Civic Music Welcomes New Board Members

July 27, 2016

The Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the addition of nine new members to its Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 Season.

Joining the board this year are Molly Brandt, Virginia Croskery Lauridsen, Todd Jones, Amy Kruzich, Chuck Kuba, Neil Salowitz, Stephen Sanda, Hanna Wolle, and Brooke Yang.   The new board members began their terms June 25, 2016 at the Civic Music Association Annual Board Meeting with terms running through 2019.

Molly Brandt is a currently a junior at Drake University majoring in Music Business. Brandt is an active member of the Drake community singing with the Drake Choir and Drake Chamber Choir in addition to serving as VP Alumni Connections for the Drake Student Alumni Association.

Virginai Croskery Lauridsen is an Assistant Professor of Music at Simpson College. As a soprano, Croskery Lauridsen has performed with numerous orchestras across North America including the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall in Fauré’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony and is a strong advocate of arts education. Croskery Lauridsen currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Des Moines Metro Opera Board of Directors.

Chuck Kuba is the president and owner of Iowa Diamond in Des Moines. Prior to entering the diamond business, Chuck worked in multiple leadership positions at the Lyric Opera of Dallas, The Dallas Opera, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, and the Florida Philharmonic. Kuba also serves on the board of directors for the Diamond Council of America as well as the Des Moines Area Religious Council.

Todd Jones is the Research Director for the Crop Genome Engineering group at DuPont Pioneer where he leads teams located in Johnston, IA as well as Hayward, CA. Prior to joining DuPont Pioneer, Jones worked with BASF Plant Science as the Tech Center Leader for Cell Biology.

Amy Kruzich is the Executive Director of Development in the College of Veterniary Medicine at the Iowa State University Foundation, where she leads the fundraising efforts for the college. Prior to her role at ISU, Krusich served on the campaign staff at the United Way of Central Iowa. She has also been involved with the Junior League of Des Moines and the Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Neil Salowitz was the Director of Marketing for Principal Global Investors, where he developed investment strategies for insurance companies before his retirement in 2009. Currently, Salowitz is also a member of the Des Moines Social Club Board of Directors where he played a key role in bringing live jazz performance to The Basement, The Social Club’s intimate music venue.

Stephen Sanda is a Licensed Architect at BNIM Architects in downtown Des Moines, where his work focuses on environmentally regenerating and aesthetically pleasing designs. Before joining the Civic Music board, Sanda served on the board of directors at the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center in Omaha. At Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, he led a strategic visioning and rebranding effort in partnership with Bozell Integrated Marketing Services.

Executive Director, Peter Stevenson reflected, “The Staff and current Board members are very pleased that so many talented, experienced, and committed people have stepped forward to help lead Civic Music Association. It is a testament to the quality of our organization and to the broadening appeal of our music and education offerings. We are looking forward to another great year at Civic Music.”

The Civic Music Association kicks off their 92nd season October 1st with world-renowned violinist, Sarah Chang. This season also features artists such as Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Canadian Brass, Lizz Wright, and more! Single tickets are now on sale.