Joelle Graves, Executive Director

Joining us in July of 2017, Joelle is well known throughout the Rogue Valley as a professional actress and singer as well as arts administrator.  Joelle served as Director of Education for Britt Festivals for 7 seasons, Arts Coordinator for the Oregon Youth Authority for five years, and was General Manager for Rogue Music Theatre in Grants Pass for several years.  Her education work has been awarded model program status by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and she was named to receive a special award of distinction by Gov. Kitzhaber for her work with at-risk youth.  Joelle served as VP on the Board of the Oregon Alliance for Arts Education for five years and is deeply committed to the ongoing education programs the Rogue Valley Symphony provides.

Anastasia Gambill, Development Manager

anastasiaAnastasia comes to Rogue Valley Symphony with a diverse background in performing and visual arts. She has worked in arts administration for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Most recently Anastasia has worked as a movement therapist for young adults with Cerebral Palsy, helping them to integrate their movement patterns, gain confidence, and become more independent. She just completed directing a film about her work, “Beyond Expectations” before moving from Portland Oregon to the Rogue Valley with her family. Anastasia is also co-writing a play, “Beloved: a story of love and loss”, with Portland writer, Monica Welty.

Anastasia loves poetry, yoga, pilates, being outdoors in all seasons, and a good Caesar salad. The Rogue Valley promises to be a wonderful place for all of these things.

Will Scharen, Operations Manager

Will brings several years of experience in orchestra operations to his position with the Rogue Valley Symphony. He has held positions as librarian and personnel manager for the Wyoming Symphony and as librarian for the Boulder (CO) Philharmonic. An avid mountain biker, Will can often be found on the trails around our valley. In his spare time, he builds bicycle frames by hand in his home shop.

Will plays trombone with the orchestra (since 2014).

Kristin Kessler, Patron and Marketing Services Administrator

Kristin has worked in her position as a part of the Rogue Valley Symphony office staff since 2010. She is also a professor of oboe at Southern Oregon University and maintains a private oboe studio. She regularly performs with numerous other musical organizations in the Rogue Valley. In her free time, she makes her own reeds, likes to create delicious gluten free desserts, reads, runs, and kayaks.

Kristin plays oboe and English horn with the orchestra (since 2001).

Teresa Cisneros, Bilingual Education Specialist

Teresa works directly with the students attending 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in the Talent-Phoenix School District as part of our Link Up program. Teresa grew up as a farm worker and began working at the age of six. Her life experience, professional development, and training have given her a strong platform from which to bridge and mediate cultural differences and sow understanding and compassion.

Bari Frimkess, Personnel Manager and Link Up Coordinator

Bari plays violin with the orchestra.

Michael Sorensen, Orchestra Librarian

Michael plays principal viola with the orchestra.