sector clients in revenue development and strategic planning. Michael was Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he built partnerships with foundations and philanthropists around the world. Michael was an Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship in 2014 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned a Master’s degree in public policy and economics. In Austin, TX Michael was Strategic Counsel at KUT Public Radio; Senior Consultant with Corcoran & Co.; Vice President of Habitat for Humanity; Capital Campaign Director for Zach Theatre and Director at the Texas Performing Arts Center. Michael was co-founder of Impact Texas, the first impact investing conference in Texas. A writer and editor, Michael has written for The Austin Chronicle, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and others. Michael is a Saxophone player and studied at the Eastman School of Music.
David Ludwig is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). In 2013 his choral work, “The New Colossus,” was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet held before his second inauguration. In 2011 NPR Music listed him as one of the top 100 composers under 40 in the world.
Dr. Ludwig has written for many prominent artists, including soloists Jonathan Biss and Jennifer Koh, ensembles like eighth blackbird and ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, and National symphonies. Recent and upcoming commissions and performances include the Dover and Borromeo quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and a seven-orchestra consortium commission of a new violin concerto for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova.
An award-winning film composer, Dr. Ludwig recently scored Michael Almareyda’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, produced by Anthony Katagas (Twelve Years a Slave) and starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, and Dakota Johnson. He has held residencies with Marlboro Music, the Gardner Museum, Music from Angel Fire, the Ravinia Steans Institute, the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies, Seoul National University, and the Shanghai International Festival, among others. Dr. Ludwig directs composition programs at the Lake Champlain Festival and the Atlantic Music Festival, and he is the artistic director of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program.
Dr. Ludwig’s family lineage of musicians includes his grandfather, Rudolf Serkin, and his great-grandfather, Adolf Busch. He holds degrees and diplomas from Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis, and the Juilliard School, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Segal, Esq., comes from a family of musicians and artists, and believes that talent should never go to waste. His brother, the late Peter Segal, was a well-known classical guitarist and music scholar. His mother, Margaret, was a popular portrait artists and his brother Stefan, a respected sculptor. As the father of three artists himself, David is well versed in the intensity of music education and wants to see more Philadelphia students on the concert stage. While his own career has been dedicated to the Segal & Segal Law Firm, his commitment to arts education has been a life-long passion.
The former President of the Board of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and long time supporter of arts organizations in the city, David's dream is to see no barrier to access when it comes to art. He believes in the uplifting abilities of art and that without it, our lives would be less rich.
David is the proud father of Executive Director Rachel Segal, fashion designer Hana Zeidman, and painter Jon Manteau, and grandfather to Leviah, Helena, and Oziel Zeidman as well as having three grand-dogs, Gus, Abby, and Link.
Lyndsie Wilson is the Adjunct Professor of Horn at Rowan University. As an active musician in the Philadelphia area, Lyndsie regularly performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Walnut Street Theatre. Outside of Philadelphia Lyndsie also performs with Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Sarasota Opera Association in Sarasota, Florida. She has appeared internationally with both the Spoleto Festival de dui Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and the Opera Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle-ile en Mer, France. She has also substituted with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions. Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Temple University and her Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where her principal instructors included Eli Epstein, Richard King, Randy Gardner and Eric Ruske.
STEVEN SEGAL, PH. D
Dr. Segal is an independent licensed psychologist. He has been practicing psychology in the Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware County areas of Pennsylvania for more than 35 years. He has maintained a diverse client base, across a wide range of psychological problems.
He currently supervises 3rd and 4th year psychiatry residents at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
As a psychotherapist he has also worked in a private psychiatric hospital where he directed a substance abuse program for young adults. During this time he practiced individual, group and family therapy and trained group therapists.
He also founded and developed, with a group of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, an independent living program for people dually diagnosed with mental illness and addiction issues. One of the goals of this program was to prevent their frequent re-hospitalizations.
Dr. Segal has also worked as an independent consultant and also as coach employed by a variety of companies and law firms assisting with a variety of issues and has been an adjunct professor teaching a variety of courses and both graduate and undergraduate levels.