Director of Development
Ann Paton has been a fundraiser and public relations professional in the nonprofit sector for 30 years. She has held leadership fundraising positions at Dartmouth, Brown, Florida Atlantic and Barry University. Since her retirement from Barry University in 2011, Ann has been helping non-profits in the southeast U.S. achieve sustainability. She is pleased to be supporting the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition with her knowledge of grant writing and research, strategic and operational planning, annual/major gifts fundraising and board development.
Director of Community Engagement
Laura Sinclair – Violist/Violinist/Educator. An active performer in the South Florida music scene, she is an assistant principal violists of Symphony of the Americas and the Kravis Pops Orchestra and has performed with Florida Grand Opera, Boca Symphonia, Palm Beach Pops, and Florida Sunshine Pops, in addition to creating solo and chamber music performances in the community. Most recently, she appeared on both violin and viola in the South Florida stop of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon”, “Hello Dolly!” and “Anastasia”. She has performed with Broadway greats Bernadette Peters and Idina Menzel, rocker Rod Stewart, guitar legends Bucky and John Pizzarelli, indie artists Amanda Palmer and Dashboard Confessional, and
Michael Cavanaugh, Steve Tyrell, Michael Feinstein and David Foster.
Ms. Sinclair is a committed educator. She is the Director of Strings for Plumosa School of the Arts, Orchestra director of the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc Summer Strings at Lynn University and maintains a vibrant Suzuki studio. As an alumni of Lynn University, she helps facilitate a mentorship program between Lynn’s prestigious Conservatory of Music and Delray’s own Plumosa School of the Arts. The pairing partners graduate students with underprivileged children in instrumental music programs and provides them with private instruction.
Thanks to a partnership with the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, hundreds of Plumosa students have been exposed to high level musical performances. Laura is excited to help facilitate the Community outreach portion of the 2020 EOIVC, with finalists performing for students in front of a jury of arts advocates, community leaders and educators.
Director of Media Relations & Communications
Raechel Alexander is a communications and public relations specialist with over 25 years experience in the nonprofit performing arts industry. Most recently, she served as the vice president for communications for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Prior to her important work with the CSO, Raechel held titled positions in communications and public relations at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Sylvie Bigar: International Public Relations. Currently she is an independent communications consultant and is the founder and president of RA Complete Communications, based in Chicago, IL. Raechel works closely with artists and institutions to provide media training, career counseling, website development, strategic messaging/visioning, networking viability, social media building, crisis management, and media relations placement and support.