People of Canton Symphony Orchestra
To run a symphony, it takes many talented, passionate, and creative individuals who love what they do and love the organization they serve. As you can see, it absolutely cannot be accomplished alone.

Gerhardt Zimmermann, Music Director

Maestro Zimmermann is Music Director and Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Zimmermann’s energetic and vibrant performances have drawn invitations to appear on the podium with the Cleveland, Chicago, National, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Jersey, Syracuse, Rochester and San Antonio orchestras; as well as several international orchestras and opera companies. In 2006, Zimmermann was named Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Texas, Austin. After serving 21 years as Music Director/Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, he is also Conductor Laureate of that orchestra.

Michelle Charles, President and CEO

Michelle has been President & CEO since 2011. Previously serving in all capacities of the organization as chorus member and volunteer, board trustee and staff, she continues to be a driving force behind the increasing notoriety of the Canton Symphony.  Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music History and Theory from Hiram College and will receive her MBA in Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University in the Spring of 2022. She received a Fundraising Certificate from Boston University (2020) and a Leadership Certificate from Harvard University (2021). Michelle is currently the Past President of the Rotary Club of Canton and District Governor Nominee for Rotary District 6650 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  She is currently serving on the boards of The Friends of the Summit (91.3 FM) where she serves as Treasurer, and the Leadership Stark County Alumni Board. She was a member of the 27th Class of Leadership Stark County, and is currently a member of Woman’s Impact, Inc. In 2012, she was honored to be named one of the Twenty Under 40 and in 2018 was inducted to the YWCA of Stark County’s Women’s Hall of Fame. Michelle has three sons, three stepsons, and one crazy golden retriever. In her “spare” time, she and her husband JC enjoy hiking in the Summit Metro Parks and traveling. 

Michael Koscso, Director of Artistic Operations

Michael Koscso earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance at Kent State University, and a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance at Miami University. Throughout his schooling, Mr. Koscso received many awards in recognition of superior scholarship and musicianship. He attended Miami University as a Graduate Assistant. In addition to his studies, Mr. Koscso has participated in many music festivals; including the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Eastern Music Festival. He has performed with many area orchestras and is an experienced soloist and chamber ensemble musician. Mr. Koscso is currently the Director of Artistic Operations and a cellist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and has spent the last several summers as Personnel Manager and Music Librarian with the Breckenridge Music Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado, where he enjoyed climbing several of the 14,000-foot peaks around the state.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the world and Indians games with his wife, Becky.

Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, Associate Conductor

Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Brown University and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Mannes College of Music as a student of David Hayes. While at Mannes, he was a Julius Rudel Conducting Fellow with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he received mentorship from Music Director JoAnn Falletta, served as assistant conductor for six subscription concerts, and was featured as a guest conductor at an educational concert. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the Mannes Opera, where he worked under Glimmerglass Opera Music Director Joseph Colaneri. Matthew is a native of Cincinnati, where he attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts before graduating from Walnut Hills High School. He swam competitively for the Cincinnati Aquatic Club, and continues to train and compete through U.S. Masters Swimming. He is also an avid skier, hiker, and devoted baseball and football fan.

Jennifer Sloane, Director of Finance

Jennifer joined the Canton Symphony Orchestra in September 2016 and serves as Director of Finance.  She has an Associate of Applied Business degree in Accounting.  She worked in a public accounting setting for many years in the Cleveland area.  Her family moved to the Canton area in 2016 and Jennifer was thrilled to join the Canton Symphony.

Jennifer has a teenage son and daughter who keep her busy with theater performances and soccer games.   In her spare time, she and her husband, Dean, enjoy going spending time with family, playing games, going swimming and boating.

Rachel Hagemeier, Manager of Education and Community Engagement

Rachel Hagemeier is a graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music with degrees in Bassoon Performance and Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. Growing up in Edmond, Oklahoma, she began studying the bassoon at the age of 11 under Dr. Lori Wooden. In college, she studied bassoon under Cleveland Orchestra members Phil Austin and Jonathan Sherwin. She has done arts management work for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Oklahoma City Ballet, several Cleveland playwrights and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival managing summer programs, doing box office work and managing artists. In Stark County, she is a member of ystark and was a member of the Spotlight Leadership program in the fall of 2019. Rachel is a member of OMEA (Ohio Music Educators Association) and NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and continues to play bassoon with the Ashland Symphony. She is a private lesson teacher dedicated to educating the next generation of young bassoonists.

Nathan Maslyk, Manager of Marketing

Nathan Maslyk holds a B.A. in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship with minors in Theatre and Accounting from Baldwin Wallace University. An entrepreneur at heart, Nathan founded Anecdote Productions Limited in 2016 to produce and present original musical events for Ohio audiences. Nathan has deep interest and experience in the nonprofit arts sector having previously held the position of Associate Managing Director for Mercury Theatre Company and having served three and a half years as a representative of the Season Ticket Services department at Playhouse Square.

At Canton Symphony Orchestra, Nathan is responsible for representing the organization in all aspects, including all social media content curation, mass email communications, advertisement procurement, website management, and organizing all campaigns for the MasterWorks, Pops, and Divergent Sounds series. He is also responsible for managing the ticketing and CRM software, OvationTix.

Kayla Lehman, Manager of Development

Kayla Lehman earned her bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Theatre from the University of Mount Union.  Kayla has worked in development, event planning, and marketing at various arts organizations in Northeast Ohio, including Playhouse Square.  Most recently, Kayla served as the Annual Giving and Special Projects Coordinator at Beck Center for the Arts, overseeing fundraising initiatives and events for the organization. When not in the office, Kayla is a professional performer and choreographer in the local theatre industry and enjoys teaching dance to students and adults alike. 

Thomas Pleban, Librarian

Bio coming soon.

Rachael Mosley, Administrative Assistant

Rachael received an Associate of Science from Kent State University with a focus in Business and Marketing.  She is a lover of the arts and passionate about people.  After devoting 6 years caring for her grandfather, she was inspired to pursue a more fulfilling and rewarding career in the music industry.  Rachael has been drawn to music from a very young age.  She played the saxophone from middle school through high school and later learned the tuba, euphonium, and guitar.  Joining the team at the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Rachael hopes to continue to develop as a musician, grow with the community and spread the joy of music to others. 

Laura Ellacott, Administrative Intern

Laura Ellacott, a native to Tennessee, studied clarinet and minored in business
management at Austin Peay State University. She was inspired to pursue a degree in arts
administration after completing her Bachelor of Science degree. Miss Ellacott also has a Master
of Music in clarinet performance. During this time, she found a desire to learn more about
other art forms. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in art administration. Miss Ellacott has been an active musician through her years teaching and performing
with the ensembles of her universities. She performed in the first performance of the University
of Akron Opera/Lyric Theatre Chamber Orchestra, as well as interned with the Gateway
Chamber Orchestra. Miss Ellacott hopes to learn how to better assist artists and performers and help them work in their communities.

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