The Music Institute of Chicago board, administration and faculty work hard to further the Music Institute of Chicago mission while dealing with the day-to-day needs of those we serve.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas, questions or concerns.

Administrative Staff


1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 847.905.1500, ext.180


 Office of the President

Mark George

President and CEO

Sue Polutnik

Executive Vice President

The Academy, Executive Director

847.905.1500, ext 122


 Customer Service


Rose Vakili

Customer Service Specialist

 847.905.1500, ext 180


Community Music School

Emily Abraham

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs

847.905.1500, ext 126

Christine Aznavoorian

Assistant to the Dean

847.905.1500, ext 127


Marie Alatalo
Campus Director, Chicago
847.905.1500, ext. 143


Patrick O'Malley 

Campus Director, Downtown Evanston & Evanston East

847.905.1500, ext 101




Brady Richards

Campus Director, Lake Forest & Lincolnshire 

847.905.1500, ext 191

Guinevere Grimstad

Campus Director, Winnetka 

847.905.1500, ext 133


Community Engagement

Matt Boresi

Director of Arts Integration

847.905.1500, ext 170

Victor  Ribadeneyra

Manager of Community Engagement

847.905.1500, ext. 182



Aleksandra Varlet

Acting Director of Development




Alyssa Hagen

Development Manager




Luis Romero

Development Coordinator





Finance and Operations


Paul S. Watford

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Nancy Schultz

Senior Director of Registration and Payroll



Arlene Jackson

Human Resources Manager


Mitzie Friedland-Stell 

Accounting Associate


Marketing and Communications

Erin Fusco

Director of Marketing and Communications

Nora Takagi 

Marketing and Communications Coordinator





Nichols Concert Hall

Fiona Queen

Director of Performance Activities


Giles Lemmens
Assistant Director of Performance Activities




Campus Support Staff


Maria Alfaro

Administrative Assistant

Evanston East Campus

847.905.1500, ext 100


Bisera Makarevic

Administrative Assistant

Winnetka Campus

847.905.1500, ext 120


Clem Leek

Administrative Assistant

Lake Forest Campus

847.905.1500, ext 194