Board of Directors

Integrating musical creativity into everyday life

Tony Scott-Green – President TonyG_061HR
Tony Scott-Green is a composer of music for film, TV and commercial projects and has crafted music for independent features, documentaries, marketing/advertising agencies and financial services companies.

He has been playing music and guitar for over 20 years. A Scotsman, he now composes and records in Chicago-based GreenHouse Sound studios.  He studied at Northwestern University and the Berklee School of Music and is a recipient of numerous grants and awards.

His two solo CDs, “Slim Pickings” and “One Riot One Ranger” feature an eclectic mix of instrumental acoustic and electric guitar with classical, flamenco, fingerstyle and folk influences.

In addition to composing, his side projects include performing/improvising solo jazz guitar and playing in the Western swing band The Howdy Neighbors. Tony is drawn to the ambitious nature of ACM’s mission.  Let’s change the world!

 

Joseph Buchheit – Treasurerbuchheit
Joe Buchheit is a content manager for the Leo Burnett Group in Chicago and recent graduate of Northwestern University. He has worked for the advertising agency since 2011, and its unique atmosphere has taught him great lessons in both business and creativity. Everyone is encouraged to explore their own artistry in their work, and this attitude carries over to regular life outside the company walls. As a content manager, Joe has worked closely on a client’s website to ensure all copy and artwork is up correctly. He is pursuing content strategy, which focuses on user experience and how to make the site more appealing to the consumer. In the long-term future, Joe hopes to have an integral role in creative content that can be used to connect the consumer and company.

Outside of Leo Burnett, Joe is a classical music composer. He has played piano since a young age, and began exploring composition in the middle of high school. In the summer of 2006, at the end of his senior year, he enrolled in the Access Contemporary Music high school workshop, and has been a student of ACM ever since. Throughout college, when ACM was still a small one-room office in Ravenswood, he took composition lessons with executive director Seth Boustead and has been connected permanently with ACM since then. He has had some great readings and performances of his music by ACM musicians, including an opportunity to write for the ACM collaboration with Open House Chicago.

As a board member of ACM, he is working to grow the school and reach a wide audience. He believes in the organization, so the main goal is to let everyone know that it can easily and enjoyably integrate musical creativity into their life.

 

kim_bio2Kimberly Schlechter – Secretary
Kim is a professional videographer who specializes in live performance music videos, especially the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music and electronica.  She received her undergraduate in Broadcasting from the prestigious journalism school at the University of Missouri Columbia, where she also sang in a choir with ACM’s founder Seth Boustead.

Kim is happy to serve on the ACM board and also donate her time and talents to recording all live events in videos.  Her favorite classical music is by far contemporary music. It’s fascinating to see what composers from around the world are doing and where else but in contemporary music would the worlds of classical music and electronica intersect?

 

George-ThiruvathukalGeorge Thiruvathukal – Director
George K. Thiruvathukal is Professor of Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago and Visiting Faculty at Argonne National Laboratory in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, where he collaborates in high-performance distributed systems and bioinformatics.

Dr. Thiruvathukal’s work has recently resulted in a book, High-Performance Java Platform Computing, Prentice Hall and Sun Microsystems Press, which was cited in the Java Specification Request, JSR-166 (Concurrency Utilities) as a related/existing work.

Dr. Thiruvathukal’s research is and has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also received corporate support from Hostway Corporation in Chicago, Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Typesafe.

He is also a pianist whose kids attend the ACM School of Music and he and his wife Nina are a frequent fixture at ACM concerts.

 

Beth Bradfish – Director  beth bradfishBeth Bradfish is a life coach and consultant for businesses  and artists. She is certified at the PCC level by the International Coach Federation. As a consultant and board member she has served for more than 20 years on various non-profit boards.

She is also a composer who explores both contemporary acoustic and electronic sounds. Her focus is on creating environments where the audience is free to move through the sound and experience it with more than their ears. She received her MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has studied with composers Rick Baitz, Drew Baker, Marcos Balter, Tim Edwards, Gustavo Leone, Patricia Morehead, and Pauline Oliveros.

She has received numerous awards and fellowships including at Ragdale, Spectrum and a commission from ACM for their Open House Chicago project which is ultimately how she came to be a board member.   Beth is passionate about ACM’s mission to bring contemporary classical music to new audiences.

 

Randall_WestRandall West – Director
Randall West is a composer, artist, software developer, and leader in arts and technology management.As a composer, Randall writes music in order to tell stories; his music is about color, theater, games, and choice. Originally trained as an economist and computer programmer, he draws from behavioral models and decision trees, and he often asks performers to interact through games and systems. He writes for the concert hall as well as electroacoustic, vocal, and experimental music. He is inspired by the gamut of 20th century modernism, Indian classical, Japanese folk, electronic, avant-garde, and popular music.

In the arts community, Randall is committed to promoting and producing new music in Chicago. In 2010, Randall co-founded the Chicago Composers Orchestra and serves as co-artistic director and vice-president of its board of directors.  He also serves on board of directors for Access Contemporary Music, which advances contemporary music as a living, thriving art form through its concerts, music schools, ensemble-in-residence Palomar, and composer membership program.

As a technology leader, Randall develops software and explores interactive music, algorithmic composition, and sound design. His interactive and electronic work has been presented in concert halls, galleries, and abandoned warehouses. By day, Randall manages a software development team.

Randall has been awarded fellowships by the Seasons Music Festival and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  His works have been read or performed by the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Palomar, the Yakima Symphony, the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, VOX 3, Chicago Opera Vanguard, UnTwelve, and S.O.N.G. among others. Recordings of his work have been featured on Chicago’s WFMT and released on commercial CD by VOX 3. He also enjoys studying and performing piano and Japanese taiko drumming.