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 oversees the After School Strings Program in Southeast San Diego, providing free music instruction and instruments to a largely underprivileged African-American and Hispanic community. He also supports that community as an officer and director of Central Commercial District Revitalization Corporation and is an advisor to Photocharity, which funds and promotes programs for homeless children in San Diego.

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

Bio coming soon!

Dr. Christopher Cook

Dr. Christopher Cook is the Director of Worship, Music and the Arts at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, in Jacksonville, Florida. He oversees RBCPC’s Traditional Music Ministry consisting of a sixty-voice Chancel Choir, a Sanctuary Orchestra, five vocal ensembles, several instrumental ensembles, and many vocal and instrumental soloists. He is also chairman of the church’s significant Community Concert Series and its Arts Forum. He served as a trustee of the Spreckels Organ Society in Balboa Park, as well as coordinator of their Youth Concerts for more than ten years. As a member of the American Guild of Organists, he serves as chairman of the National Committee for Professional Career Development and Support. He is also a noted teacher of organ and music theory. His students fill many positions in the San Diego area and across the country.

Jeffrey Meyer

Bio coming soon!

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

Bio coming soon! 

Grace Lo

Advisor, Past President

A Youth Philharmonic Orchestra founding board member and president from 2008-2013, Grace is a professional language interpreter. She has vast experience in youth education from her volunteer work in several Poway Unified School programs. For example: the Before School Gate, Destination Imagination Competition, Science Field Day, Science Olympiad (both middle and high school level), to name a few. Additionally, for over twenty years, she has offered her services as a volunteer to the administrative staff of the North County Chinese School, and has served on the board of the San Diego Chinese Cultural Association, both as board member and as treasurer.