In a career that spans more than four decades, Dr. B.C. Vermeersch has achieved recognition as an arts and music educator in both the public and private sector. He is also a producer of public programs and concerts and a trusted administrator of non-profit and philanthropic groups. He was Director of Greenwich House Music School for over twenty-five years and has served as the Executive Director of the Musicians Foundation since 1996. He holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University, Detroit, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He also earned a Certificate from the Columbia University Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. He was born and raised on Detroit’s East Side.
Nick Rifken has had the opportunity to work in a multitude of arts-related positions as a performer, band leader, and administrator. He has been a liaison for the annual Sphinx Convention since its inception in 2013, acted as director of the University of Michigan Samba Band Vencedores from 2012 until 2014, and was backline and percussion tech for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Spring Tour in February 2015. Nick has also been an active professional drummer and percussionist in the greater Ann Arbor/Detroit, North Jersey, and New York City region for the past 8 years performing with songwriters, Mo-town, pop, rock, folk, musical theater, and country groups. Nick holds a Bachelors of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan.