Kent Jue, Executive Director
Mr. Kent Jue will assume the role of Executive Director in August, 2018. He will work with the Board and Artistic Director to develop Ragazzi’s programs, to develop and implement the annual budget, manage office staff, write grant proposals and reports, oversee facilities, oversee the scholarship program, and to assist Board committees.
Mr. Jue is an experienced choral conductor, music educator, and facilitator for lifelong learning in music. An inspiring adjudicator, guest clinician, workshop presenter and mentor, Kent is known for building high-level musicianship skills through his engaging style and rapport with students. He has a passion for uncovering the full artistic and expressive potential for individual choristers in an ensemble setting. As the Associate Artistic Director, Kent conducts Avanti and oversees the program’s training department. In summer of 2018, he will assume the role of Ragazzi’s Executive Director. He has toured extensively with the Ragazzi program and has led his choruses to numerous festivals. An avid collaborator, Kent has prepared his ensembles for performances with organizations including San Francisco Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, West Bay Opera and the Redwood Symphony. Kent has also conducted youth choruses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and performed and recorded with the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Choruses of San Francisco and Boston. Kent earned his Master of Music Education, Kodaly Emphasis degree from Holy Names University, Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree from University of the Pacific, and completed his Orff-Schulwerk certification.
Joan Addicott, Chorus Manager, Volunteer Coordinator & tour coordinator (not pictured)
Chorus Manager for all groups from Music & Movement to Young Men’s Ensemble, Joan Addicott supports the general management and performance logistics of the concert season. She is a first point of contact for music directors needing administrative support. She is happy to facilitate direct communication for parents with any faculty or rehearsal concerns. Joan is responsible for Ragazzi’s volunteer program, identifying volunteer opportunities and finding good fits for volunteers. She is in charge of training and needed documentation, and supporting team leaders. She also shares international and domestic tour planning services, calendarizes events and rehearsal schedules, writes call sheets, arranges concert venues, creates production programs, manages registration and roster database, develops outreach opportunities and collaborations, assists with auditions and rehearsals, coordinates summer camp, and manages visiting choir homestays.
Joan was a long-time Ragazzi volunteer and is proud parent of a Ragazzi alumni, who was a chorister for 11 years. During her years as a Ragazzi parent she filled many volunteer roles such as exit duty coordinator, concert ticket sales, concert chaperone, carpool coordinator, and helped with gala planning and office duties. Joan is excited to be part of this engaging and rewarding organization and has enjoyed seeing her own son and his Ragazzi peers mature and flourish into talented, kind and happy young adults. Joan studied classical piano for 10 years. She has also worked as a Program Manager for a small Palo Alto technology company, working closely with larger technology companies such as HP, Cisco, Juniper, Palo Alto Networks and Jabil.
Laura Graham, Music Librarian
Music Librarian Laura Graham is responsible for the purchase, maintenance, and accounting of Ragazzi music. She is also Head Theory Clerk for Theory Director Carol Panofsky, and among other duties records choristers’ theory work, both classroom participation and homework.
David Jones, Special Projects and retired Executive Director
David Jones began his association with Ragazzi in 1997 as a parent and retired as Executive Director in June, 2018. He is now on special assignment for Ragazzi. A member of the Board of Directors from 1998 until 2010, he served as treasurer and then as Board President for three years. In 2007 and again in 2010, he served as Ragazzi’s Interim Executive Director, finally coming to the understanding that the organization would be best served by a permanent ED intimately acquainted with all its programs. A life-long singer, he earned his BS and MS from Stanford University, worked as a geophysicist in government and industry and as a teacher of geology, biology and botany. David brings a wealth of music, education and non-profit experience as a three-time PTA president, Chair of Development for the Friends of the Stanford String Quartet and later the Ives Quartet, Treasurer of Schola Cantorum, and as Board Secretary of Music in the Schools. David’s son, a Ragazzi boy for 10 years, not only enjoyed amazing opportunities and successes as a Ragazzi singer, he was accepted to his first-choice college in no small measure due to his Ragazzi experience.
Leslie Spaeth, Accounts Administrator
Accounts Administrator and Office Manager Leslie Spaeth manages Ragazzi’s day-to-day finances, including processing payments for all tuitions, merchandise, donations, events and concert ticketing. With the Executive Director, Leslie helps develop and manage Ragazzi’s annual budget. Leslie manages Ragazzi’s payroll and HR files, pays Ragazzi’s bills, makes sure the office has the supplies it needs and oversees any needed IT work. She also manages Music and Movement enrollment. Come to Leslie if you need help with financial aid or expense reimbursements.
Leslie’s son sang with Ragazzi. She is a parent volunteer in the North Star Academy Parent Club, serving as past Treasurer and now Vice President of the Parent Club. Before becoming a mother, Leslie was a CPA and worked for Advanced Micro Devices as an SEC Reporting Analyst. Most recently, she worked at PayPal as an Assistant Controller in the finance department. In her free time Leslie enjoys photography, video editing and editing photos in Photoshop. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Texas A&M.
Stefanie Wilen, Communications, recruitment & Fundraising
Stefanie Wilen manages Ragazzi’s website and blogs, writes RagTimes and other newsletters, creates and implements our recruiting campaigns, manages our social media accounts, creates concert programs, and produces other written and visual material for Ragazzi. Along with the Executive Director, Stefanie takes a lead role in designing and implementing Ragazzi’s individual, foundation, corporate and government fundraising campaigns. She also supports operational functions like concert ticketing, camp and tour.
A parent and volunteer since 2001, Stefanie became Ragazzi’s volunteer program coordinator in 2006 and a Ragazzi employee in 2012, with additional communications and operational roles. She is a classically trained flutist, earned her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, and worked for 10 years at the University of Chicago Medical Center’s marketing communications and laboratory departments. After relocating with her husband to the San Francisco Bay Area, Stefanie concentrated on raising her children and volunteering in the community. She was instrumental in transitioning the Palo Alto PTA to electronic communications and is a long-time editor of weekly elementary-level and high school e-newsletters. In support of Palo Alto High School’s theatre program, Stefanie instituted an online box office system and supervised box office volunteers. With her husband Robert, she supports and attends numerous music and theater programs throughout the area. All three of their children have been members of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, benefitting from the chorus’s unique educational and performance opportunities in pursuing their own passions.
Elizabeth Wolfe, Avanti tour Coordinator (not pictured)
Ms. Wolfe joined Ragazzi in 1993 and has supported the organization in many different ways, as a parent volunteer (her son was a member of Ragazzi from 1993-1997), executive assistant, chorus administrator, as accounts administrator and office manager and now a tour specialist. As an integral part of the administrative support of Ragazzi, she has created and implemented organizational processes and procedures over the past 18 years as the organization has grown from 63 members and 6 faculty to over 200 members and a dozen faculty. Elizabeth remains an arts supporter and advocate in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys volunteering in her community with such organizations as the Burlingame Schools PTA (Board), San Mateo County PTA (Board), California Youth Soccer Association (Board), Girl Scouts, and the Filoli Historic Estate.