New Staff in 2011-12

Some of the new employees who started at Juilliard this academic year are (back row, from left): Michael Mihm, DJ Pimm, Jonathan Raymond, and Paul Beck; and (front row, from left): J. Michael Stafford, Kathryn Falato, and Deane Prouty.


Paul Beck, the new principal orchestra librarian, was born in Milwaukee and studied bassoon at the Manhattan School of Music with Frank Morelli. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1997. While at M.S.M., Beck developed his interest in working as an orchestral librarian; he’s also been the concert librarian for Renée Fleming (’86, voice) and worked in the libraries of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and Aspen Music Festival. He was the principal librarian of the first YouTube Symphony Orchestra project, in 2009, and he continues to be the principal librarian for Mostly Mozart. When not busy with scores, Beck enjoys cooking and fine automobiles.


Kristina Boyar has been named the assistant to Laurie Carter, vice president and general counsel/executive director of jazz studies. Kristina graduated in 2011 from Grove City (Pa.) College with a B.M. in music/business, concentrating in voice. After graduating, she completed Juilliard internships in the Career Services and Development offices. She is also the music director and organist at Grace Reformed Church in Edison, N.J.

Jessica Epps, digital marketing assistant in Communications, is originally from Charlotte, N.C., and earned her B.M. in flute performance from Appalachian State University, and masters’ degrees in both flute performance and arts administration from Florida State University. She has held internships with the F.S.U. School of Dance, Charlotte Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony, and currently does graphic design work for the Tallahassee Symphony and Tallahassee Youth Orchestras. Jessica studied traditional Irish music at Ireland’s University College, Cork. She enjoys playing in pub sessions, watching movies, attending performing arts events, and exploring New York City. 

Kathryn Falato joins the Juilliard community as the new development associate in the Office of National Advancement and Alumni Relations. She received a B.M. in flute performance from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State in January 2011 and then became the education and executive intern for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. When she isn’t playing music, Falato is most likely spending her free time in the kitchen conjuring up some delicious baked goods—or traveling near and far to try other people’s baked goods.  

Allison Hobbs, the Development Department’s new contributions coordinator, studied music and jazz studies at Columbia University. Since graduation, she has worked primarily in marketing and performing-arts administration, including an internship with Jazz Studies last fall. She is a jazz drummer and became involved in the music scene in New York City while enrolled in Precollege at the Manhattan School of Music. Hobbs is a competitive swimmer and holds several varsity swimming records at Columbia for the butterfly and for the freestyle and medley relays. 

Alex Mansoori (B.M. ’06, M.M. ’08, voice) is the new financial aid/academic support services coordinator. Originally from Seattle, Mansoori taught ear training with Mary Anthony Cox and was awarded the William Schuman Prize when he was at Juilliard. Mansoori remains an active tenor and this season performed with the New York Festival of Song and Chicago Opera Theater. This summer, he will appear at the Ravinia Festival. He lives on the Upper West Side with his beautiful fiancée, Laura. 

Michael Mihm has joined the Production Department as the new assistant foreman in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and as a scene shop carpenter; he was a freelancer (overhire) in the scene shop last season. A native of Pittsburgh, Mihm holds a B.F.A. in theater from Ohio University. As an actor, he beats around the downtown theater scene and works in independent film as well as commercials. This fall he can be seen in the Apothecary Theater Company’s Off Broadway production of Blood Potato by James McManus.

Daniel (DJ) Pimm, the new receptionist in the Admissions Office, moved to New York two years ago to intern with the Manhattan Theater Club and the Juilliard Drama Division. Pimm grew up in Lockport, N.Y., and studied saxophone and arts administration at the State University of New York at Fredonia. While in college, he worked as public relations assistant for the school’s arts center and as a box office customer service representative. For a number of years he was a music director and music teacher at his local community theater’s summer performing arts school. 

Deane Prouty, the new percussion department coordinator, holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from UMass-Lowell. An active teacher and freelance musician, he has performed with numerous pop stars, major orchestras, and early music groups (he specializes in Baroque timpani) as well as in more than 20 Broadway productions. He also holds two U.S. patents—for an open-sided drum and for a collapsible holder for crash cymbals—and is one of the few percussionists to specialize in Deagan novelty instruments.

Jonathan Raymond, the Development Department’s new manager of major gifts, was previously the coordinator for planned gifts and special projects at Carnegie Hall. He received a B.A. in musical theater performance and an M.B.A. in management from Wagner College on Staten Island. Originally from Pottstown, Pa. (go Phillies!), he is an avid runner and is engaged to be married to his fiancée, Leanne, this summer.

Rosemary Reyes, manager of global initiatives, grew up in suburban New Jersey playing the saxophone. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications and international studies, with minors in Italian and psychology, from Chicago’s Loyola University, spending her junior year in Rome. She has a dual master’s degree in global media and communications from the London School of Economics; she spent her second year at Fudan University in Shanghai. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Reyes is extremely passionate about all components of the arts and the creative industries. 

J. Michael Stafford, who joins the Production Department as a staff carpenter, worked with the Williamstown Theater Festival from 2008 to 2011, most recently as the stage supervisor. Previously, he has worked with various scene shops, on films, and with regional and Off-Broadway theaters. Stafford was a founding father and vice president of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society chapter at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, where he received his B.F.A. in theater design and technology.

Irina Tanenbaum, who has joined the Finance Office as the senior investment analyst, earned a B.S. from Rutgers and an M.B.A. from New York University. Prior to Juilliard, she worked at the Y.M.C.A. Retirement Fund, where she helped manage the private-equity and real-assets portfolios. Before that, she was a part of the analyst rotation program at Metropolitan Life Insurance and worked in the international investments, capital markets, and private equity groups. Although Tanenbaum was born and raised in Lithuania, she barely speaks Lithuanian—Russian is her first language. She loves hiking (as long as her husband carries her backpack), dancing the tango, salsa, and the blues. 

Justin Treece, who joins the Production Department as the new Willson Theater master electrician, spent the last two years working as the lighting supervisor for the Dallas Theater Center, a regional theater company that performs in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas. There he worked on several plays and musicals including Giant, a co-production with the Public Theater directed by Michael Greif, and It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, directed by Kevin Moriarty. Treece is also a lighting designer and has designed shows for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Nomad Productions, Dead White Zombies, and Artes de la Rosa. A published novelist, he’s also currently writing a fantasy trilogy.

The following people have also joined the Juilliard staff:

Kirk Brewster, staff counselor in Health Services

Sara Devany, part-time administrative assistant in the Office of Student Affairs 

Kelly Groom, part-time physician assistant in Health Services

Jonathan Ortiz, security guard


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