Honorable Robert Farrell
Dorsay credits the inspiration for founding Make Music Los Angeles to three life-altering moments: her third grade music teacher Mrs. Ursula Murell, a 60 Minute segment on Youth Orchestras of Venezuela and an article in the New York Times. Mrs. Murell ensured each of her students had the opportunity to not only experience opera and concerts, but also play musical instruments. The television segment focused on El Systema - a Venezuelan social program established to place musical instruments in children’s hands. As a result, over 200 youth orchestras have taken root in the country. Dorsay’s third inspiration was a New York Times article picturing Central Park Lake with musicians and the audiences. Dorsay subsequently contacted Aaron Friedman, founder of Make Music New York and the result was the birth of Make Music Los Angeles. In many ways, Dorsay has been preparing for MMLA all her life; her background as a tradeshow, convention and special event producer makes her well-qualified to lead this new organization.
LeRoy is the quintessential on-air radio personality, as the creator and producer of TheJazzCat.net. His voice can be heard as a symbol of what’s cool about jazz. The JazzCat.net has an average of 30,000 visitors per month. In addition, LeRoy’s interviews with jazz artists and written articles demonstrate his knowledge and love of everything straight ahead and progressive in jazz music. LeRoy is the creator and producer of a jazz television show, and is the director, and on camera host. The show provides viewers with a closer look at the artists with a new perspective. LeRoy has been a host for the Monterey Jazz Festival for the last 14 years in addition to being the Master of Ceremonies for the Playboy Jazz Cruise. LeRoy will be seen in promotional video for Make Music Los Angeles. LeRoy is currently writing a book about Los Angeles’s jazz musical roots.
Genelle is a 30 year resident of Silver Lake and has been a community activist from day one. Genelle is a champion of neighborhoods thriving with healthy activity for children, green trees and flowers for community gardens, sidewalks and major roadways. Along with her high visibility position as the President of the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Genelle takes pride in keeping alive the comedy duo of “Laurel and Hardy” as the host of the annual “Music Box Steps Day” a Silver Lake jewel that introduces children to the rollicking two comedy geniuses. Each October at Vendome Park at the bottom of the famous steps a celebration of fun, food and screenings of the famous film takes place. Genelle has also held a position of treasurer with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and currently is with the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council.
Rebecca’s distinguished background has led to a wide variety of experiences from the aerospace industry, public relations, classical, jazz, hip hop music, youth pastoring and adult education. As a youth pastor, Rebecca specialized in inner-city outreach through music. Rebecca developed a music mentoring program while counseling high risk teens. Rebecca designed collateral material including CD covers, press releases and promotion packets for several record labels, independent Artists and college commercial music departments. Her skills at developing talent led to creating a company of her own --Proclaim International was an artist management, public relations and booking agency. Clients included Big Cheese Productions, Frontline Records and God’s Dome Recordings. As the Director of Adult Education at Brentwood Church, Rebecca developed and coordinated family, marriage and parenting classes in addition to designing retreats, expositions, seminars and booking speakers.
Mykesha is a driving force of energy, creativity, and experience strategically marketing her clients to optimum success. Mykesha is also a highly competitive, passionate, persuasive and articulate person who has achieved results others believed to be impossible. Honing her skills in community relations and development she is the founder of the first Los Angeles Community Development Corporation. Some of Mykesha’s career achievements have included being Creative Campaign Manager/Consultant for California State University Initiatives coordinating events to serve over 443,000 students statewide. Mykesha has managed advertising campaigns from clients that include Marriot, Kinecta, California State University System, Starbucks Corporation, Coca Cola, political campaigns and legal firms. Mykesha is a graduate of the prestigious University of Southern California, Los Angeles Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Passing the Mantle-Cecil Murray Center for Civic Engagement Fundraising and Community Development.
Kevin’s professional experience as a filmmaker has given him the opportunity and background to counsel students and professionals alike. As a film producer and studio executive for Walt Disney Feature Animation and Fox Family Films and Fox Animation, Kevin has contributed to the production and development of films as diverse as “The Lion King”, “Monkeybone”, “Forever Plaid: The Movie”, “Ever After,” “30 Days Until I’m Famous” and “Pocahontas.” Working as Special Advisor to the Animation Community for the Los Angeles Film School, Kevin has created a network of relationships serving the Computer Animation and Game Production Schools. He also reviews curriculum and makes suggestions for future classes based on the industry’s hiring needs. As a Career Advisor for students and graduates, Kevin reviews resumes and cover letters and connects them to potential employers. Kevin is currently serving in an Advisory capacity for several musical theatre organizations, including the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop.
Mark is a lifelong learner earning his first degree in Theatre and Speech Communication from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. He later followed with a Masters in Drama from the University of North Texas where he was names “Outstanding Graduate Student in Drama” for two years running. As a young adult Mark worked two and three jobs at a time as a substitute teacher, bakers assistant/cake decorator, assistant building manager for Orchestra Hall in Fort Worth, a tutor and an adult education instructor for the Lamar Community College. Still he was able to work semi-professionally as a stage director for the Arlington Opera Company and for several venues in Southern Colorado. Upon moving to California Mark is a full-time educator at Micheltorena Street School in Silver Lake and he decided to pursue another degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at California State University at Northridge. Mark is also involved with the community as the Co-Vice President of the Silver Lake Improvement Association and as an active member of Friends of the Observatory, Griffith Park Observatory
Linda’s background and life experiences have led her on a journey through entertainment, broadcasting and operations as an on air radio personality, commodity trading and early childhood education. Linda a devoted Buddhist has been a member of SGI-USA for twenty eight (28) years. The SGI-USA a faith based organization that uses the guidelines of Nichiren Buddhism is a global organization found in more than 192 countries. The framework of the SGI-USA inspired and made it possible for Linda to create programs working with community organizations specializing in youth development and awareness. Steps-2 Success a consulting firm founded by Linda recognizes the special needs of children at risk and addresses particular issues through art and music. Linda has returned to school, to complete her degree in Behavioral Psychology. She is specializing in art therapy for abused children. Linda’s own childhood began on the stage as a child performer dancing in her parents show business act. Linda on occasion can still be seen dancing with a local African dance company in parades and special events.