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.

Robert Minnich
Vice President

Robert (“Bob”) Minnich taught instrumental music for 14 years in San Bernardino and San Diego, after completing studies for a B.S in Biology, an M.S. in Psychology and achieving his music and education credentials at San Diego State to earn a General Secondary, Counseling and Administrative certification. Mr. Minnich played trombone for three years with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera; conducted the San Diego Community College – County Symphony for four years; and has been performing and conducting for over 20 years. He is now retired from his non-musical profession as a school psychologist, a special education administrator, teaching psychology and as a mediator for 14 years for the California State Department of Education.

Chris Danielson
Treasurer and Interim Secretary

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Chris Duke

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Angela Kanish

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Edith Ratliff

Now retired, Ms. Ratliff headed the San Diego Publications branch of the Naval Command, Control and Communications Center Research, Test and Evaluation Division (NRaD). Beginning in 1986 as an active volunteer with Civic Youth Orchestra, she evolved to become General Manager and a member of the orchestra’s Board of Directors until 2004, when Youth Philharmonic Orchestra was created and she became a founding board member.

Susan Schoneman

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