Melanie Voytovich is a performer, educator, and producer in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about building community by creating opportunities for others to experience and perform new music. Making these opportunities financially accessible and educational are her top priorities.

Executive Director



Paulina Michels is a percussionist currently residing in the Pacific Northwest. Though her background is rooted in classical music, her curiosity and love of contemporary chamber music has driven her to find ways of combining improvisation and experimental ideas with new compositions. She is a founding member of Troika, an all-female percussion trio with a focus on commissioning and performing works by women, and performs regularly with Striking Music in Seattle. 

Percussion Program Manager


Lara Mitofsky Neuss’ goal as a clarinetist, educator, and new music advocate is to foster a community of acceptance through creativity and innovation. She enjoys performing, improvising, and collaborating with a wide array of artists and is a doctoral teaching assistant at Florida State University.

Clarinet Program Manager


Danielle Moreau is a performer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Gainesville, Florida. She is percussionist of the

Moreau | VanTuinen Duo and maintains an active freelance career throughout southeast USA. She earned a Doctor of

Musical Arts in Music Performance from Arizona State University and is pursuing a certificate in Career and Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. 

Board President


Derek Tywoniuk is a composer and percussionist based in Los Angeles. As a performer, he specializes in contemporary music, and as a composer, his music explores time, memory, and queerness. He earned a PhD in music composition and theory from UCLA, and also studied percussion performance at the Colburn School and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Board Vice President


DeLane Doyle is a percussionist and educator based in Philadelphia where he teaches at Germantown Academy.

Board Treasurer


Divesh Karamchandani is a San Francisco based percussionist performing regularly in chamber and large ensemble projects. He is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Prism Percussion, a duo aimed at performing works by underrepresented composers. Karamchandani is also a Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Symphony's Music and Mentors program. 

Board Secretary


Kathie Hsieh is a percussionist, educator, composer, and arts administrator currently residing in Eugene, Oregon. Kathie’s mission as an artist is to help promote equity and inclusion in the arts through collaborating and creating new works with other artists. In addition, she believes in providing equal access to the arts for all communities.

Board Member


Dave is a composer, writer, and producer. His work focuses on dismantling structural and advocating for undocumented communities.

Board Member


Alyssa Resh is a percussionist working in the orchestral, chamber, solo, and new music genres. She earned her undergraduate degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing her master’s degree at Temple University.

Board Member

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Our board applications remain open year-round, even when there are no current openings. In the event of an opening, all applications will be considered and applicants will be notified of their updated status. For questions about the board, please email our President Danielle Moreau at danielle@newworksproject.org.

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