where mental health matters
MISSION & VISION
Hailed by Cleveland Classical for her "warmth and vitality," Alexandria Hoffman is entering her third year as a fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and has appeared as a soloist with Yo-Yo-Ma.
Alex's passion for mental health led her to cofound Classical Musicians' Roundtable in the fall of 2019. She maintains an active private studio and teaches in the Chicagoland area. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, and playing with her dog, Barry.
Kelsey is a freelance musician and teacher in Chicago. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and her Master's Degree in horn performance at Northwestern University. Kelsey has enjoyed an active performing career playing with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and Richmond Symphony. As cofounder of Classical Musicians' Roundtable, Kelsey is excited to share her passion for mental health.
Oboist Laura Yawney comes to Chicago from Philadelphia where she completed her Master’s degree in Oboe Performance at Temple University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, and during her time there was a featured soloist with the Newark Symphony Orchestra and the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In Philadelphia, Laura performed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Endless Mountain Music Festival, and Reláche, a chamber ensemble specializing in new music. Laura is currently a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a Teaching Assistant with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, and a cofounder of Classical Musicians' Roundtable.
Kevin Gupana is a freelance oboist in Chicago. He received his Bachelors in oboe performance at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and his Masters in oboe performance from the University of Houston studying.
In addition to performing, Kevin is Development Coordinator with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, an organization of which he is also an alumnus, and serves as a mentor with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. Kevin is passionate about helping young musicians navigate the music world.
Conductor Benjamin Manis joined the Houston Grand Opera as Resident Conductor in September, 2019. In May of 2019 he completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Larry Rachleff. Ben has served as cover conductor for the St. Louis and Dallas Symphonies and was winner of the 2019 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award. He returned to the Aspen Music Festival for the third consecutive summer in 2019, and will appear in Aspen again next summer as the winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize.
Eric Goldberg (they/them) is a Chicago-based percussionist, conductor, and educator. They are the founder and director of an ensemble called the Millennial Chamber Players, and also enjoy freelancing as a performer and teaching artist. They received their Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and is now a student in the Master of Music Education and Certification program at the VanderCook College of Music. Eric has had a passion for discussing mental health and helping reduce stigma for many years, and is honored to continue this work as a member of CMRT.
Dan comes from a long line of Portuguese and Canadian musicians settled in Southeastern Coastal Massachusetts. He deeply enjoys collaborating with other artists, and can be seen blissfully playing Off-Broadway (J2 Spotlight Theatre Comp.), and accompanying Modern & Improv Dance Classes (Rutgers University). Dan is also an avid composer of contemporary classical music, jazz, pop, and commercial music. Currently, Dan lives in New Jersey, where he produces the Move for Mind Podcast as well as the Classical Musicians’ RoundTable Podcast, and enjoys drinking coffee, cooking, and playing chess. montedan.com