Music Beyond, Inc. was founded by Kaori Fujii and Nana Aomori in August 2014.

 

Board of Directors

KAORI FUJII  |  Founder and President
International Flutist / Educator

Born in Tokyo and currently residing in New York, Kaori Fujii is one of the leading imaginative and creative flutists ever to come out of the classical Music world. She has performed, toured, and recorded with renowned artists and orchestras worldwide. Kaori has performed in concert halls such as John F. Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Teresa Carreno Theater, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Suntory Hall. She has released eight albums, one of which was pre-nominated for the Grammy Awards. She still holds the record for being the youngest prize-winner for the three biggest music competitions in Japan, which she won consecutively from 1996 to 1998. As an educator, Kaori has presented clinics and masterclasses for flutists around the world. A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, and of the Solistenklasse of the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Kaori has studied extensively with Jean‐Claude Gerard, Paul Meisen, Jeannie Baxtresser, Aurele Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway and Akiko Mikami. Kaori's strong classical training and professional experiences provide the right skill sets to develop and serve a community of passionate musicians around the world, such as the existing musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

 

MADELEINE DAVIDSON  |  Vice President and Treasurer
Interim Managing Director, Bloomingdale School of Music

Madeleine Allaire Davidson holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and an M.P.A in nonprofit management from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Madeleine has completed extensive training in the Suzuki Method, and is currently on the Suzuki guitar faculty at The Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Currently the Managing Director, Madeleine has held multiple roles in her time at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, including Executive Assistant, Human Resources Manager, and Suzuki Theory Coordinator.

 

JUSTINE STEPHENS  |  Secretary
Special Events Producer, All Stars Project, Inc.

Known for her dedication to bringing music, culture, and arts to all communities, Justine is a New York City professional enamored with the art of presentation of music and events. Currently the Special Events Producer at the All Stars Project, and she is proud to have worked and contributed to the growth and development of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Opera. As a flutist, Justine is actively commissioned to perform new works and has appeared at the International Black Women’s Film Festival in San Francisco and Zanzibar International Film Festival (both for 2013 short film Kuvuka Daraja), and the National Flute Association Convention. Justine holds a B.M. in Music Performance from Ithaca College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 
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NATALIE SLACK  |  Communications Director
Managing Editor, Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall

Natalie Slack is an editor, writer, and pianist based in Brooklyn, New York. She works in Marketing and Creative Services at Carnegie Hall, where she edits and project manages a wide range of print and digital materials related to the Weill Music Institute, the education and social impact programs arm of the Hall. Previously, she worked on The George Bishop Lane Series in Burlington, Vermont, and was the Arts Editor of The Vermont Cynic.

 

JULIEN BEAUDIMENT
Principal Flutist, Lyon National Opera

Renowned flautist Julien Beaudiment brilliantly represents the French flute school. Born in 1978, he crossed the Channel when he was 18 years old to study at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Paul Edmund-Davies and Averill Williams. He stayed there two years, before finishing his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris with Sophie Cherrier, assisted by Vincent Lucas and Michel Moragués for Chamber Music. He was appointed Principal Flute at the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon at the age of 22. From 2005 to 2006 he was appointed principal flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer and he temporarily took leave from his orchestra in Lyon, which he rejoined the following year. He is currently the only French flautist to have held this position in a great British Orchestra. From 2013 to 2015 he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Flute. In 2015 he returned to France as the Principal Flute with Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon.

 

KEVIN MCGUIRE
Regional Security Officer / International Security Specialist

Kevin McGuire has been in the field of security for ten years, with extensive overseas experience. Kevin has worked in presenting security information to a wide range of audiences, including international bodies, government officials, policy-makers, partner organizations, key stakeholder groups, NGOs, at-risk communities and the general public.

 

Management

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ALYSSA NAPIER | Development Officer
Major Gifts Associate, Metropolitan Opera

Alyssa Napier currently works as the Major Gifts Associate at the Metropolitan Opera, where she supports Major Gift Officers with various aspects of the cultivation, solicitation, and acknowledgment process. She is also responsible for maintaining specific donor-tracking and financial reporting in ticketing databases as well as organizing and implementing high-level donor dedication evenings. Previously, she has worked in the Institutional Giving department at BAM and Audience Services department at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. She has also served as a Development Fellow at Theatre Forward (previously known as the National Corporate Theatre Fund) in New York and interned in the fundraising offices at the Donmar Warehouse in London, United Kingdom. Alyssa holds a B.S. Theatre Arts Management degree with two minors in Music and Business from Ithaca College.

 

Advisory board

ANALISA BALARES
Founder and CEO, Womensphere

GIB BULLOCH
Consultant / Author / Founder and former Executive Director, Accenture Development Partnerships

DEMARRE MCGILL
Principal Flutist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

NZINGA NKENDA
CEO, Ingeta Consulting LLC.