National Advisory Council

Marcy Carsey: Named one of the 50 greatest women in radio and television, Emmy winner Marcy Carsey is partner and co-founder of the largest and arguably one of the most successful independent studios in television history, Carsey-Werner. The Carsey-Werner Company is responsible for, among others, The Cosby Show, Third Rock from the Sun, and Roseanne. Ms. Carsey is a part-time resident of Santa Barbara, and owns the folk art store in Summerland. As a student, she played piccolo, and became a major donor to the Music Academy of the West in 2008.

Jeremy Geffen: Jeremy Geffen has served as director of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall since March 2006. Previous positions include vice president for artistic administration at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, artistic administrator for the New York Philharmonic, and associate artistic administrator at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As well as planning the seasons, Mr. Geffen frequently leads pre-concert lectures and discussions. He has also adjudicated the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions several times. Though born in South Africa, Mr. Geffen was raised in Newport Beach and attended USC as a student of Donald McInnes. He attended the Music Academy in 1993.

Gregg Gleasner: Classical music industry veteran Gregg Gleasner, who served as national artistic liaison for the Music Academy’s 65th anniversary season, was director of artistic planning for the San Francisco Symphony from 1991 to 2011. He previously served as a vice president for Columbia Artists Management in New York City, where he represented many notable performers. Mr. Gleasner is the founder of GleasnerMusic, an independent artistic services firm offering leadership and guidance to orchestras, festivals, and performing arts organizations.

Ara Guzelimian: Ara Guzelimian serves as dean and provost at the Juilliard School. Previous positions include senior director and artistic advisor of Carnegie Hall, artistic administrator of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and various positions associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was also artistic director of the Ojai Festival from 1992 to 1997. In 2003 he was awarded the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his contributions to French music and culture. He is also a writer and music critic, and began his career as a radio producer. Mr. Guzelimian's first encounter with the Music Academy was in 1969, when his brother, pianist Armen Guzelimian, served as assistant faculty member.

Mark Newbanks: Mark Newbanks serves as managing director of Fidelio Arts Limited, a London-based, worldwide boutique agency specializing in artist management, orchestra touring, and the development of media and television projects. The company’s current artist roster includes Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Lionel Bringuier. Mr. Newbanks previously worked as an artist manager at Konzertdirektion Schmid, served as general manager of the Camerata Academica in Salzburg, Austria, and oversaw concert productions for IMG Artists in New York, among other positions. Immediately prior to founding Fidelio Arts Limited, Mr. Newbanks served as a senior artist manager, director, and board member for Askonas Holt Limited.

John Seiter: John Seiter is a former senior executive with the international investment management organization Capital Group Companies. During his 25 years there, Mr. Seiter served as a board director and as executive vice president of subsidiary Capital Guardian Trust Company. He also served as board chair of the Employee Benefit Research Institution, and as president of the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives. Mr. Seiter and his wife, Linda, are part-time residents of Santa Barbara.

Chad Smith: As vice president of artistic planning for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Chad Smith is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all Los Angeles Philharmonic programming, including the orchestra’s concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic classical presentation series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and all educational initiatives. He previously served as artistic administrator for the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and as associate artistic administrator at the New World Symphony in Miami. Mr. Smith also is a member of the executive committee for the Avery Fisher Artist Program.