Norma Keil Shaw, President (2017)
Dina Winter, 1st Vice President (2017)
Maria Meirelles, 2nd Vice President (2016)
Paul Brigolin, Recording Secretary (A) (2018)
Madeleine Phillips, Corresponding Secretary (A) (2017)
Eric Winter, Treasurer (A) (Ongoing)
Dalos Grobe, Financial Secretary (Ongoing)
(A) = Associate Member
Terms Expire in May of Year Shown
Michael McGillivray (2016)
Dan Mihaescu * (2017)
Tim Nicolia (2017)
Catherine Sherwin (2016)
Sam Smith (A) * (2017)
Connie Zucker (A) (2016)
* = New Member of the Board
Terms Expire in May of Year Shown
Norma was born in Detroit. She was raised in Indian Village and Oak Park, Mi. Graduating from Cass Technical High School in Vocational Music, she was recruited to WSU Music by Harold Arnoldi on scholarship. Norma was Co-creator of the WSU Music Therapy Program and graduated as a Music Therapy Major. Having earned a Masters in Social work from the University of Michigan, Norma had a long career in Medical Social work. Norma studied clarinet under Herbert Couf, Paul Schaller and Laurence Liberson.
Norma is the daughter of Zelda Keil Miller, a piano prodigy/past board member and performer for Tuesday Musicale, and Albert Keil a music lover. She is the step-daughter of Sidney Miller, self-educated heating/cooling engineer who spent his career with Albert Kahn, Architect of Detroit. She is the proud mother of Maral Banan, a clarinetist/MSU medical student, and Ian, a trumpeter/grad of MSU and teacher/sports coach in the Teach for America program.
The wife of Richard Shaw, a prominent appellate attorney, Norma is now the President of The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit. Norma celebrates her birthday on August 6.
Dina has led a life filled with music, art, theatre, education and a love of Dante. At the age of fourteen, she discovered opera - and has never recovered from it since. After seeing her first opera, La Traviata, at the old Metropolitan Opera in New York City, she started studying with Francesca Pasella, an Italian maestra in the Bronx. Under Ms. Pasella’s tutelage, she won several singing awards, one of which took her to Italy, where she made her debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. She was the first twentieth century “Maria Stuarda” and sang leading roles in major theatres in Germany, Italy and Holland.
Maria Meirelles, 2nd Vice President
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Maria began her musical studies at the age of three and graduated from the Brazilian Conservatory at the age of thirteen studying with her mother, concert pianist Nicia Roubaud. In the United States she received her Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied with renowned pianist Gyorgy Sandor. Her distinguished career has won her national honors and critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike throughout the United States and Latin America.
Her repertoire is wide ranging in both concertos and solo works She is, however, most often identified with the performance of the complete 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven. She has often played the entire cycle in a month-long series of recitals: most notably in her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, in Mexico City, at the University of Michigan. At the Detroit Institute of Arts, Maria presented the entire cycle over the course of a weekend!
Married to Rod Jones, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Maria and her husband live in Detroit. In her spare time Maria is an avid runner.
Paul A. Brigolin, Recording Secretary, Associate Member
Paul is a native Detroiter who grew up in a musical family, studying classical piano and jazz trumpet throughout his youth. At age sixteen, while attending University Liggett School, he grabbed a microphone and formed his first rock band, thus beginning a musical journey that would lead him from CBGB’s to the Whiskey A-Go-Go, and a hundred stages in between.
Paul’s passion for writing song lyrics led him to Nashville, TN. where he added record producer to his list of credits, assisting artists ranging from country and rock, to techno and polka. He has recorded nine albums of original music and written two musicals.
Over the last decade, Paul has shed the long hair and tambourine in favor of Shakespeare and teaching the writing process. He has achieved the rank of Master Teacher with Cornerstone Charter Schools and continues to inspire students with theater trips to Stratford, Ontario. “Mr. B.” holds dual B.A.’s in English and Psychology (MSU), as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (WSU).
Madeleine Phillips, Corresponding Secretary, Associate Member
Madeleine is a native Detroiter (forever “Eastsider”) and lifelong music lover. Her mother played Chopin (and other composers) on the piano and listened to classical music on the radio. Her love of music was instilled at the tender age of three, by listening to music around the house and by taking ballet lessons; both strong influences in her life. Madeleine pursued piano lessons for a short time but no longer plays the instrument.
Madeleine attended Western Michigan University and has been employed in an administrative capacity since her graduation. In 1966, she married her husband, Allen, and together they raised a son and two daughters.
Madeleine’s hobbies include her pursuit of the love of music, exploration of several forms of exercise (including her enduring love of ballet), and entertaining and cooking for her family and a large circle of friends. Madeleine is our Corresponding Secretary, and she celebrates her birthday on August 15.
Eric Winter, Treasurer, Associate Member
Eric is a native of Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with an honors degree in economics and political science. He left Ireland in 1961, emigrating to the United States where he studied mathematical statistics and business, graduating with an MBA from Wayne State University.
He began his business career as a statistician at General Motors. After three years with GM he moved to the old National Bank of Detroit where he worked as an economist, his responsibility during most of his time there being the development of forecasts of the U.S. economy for the Bank’s trust department. He retired from the Bank in 1999.
As a retiree, he enjoys following economic developments both at home and abroad and maintains a keen interest in investments. He serves as treasurer on the boards of three not-for-profit organizations, for three of which he is treasurer, including Tuesday Musicale. He also teaches English as a Second Language for a few hours per week at Berlitz.
Eric has always been interested in music and studied violin, piano and organ. It was through his interest in music that he met his wife, the former opera singer Dina Soresi, at a time when he was a church organist, and she was looking for an accompanist to help her keep in practice with her singing.
Eric and Dina live in Grosse Pointe Shores.
Dalos Grobe, Financial Secretary
Dalos was born in Wisconsin, and came to Detroit by way of the Twin Cities, where he earned a B.S. in Music Education from the U. of Minn; he also has a M.M. in Organ from the U. of Mich.
Mr. Grobe is a well-known figure in choral music in southeast Michigan; at the time of his retirement from the Detroit Public Schools, he was Director of Choral Music at Cass Technical High School. He is presently Director of Music at Westminster Church of Detroit, where he has been organist for the past fifty-some years.
For several decades he has served as accompanist for the Kenneth Jewell Chorale, the Detroit Symphony Chorale, the Dehaven Chorale and the Oakland Choral Society and for singers in recital. Mr. Grobe is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, and is a Tuesday Musicale performing member as well as Financial Secretary of Tuesday Musicale. His hobbies include travel, gardening and bicycling.
Michael J. McGillivray
Michael moved to the Detroit area at the end of 1994 to accept the position of Orchestra Personnel and Operations Manager with the Detroit Symphony, in which he served until mid-1997. He and his wife Catherine Sherwin perform as a Flute-Violin duo, and they promote other chamber music with Amabile Chamber Music.
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, he has worked in many musical capacities all over the country, including two years as a member of the first violin section of the Puerto Rico Symphony and fourteen years with the Alabama Symphony in Birmingham, Alabama. He now works regularly with the Scandinavian String Quartet, the Michigan Philharmonic, and the Oakland, Rochester, and Motor City Symphonies, Stagecrafters, the Village Players of Birmingham, the Johnny Trudell Orchestra, and others, on both viola and violin. In 2014 he agreed to serve on the board for Tuesday Musicale.
Dan Mihaescu, Board Member
Born of Brazilian and Romanian immigrants, Dan Mihaescu was recognized for his vocal talents as early as age nine. He was frequently selected for public performances and encouraged to formally develop his natural abilities. Prior to beginning any training, he received praise from faculty at Lawrence University and scholarships from the Royal Oak Musicale. Mihaescu attended the University of Michigan School of Music as well as the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. He graduated with two bachelor degrees in 1997. It was in Ann Arbor that he began his two decade long relationship with Dr. Willis Patterson to develop his vocal technique. While his voice began as a lyric tenor, he is now a dramatic baritone. His repertoire spans the light and lyric chansons of Faure to the powerful arias of Verdi. His dedication to mastering vocal technique has given Mihaescu a broad palette from which to create natural and effortless melodies for his admirers. Although his voice and technical training could allow Mihaescu to perform internationally, his fifteen year career as a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, Inc. keeps him in Michigan. He also values the time he can spend with his lovely wife and son. More information about Dan Mihaescu can be found on his Facebook Page and at www.baritoneonline.com.
Timothy Nicolia, Board Member
Timothy received a B.M.E. degree from Central Michigan University in 1975, where he studied with Dr. Ernest Lloyd. He has also studied with Ted Markiewicz, then associate principal with the Detroit Symphony, and Richard Piippo.
He holds the position of Principle Cello in the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony as well as section positions in both the Flint and Saginaw Bay Symphonies.
He has performed with the Lexington Bach Festival since it’s inception, is co-founder of the Montage String Ensemble, and has conducted the Birmingham Musicale String Ensemble for the past 27 years.
Tim is in demand for chamber music and free-lance work throughout the Detroit area. He teaches privately and lives with his wife Sharon in Royal Oak.
Catherine Sherwin, Board Member
Catherine is a member of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra and plays flute and piccolo with numerous community orchestras in the Detroit area.
With violinist/violist and husband, Michael McGillivray, she performs with the Amabile Chamber Players. She taught vocal music for Dearborn Public Schools for 17 years and is now retired.
Before coming to Detroit in 1995, she was the librarian for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama.
She performed with chamber groups, for recordings in Birmingham and around the state of Alabama and as an alternate flutist for the Alabama Symphony.
Sam Smith, Associate Member, Board Member
Sam has been helping with the TMD website and yearbook for several years. Following a career of ten years in the information systems activity within General Motors, Sam worked with several start-up companies in the pre-Internet world of computer networking. At GM, he headed a corporate task force to standardize networking with GM’s plants which eventually grew into the “MAP/TOP” activity including Ford, Boeing and other large manufacturers. For this work, Sam and three colleagues received the Marie Jacquard National Award from the Numerical Control Society. In 1981, he provided expert testimony at a US Congressional hearing on how best to network the federal offices in Washington, and his testimony appears in the Congressional Record. Following a technical and sales career in networking, Sam now works part-time with the California based merger and acquisition firm of Venture Management, Inc. Sam and his wife Veronica have been members of the Detroit Concert Choir since 2006. Sam received his BA degree from Davidson College and a MS degree in Information Science from Georgia Tech.
Connie Zucker, Associate Member, Board Member
Connie is an educator in many arenas: on the Wayne State University faculty for 15 years, teaching for two online universities, and teaching English and Spanish for more than 25 years in Livonia Public Schools.
She grew up in the greater Saginaw area where she attended classical performances with her parents at the Germania Club from the age of five. She studied piano for 11 years and received the Tuesday Musicale scholarship award her senior year of high school. The piano has remained important in her life, playing for the sheer pleasure of it.
Connie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in English and Spanish and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Her daughter is a forensic psychologist and her son is a jazz guitar professor at Wayne State University. Connie enjoys opera, plays, mysteries, novels, and travel.