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. 

Interns of Canton Symphony Orchestra

Alexandra McGuire, Community Engagement & Education

Alexandra McGuire is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studies with Mary Kay Fink (primary teacher), Jessica Sindell, and Joshua Smith. She performs solo recitals, with the CIM orchestra, and with chamber ensembles and has also performed with the Case Western Reserve University Klezmer Music Ensemble. While performing with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, her performance on piccolo was described as “controlled and pitch perfect” by Alexandra also is a member of the Cleveland chapter of the Back to Bach Project, was a CIM Musical Pathway Fellowship Mentor, teaches her own studio of students, is a substitute teacher at Bach to Rock in Jacksonville Beach, FL, and was previously a teaching artist for CIM2. Alexandra graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, Alexandra performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra for 6 years, winning the Young Artist Competition in 2016 and performing as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony. She was featured as a soloist with the First Coast Wind Symphony after winning their Young Artist Competition in 2017.  Her previous teachers include Gia Sastre and Les Roettges. Alexandra is passionate about music, aspiring to be a symphony musician and flute teacher.

Hallana Beck, Marketing

After earning an Associates of Arts from Cuyahoga Community College in 2020 and attending Case Western Reserve University as a transient student, Hallana Beck transferred to Baldwin Wallace University in the Fall of 2020. As a college senior, she is currently obtaining a major in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Art History to achieve her dream of working with the arts. She previously worked as a Digital Marketing Intern at Murphy Music Press and a Communications Intern at Baldwin Wallace’s Conservatory of Music. She is a lover of all forms of art and strives to bring together the best possible experience for everyone to enjoy.


Peyton Zamarelli, Development

Peyton Zamarelli is a current senior at the University of Mount Union. After her graduation this spring, she will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in public relations and music (voice) with a minor in leadership studies. Peyton is a very active member of her campus community as president of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)- Mount Union Chapter, assistant resident director of McMaster and Ketcham Halls, and chorister in Cantus, Concert Choir, and Kantorei. Peyton has previously interned with Cedar Point Amusement Park for the Merchandise Department as their event and associate relations intern as well as at Mount Union in the Office of Marketing as their marketing intern. She was recently promoted at Cedar Point to fulfill the role as the area supervisor of merchandise events while also directing her own freelance company, Exceptional Connections, Public Relations and Media Management. Peyton specializes in program development, graphic design, journalism, and classical vocal music.  After graduation, Peyton hopes to combine both her knowledge in public relations and music to continue being an active advocate for the arts.  


Andrea Thacker, CYS Assistant

Andrea Thacker is a third year music education major at The University of Akron. In addition to her position as education assistant for the Canton Youth Symphonies, she is the historian for The University of Akron’s branch of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, president-elect of the North East Ohio Flute Association, and Vice President of Programs for the Zeta Omicron branch of the honors music fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.

She is an active volunteer at the Mentor Public Schools Summer Music program for middle school students, and she has spent the past summer working with the Mentor High School and Brunswick High School marching bands. 

Andrea has been honored with many awards and scholarships throughout her academic career, including the Robert L Wiser Fine Arts Scholarship in 2021, the George Pope Flute Scholarship  in 2020, Lake County Music Education Association Scholarship in 2019, and the Tammy Burns Music Education Scholarship in 2019.

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