Our Board of Directors

Marshall Lewis


Marshall Lewis is a business and estate planning attorney with a Wall Street law background. He was a board director of Civic Youth Orchestra in the 80s, serving as its President until 2004, when he co-founded the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He also organized the After School Strings Program in Southeast San Diego, providing free music instruction and instruments to a largely underprivileged African-American and Hispanic community, a program now administered by Villa Musica. He served the Southeast San Diego community by participating in the formation and organization Central Commercial District Revitalization Corporation, acting as its executive secretary for more than ten years. He is an adviser to Doors of Change, which funds and promotes programs for homeless children and youth in San Diego, and is also an advisor, after serving many years as an officer and director of the Alvarado Community Association.

Victoria Eicher
President, Executive Director

A native of Minneapolis, Ms. Eicher moved to San Diego in 1992 and joined the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. She became interested in educational outreach and found success in writing grants to support it. Ms. Eicher combined her talents in business and music education by founding the City Heights Music School in the summer of 2010. A member of several non-profit arts and community organizations, Ms. Eicher is a passionate advocate for music throughout San Diego.

Elodia Castillo

Bio coming soon!

Chris Danielson
Treasurer and Interim Secretary

Chris Danielson is a resident of Poway, California. He is the father of 9 year old Riley Danielson. Riley started playing violin at the age of 3 and currently plays in the YPO String Program with her younger sister, Sophie. Chris graduated in 1993 from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s in violin performance. He went on to study with the virtuoso violinist Camilla Wicks in San Francisco. In early 2000, his career turned to software engineering. He’s worked for many companies including the now famous SpaceX. He later started his own company MaxPowerSoft that he sold in 2010. He’s gone on to work on other entrepreneurial endeavors, including his recent work for LogVine which hopes to help incentivize consumers to “keep it local and natural” when purchasing produce.

Chris Duke

Chris is a retired Computer Systems engineer and senior manager, having lived in Silicon Valley for most of his working life. On retiring to La Jolla in 2000, he discovered the pleasures of attending La Jolla Music Society performances and other arts activities in San Diego. Readily admitting he can’t play a musical instrument, he feels strongly that our youth be afforded every opportunity to play and experience the benefits of music programs. He currently serves on the board of his Home Owners Association.

Angela Kanish

Angela Kanish is a North County resident and has been involved in the arts for more than 20 years. Currently, Ms. Kanish is the Front of House Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for the Old Globe. She also serves as the Office Manager for the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Prior to that, she was with the San Diego Opera as Associate Director of Education. Ms. Kanish is a mezzo-soprano with a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and an MBA in Arts Administration from Binghamton University. She is also Secretary for the Voyagers Toastmasters Club, a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and San Diego Business Chamber, and an avid half-marathon speed-walker.

Fred Ortega

Fred Ortega is the Distribution Manger for the Rustoleum Corporation. He served four years each on the Band Booster Boards for Temecula Middle and High Schools, and three years on the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra Board. Mr. Ortega holds degrees in Economics and Business from USD and CSUSD, and is the father of two children who both became music professionals. As of lover of music, he makes it a priority to be involved with organizations which provide music education to youth who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue their passion.

Susan Schoneman

Susan Schoneman has been a “native” of San Diego since 1986 when she moved here from Ohio. She currently works for Sharp HealthCare as an Operations Manager in North County. Before moving to San Diego, she received her BA in Music Performance from Kent State University and MFA from USIU in San Diego, CA. Susan has participated in the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, The Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire and The Blossom Music Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. Her performance experience includes The Lima Symphony Orchestra, The Akron Symphony, The Canton Symphony, The San Diego Chamber Orchestra, International Chamber Players and various chamber music groups. Susan is currently performing with the Palomar Symphony and teaching private bassoon lessons in the San Diego area.