Who We Are

Leadership Team
http://www.playonphilly.org/Stanford Thompson
Stanford Thompson
Founder and Executive Director Email Stanford Stanford is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Artistic Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Council. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed and soloed with major orchestras around the world while actively performing chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program. Visit his site www.stanfordthompson.com to learn more.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Elizabeth Kubiak
Elizabeth Kubiak
Operations Director Email Elizabeth Elizabeth started her career in the nonprofit world while attending the University of Pennsylvania; one summer she tried her hand at face-to-face fundraising and never looked back. During her tenure she had the privilege of campaigning for Children International, Plan International and CARE, which provided an excellent perspective of how generous her fellow Philadelphians can be. Other nonprofit experience includes the Office of the Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania, The Benefit Bank and the Walnut Street Theater. Most recently, she worked in administration, marketing and development at Federation Early Learning Services.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Jessica Zweig
Jessica Zweig
Program Director Email Jessica Jessica recently moved from New York City where she played clarinet with the Chelsea Symphony and worked as the Program Manager for the Harmony Program, which was featured with POP in the documentary Crescendo: The Power of Music. She received her BA and MA of Music from the University of Maryland School of Music. Prior to New York City, Jessica taught music at the Sheridan School in Washington,DC and was the Artistic Director of All Points West Chamber Music Ensemble.

Administrative and Site Staff
http://www.playonphilly.org/Patty Delany
Patty Delany
Executive Assistant and Office Manager Email Patty Patty has spent the majority of her career focused on helping nonprofits reach new audiences, connect with their current community and organize to reach their goals. Whether volunteering at Abington Friends School or planning conferences for the Philadelphia Area Council for Excellence, she excelled at engaging communities of like-minded people to work together towards one purpose. Most recently, she served as Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors at Forest Incentives. Patty and her husband have two fabulous children; seeing them develop into successful and confident young adults inspires her to help other children experience the same advantages in life.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Vincent Rodgers
Vincent Rodgers
Communications and Development Associate Email Vincent Vincent has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in Holocaust and genocide Studies from Stockton University. He started his non-profit career at the Program for the Survivors of Torture in New York City as an Operations Intern while in graduate school. He’s also worked as a Marketing and Communications Specialist managing the social media accounts and also writing newsletters, blogs and articles on behalf of an American manufacturing company. After completing his master’s degree, he moved to Philadelphia to start a career in non-profit development and communications. He hopes that his years of experience in marketing and communications will help grow Play On Philly’s online presence and create lasting relationships with current and future donors.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Andrés González
Andrés González
Music Director Email Andrés Andrés is one of the young talents who emerged from the renowned social and musical program known as El Sistema. He began his musical studies at the age of 2 in the Jacinto Lara Conservatory and at only three years old, he raised the baton for the first time to conduct Ode to Joy along with the Children’s Orchestra and Choir of the Lara State. Andrés has devoted most of his musical career to the academic education of Venezuelan children and young musicians, always committed to the deep progress of culture through communities. He is a trumpet player for the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Michael Pechter
Michael Pechter
POP Emerging Artist Collective DirectorEmail Michael A native of New Jersey, Michael Pechter began his musical life on the drum kit. While adding piano and guitar to his repertoire, he continued to study jazz at Rutgers University under Stanley Cowell. Discovering an interested in education, Michael studied elementary education at Rider University while continuing to compose, record and perform his own music. After moving to Philadelphia, he became involved with Rock to the Future, another non-profit dedicated to music education, before finding a home at Play On, Philly! While teaching, Michael leads and performs with an ensemble for which he composes. He is also the founder of a local group dedicated to home audio production and teaches classes on the recording process in collaboration with the Weathervane Music organization and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Ryan Crump
Ryan Crump
Site Director, POP AcademyEmail Ryan Ryan's musical background ranges from jazz drumset at The University of the Arts, to orchestral percussion and rudimental drumming at the University of Delaware, to a local and national performing background with indie/rock bands Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang and LOUDS. He holds a degree in Music Management from the University of Delaware, where he is currently pursuing his MBA, and a certification in Nonprofit Development from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ryan’s education and background in many styles of music and his study of elementary music education inspired him to build a community of drummers with diverse backgrounds who support the music and education community in Philadelphia, Philly Drum Project, which he founded in 2012.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Alexandra Graham
Alexandra Graham
Site Manager, Freire Charter Middle School and Summer Program ManagerEmail Alexandra Alexandra has been a flutist since elementary school and brought her love of music with her to the many nonprofits for which she has volunteered. After completing her degree in Music Management from Berklee College of Music, she went on to work with AmeriCorps VISTA encouraging at-risk student to complete their education and connect with their community. She accomplished this through teaching flute and music theory, arranging service-learning opportunities for her students and raising funds to help students cover college related expenses. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has been volunteering with Girls Rock Philly assisting with the organizing of their camp week and teaching piano.
http://www.playonphilly.org/Mary Cappillino
Mary Cappillino
Alumni, Family, and Community Engagement ManagerEmail Mary Mary Cappillino is an active freelance trumpeter and teacher in the Philadelphia area. Along with playing principal in the Bravura Philharmonic, Mary is a member of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, Academy Orchestra, and Philly Bloco. Her musical interest and performing experience vary widely and include classical, jazz, musical theater, world music, new music, arranging, and composing. She received her Master’s of Music from the Music Conservatory of Purchase College in New York.

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Play On, Philly! (POP) provides intensive music education to K-12 students, who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement

For 2½ hours every day, students enjoy instrument instruction and ensemble practice completely tuition-free