BATC’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors and Officers

from left to right, top to bottom
Betty Cohen, Janet Murphy, Rich Samuels,
Melanie de Jesus, Steve Kurr, Theresa Kelley,
Ken Stancer, Jaret Schroeder, Martha Florey

Betty Cohen, President is an amateur recorder player with The Neighborly Consort, Regent Recorders, and Winds of Southern Wisconsin. Now retired, her career included management positions in public health and academic librarianship.

Ken Stancer, Vice President is the Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison. He teaches piano at the Monroe Street Arts Center and also teaches private organ and recorder. Ken recently retired from elementary classroom music teaching after 33 years.

Martha Florey, Secretary is an amateur musician playing saxophone in the Madison Municipal Band, UW Summer Band, MaTC Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ahead Big Band, and the Third Lake Saxophone Quartet. Now retired, Martha trained as a lawyer, and was employed as a WisDOT budget analyst and traffic safety data specialist.

Janet Murphy, Treasurer has worked in music education, arts administration, and concert promotion. She enjoys playing half a dozen diverse instruments. She recently retired from a career in nursing.

Melanie de Jesus is a career teaching artist of viola and violin. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she serves the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras as viola section coach, chamber music coach, and workshop teacher, and is currently the director of the Madison Conservatory.

Theresa Kelley is Professor Emerita of English at UW-Madison. She sings classical music, focusing on early music, in particular the baroque.  She also plays Renaissance music on the lute.

Steve Kurr is a music instructor at Middleton High School, teaching the three school orchestras, music history courses, and serving as the Instructional Leader for the Fine Arts Department. He is Founding Conductor Emeritus for the Middleton Community Orchestra and conducts the Opus One ensemble at the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Rich Samuels is a host of classical music programming on Madison’s radio station,WORT, and does audio recording of many musical ensemble performances in Madison. Now retired, Renaissance and Reformation were his academic interests, and television journalism was his profession.

Jaret Schroeder is employed in the sciences and is a large supporter of music in Madison. He serves as the organist at St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center. Jaret enjoys getting students involved and engaged in the rich traditions of sacred liturgical music in the Church. Jaret is also a member of the Association of Church Musicians.

Marika Fischer Hoyt, Artistic Director & Founder is currently on a leave of absence. Marika’s vision continues to guide and inspire us as we plan for the 7th annual BATC festival, March 9-12.