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Princeton Symphony Orchestra Announces New Board Members

PRINCETON, NJ, -- (November 9, 2009)…The Princeton Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of 5 new members to its Board of Trustees. Pictured from left to right are Robert N. Ridolfi, Deborah Lunder, Martha H. Vaughn, and John J. Kerr, Jr. Not present at the time of the photograph is Ingrid W. Reed.  All have begun serving their 3-year terms and will help lead the PSO as it enters an exciting new era of artistic and professional growth with new Music Director Rossen Milanov.
 
Robert N. Ridolfi, Esquire, Trustee
A graduate of The Lawrenceville School, Princeton University, and the University of Denver Law School, Robert is the Managing Member of Robert N. Ridolfi, LLC and Counsel for the Mercer County Planning Board.
 
Presently the Corporate Secretary, Founding Shareholder and Director of The Bank of Princeton, Robert has also served on the boards of several local organizations. Since 1975, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Princeton Charter Club. A member of the Mercer County Bar Association, he chaired the Real Estate Section from 1990 – 1992. From 1990 -2006 he served on the Board of the American Boy Choir School, acting as Chair of the Executive Committee from 2001 – 2003.
 
Deborah Lunder, Trustee
After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University and earning her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Deborah spent her law career with the firm of Goulston and Storrs in Boston.  A member of the Commercial Real Estate Group, with extensive experience in commercial real estate law, she was named a partner of the firm in 1989.
Deborah has a long history of community involvement, serving in Boston on the boards of the Beacon Hill Nursery School, Boston Antiques for Charity, Inc., and Hill House. She was also a Founding Member of the Storybook Ball benefiting Mass General Hospital for Children, and Associate to the Chairman of the Ellis Antiques Show Committee.
 
She is presently serving as a member of the Princeton Antiques Show Committee and a member of the Next Gen Committee for Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Areas Capital Campaign. She lives in Princeton with her husband, Dr. Alan Ezekowitz and children, John and William.
 
Martha H. Vaughn, Trustee
A resident of Princeton since 1965, Martha has made significant contributions to the community through her service on local boards and years of volunteer work. Martha has served as a Board Member for the Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, a Trustee and Honorary Trustee for McCarter Theater, and a Board Member for McCarter Theater Associates. Beneficiaries of her extensive volunteer work include The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Hospital, NJ Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Junior Leagues of Philadelphia and New York.
 
A 1957 graduate of Wheaton College, Martha raised three daughters while establishing a career as a Fine Art Photographer. She is a member of The Reading Group in Princeton, the Off The Record Lecture Series of The Foreign Policy Association in New York, and a founder of the Witherspooners, an a cappella singing group that performed in Princeton and the East Coast (1967-1975).
 
John J. Kerr, Jr., Trustee
A history and economics major who attended Boston College and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Jack worked as an archeologist in Greece under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the University of Pennsylvania before earning his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1976. 
 
A partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York since 1983, where he is head of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group, Jack is a director and member of the Executive Committee of the American Arbitration Association, and President of the American Foreign Law Association.
 
Jack has been a director for the New York Landmarks Conservancy since 1988 and served as its Chairman from 2001-2006. He is a member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, the Columbia Law School Association, a director of both the LSE Foundation and The Second Centennial Fund, and presently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study.
 
Jack and his wife Nora, who is an architect, have two sons, Alexander and Ian, and have lived in Princeton since 1984.
 
Ingrid W. Reed, Trustee
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ingrid is presently serving as Policy Analyst and New Jersey Project Director for the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, leading initiatives on campaign and election activity, women and politics, welfare reform and governance within the state of New Jersey.
 
Focusing on campaigns and elections from the point of view of the citizen, Ingrid has conducted studies and published papers on the subject for Rutgers’ Center for Government Services Policy Seminar Series, The Century Foundation, the 2000 congressional campaigns, the 2001 and 2003 New Jersey gubernatorial and legislative races, and the 2002 U.S. Senate and House races.
 
Ingrid writes a column on New Jersey politics twice a month for NJBiz, and her op-ed columns on politics have appeared in such publications as The Times of Trenton, New Jersey Law Journal, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has authored pieces on public administration, urban redevelopment, welfare reform and municipal management, and is often interviewed for analyses of New Jersey politics by state, national and international media.
 
Before joining the Eagleton Institute in 1996, Reed was vice president for public affairs and corporate secretary of The Rockefeller University in New York City, and assistant dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where she also directed the Rockefeller Public Service Awards Program. Her public service activities include a wide range of experiences in state politics and planning, governance and community affairs.
 
About the Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1980, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of the State’s finest musical organizations. The Symphony has been guided by an extraordinary Board of Trustees and is grateful for the vision of its early Trustees, including Frank E. Taplin, Jr., Edward T. Cone, William F. Scheide, Reid White, Nathaniel Burt, and Judy Thomson. Over the course of its 30-year history, the PSO’s leadership has invested in the artistic excellence of its orchestral, chamber, and pops concert offerings. Under the auspices of BRAVO!, the PSO also produces wide-reaching and innovative education programs carried out in partnerships with local schools, arts organizations, and other community agencies.
 
The PSO is proud to have been awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ highest honors—Citation of Excellence and designation as a Major Arts Institution. The only professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at beautiful Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.  In June 2009, the PSO board appointed Rossen Milanov to be the PSO’s third Music Director.  Mr. Milanov is a gifted and accomplished conductor with outstanding musical credentials, energy, and creativity.
 
For more information, please visit our website at www.princetonsymphony.org, or contact the PSO office at 609-497-0020.