Carmen Creel, Executive Director

On July 1, Fischoff welcomed Carmen Creel as its new Executive Director. Carmen joined  Fischoff from Union Bands (Union High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma), where she served as a private clarinet instructor and chamber music coach since 2016. She has also served as the Director of Programming and Stewardship with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC; and as the Director of Principal Gift Recognition at the University of Chicago. She spent a decade as an arts administrator with Michael Tilson Thomas in San Francisco and with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.


Thomas Rosenberg, Artistic Director

Thomas Rosenberg has served as Fischoff's Artistic Director since 1981.  A nationally known dynamic teacher, performer and chamber coach, he teaches cello and chamber music at Carleton and MacAlester Colleges and maintains an award winning pre-college home studio. Prize-winner at Munich and Portsmouth Quartet Competitions and a three-time Naumburg Award finalist, Tom is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Richard Kapuscinski and The Eastman School of Music where he was teaching assistant to both Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser. His chamber music studies were with the Budapest, Cleveland, Juilliard, Guarneri, and Tokyo quartets.

Miki Strabley, Competition Director

Miki Strabley joined Fischoff in August 2000. Her primary responsibilities include running the annual Fischoff Competition, recruiting and coordinating competition volunteers, and coordinating logistics for the Winner’s Tour. Miki received her undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Political Science at Saint Mary’s College. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University South Bend and a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Carrie Lehman, Media Director

Carrie Lehman joined the staff in 2012, but has been a part of Fischoff for over 17 years, most recently as the Fischoff Competition's Junior Division Quarterfinals Manager. As Media Director, she is responsible for media and technology efforts. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Spring Arbor University.