RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
Adds 2 Board Members and 1 New Hire
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors, Ralph Wales, newly-retired head of school of the Gordon School, and Dr. W. Scott Walker, a gynecologist for Lifespan Physician Group—Ob-Gyn Associates and director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Services. Amanda Mann joins the staff as Box Office and Sales Manager.
“I wholeheartedly welcome Ralph and Scott to our RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School volunteer family. They both understand how important music and music education are to our region. I look forward to their guidance on how we can continue to serve ever more people in our region. I’m also thrilled to have Amanda join our box office and sales team. Our Orchestra audience has grown 44 percent in just the last five years, and we expect growth to continue as we begin a new era with our soon-to-be-announced music director.”
–David Beauchesne, Executive Director, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
New Board Members
Ralph Wales, of Providence, is the newly-retired, former head of school of the Gordon School, where he worked since 1994. Over that time, Gordon received national attention for its achievements in creating and sustaining a decidedly diverse faculty, staff and student body. Under his leadership, Gordon worked to implement and refine the school’s focus on multicultural teaching practice and anti-bias education. During Ralph’s tenure, the school established an endowment that now exceeds $11 million. Additionally, Ralph helped lead the work to significantly enhance Gordon’s facilities to support athletics, performing arts and the academic program.
Wales holds a B.A. in American History from Harvard, and a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a trustee at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass., the President of the Association of Independent Schools in New England and a member of the WGBH Community Advisory Board. Ralph and his wife Martha are the proud parents of three daughters–all Gordon alumni. He is an avid reader, a regular bicyclist and, in his words, “a not particularly talented guitar player” (unless you ask the nursery students who, when he plays, see stars in their eyes).
Scott Walker, MD, FACOG, who lives in Riverside, is a gynecologist for Lifespan Physician Group—Ob-Gyn Associates and Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology Services. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he graduated from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. Dr. Walker completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a fellow of the AmericanCollege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.
On a personal note, he has three grown children and is an avid sailor. Scott has a passion for music, and plays the piano, the guitar and the 5-string banjo.
New Staff Member
Amanda Mann of Cranston held the position of box office manager for Trinity Rep from 2015-17. Prior to managing the box office, she held lead ticketing sales positions at Trinity starting in 2007. Her previous work experience includes creative roles for David Bettencourt Videography, Southeastern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative and Midway Pictures. She has a Bachelor’s from Rhode Island College.
The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s mission is to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education. During the past four seasons, audiences for the Orchestra’s TACO Classical and Amica Rush Hour series have increased by 42 percent. In the same period, the Philharmonic Music School’s enrollment has grown by 39 percent, and the School’s education and engagement programs have doubled, serving more than 20,000 children annually. In addition, the Orchestra and Music School’s combined community impact has grown exponentially, and it has become the largest symphony orchestra in the nation to devote more than 50 percent of its programmatic budget to music education and engagement.