Chesapeake Music is governed by a Board of Directors which meets monthly, with responsibility for the financial health of the organization, and overall policy and strategic direction. All are very active volunteers, assisted by some 150 volunteer colleagues involved in essential work of the organization.
Throughout the year, volunteers work in the areas of communications, marketing, publications, arranging housing and meals for artists, selling tickets and advertisements, raising money, and staffing concerts and other events. Volunteers contribute an estimated 2,500 hours annually to the organization.
Seven part-time staff people – Donald Buxton, the Executive Director since the organization’s founding, and an Assistant to the Executive Director, Bookkeeper, Stage Manager, and three YouthReach teachers – manage the day-to-day activities of Chesapeake Music.
Programming decisions and the selection of artists to perform are made each year by the organization’s two Artistic Directors, J. Lawrie Bloom and Marcy Rosen. All of the participating musicians in Chesapeake Music programs are world-class players who have appeared as soloists or in ensembles throughout the United States and internationally. One of the programs, the International Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition engages a distinguished international Advisory Board and Panel of Judges.