Staff

Kara Kane, Executive Director                                                                                                                                            

Kara Kane has been a musician, IT consultant, teaching artist and now arts administrator.  She earned her BA double majoring in Music and Sociology at Rice University. Kara started her career as an IT consultant and worked
for Ernst & Young, LLP, Continental Airlines and Northwestern University. She returned to Rice for a MM in voice and continued her studies at festivals in Aspen, Salzburg, and Rome. After being a member of the
Aldeburgh Music's Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in their Education Residency, she found her niche as a teaching artist and arts administrator. Kara was the Director of Education for Chicago Opera Theater, taught as an adjunct voice instructor at University of Notre Dame, and serves as a teaching artist with Classical Kids Music Education's Music Inspires! outreach program in the Chicago Public Schools. Kara resides in South Bend with her husband and three kids.

 

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 20 years, currently 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.

 

 
Geena Kam,  Chamber Music Academy Director

Geena Kam has been a competition volunteer since 2012 and joined the Fischoff team in January 2020. Geena is a classical pianist, pedagogue, and art administrator. She has concertized throughout the Midwest, Asia, and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and her piano students have won regional and international competitions. A passionate educator, Geena has created and directed venues for young pianists as well as presented workshops and masterclasses for area music teachers. Geena is also a piano faculty at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, and received her D.M.A degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa.

 

Emma Gettinger, Program Manager

Emma studied at Saint Mary’s College earning a BA in music and a BBA with a Marketing concentration. In addition to her studies, she created marketing plans and brand profiles for a variety of organizations within the Michiana area. Upon graduating from St. Mary’s she joined Trek10, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner. As the sole marketing hire, Emma took responsibility of the marketing program and successfully grew marketing activities by tenfold. However, music has always been one of Emma’s greatest passions. She first experienced Fischoff’s mission as an intern during the 2019 Fischoff Competition, and is so excited to be on the team!