In 2016, Mandy was chosen to participate in the LAO’s “Emerging Leaders Program,” a highly competitive program where participants are chosen based on their potential to make significant contributions to their orchestras and to the field as a whole. She is also a graduate of the LAO’s prestigious “Essentials of Orchestra Management” program.
Mandy has been on the music faculties of the University of Oklahoma and Florida State University, and has been involved in the Tallahassee community through managing the Word of South Festival of Literature and Music, acting as a Knight Foundation Creative Communities Institute Catalyst, participating in the Leadership Tallahassee program, membership in the Florida Economic Club, serving on the Leon High School Foundation Board of Trustees, acting as the Leon High Lacrosse Boosters’ Treasurer, and sitting on the Leon County Tourist Development Council.
Director of Marketing & Development
Before coming to the TSO, she worked at the FSU School of Dance, taught music theory, piano and voice. She continues to be musically involved in the community as a vocalist. Mary is thrilled to have been selected for Leadership Tallahassee this year and is a proud member of the LT 40 class.
In her new role at the TSO as Director of Marketing and Development, Mary works to raise the visibility of the TSO, grow our amazing audience, and further the community’s access to the orchestra. She also manages the TSO’s Internship Program, working closely with graduate students from the Arts Administration masters program at the FSU College of Music. Above all, her goal is to engage, enrich, and inspire people at all stages of life through great music.
Director of Patron Services
Personnel and Operations Manager
She began her professional studies in violin & viola at the University of Miami, studying with George Zazofsky & Victor Stern and with David Becker at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute where she studied with Julie Andrijeski and Jane Starkman.
She has performed with artists as varied as Perlman, Sinatra, Billy Dean, and baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Baugess. On period instruments, she has performed and recorded with Conspirare in Austin, TX as well as with the Victoria Bach Festival, Baroque Southeast, the Apollo Ensemble, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
She feels very fortunate to have 3 beautiful instruments to perform on. Her modern viola is French made in the 1820s by E. Perrin, and her baroque viola is English made in 1760 by Locky Hill. Her viola d’amore is Italian and was made in 1930 made by G. Tadesco.
Since Melissa and her husband Charles Brewer purchased a 1940 bungalow in “Old Town” she has discovered a talent and love for demo!
Upon earning her MA in 2011, she began working for TSO remotely from New York City. Simultaneously, she worked for eight years in various roles in the marketing department at The Juilliard School. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY and works in social media for a Caribbean medical school, continuing her passion for working in higher education.
Board of Directors
The TSO Board of Directors is a wonderful body of creative, generous, community-minded Tallahassee citizens. The TSO is committed to maintaining a board that is diverse in age, race, and professional expertise.
- Chair, Mary Lee Kiracofe
- Chair of Governance Committee, Steve Mindlin
- Vice-Chair of Development, Tracey Cohen
- Treasurer, Adam Watson
- Secretary, Gary Zirin
- David Ashburn
- Joe Bodiford
- Barbara Boone
- Elizabeth Emmanuel
- Lily Etemadi
- Brooke Hallock
- Matthew Hansard
- Major B. Harding
- Darryl Jones
- Greg Jones
- Mary Ann Lindley
- Ana Melendez
- Torrio Osborne
- Heidi Otway
- Bob Parker
- Sanford Safron, TSS President
- Kim Smiley
- Marjorie Turnbull
- Christopher Turner
- Susan Turner
- Allyson Watson
- David Watson
- Mark Webb
- Frank Willis