Meg Madden, Executive Director

Meg has been with Music in Schools Today since 1989, where she has pioneered arts education management, program development, assessment and active research. She appears frequently on both traditional and new media. A sample of her clients includes Chevron, Grateful Dead Productions, San Francisco Education Fund, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Unified School District and Stern Grove Festival. In the eighties, Meg served as Community Relations Manager at San Francisco Ballet. She serves on the Board of Music in Schools Today, the Advisory Committee of the Music in Education National Consortium and on the Education Committee of the San Francisco Symphony. In her college days, she played ukulele with a girls’ band. In her spare time, Meg rides her horse Concho, and is exploring the integration of culture, nature and spirituality.

 Email: meg@mustcreate.org

Marlena Cannon, General Manager

Marlena comes to MUST with over eight years experience working in museums and non-profits. After graduating with an MA in Art Gallery & Museum Studies from the University of Manchester, she worked in a number of museums in England and in the Bay Area. Most recently, Marlena worked as the Recruiting and Staffing Coordinator with Adventures in Writing Camp. In this role, she was responsible for recruiting and staffing dynamic teachers, musicians and camp counselors for 40 writing camp locations in Northern and Southern California.

Although she has been working in the arts primarily for many years, Marlena has always had one foot in the education world.  Before embarking on her journey in museums, Marlena taught with AmeriCorps supporting the school day staff and leading an after-school art class in a small school in Oakland. Working with AmeriCorps gave her the opportunity to share her passion for reading, the arts, and music.

As a native San Franciscan, Marlena can be found enjoying all the fantastic museums, food and live shows the Bay Area has to offer. She is also a novice yogi and a very enthusiastic English soccer fan!

Email Marlena: marlena@mustcreate.org

Pedro Rivas Lopez, Program Manager

Pedro is a passionate Artist. Pedro immigrated to the United States at the age of 5, and his family established themselves in rural Fresno County in the small town of Mendota, California. Pedro made his debut as a performer at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he served as part of the leadership staff with Rainbow Theatre and the African American Theatre Arts Troupe.

After receiving his B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCSC, he returned to his community of Mendota. His newfound passion motivated him to inspire and transform his own hometown using the power of theatre. He founded Aqua Viva Theater in 2007, a Social Justice Theater Community Organization. He has directed shows from the fields of the Central Valley to the concrete streets of the Bay Area. Uplifting humanity, and transforming communities with the power of creative expression is his passion.

For leisure, Pedro works to create theatrical opportunities for communities in the Bay Area, rollerblades with his dog, Xcheetahra, and enjoys cooking and working out.

 

Email Pedro at: pedro@mustcreate.org

Ami Molinelli, Music Integration Director

Ami Molinelli develops programming and curriculum for MUST’s Music Integration programs, including Music First! and TEAM. She writes, authors and leads our Music First! program and Professional Development workshops, and is responsible for program implementation at schools and centers, as well as program expansion. Ami joined MUST in August 2012 after over several years as an artist-in-residence with the Los angeles Music Center and core faculty member with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Education department having written integrated music curriculum that reached over 10,000 Los Angeles County students. When she isn’t working in music education she is working as a professional musician and  co-leader of the Brazilian choro and jazz ensemable Grupo Falso Baiano,  She is endorsed by Latin Percussion and on the board of the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA).

Email: ami@mustcreate.org

Megan Udell, Program Assistant

Megan is from Rocklin, CA, where she grew up in a family full of artists and musicians. In 2013 she graduated with her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Cal State Channel Islands and received a faculty award for her paper on race and body image in 19th century painting. After college, Megan worked as Development Assistant at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Ventura County, where she also taught art to elementary school students. She worked on the art center’s second annual Fashion Show benefit and led the diversification of the gallery’s store, showcasing the work of over 50 local artists. Since moving to San Francisco, Megan has volunteered at a non-profit art museum, shown her own paintings in a small exhibition, and worked as a Teaching Artist for MUST, teaching paper arts and visual arts. Outside of work, Megan enjoys cooking French cuisine, traveling with her husband, and playing guitar and banjo. She also makes incredible cappuccinos.

 Email: megan@mustcreate.org​