Staff

Kara Kane, Interim Executive Director

Kara Kane joined the staff in January 2019 as Education Director. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music and Sociology and master’s degree in voice from Rice University. Kara started her career as an Information Technology consultant and worked for Ernst & Young, LLP, Continental Airlines and Northwestern University. After being a member of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in their education residency at Aldeburgh Music, she transitioned into her role as a teaching artist and arts administrator. Kara was the Director of Education for Chicago Opera Theater and has served as a teaching artist the past six years 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 17 years, most recently 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.