Leadership Team

Ayriole Frost
Ayriole FrostExecutive Director
Ayriole Frost is an active composer, performer and teacher. A graduate of the fifth class of Sistema Fellows at New England Conservatory, she received training in leadership, finance, and curriculum for social change, and completed a month-long residency in Venezuela. Ayriole’s writing on social justice can be read on her blog, on the New England Conservatory website, and in the El Sistema inspired international publication The Ensemble. She has taught music theory, choir and string ensembles, and led creative workshops with The People’s Music School, Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids, and New West Symphony’s Harmony Project . Ayriole currently teaches an undergraduate course at North Park University and leads creative workshops around the country. She is a graduate of Ball State University, Carnegie Mellon University, New England Conservatory, and a summer leadership program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Albert Oppenheimer
Albert OppenheimerFeatured Board Member
A graduate of the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows program, Albert combines a depth of community and youth development work with his compositional background in order to collaborate with others to create programs which, through music, enhance the lives of children, families, and communities. A sought after speaker and educator, Albert has presented at TEDxMidwest, the Midwest ECO Conference for Community Psychologists, and the Erikson Institute for Childhood Development. Albert is on the board of El Sistema USA, is a co-founder of North Park University’s Certificate in Music for Social Change, and is proud to be a composer from Starkville, Mississippi.
Pete Tashjian
Pete TashjianFeatured Teaching Artist
Pete Tashjian is a Chicago based drummer and educator. After studying with Paul Wertico, Ed Harrison and Reuben Alvarez, he graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2010. He performs regularly around the midwest with a wide variety of artists including miss remember, the Goran Ivanovic Trio and the Astronomer.
An active teaching artist, Pete has led bucket bands and taught percussion at the Peabody Institue, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHkids, the The People’s Music School Youth Orchestras, Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, and the Allegro Music Center.