Strategic Development Manager

Strategic Development Manager Melissa Gerstein specializes in program management, marketing, and artistic administration. In addition to her work at The Conference Board, a nonprofit organization that specializes in global, independent business membership and research, she previously curated and managed public programs at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery. Currently, she serves on the Board-of-Trustees for the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER). This past June she produced MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK MASS APPEAL: MIDSUMMER MOZART’S REQUIEM, the first event of its kind, working with partners including WQXR, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Ms. Gerstein most recently served as the Public Relations and Marketing Director for the Art Song Preservation Society, a company where she helped produce concerts, masterclasses and special events. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Underworld Productions Opera Company (2012-2015) and the Amore Opera Company (2009-2011).

Ms. Gerstein received her B.M. from SUNY Purchase Conservatory and her M.M. from Manhattan School of Music (Classical vocal performance). Her background includes training and performance at the American Singers’ Opera Project in New York City, Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice in France, University of Miami’s Summer in Salzburgand the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Italy. She has also performed with such opera groups as the dell’arte Opera Ensemble, the Little Opera Company of New York, Amato Opera, Chelsea Opera, and One World Symphony Orchestra.