Steve Friedlander
Executive Director
• Steve came to Bach Festival in 2015 as General Manager. He was appointed Managing Director in September 2016.

• He was previously the Managing Director of Artistic Operations of the Grand Teton Music Festival with responsibility for the administration of the music program, musicians housing, facilities, and education and outreach.

• Previously, he was Production Manager of Mercury Baroque (Houston), Executive Director of the Bach Society Houston, and president of Houston Boychoir, Inc.

• Steve had a long career as a finance originator for large capital projects in the energy sector for companies such as Bankers Trust Co., Combustion Engineering, ABB Project & Trade Finance (USA), Public Service Enterprise Group, and Reliant Energy. He holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Scott Seward
Director of Marketing and Communications
• Scott came to the Festival in 2016 after a 13-year career with the Northern California Golf Association where he was director of communications and marketing and editor of NCGA Golf magazine.

• Previously, he was a high school band and orchestra director for 10 years in his native Cincinnati, Ohio.

• Scott plays trumpet professionally, including with the Monterey Pops!, and other groups. He currently serves as the orchestra representative on the board of directors of the Monterey Pops! and as assistant conductor and president of the Pacific Grove Pops.

• Scott has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, summa cum laude, and a Master’s in Education from Xavier University. Scott and his wife Laurie live in Pacific Grove.
Suzanne Mudge
Director of Community Engagement; Tower Music Director; Trombone
Suzanne Mudge joined the Carmel Bach Festival as Director of Community Engagement in September 2015. Sue has been a performer at the CBF for many years. In addition to playing trombone and sackbut in the festival orchestra, she directs Tower Music and community outreach concerts and is the music librarian. Sue also creates and curates the The Epic Adventures of Leonard and Rasmus, a family series of interactive and educational concerts. In addition to performing, Sue coaches the Youth Music Monterey Brass, maintains a private teaching studio, and conducts clinics and brass coaching in the area schools. Prior to joining the CBF administrative staff, Sue taught at Central Oregon Community College and The Seven Peaks School in Bend, Oregon, and performed with the Central Oregon Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, and the Bend Brass Quintet. Prior to her move to Bend, Sue was a freelance musician and music educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She performed with the Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco, the symphonies in Modesto, Fremont, Marin, Berkeley, and San Jose, and was the band director at Lowell HS in San Francisco. Sue grew up in Laguna Beach, has a B.M from The UOP Conservatory of Music, a M.M. from the University of Arizona, and a teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University. Sue has a passion for film music, the beach, California native trees and plants, animals, cooking, and wine.
Julie Lim
Box Office Manager
• Julie was CEO of CBL, INC with restaurant holdings in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has always had a special interest in Nutrition since graduating from UC Davis in Nutrition Science. She was a Consulting Nutritionist in Public Health for many years.

• Since retiring, she has settled down in Carmel-by-the-Sea. In 2013, she volunteered in the Box Office of the Carmel Bach Festival and then joined the team as Box Office Manager. In 2018 she expanded her responsibilities as Bookkeeper.

• Julie brings with her a strong business background and a love of music from around the world. She was born into a military family and has lived in Japan, Iran, Turkey, and Singapore. She spends her free time with her husband, dog and horse and enjoys vacations to see new parts of the world.
Olivia Colombo
Development Coordinator
Olivia joined the Carmel Bach Festival in early 2017 as the Development and Marketing Coordinator. Soon after her employment, she was promoted to focus solely on fundraising initiatives, volunteer management, and donor events. As the Development Coordinator, she enjoys working with the community, patrons, and local businesses. Olivia believes this organization is the heart and soul of Carmel-by-the-Sea, finding inspiration from its rich history and vibrant patrons.

Prior to joining the Festival, Olivia graduated from Sonoma State University serving as the Chair of Development and Marketing for an intramural sports team. In her spare time, she teaches Pilates because she enjoys working with clients to improve their health and wellness.
Lauren Gutierrez-Brown
Artistic Administration Coordinator
• Lauren is a Central Coast native with a background in classical vocal performance. She holds an A.A. in Music from Cabrillo College and a B.A. in Integrated Special Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay.

• Lauren has previously worked with other local arts nonprofits, Cabrillo Stage and Arts Council Santa Cruz County.

• She is thrilled to be living in Monterey and working in a community which embraces the arts and the coastal environment.
Liliana Mendez
Development and Marketing Assistant
•Lili has recently received her B.S. degree in Graphic Design from CSUMB

•She is thrilled to have joined the Carmel Bach Festival staff this May of 2019

•Lili enjoys exploring the central coast as well as painting and drawing on her spare time.
Kerstin Holmes
Assistant Box Office Manager; Housing Associate
• Kerstin joined the Festival as a volunteer in 2013 and was hired as a seasonal employee shortly after.

• She has worked as a volunteer, assistant box office manager, event production, and general administrative support and coordination.

• Kerstin was hired recently as an Associate presently assigned to the housing acquisition and assignment process.

• In her free time, Kerstin loves spending time in the great outdoors, traveling, painting and photographing.
Philip Wood
• Phillip joined the Carmel Bach Festival in late 2016.

• He began his career as a CPA and in business and, for the last 15 years, has held executive positions in non-profit agencies.