Meet the Team

George Marriner Maull, Artistic Director

 

EDUCATOR & PUBLIC TELEVISION PERSONALITY

George Marriner Maull wants you to become a super listener!  Writer, conductor and host of the televised Discovery Concerts® Bach to the Future©, Discover Beethoven’s 5th© and Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons© distributed by American Public Television, he has reached millions of viewers across the United States as tracked by the Nielsen ratings.   As presenter of Fall in Love with Music, a music listening course for adults based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Saul Feinberg, and as host of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Bank of America Classical Overtures, he interacts with thousands of New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metro participants each season.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Emmy Nomination, Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons© (2014)
  • Three Cable Telly Awards, Discover Vivaldi’s Four Seasons© (2013)
  • Emmy Nomination, Discover Beethoven’s 5th© (2012)
  • Three Cable Telly Awards, Discover Beethoven’s 5th© (2011)
  • Somerset County, New Jersey Excellence in Arts Award (2005)
  • Emmy Nomination, Bach to the Future© (2004)
  • Conductor Laureate, New Jersey Youth Symphony (1997)
  • Distinguished Alumnus, University of Louisville (1994)
  • WNET documentary Art Effects: Young & Noteworthy (1987)
  • Recipient, Medal of the Belgian Ministry of Culture (1983)
  • 1st Prize with Honors 32nd European Muziek Festival (1983)
  • Who’s Who in America (1997 – present)

CONDUCTOR

Founder and Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra, his former music director posts include the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, Louisville Ballet, New Jersey Youth Symphony, Bloomingdale Chamber Orchestra, Plainfield Symphony and the Eastern Suffolk Symphony. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Kentucky Opera, New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Washington Square Festival Orchestra in New York City and the Orchestras of the Aaron Copland School of Music and the University of Louisville School of Music and has conducted performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as in England, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Romania.

RECORDINGS

His CD releases conducting the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in compositions by Max Schubel, Ernst Levy and Frank Ezra Levy with cello soloist Scott Ballantyne are on the Naxos label.

VIOLIST

Formerly a professional violist with the Louisville Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Caramoor Festival Orchestra and American Symphony Orchestra, George Marriner Maull had the privilege of performing under many celebrated musicians including Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Sir George Solti, Arthur Fiedler, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, Robert Shaw and James Levine.

TRAINING

A Philadelphia native, he studied piano and voice at St. Peter’s Choir School and viola with Irving Segall of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Later he studied with Czech violinist, Paul Kling at the University of Louisville where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees.  He later continued his studies at The Juilliard School with Robert Smolensky and Lawrence Widdoes.  His conducting teachers were Richard Johannes Lert and Jorge Mester.

INTERVIEWS

Jeff Friedman interviews Maestro Maull about increasing the pleasure you get from listening to classical music!  Watch the interview. Maestro Maull discusses TDO’s YouTube Discovery Chats and the ‘discovery process’ with Frank Macioce of HomeTowne TV.   Watch the Interview John Patten of The Warren Patch interviews Maestro Maull after TDO receives a 2011-2012 grant from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Read the Interview

FOR BOOKINGS

Guest Speaker/Guest Conductor, contact rmspro223@gmail.com.

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Orchestra Staff

VIRGINIA JOHNSTON, Executive Director

Virginia Johnston received her Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude, University Scholar) from Syracuse University and her Master of Music (with Honors) from Boston University in both composition and clarinet performance. She has also studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College through their Continuing Education department. Starting as an Administrator with the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey (TDO’s predecessor organization) in 1992, she assumed the responsibilities of Managing Director in 1999 and Executive Director in June, 2009. She brings strong organizational, problem-solving and grant writing skills to The Discovery Orchestra. Virginia worked as Music Director at the Springfield Emanuel United Methodist Church for 7 years and is a professional free-lance clarinetist, conductor and composer in the tri-state area. Her works have been performed by the Society for New Music, the Tunnel Vision Writer’s Project of Montclair and the New Jersey Youth Symphony at Alice Tully Hall, among others. Several of her compositions have been published by Ethos Publications and Earnestly Music. In 1992, she co-founded Triad Arts Ensemble, a non-profit performing arts organization. Through Triad,Virginia has co-chaired the annual Canticles for Life AIDS Benefit Concerts in New Jersey since 1997. To date, over $100,000 has been raised in this effort. Since 1995, she has been Conductor of the Triad Vocal Ensemble, a mixed adult community choir specializing in accessible contemporary repertoire as well as traditional works, with a focus on female composers and New Jersey composers. Through the Triad Vocal Ensemble,Virginia has commissioned several new works from emerging New Jersey composers. Additionally, Ms. Johnston performs locally as a singer-songwriter in folk/rock and jazz styles and has released two CD’s of original material. Virginia served on the Board of Trustees of the Newark Boys Chorus School and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her family. email: ginny@DiscoveryOrchestra.org

ELLIOT DEE, Director of External Relations

ElliotDeePhoto croppedA graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Elliot Dee worked in admissions, advising, academic planning, student life and development at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Babson College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for 20 years. He served as Assistant Dean for Development at the Tisch School of the Arts where he launched a number of new fundraising initiatives with parents, alumni and friends of the School. Following his career in higher education, Elliot worked as a consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, program development, communications, public policy and fundraising projects. He came to The Discovery Orchestra in August of 2013 to work with the Board and staff on the Orchestra’s new strategic and fundraising plans and joined the staff as Director of External Relations in July of 2014. He enjoys music of all genres from rock to jazz to classical and lives in Ridgewood New Jersey with his wife and three children. Email: elliot@DiscoveryOrchestra.org .

JEANNE MAASS, Director of Patron Programs

Maass, JeanneJeanne Maass joined the orchestra in 2004 as Events Coordinator. Email: jeanne@DiscoveryOrchestra.org.

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DIANE LESTER, Administrative Director

Lester, DianeDiane Lester received her BS from Bucknell University majoring in mathematics with a minor in computer science and accounting. She spent the next 15 years in the corporate world (Travelers and Crum & Forster) in Information Systems/Technical Services Management. Taking time off when her children were young, she joined The Discovery Orchestra in 2003 as Administrator. Email: Diane@DiscoveryOrchestra.org.

JUDITH SUGARMAN, Personnel Manager

Personnel Manager Judith Sugarman is one of the pre-eminent professional bassists in the tri-state area, regularly performing as Principal Bass with Solisti New York, Stanford Symphony, New York Virtuosi and The Discovery Orchestra. She has performed in chamber music concerts with the members of The Guarnieri and Colorado String Quartets.  She has played on the soundtracks of many feature motion pictures, including Kramer vs. Kramer, You’ve Got Mail, and Carlito’s Way. She was formerly on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre College Division, and currently is a member of the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division.

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Board Members

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Stephen Reynolds, President
Rachel Weinberger, Secretary
Kelli Christensen, Treasurer
Edda S. Gillen
Caitlin Haughey
Mary G. Horn
Wilma Nurse
William J. Powers, Jr.
Adam Psichos
Tricia Tunstall

AMBASSADORS

Catherine Aquila
Clelia Biamonti
Catrina Boisson
Ken Browne
Jean T. Burgdorff
Dave Emmerling
Dennis A. Estis
Elizabeth C. Gump
Susan Head
Vina Isaac
Michael J. Johnston
Nanette W. Mantell
Judith Musicant
Walter Schoenknecht
Richard Somerset-Ward