Angela Pontious, Business Manager

Angela Pontious is currently in her second year as the Director of Bands for the Mariemont City Schools. Angela received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Ball State University in 2001 and Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Florida State University in 2009. She has 12 years of teaching experience in three different states including Virginia, Utah, and Ohio. Angela also has experiences with the Tallahassee Symphony, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Miami University Performing Arts Series, and Music for All. Angela lives in Hamilton, Ohio with her husband, Mark, and their three children, Caroline, Nicholas, and Jonathan.

Laura Talarek, Production Coordinator

By day, Laura Talarek is a lab tech for a local drinking water utility; by night she’s Production Coordinator for MUSE. In the late 1990's, Laura's dear friend Ola Riley took her to a MUSE concert. Always a wise woman, Ola told her, "I think MUSE is about the best thing going in Cincinnati." Laura agreed, joined MUSE as a volunteer and stayed for 10 years. After a few years off, Laura is happy to be back with MUSE, her MUSE sisters and brothers and excited to begin the 34th Season.

Betty Richardson, Accompanist

Betty Richardson is a native of Cincinnati. She attended Cincinnati Public Schools and earned two degrees from the University of Cincinnati: BM in Music Education and a MA in Mental Health Counseling. She retired after working for 30 years in the Oak Hills School District as a music teacher and school counselor. Betty is currently an Adjunct Instructor (piano) at Mount St. Joseph University and accompanist for the University Singers. She is also organist/pianist at St. James Episcopal Church in Westwood. Throughout the school year, Betty plays for various middle/high school events around the city. Since 2013 Betty has been a proud member of MUSE and sings in the A1 section.


  • Julie Brock - Operations Co-Chair
  • Emily Dotter - Music Librarian
  • Rachel Gaspar'raj - Membership Co-Chair
  • Em Joy - Social Justice Co-Chair
  • Erin Kelley - ASL Interpreter
  • Maria Kitsinis - Social Justice Co-Chair
  • Mary Manera - Archivist
  • Marti Mohar - Membership Co-Chair
  • Charmaine Moore - Musical Excellence Co-Chair
  • Maggie Panyko - Web Coordinator
  • Emily Stant-Kelly - Social Media Manager
  • Laura Talarek - Operations Co-Chair
  • Scott Whitehurst - 5th Section Coordinator
  • Rachel Zerkle Deshpande - Musical Excellence Co-Chair

Click here for a chart showing MUSE's Four Circle Administrative Structure

MUSE Board of Directors

  • Amy Arnold, President
  • Lindsay Barth, Secretary
  • Julie Brock
  • Samara Carpenter
  • Juwana Hall
  • Trish Hart, Vice President
  • Danielle Haynes
  • Rebecca James
  • Diana Martens
  • Janet Neidhard, Treasurer
  • Gillian Oakenfull
  • Meeka Owens
  • Melissa Stephens

Click here for a Board Nomination Form

MUSE Emerita

MUSE Founding Mothers

  • Angie Denov
  • Diana Porter
  • Dr. Catherine Roma
  • Rhonda Whitten