Give A Note Board
Ed James, Senior Vice President, High10 Media
Board Chair/ President, Give A Note Foundation
Ed James is a highly skilled branding and communications professional with 20 years of experience across multiple disciplines including lifestyle, entertainment, luxury goods, business-to-business, technology, non-profit, and crisis management.
Prior to High10 Media, James created and served as president of Cornerstone Public Relations. In that capacity, he worked on projects for HBO, Pepsi, Microsoft, Diageo, Turner Broadcasting, Mountain Dew, Guitar Center, BitTorrent, TDK, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Converse, Reader’s Digest, Red Stripe, Bushmills, Nike, Jose Cuervo, Crown Royal, The FADER, Kia, Threadless, 2K, Levi’s, Activision, and Adult Swim.
In 2011, James left Cornerstone for a year to head Global Public Relations for Gibson Guitar Corporation.
James is a regular editorial contributor to trade publications offering his perspective on best practices and the state of the industry. Named one of the industry’s “40 Most Influential” by Folio Magazine, James has also been profiled in PR Week and PRSA, nominated several times as Executive of the Year by PR News, and awarded Bulldog Reporter’s Silver Medal for PR Professional of the Year.
Emily Chase, Development Associate & Special Assistant to the Chief Development Officer at National Audubon Society
Emily Chase is from Westchester County, New York, where she grew up surrounded by animals and nature. After graduating from Barnard College of Columbia University with a degree in Political Science and English, she moved to Aspen, Colorado, where she worked as Hallam Lake Programs Manager for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Emily moved back east to Brooklyn in 2018 and currently works as a Development Associate and Special Assistant to the Chief Development Officer at the National Audubon Society.
Emily’s passion for music was embedded in her from a young age. She grew up singing and playing instruments with her father and two older sisters, and started her first band at age 9 – aptly named, “The Niners”. In later years, Emily discovered her true passion was singing – particularly blues, soul, funk and rock. She currently gigs with a jazz trio in Connecticut and tries to see as much live music as possible in and around NYC.
Eric Holt, CEO Chiminus Enterprises
Holt is CEO of Chiminus Enterprises, a diverse lifestyle marketing and consulting company that is nationally recognized. He is also the Managing Partner of Chiminus’ successful subsidiary concert promotions company, The Lovenoise Group. Holt earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Communications from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a J.D. from Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Law School. Considered an expert in branding, marketing and urban music, Holt is a regularly sought-after speaker at universities and business groups. He also consults within the entertainment industry and business leaders on promotion and branding strategy.
Relentless in his pursuit of excellence which is complemented by his great work ethic, Holt insists on giving back to the community. In addition to sitting on several non-profit boards, he proudly served as a board member on Nashville’s Mayor Karl Deans’ inaugural Music Business Council. Holt, also had the esteemed pleasure of serving as an Advisor and Diversity Committee Chair for Nashville chapter’s National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS/Grammy’s). Most recently, Holt graduated the 30th Anniversary class at Leadership Music.
At the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University he specializes in Urban Music, Live Music Venues, Marketing and Promotions in his full-time role as an Assistant Professor.
In his free time you can find him at a concert or traveling around the world!
Denese Odegaard, Curriculum Specialist, Fargo (North Dakota) Public Schools Performing Arts
Denese Odegaard, NAfME Immediate Past-President (2018-2020), is currently the Fargo (North Dakota) Public Schools Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, and taught orchestra for 35 years. National service includes board member for both the American String Teachers Association Board (ASTA) and the National Association for Music Education Board (NAfME). While on the ASTA Board, she was chair of the Committee on School Orchestra and Strings and received the ASTA Citation for Leadership twice.
Her involvement in NAfME includes serving as North Central President and Research Advisor for the 3-5 grade standards writing team. She was Executive Director of the North Dakota Music Educators Association for ten years and served as President of NDMEA.
Odegaard authored Curriculum Writing 101: Assistance with Standards-based Music Curriculum and Assessment Writing for Band, Choir, Orchestra and General Music (GIA): co-authored the ASTA Curriculum (Alfred), edited Kaleidoscope: A Collection of Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the K-7 General Music Classroom (Alfred); and co-authored the ASTA Curriculum Assessment Companion e-book for string music educators.
She has presented curriculum and assessment sessions at international, national, and state conferences including Midwest, ASTA, TMEA, TODA, AMLE, ISME, and three Symposiums on Assessment in Music Education.
Tom Osborn, Marketing Specialist, QPrime
Veteran marketing expert, Tom Osborn, is currently the Marketing Specialist at QPrime and also has overseen the worldwide music marketing initiatives for the likes of New West Records, Kobalt Music Services, Warner Bros Records, and Capitol Records.
Throughout Osborn’s career, he worked at both major and independent labels and has implemented innovative and successful marketing campaigns for some of the biggest names in music as well as emerging artists. He has worked with a broad spectrum of artists ranging from luminaries Tom Waits, Lenny Kravitz, Nick Cave, and Devo to modern heavyweights The Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Black Keys, and Mastodon to acclaimed songwriters Noel Gallagher, Ben Folds, and Glen Hansard to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon. Additionally, Osborn’s impressive resume includes stints at Anti-/Epitaph, Vagrant Records, Mammoth Records, ARTISTdirect, and Atlas/Third Rail management.
Osborn is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts degree as well as a degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Stacey Swanson, Executive Director for the Society for Online Music Education
Stacey comes into this role with 14 years’ experience in the Music Retail Industry and 20 years of experience in the field of Music Education. Stacey has Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Bassoon Performance from The University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of Miami. She served as a music educator, private lesson instructor, Color Guard/Visual Ensemble choreographer and professional musician.
Since 2007, Stacey has been an active contributor in many aspects of the music retail industry. During her tenure at Music & Arts, she’s held roles such as Store Manager, Lesson Growth Coordinator, Business Process Management Coordinator, Affiliate Operations Manager, and Regional Lesson Manager. Stacey plays a key role in the culture of the lesson program as we know it today. During her time with Music & Arts, she’s received distinctions including Top Salesperson, Top Store Sales, Outstanding Department Award, Peak Performer and Employee of the Year.
Stacey’s recent contribution takes a shift towards music advocacy. An active and vocal advocate for music education, Stacey participates in the NAMM Foundation and has been to Capitol Hill to advocate for every child’s right to music education during the school day. She is also a winner of the prestigious Smart Women in Music scholarship, an honor that recognizes emerging female leaders.
Stacey joined the Society for Online Education as their Executive Director in 2020 with a deep passion to help music during a time of great change. She looks to not only help promote the benefits of using online tools, but to break down any barriers that exist within our diverse music community. Band, Orchestra, Middle School, General Music, Private Instruction, Schools of Music, Music Therapy, or Music Business…..we are all at teaching at our core, and we are in this together!
In her spare time, Stacey deeply enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, traveling and dreaming BIG!
Eliot Pfanstiehl, Founder and CEO, Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc.
Board Member Emeritus, Give A Note Foundation
Eliot Pfanstiehl is the CEO of Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., which operates and presents programming at Strathmore, a multi-disciplinary arts center, including the Music Center and the Mansion at Strathmore, in Montgomery County, Maryland. Mr. Pfanstiehl has held this position since the founding of the enterprise in 1983.
Born in the District of Columbia and a graduate of George Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology, Mr. Pfanstiehl’s career is a mixture of arts management, education, leadership training and organizational development. He has led over 300 board and strategic planning retreats for a range of non-profit civic, arts and social service organizations, government agencies and businesses.
Mr. Pfanstiehl has been a founder and/or chair of the Montgomery County Arts Council, the Round House Theatre, the League of Washington Theatres, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Maryland Citizens for the Arts. He was founding President and current Chair of Maryland Leadership Workshops. He continues to serve as program facilitator for Leadership Maryland, Leadership Montgomery, Leadership Allegany, Leadership Washington County, Leadership Southern Maryland, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Washington.
Mr. Pfanstiehl was named 2000 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine, “People to Watch” in 2005 by the Washington Business Journal, and awarded Outstanding Leader of the Year by Leadership Maryland in 2007 and Leadership Montgomery in 2008.
With his wife Cynthia, a professor of Archeology/Anthropology at Montgomery College, they are proud parents of four talented children and live in Silver Spring, Maryland, where they are active in church and community affairs.