Daniel Kellogg steps into the leadership role of Young Concert Artists with the unique perspective of an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, one of the extraordinary musicians whose careers were discovered and launched to prominence by this innovative non-profit organization. He is excited to help sustain the legacy of Young Concert Artists and to forge new paths to nurture the next generation of concert soloists and artistic leaders.
DIRECTOR OF ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Monica J. Felkel, Director of Artist Management, began her career at YCA in 1989 and has served in her current positon since 2001. In addition to guiding the development and growth of each artist’s career, she is a frequently sought after panelist, moderator, and contributor for national and international industry conferences and journals on the many aspects of supporting dynamic emerging artists. Having been recognized in her 5th grade report card as being “always the first to volunteer”, Monica was elected four consecutive times to the Board of Directors of the International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA) from 2007 – 2018.
Erol Gurol started working for YCA in 2011 in the artist management department before moving to his current role in auditions and YCA presentations in 2015. Originally from southern California, Erol moved to New York City in 2005 to pursue Masters degrees in Music Composition and Theory from Mannes College, The New School for Music. He grew up studying classical piano, considers himself an expert when it comes to freshwater aquariums, and enjoys riding his bike.
Alana Klonoski is the Operations Manager at Young Concert Artists. After studying piano performance as an undergraduate and earning a Master of Business Management degree at the University of Florida, she moved to New York in 2017. Before joining the YCA family in 2019, she previously held the role of Booking Representative at Judson Management Group and spent a summer working with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Outside of work, Alana enjoys eating her way through New York’s restaurant scene, traveling, and is a self-proclaimed Broadway nut.
Vicki Margulies has had a long and varied life in the arts, beginning as a young dancer, before working as a stage manager at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, company manager and briefly as performer on tour with Meredith Monk in Europe. After returning to her native New York City, she was Production Director at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and Director of Merkin Concert Hall . She is proud of the many innovative programs she helped bring to the stage over her years as a presenter, involving jazz and classical musicians, performance artists and composers such as Osvaldo Golijov, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Zorn and YCA’s own Daniel Kellogg. In 2002, Vicki joined Young Concert Artists, as Artist Manager, where she’s now happily able to devote her energies to the brilliant young artists she so admires and loves.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER
Tim McCarthy has been at YCA for over 20 years and has been in charge of technology for most of that time. Outside of YCA he is a strong and vocal advocate for the arts as he is both an active performer and an educator. Tim lives in Washington Heights and spends most of his free time chasing around his 4 year old son!
Hanyi joined YCA in 2019. Her role in the Development team includes fundraising, donor relations and communication, and event management. Before joining YCA, she worked in marketing at Steinway & Sons, New York, and served as an adjunct piano instructor at New York University. As a Chinese-born pianist, she is open-minded and curious about cultural diversity. She also volunteers at the French American Piano Society as Development Director and collaborates with artists all over the world. Outside of her work, she loves spending time wandering in the city and pursuing her passion as a “professional foodie” (Quote as she insists.)
Michelle Shim joined the Young Concert Artists Development team in 2015, and currently serves as Development Manager. Shortly after earning degrees in music education and clarinet performance, she began her work in the nonprofit arts sector as way to help students and young musicians of all backgrounds beyond the classroom. As a fitness enthusiast, Michelle enjoys healthy eats and challenging workouts, but also loves baking (and eating) desserts of all kinds.
ASSOCIATE ARTIST MANAGER
Emily Whildin is the Associate Artist Manager at Young Concert Artists and has worked here since 2014. Emily grew up in a musical family in eastern PA and pursued degrees in musicology and trumpet performance. Outside of YCA, you can find Emily biking to NYC breweries, playing trivia, and loudly singing all the extra-melodic parts to songs.
For over thirty years, Midge Woolsey worked on-air for the nation’s flagship public television station,Thirteen/WNET and New York’s premier classical radio station, WQXR. She also worked behind-the-scenes as a production executive with legendary journalist Bill Moyers, award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and Great Performances series creator Jac Venza. Since retiring from broadcasting, Midge enjoys working as a development consultant for arts organizations such as the Young Concert Artists. Midge has undergraduate degrees in theater and music, and a master’s degree in opera performance. She is a Trustee of the Fountainebleau Associations, and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function founded by the late Dr. Oliver Sacks. She also serves on the advisory boards of several other nonprofits including the Martina Arroyo Foundation and the Interschool Orchestras of NY.
PROGRAMS, AUDITIONS, & PUBLICITY ASSOCIATE
Michele Yang-Stevens is the Programs, Auditions, & Publicity Associate at Young Concert Artists. A former music teacher in the South Bronx, she is passionate about music education and making classical music accessible and relevant to young people from every background. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. In her spare time, Michele teaches violin and cooks as much vegetarian Chinese food as she can.