Our Team

Kerry Farrell is President and CEO of AuditionTour and the former Executive Director of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. In this capacity, as well as during his time at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, Mr. Farrell was deeply involved in the audition process. He was directly involved in updating the process for both organizations to take advantage of the latest technologies and he spent time on the road actually managing and recording the auditions. Mr. Farrell has prior experience as an orchestra personnel manager, a general manager, a music librarian, an education director as well as a musician that has auditioned for these festivals, giving him a comprehensive understanding of the industry. Mr. Farrell is an alumni of the University of California at Los Angeles where he studied music as a student of Bill Booth.

Jill Kahanek, Vice-President and COO, is the former Director of Emerging Artist Programs for the Henry Mancini Institute (HMI). During her tenure, she was responsible for the overall recruitment strategy and facilitation of the audition and selection process for the Summer Education Program including the development of recruitment materials, application processes and audition requirements as well as the strategization and implementation of the audition tour. She grew the audition tour from nine domestic locations proctored by host-school volunteers to a thirteen city international tour for which she served personally as facilitator and preliminary adjudicator. This personalized approach to the audition and selection process was beneficial to both the applicants and the HMI. It created a consistency in the audition format while providing a welcoming and supportive environment for the applicants allowing them to give their very best performance. In turn, the HMI was able to streamline its selection process by having staff, each well versed in the standards of the program, collaborating with individual faculty members for selection of the most well-rounded and talented candidates. Mrs. Kahanek’s experience also includes her role as VP of Marketing and Artist Relations for Sidewindermusic Records, a small independent record label, and as former Director of Development for Henry Mancini Enterprises. She received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Syracuse University and a Master of Music in Performance from the State University of New York at Purchase College where she was a student of Burt Lucarelli.

Philip Germano , Marketing and Technology Consultant to AT, is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of buonquillo, LLC., a hands-on Branding/Business development firm that collaborates with small to mid-size businesses to assess market opportunities, set a clear strategic marketing direction, and bridge strategy with execution. Philip has more than 15 years of experience in planning, managing, and carrying out the full range of market research, strategy, business development, and communications functions required to go to market, expand market presence, and enter new markets with a high rate of success.  Working with a range of clients from Morgan Stanley, CITI, Charles Schwab to Ducati motorcycles, Ripley’s Believe-it-or-not, Punch and Macanudo Cigars to smaller regional and start-up businesses — Mr. Germano passion is human nature – thus he keeps a pulse on trends and new technology effecting consumers across many industries.  Prior to establishing this career, Philip had a successful career as an Actor, Model and Photographer. In addition to running buonquillo, Philip currently serves as board member of the AIA_NS (the Newark Suburban chapter of the American Institute of Architectures) and a committee member of 212 NYC, the digital interactive association of NYC.

Advisory Board:
Marlene Altman – Mathematical Statistician
Murray Altman – Retired Fortune 500 Executive
Daniel Carlin – Chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music
Kelly Connaughton – Non-Profit Consultant
Thomas Novac – Dean of the College at New England Conservatory
Donald Reinhold – Executive Director of the Fresno Philharmonic
Keve Wilson – Musician and entrepreneur
Troy Wilson – Former IBM Executive

For more info please email or call:
Kerry Farrell
kerry@auditiontour.com
917.655.7171

 

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