About Us: Concerts in Motion Key Staff
Jennifer Finn, Executive Director/Program Manager
Jennifer Finn founded Concerts in Motion in 2009 after identifying a need among New York City's isolated residents for high-quality, live music. Jennifer is a dramatic coloratura soprano who has performed in major opera houses in the United States and Europe. Between those engagements, she performed for patients in veterans' hospitals and nursing homes. Sensing the palpable difference that these personal, live concerts made for those she was reaching, she wanted to do more.
Jennifer is also a music teacher and offered similar opportunities to her young music students. She found that they enjoyed bringing their time and talents to those who cannot easily attend concerts.
Jennifer created and developed Concerts in Motion's programs and has guided the organization through tremendous growth, improving the lives of thousands of elderly, disabled, isolated, and homebound New Yorkers along the way. Jennifer leads CiM with a tireless devotion and commitment to excellence which helps to ensure the quality of our work. She successfully cultivates funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support our programs, oversees our staff and consultants, and works closely with the Board of Directors, Parent's Council, and our Youth Leaders to fulfill our mission.
She received a Certificate of Achievement from The Fordham University Center for Non-Profit Leaders Program in 2012 and completed the Columbia University Business School Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals in 2015. In 2013, Jennifer was named New Yorker of the Week for her work singing and organizing concerts for the homebound, hospitalized and otherwise isolated, by NY1, a local TV station in New York City. Jennifer is originally from Philadelphia and received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1995.
Melany Pritchard, Operations Manager
Melany Pritchard joined the staff of Concerts in Motion in Summer 2016. In her role as operations manager, Melany ensures that the organization runs smoothly and develops administrative systems to help manage CiM's growth. She manages extensive data related to our hundreds of annual concerts and also takes care of our accounts receivable.Â Melany manages our growing youth series which allows her to bring her passion for connecting children and service opportunities to those we are reaching with this program.
Melany has 10 years experience working in the non-profit industry. Before joining Concerts in Motion, she worked for the CJD Foundation, an organization that provides support and information for families affected by a very rare brain disease. In former roles, she has also participated in projects serving high school aged youth and underprivileged communities overseas.
Drew Barnes, Program Coordinator
Drew Barnes joined the staff of Concerts in Motion in summer 2017. In her role of program coordinator, Drew provides administrative support to all staff in order to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of CiM. She also assists in orienting musicians to our roster and updating the CiM data base and concert calendars. She regularly communicates with our partners to ensure continuous quality of concerts and she receives and addresses musician and agency feedback.
Drew is a licensed social worker and a certified aging life care professional with eight years' experience working in both public and private sectors, with a focus on serving the homebound senior community within New York City. She is also a team leader volunteer with New York Cares.
Suzy Perelman, Group Concert Coordinator
Suzy Perelman has been with Concerts in Motion since its founding in 2009. She has served many roles in the organization and is currently our concert coordinator for group settings. She works closely with the directors of group homes, hospitals, and centers as well as with our musicians to come up with programs that will be enjoyed by all. Over the years she has built our roster to over 300 professional musicians, which includes some of New York City's best and kindest performers. Suzy also assists by providing music and helping coordinate the details for fundraising events.
Suzy is originally from Philadelphia and was a member of the Utah and San Antonio Symphonies, "Phantom of the Opera", "Gigi" and many other shows on Broadway. Suzy is currently performing nightly in the Broadway revival of "Cats". She is also the private teacher of 12 young violinists, and can be heard playing in several orchestras in and around New York City.
Janine McGuire, Concert Coordinator
Janine McGuire has been with Concerts in Motion since 2011. Up until the summer of 2016, she worked as our operations manager creating the systems that helped us manage enormous growth. The position of operations manager grew to a full time position as a result and because she is a talented composer and can only work for us part time, she stayed on to help streamline coordination of concerts in private home settings, specifically the Music for the Homebound Program. Janine brings her passion for what we do in the community to this position and is now coordinating annually 300-400 private home concerts.
Janine received a B.A. in Music from Barnard College of Columbia University where she graduated magna cum laude in 2005. Before joining Concerts in Motion she worked for Disney Theatrical Group, which produces Disney stage musicals on Broadway and elsewhere. She is a musical theatre composer, lyricist, and producer with several projects currently in development.