Courtney Millbrook, Executive Director
Courtney (Cooley) Millbrook brings several years of non-profit management and development experience to her role as Executive Director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the staff of Michigan State University's Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and American Cancer Society. Courtney has a BA in Sociology from The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and immediately upon graduating, spent two years in Japan teaching English as a part of the JET program. She currently resides in her hometown of Grand Ledge with her husband, Travis, son, Grady, daughter, Vivian and dog, Daisy.
Karen Dichoza, Director of Finance & Operations
Karen (Cutshaw) Dichoza is a life-long resident of the Lansing area. She has held legislative, executive and administrative assistant positions with various political and lobby organizations, and has worked in various positions at the Sheraton Lansing Hotel. She attended Lansing Community College were she holds an Associate Degree in Business Management, as well as, Grand Valley State University where she holds a degree in Hospitality Tourism Management.
Rachel Santorelli, Director of Marketing & Communications
Rachel Santorelli comes to us with an extensive background in both music and arts administration. She has performance experience in dance, theatre and music, and was a member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps (Denver, CO). Originally from Texas, Rachel has a B.A. in Music from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) and a Master's Degree in Public Relations/Advertising from Michigan State University. Before joining the Lansing Symphony, she spent over 3 years at Wharton Center for Performing Arts, working in the communications department. Growing up in a musical family, her passion and love for the arts has always been a major part of her life.
Link Up/Young People’s Concert Coordinator
Born and raised in the East Lansing area and graduating from Haslett schools, Ashleigh Miller attended Central Michigan University ('11) where she obtained her Bachelor of Music Education. Since then, she has taught elementary general music in two locations, and is currently the K-3rd grade music and technology teacher for Olivet Community Schools. A successful grant writer and strong advocate for music education, Ashleigh has served on a variety of local and state boards. Additionally, Ashleigh will be graduating from the University of Michigan soon with her Masters of Music in Music Education.
Salvatore Parillo, Marketing & Communications Intern
While currently attending Michigan State University, where he is pursuing his Masters in Arts & Cultural Management, Salvatore "Sal" joins the LSO as a communications intern. He is originally from Melbourne, FL, and went to school in Orlando, FL. Sal graduated in May 2016 from the University of Central Florida, where he earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Performance on the flute. Outside of LSO, Sal is also the Director of Private lessons for the Philadelphia International Music Festival, in Bryn Mawr, PA. Ever since beginning to play the flute at 8 years old, Sal has had a passion for music and its performance.
Lauren Patterson, Development Intern
Lauren Patterson comes to us with knowledge and passion for the arts. From an early age, she has been involved in music and actively performs as a clarinetist. Lauren has experience performing as both a chamber and orchestral musician and has participated in recording projects with the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in clarinet performance from Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University, respectively. Additionally, Lauren brings experience in development through her work with the Grand Rapids Symphony.