Carolyn Carlins is the President of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and a member of the violin section. A graduate from University College London with a M.A. in Museum Studies, she is currently Administrator to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate at University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is a Peer Reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and a member of the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network. She has been playing both folk and classical violin for over fifteen years. Combining a love for music and the natural world she plays with the Gregarious Slugs, a folk jam in the Mollusk Collection of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Ben Ferron is the Vice President of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and a musician member of the board, playing in the first violin section. He is currently employed at FedEx Ground.
John Stahl is the Treasurer and a non-playing member of the Board of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. He is retired from US Airways as a Fleet Service Agent with a tenure of 44 years. He and his wife owned their own business called Royal Harvest, which produced different dehydrated fruit and nut mixtures. John has also done missionary work in Guatemala, South Africa, Poland, and Kenya.
Michael E. Fink is the Secretary and the principal trombone for the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. His passion for music encompasses nearly thirty years, and he has been fortunate to study trombone with Gary Steele, Ken Kemmerer, and Aaron Pisula, as well as piano with the late Rebecca Gass Butler. Michael has performed with numerous ensembles both locally and across the state. He marched lead baritone with the Harrison Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps and has played in pit orchestras for over fifty musical productions. He was also a visual and music instructor, as well as music arranger, for competition marching bands and percussion ensembles. Professionally, Michael is a corporate finance attorney at one of the largest law firms in Pittsburgh, where he advises both for-profit and non-profit entities. He’s assisted numerous startup and emerging growth companies with fundraising through debt financings and private placements of equity, non-profits and governmental authorities with bond issuances, and public companies with securities compliance and governance matters.
Edward Leonard, Music Director, finished his Master’s and Performance degrees in Orchestral Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University. He then went on to spend four summers at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Orchestra Conductors in Hancock, Maine. Mr. Leonard is busy as a conductor in the Pittsburgh area with engagements with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the OvreArts Ensemble, and the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra this season.
Carolyn Kubik is the personnel manager of the orchestra and plays oboe in the woodwind section. She began playing in sixth grade but took a long break after college to complete her studies and raise her two sons, Tyler and Zachary. She began playing again about seven years ago and was fortunate to be able to study with James Gorton. She is a reproductive endocrinologist and co-owner of Reproductive Health Specialists, the only woman owned and operated fertility center in western Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in chemistry and received her medical degree from George Washington University. She has lived in Churchill since 1987.
John Ott is a musician board member of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and plays in the first violin section. He has played the violin for thirty-six years and studied violin at DePauw University and Northern Arizona University. John has taught violin to students from four years old to high school and has taught in Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. He currently teaches violin at Seton Center and at Holy Trinity Catholic School. The highlight of his teaching career has been the admission of one of his students to CAPA, the Creative and Performing Arts school in Pittsburgh.
Fred Parsons is a community (non-playing) member of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic’s Board of Directors. He is a retired engineer, having worked for more than thirty years in the aerospace industry. His experience included assignments in jet engine test facilities, business management, and engineering budgets. Additionally, he is a past president of the Palm Beach Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a past president of the Palm Beach Choral Society, and a past president of the Duke University Institute for Learning in Retirement. He is a graduate of The Carnegie Institute of Technology, now known as Carnegie Mellon University.
Michael Milli is a musician member of the board, playing in the viola section. He is currently affiliated with the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).
Richard Patterson is a musician in the cello section. He has been a member of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic for over ten years. Richard was first invited to perform at a spring presentation of the 4th movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. His working background is in governmental auditing as a staff auditor for thirty-two years with the State of Ohio. Richard retired in 2010 and resides in Ohio.
Bridget Meacham is the Past President of the Philharmonic and a member of the cello section. She has played the cello for over 25 years, and highlights of her musical life include performing at Carnegie Hall with The Chieftains, performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Leon Fleisher, numerous side by side performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and studying with Anne Martindale Williams. She is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner at Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. She resides in Lawrenceville and is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame.