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Meet the Board of Directors

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Laura Najarian

President

Laura Najarian has played Second Bassoon in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2005. A member of the Board of Directors of the ATLSM Foundation since 2013, she became President in January of 2021. Helping to produce the Foundation’s Annual Appreciation Concert and Scholarship Competition for high school students has been a rewarding and inspiring experience to see young musicians showing off their musical talents. Laura grew up in Ohio and started playing bassoon through the Toledo Public School music program.

 

In her spare time, she likes planning trips to see her son and daughter who live in Pennsylvania and Scotland.

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Wanda Yang Temko

Vice President/Treasurer

Dr. Wanda Yang Temko has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for over 30 years. She is also a respected singer, voice teacher, and arts advocate in the Atlanta area. She holds a doctorate in voice performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana along with degrees from Georgia State University and Emory University. She became the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the ATLSM Foundation in 2014. 

 

Wanda and her husband are the proud parents of two amazing daughters who are in college. She also enjoys golf even though she’s terrible at it.

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Christina Smith

Secretary

Christina Smith has played Principal Flute in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1991. She is one of the founders of ATLSMF and has served on its Board of Directors since its founding.

 

She is from Northern California, and loves to travel there and other places on the West Coast in her free time. Also, she enjoys cooking, exercising, reading, and teaching flute. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and has two college-aged daughters.

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Zachary Boeding

Board Member

Zachary Boeding joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Oboe in September 2019. Prior to his appointment in Atlanta, Boeding held the Assistant Principal/Second Oboe position with the San Antonio Symphony. Boeding has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Kansas City, Princeton, and Bay Atlantic Symphonies. Additionally, he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a core member of The Orchestra Now (TŌN), an orchestra training program at Bard College.

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Sally Kann

Board Member

Sally Kann has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus for 24 years, and performs regularly in other Atlanta choral groups. Since 2014, she has been an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecturer at Emory, where her ‘Composer’s Universe’ courses introduce students to classical symphonic repertoire.

 

Her other creative pursuits include gardening, cooking and entertaining two small grandchildren.

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Ken Meltzer

Board Member

Ken Meltzer is a writer, educator, and consultant in the classical music field. From 2005 to 2021, Ken was the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Program Annotator. From 1994 to 2005, he served in a similar capacity for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In addition to writing the program notes for those orchestras, Ken was a visible and active presence throughout the community. He hosted regular classical radio programs on WBJC-FM in Baltimore, WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, and AM-1690 in Atlanta.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys volunteering for animal rescue efforts, and chasing little white balls around local golf courses.

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Todd Skitch

Board Member

Canadian born flutist C. Todd Skitch joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in September 2013. He is also a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players and is the Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Skitch started his orchestral career with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 1997. While in Memphis, Skitch served as Chair of the Board of Directors and Orchestra Manager for the Memphis Youth Symphony Program.

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