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 a CEO in restaurant management in the San Francisco Bay Area.

• In 2013, she volunteered in the Box Office of the Carmel Bach Festival and then joined the team as Box Office Manager.

• Julie brings with her a strong business background and a love of music from around the world, having been born in Japan and lived in Iran, Turkey, and Singapore.

• She received her BS in Nutrition Science from UC Davis and began work as a dietician in Napa Valley. Outside of the Festival, Julie enjoys riding her horse and competing in Dressage.
Avery Gould
Development and Marketing Coordinator
• Avery graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay in May 2015 with a degree in Visual and Public Art with a concentration in Arts Education and Museum Studies.

• She currently serves on the AFP Monterey Bay Board of Directors as Communications and Marketing Chair and Summer Summit Co-Chair.

• In her spare time she likes to read books, play video games, and spend time with her dog.
Olivia Colombo
Development Coordinator
• Olivia grew up in Winters, California and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University. • She was raised in Waldorf education that cultivated intellectual, practical and artistic development. • In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, Pilates and knitting.
Lauren Gutierrez-Brown
Artistic Administration Coordinator
• Lauren is a Central Coast native with a background in vocal arts and an AA in Music from Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.

• She graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay with a BA in Integrated Special Studies last May.

• 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.
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
Accountant
• 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.