Board of Directors
Board members and officers volunteer for the time-consuming roles of selecting artists, overseeing contracts, reviewing budgets, managing ticket sales, and handling every other detail required to bring you the world's best chamber music.
Alix Corboy has performed with a variety of Denver chamber groups including The Playground, Augustana Arts, and the Denver Philharmonic. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Music History from Temple University and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
Prior to moving to Denver, Alix served on the piano faculty at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and was affiliated with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. She is also a member of the Wednesday Music Party. Her hobbies include traveling, gardening, reading and skiing. Alix is married to neurologist John Corboy and has four children.
Mary Park earned a B.A. from Smith College and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She currently serves as chair of the FCM Education Committee. Mary first developed an interest in music and education while shepherding her two daughters through Suzuki violin studies and orchestra rehearsals. She enjoys the arts, traveling, tennis, and spending time with her husband, Doug, and two children.
Walter Torres is a clinical and forensic psychologist. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder and internship from Harvard Medical School. Torres has been in private practice in Colorado since 1988, also serving on the Attorney Regulation Committee of the Colorado Supreme Court from 2004-2009.
Torres has been on the board of Friends of Chamber Music since 1997, currently sitting on the Marketing Committee. His personal interests include classical music, the entire range of Latin American music, dancing, and singing.
Sue Damour has had a long career in politics in the state, both at the federal and state level. She currently serves as the Regional Administrator of US General Services Administration. While newly appointed to the board in 2016, Sue has been a supporter of Friends of Chamber Music for more than 40 years. A graduate of Colorado Woman's College, she has extensive experience in nonprofit organizational success and an abiding interest in advancing the arts in Colorado.
Lisa Bain is an attorney, most recently working at Welborn, Sullivan, Meck & Tooley, P.C. She has also worked as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Czech Republic and lived in both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Bain has a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Cornell University Law School.
Joining the board of Friends of Chamber Music in 2008, Lisa recently served as board president from 2014 to 2016 and currently serves on the Education Committee. She has also served on the Education and Outreach Committee for Opera Colorado, board of trustees at Graland Country Day School, and as docent and volunteer in the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center at the Denver Public Library. An amateur cellist, Lisa also enjoys back-country skiing and speaking Czech.
Lydia Milá Garmaier, Director of Visitor Services and Events at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, CO, joined the museum’s team at its opening in 2011. The Chicago native was House Manager for the newly opened theater at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, and is a certified German and Spanish translator. Her first love is music, however, and after completing her master’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, she began an opera career that took her to cities such as New York, Toronto, London, and ultimately to Munich, Germany. At the Staatsoper, she performed much beloved coloratura roles such as Gilda, Zerbinetta, and Olympia. Lydia Milá Garmaier’s 30 years plus of arts experience has come full circle with the Friends of Chamber Music.
John is a past president of Friends of Chamber Music, serving on the board for over 20 years. He is very active on the Music Committee. Playing the piano is John’s favorite pastime, and Schubert is his favorite composer. According to John, “There is something about Schubert’s B-flat Sonata that nobody else has matched.”
Newman is a past-president of the board of Friends of Chamber Music, and is actively involved with FCM’s outreach programs. She also serves on the board of directors for Music Makers/El Sistema, and is the past president of the Junior Symphony Guild. Kathy’s parents were among the early patrons of FCM, taking their young daughter to the performances. Kathy and her mom enjoyed reading the Beethoven scores together for many years. Renowned New York artist agent, Thea Dispeker, was married to Kathy's uncle. Kathy is an avid reader and is also very active, enjoying yoga, Zumba, hiking, and keeping up with her granddaughter.
Annastasia Psitos is a software engineer for Healthgrades. Originally from the Washington, DC area, she has been playing the cello for nearly 30 years, receiving her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her master's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has had the privilege of playing in venues as near as Boulder and as far as the Czech Republic. While she enjoys playing with groups of all shapes and sizes, her specialty is chamber music and she plays with friends as often as possible. She is a member of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and plays with two chamber ensembles.
Myra Rich is Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver; recently retired but back working part-time. She has a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
Rich is a long-time board member for Friends of Chamber Music, serving for more than 25 years and holding the position of president twice. She is currently on the Music Committee and also works on ticket sales and subscription management. Myra has previously served two terms on the board of Summer Scholars as well as the Colorado Children’s Chorale.
Myra has played the violin, with experience with orchestras and chamber music. Today she concentrates her time on the piano. She also enjoys weekends in the mountains and spending time with grandchildren.
Chet Stern practiced law for 25 years and is now a commercial landlord. Stern has a B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He is a past president of Friends of Chamber Music and has served on the board for more than 25 years. He currently chairs the Nominating Committee. Chet has played and studied piano for over 50 years.
Eli Wald is the Charles W. Delaney Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. A legal ethics and legal profession scholar, Wald has written on topics such as diversity and inclusiveness, lawyers and cybersecurity, and the organization of large law firms. Prof. Wald is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Colorado State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee. Eli enjoys the performing arts, reading, traveling and spending time with his wife Ashley, their three children, and Belgian Shepard. After subscribing to FCM for over a decade he is excited to join the board!
Anne Wattenberg has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. As a practicing architect specializing in cultural non-profits, she has worked on projects as diverse as Chicago’s John J. Shedd Aquarium, Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Carnegie Hall’s Studio Towers Renovation Project in New York City for which she both led the architectural team and subsequently assisted in the transition to their newly renovated facility. She and her husband Peter Buttrick have been in Denver for 11 years. They live in a historic mid-century A-Frame house that is almost always in the midst of a small renovation project. Anne is a new member of the FCM board and is on the Education and Marketing Committees.
Andrew Yarosh, who lives in Silverthorne, has been privileged to enjoy a life in music, first as a tenor in the choruses of the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera companies, then as an executive, development officer, and administrator with the Moab Music Festival, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Opera, Central City Opera, Colorado Symphony, The Juilliard School, and and the Metropolitan Opera. He first heard chamber music in the cradle, as his amateur violist father read quartets with friends, and is grateful to have heard most of those pieces performed by professionals in the intervening years. Since moving to Colorado in 1992, Friends of Chamber Music has been his home to hear the world class music and musicians. He is delighted to have recently joined the Board (in May, 2017), having served on the Music Committee since 2014.
Desiree Parrott-Alcorn is a Nonprofit Administrator/Consultant. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Past positions include Assistant Director of Development for the Colorado Symphony and Director of Development for the Arvada Center.
Desiree has been working on a contract basis for Friends of Chamber Music for 13 years, assisting with grant writing, marketing, subscription sales/renewals and management of FCM’s school outreach program. A graduate of Leadership Jefferson County, Desiree has held board positions with the Arvada Charity Ball, Duncan Family YMCA, Youth Leadership Jefferson County, and the Denver Concert Band.
She is currently serves on the boards of the Montview Foundation and Up Close and Musical. Desiree plays the french horn, performing with a local brass quintet. She enjoys music, theater, reading, hiking and biking, as well as keeping up with her husband and three sons.
Emeritus Board Members
She has been a member of the board of Friends of Chamber Music since 1980, serving twice as president. In addition, she is a board member of Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir and on the advisory board of the Colorado Young Musicians Foundation. She previously served as board chair of Colorado Public Radio where she currently heads their Community Advisory Board. Other trustee positions have included Graland Country Day School and the National Association of Olmsted Parks. Rosemarie has studied piano since childhood and enjoys playing with friends.
Suzanne Ryan (emeritus) served as Executive Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra for six years in the ‘80s, and also held the position of president on their board of directors. She was also a member of the Denver Symphony Orchestra board from 1979-1988.
Ryan has a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served on the board of directors for Friends of Chamber Music since 1990, serving as president for three years. Additional board positions include the Colorado Symphony Foundation, Up Close and Musical, Englewood Arts, and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Suzanne enjoys hiking, movies, piano, chamber playing, and grandparenting!
Friends of Chamber Music is sad to announce the passing of long-time friend and board member, Sam Wagonfeld, on January 24, 2017. Sam was a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, especially committed to working with children and adolescents. In addition to music, he enjoyed a number of hobbies, including fly fishing, golf, and art collecting ﹣ specifically Inuit art. Sam was also actively involved in the Douglas Society, supporting the development of the Native American art collection at the Denver Art Museum. He was a flute player and enjoyed playing chamber music. He will be missed.
Friends of Chamber Music is sad to announce the passing of a long-time friend and board member, Allan Rosenbaum, on August 4, 2016. Serving as board treasurer, Allan provided FCM with strong financial leadership for the last 15 years. Never without a joke, Allan’s wit was as sharp as his pencil.
Allan was a Certified Public Accountant and independent consultant, also serving on the accounting faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Previously he served as Chief Accountant for the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress.
While his instrument of choice was the 10 key adding machine, Allan truly loved music. He and his wife, Judith, were long-time FCM subscribers as well as patrons of numerous cultural organizations in the Denver area. He will be deeply missed.