Staff and Board



Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director & Conductor

Jessi Eisdorfer, General Manager


Board of Directors

Kathy Radley, President

Anne Fremont-Smith, Vice President

Debi Walsh, Treasurer
Myron F. Dittmer, Jr., Secretary


Edward F. Cassidy

Mary Ann Charlton

Denise Gaffey

Richard Iascone

Joseph Messina

Nick Quinci

Karen Sawyer

Cathleen Schaad

Richard Weeks



Jessi EisdorferJessi Eisdorfer (General Manager) is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical double bass and music history. Ms. Eisdorfer leads an active career as a freelance double bassist throughout greater Boston performing with numerous professional and community ensembles including the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Beyond the classical stage, Ms. Eisdorfer can be heard in musical theater performances at the Cutler Majestic Theatre and with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.


In addition to her performing career, she comes to the Melrose Symphony Orchestra with a wealth of varied experience in arts administration. Since April 2007, Ms. Eisdorfer has worked for Emmanuel Music, the internationally renowned ensemble-in-residence at Emmanuel Church in Boston’s Back Bay, which performs over fifty concerts each season to critical acclaim. She also worked extensively with the Music-in-Education National Consortium to research and develop a model of effective musical practices as an essential role in education. Beyond classical music, Ms. Eisdorfer worked closely with British rock legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull organizing a chamber orchestra for their sold-out East Coast tour.


Originally from Bel Air, MD, Ms. Eisdorfer began her musical studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University Preparatory School and attended the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Kinhaven School of Music. Her passion for music and community music-making was fostered through the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, a community ensemble she was invited to perform with at just twelve years of age.


You can e-mail Jessi with any questions at:


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