Brian Gill is a San Antonio native and life-long fan of music. He began his career as a musician for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines having the great fortune to travel to Italy, Spain, Portugal, Alaska, and the Caribbean. Since moving to New York, Brian has worked for the administration of Carnegie Hall, managed concerts for Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, ushered for the Metropolitan Opera and the American Ballet Theatre, and served as House Manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Concerts and Lectures Series. Currently, Brian serves as the Executive Director of Queens Opera Theatre. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor.
California-born and New York-based, SUNNY KNABLE (b. 1983) is a multi-faceted composer with numerous awards to his credit, including three Best Composition Awards from the Festival of New American Music and the ANALOG ARTS Iron Composers Award, for which he wrote a four-minute piece in five hours. Knable’s music has been described as "great!" (TheWholeNote), "genius" (Anchorage Press), "entertaining" (Audiophile Audition), "witty, romantic and lilting" (TheaterScene.net), offering up "sparks of color and inventiveness" (Sacramento Bee), and possessing a "wealth of thematic invention" (feastofmusic.com). His works are widely performed. Dr. Knable serves as Music Director of The Church-in-the-Gardens; composer for The Garden Players, a theatrical group for children; and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College, while fulfilling commissions from around the. country. He holds a PhD in Music Composition from Stony Brook University, a Master of Arts degree in Composition from Queens College (CUNY) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from CSU Sacramento.
Dan Olson is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and an IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) participant. He earned an MBA & Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in Economics (with Distinction) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed advanced courses in taxation at St John’s University and he earned a Professional Certificate in Taxation. He is an active speaker on the application of tax rules to the financial planning process including the tax optimization of investment portfolios.
Dan is active in his community with a commitment to music and paddle sports. He shares his passion for music and finance as member of the finance committee of the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Treasurer of Musica Reginae Productions, board member and bookkeeper for Random Access Music (a composers collective).
He is also a member of the board and Treasurer of the North Brooklyn Boat Club (Greenpoint) and head of the Canoe Committee for Sebago Canoe Club (Canarsie). In his spare time he sings and plays in several musical groups, paddles on Jamaica Bay & Newtown Creek, canoe camps in the Adirondacks and is always ready for a tennis game. He lives in the great borough of Queens and is married to a native of Forest Hills with three grown children and a dachshund.
DANIEL OLSON, Treasurer
Composer and pianist DAVID SCHOBER is an associate professor and past Director (2016-19) of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and Yonsei University in South Korea. His music has been performed by the American Composers’ Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, IRIS Orchestra, eighth blackbird, marimbist Makoto Nakura, and the Miró and Praxis String Quartets. His music has been issued on the Naxos, Cédille, and Kleos Classics labels.