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New Members Join the Curtis Boards of Trustees and Overseers

New trustees and overseers appointed since June bring their expertise in business and classical music to the Curtis Institute of Music. Three members join the Board of Trustees: Mark E. Rubenstein, retired chairman of the Rubenstein Company; Brett Rubinson, partner and portfolio manager at Veritable, LP; and Mikael Eliasen, Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies and artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre.

The Board of Overseers also adds three members: Sarah Lutman, president and general manager of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras; and William Stensrud, president and CEO of

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.


Mark E. Rubenstein formed the Rubenstein Company in 1969 and over the next thirty-five years guided the company into a full-service real estate company with capacity for acquisition, development, construction, leasing, management, and financing of substantial real estate projects. Considered one of the preeminent leaders of the mid-Atlantic commercial real estate industry, Mr. Rubenstein retired as chairman of the Rubenstein Company at the end of 2004 and now serves as special senior advisor to the successor company, Rubenstein Partners. He earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (1962) and a master's degree in engineering (1965) from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Rubenstein serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Johns Hopkins University. He also serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Brett Rubinson is a partner and portfolio manager with Veritable, LP. Before joining Veritable in 1996, he was a senior tax consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, specializing in personal financial and executive compensation planning. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the New Jersey Bar. Mr. Rubinson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mikael Eliasen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1986 and became the head of the department in 1988. A Danish-born coach and accompanist, he received his early training in Copenhagen, Montreal, and Vienna. He has collaborated with numerous singers in recital worldwide, including Robert Merrill, Tom Krause, John Shirley Quirk, Elly Ameling, Edith Mathis, Florence Quivar, Mira Zakai, Sarah Walker, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, and Curtis alumni Theodor Uppman, Michael Schade, and Rinat Shaham. He has recorded for Albany Records, CBC, Hilversum Radio, Polish State Radio, Kol Israel, Irish Radio and Television, London Records, MHS, and Supraphon. Mr. Eliasen has given master classes at Aix-en-Provence, the Shanghai Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Jerusalem Music Center, and National Opera of Prague. He has a long association with the young-artist programs at the Royal Danish Opera and the Opera Studio of Amsterdam. In the United States, he works regularly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Eliasen was music director of the San Francisco Opera Center from 1994 to 1996 and artistic director of the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art in Belgium from 1984 to 1994. For twenty years he has taught at Chautauqua's Voice Program during the summers.


Sarah Lutman joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as president and general manager in 2008. She was previously senior vice president of content and media for American Public Media, where she was responsible for all broadcast, digital, and live-event programming on all three of Minnesota Public Radio's broadcast services, as well as the portfolio of American Public Media's national programs. She has earned two Peabody Awards as executive producer of two American Public Media programs. In 2005 she spearheaded the development and launch of 89.3 The Current, an alternative music station designed to reach and serve new audiences. Ms. Lutman serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Minnesota Citizens League.

Jesse Rosen was appointed president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras in July 2008. In his previous position as the League's executive vice president and managing director, he oversaw the creation of the current strategic plan, managed all major programs and services, and was instrumental in creating new programs such as Music Alive, the American Conducting Fellows, and Ford Made in America. Prior to joining the League's administrative staff in 1998, he was general manager of the Seattle Symphony, executive vice president and managing director of the American Composers Orchestra in New York City, orchestra manager of the New York Philharmonic, and vice president of programs for Affiliate Artists, Inc., where he developed and launched the Seaver Conducting Award and managed the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductors Program. A trombonist, Mr. Rosen received his bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and pursued graduate studies at the Juilliard School.

William Stensrud is the president and CEO of, a website that provides live classical music. He graduated from MIT in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He held a variety of technical, marketing, and executive positions in the communications industry. Mr. Stensrud was a founder of StrataCom (acquired by Cisco), the CEO of Primary Access (acquired by 3Com), and an early investor and director of Juniper Networks. He was a partner with a major venture capital firm in San Diego and ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the top twenty-five "movers and shakers" in the venture capital industry. Mr. Stensrud has been a philanthropist and an active supporter of the arts for many years. He has served on the boards of Scripps Health, Neurosciences Institute, San Diego Telecom Council, University of California at San Diego Foundation, and National Venture Capital Association. He is a past president of the San Diego Opera.

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