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Staff

Mary Steffek Blaske, Executive Director

Mary Steffek Blaske is responsible for the A2SO’s audience development, concert-related public relations, educational programs, and production. Steffek Blaske oversees the A2SO administrative staff in the execution of all Symphony Orchestra activities. Mary is a highly skilled nonprofit director with over 25 years of managerial experience. Steffek Blaske also possesses…

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Lori Zupan, Business Manager

Lori Zupan is responsible for budgeting, tracking and managing all of the A2SO’s finances, as well as coordinating subscription ticket sales and producing the programs distributed to patrons at concerts. Zupan also works on Hearts for the Arts, our primary educational fundraiser. Lori is the A2SO’s longest serving employee, and…

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Emily Fromm, Marketing Director

Emily Fromm received her Arts Management degree from Eastern Michigan University, is responsible for all marketing activities, branding and communications including: public relations, social media, advertising, website maintenance, and publicity support. Fromm has worked at a variety of cultural organizations, non-profit organizations, and with individual artists at venues ranging from galleries…

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Jennifer Balch Hale, Director of Development & Donor Services

Jennifer Balch Hale brings to the A2SO over 26 years of non-profit experience, and a specialization in donor relations, development, planned and endowment giving, and stewardship. Jennie is a true Ann Arbor “Townie” and an Ypsilanti fan at heart. She went to school at Bader Elementary, Tappan Middle School, and…

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Jim Lancioni, Production Manager

Production Manager Jim Lancioni is responsible for auditioning and hiring the A2SO’s musicians, as well as renting and purchasing all music needed for performances. Jim obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan in 1978.  He has been Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Timpanist for over…

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Kara Sudheimer, Patron Services Manager

Kara Sudheimer is responsible for giving customers welcoming contact, handling ticket orders, and preparing for special events. Ms. Sudheimer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Management from the University of Evansville in 1996, combining her musical knowledge and skill on violin (as well as several other instruments)…

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Kira Woodfield Leeper, Education & Engagement Manager

Kira Woodfield Leeper is responsible for the implementation of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's educational and community engagement programs. Kira joined the A2SO as Production Coordinator in December 2015. Kira is a Metro-Detroit musician, educator and arts administrator. She attended Brigham Young University where she received a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance under…

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Erin Casler, Production Coordinator

Erin Casler graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2012 with a degree in Entrepreneurship.  Since moving to Southeast Michigan in 2014, she has held a number of positions with prestigious arts organizations, including the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, UMS, and now returns to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to resume…

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Yi-Ching Chen, EDUCATION & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Yi-Ching Chen is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's educational programs and she oversees the A2SO's volunteer force. Yi-Ching joined the A2SO as an intern in the summer of 2017. She received her doctoral degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Michigan, where…

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