Birdfoot Festival Advisory Board
The Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival is grateful for the invaluable advice and expertise of its Advisory Board members.
John Fairlie, M.M.
Co-founder and former member of the Birdfoot Festival’s Board of Directors, Mr. Fairlie has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO), the New Orleans String Project, and the Steamboat Springs Orchestra. He was Executive and Music Director of GNOYO for twelve years, positions he also has held with the Boulder Youth Symphony. John received his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas, and has taught at the university level at the University of Texas, Permian Basin, and at the University of New Orleans. An active performer, John was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) for 16 years, playing bassoon, contrabassoon, and saxophone. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Mexico City Opera, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and several other professional orchestras. A composer as well as performer, he premiered his Bassoon Concerto with the Temple Symphony (Texas) in 2010, and has recently completed his first string quartet and a series of duos for clarinet and bassoon. John currently lives and teaches in Temple, Texas where he performs regularly as principal bassoonist with the Temple Symphony and on saxophone with the Temple Jazz Band.
Fred Kasten is an award-winning radio producer and interviewer. In 2007, he retired from a two- decade- plus tenure at the New Orleans NPR affiliate, 89.9 WWNO – but continues to produce work for the station – including a weekly author interview series, “The Sound of Books” (Wednesday mornings at 7:35 am). During his years at WWNO, Kasten hosted the station’s popular Saturday Night Jazz – created and produced the sketch comedy and New Orleans music variety program Crescent City (more than 40 one hour episodes over four years) – and was WWNO’s Program Director and Associate General Manager from 2001 – 2007. He currently produces audio projects at his home studio in the Carrollton neighborhood.
Timothy R.W. Kappel
Tim Kappel is an attorney with Lassiter Tidwell & Davis, PLLC. He practices in both Tennessee and Louisiana, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University in New Orleans. Tim’s practice is largely dedicated to serving musicians and other creative professionals in the entertainment industries. Before becoming an attorney, Tim worked for a wide array of music industry groups, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, SoundExchange, and the Recording Academy.
Timothy E. Kelly
Tim Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked with Standard Mortgage since 1993. He began his accounting career in New York City with Main Lafrentz & Co. (this firm later merged into KPMG, LLP) as an intern and rejoined the firm in 1977. He joined the New Orleans office of Touche Ross & Co. (this firm later merged, becoming Deloitte & Touche, LLP) in 1981 advancing to the position of senior manager. He then joined Coopers & Lybrand (now known as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP) in 1986 and became a partner in 1989.
Tim received his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from New York University in 1976 and his Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance from New York University in 1977. He has served in various officer capacities with the New Orleans Chapter of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants as well as on the Financial Institutions Committee at the Louisiana state level. Tim currently serves as Treasurer on the board of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, has served on their finance committee since 1992, and previously served as their treasurer in 1996. Since 2012, he has been a member of L.P.O’s Board of Trustees. Tim has also served as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra from 2006 through 2013 and was an accounting advisor to GNOYO since 1994 during its formation and application to the Internal Revenue Service for tax exempt recognition.
Tim and his wife, Virginia, live in Slidell and have four children and one grandchild.
Dr. Frederick G. Kushner, M.D.
Dr. Frederick G. Kushner is a practicing interventional cardiologist in private practice in the Greater New Orleans area. A graduate of Columbia College, Dr. Kushner received his Medical Degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his medical internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School and his cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He currently is the Medical Director of Heart Clinic of Louisiana and a clinical professor of medicine at Tulane Medical School. He serves as a member of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines, and serves on the Science Board to the FDA.
A lifelong chamber music aficionado and long time board member of the New Orleans Friends of Music, Dr. Kushner served as president of the Friends of Music Board from 2000 to 2003. Realizing the challenges faced by emerging young musicians, and the importance of chamber music education and audience development, he recruited Jenna Sherry to serve as a student representative on the Friends of Music Board. The rest is history.
Deborah has a B.A. in Business Administration from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ and an A.A. in Computer Information Systems from Raritan Valley Community College in Bridgewater, NJ. She has been doing bookkeeping for almost 21 years and has operated a home-based Bookkeeping business since 2010. She has been assisting with the Birdfoot Festival’s bookkeeping since 2013. She has been a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, an international women’s social, cultural and service organization, for 33 years and held every office in chapters in Arkansas, New Jersey, Northern California, Southern California and now New Orleans. She is in her second year as President of Laureate Alpha Chapter New Orleans.
Deborah and her husband, Adam, live in New Orleans and have two children. Her daughter, Rachael, has participated in Birdfoot’s Mentoring program since 2013.