Board of Directors


Richard E. Rodda, President

Program annotator for orchestras, chamber music series, and concert presenters throughout the United States; former faculty member, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Music; board member, Friends of Apollo’s Fire. Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University.




JohnJohn McElliott, Secretary

President, Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc., representing international organists and major British and American choirs; soloist/section leader, Trinity Cathedral Choir & Trinity Chamber Singers, Cleveland, OH; founding member, Apollo’s Singers of Apollo’s Fire; former choral scholar, Winchester Cathedral, UK. B.M., University of Akron.




GWeinsteinGerald P. Weinstein, Treasurer

KPMG Professor and past Chair of the Department of Accountancy, John Carroll University, and a Certified Public Accountant (Ohio); 2009 Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator; serves/has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations, including Early Music America. Ph.D., Kent State University.




Schwartz4Diane Schwartz, Development Director

Attorney and former magistrate with Cleveland Municipal Court. Member of Literary Cleveland; interested in photography and travel. Past board member of diverse non-profits in the Cleveland area and longtime supporter of the growth of newly formed arts organizations building audiences in Northeast Ohio. J.D., Case Western Reserve University.




KropacFr. Robert Kropac, Community Outreach

Priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and Pastor of both St. Wendelin and St. Peter parishes in Cleveland. Ordained in January 1982, after completing studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Athenæum Sant’Anselmo, where he specialized in the study of Sacramental Theology. An accomplished amateur choral singer, he has served in several parishes and also as Director of the Diocesan Worship Office.



Ross W. DuffRossin, Artistic Director

Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University; director of CWRU Historical Performance Program; founding member, Apollo’s Singers of Apollo’s Fire; former board member, Apollo’s Fire; author of Shakespeare’s Songbook and How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care); winner of American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award and Claude V. Palisca Award and Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award. D.M.A., Stanford University. 


SimmonsBeverly Simmons, Executive Director

Founding board member and former Executive Director, Early Music America; Founder/Manager, Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness concert series; founding member, Apollo’s Singers of Apollo’s Fire; former Marketing Director, CityMusic Cleveland; former board member, Musart Society; founder/Emerita Director, CWRU Early Music Singers; President, ffortissimo Design. D.M.A., Stanford University.