Board of Trustees

Current Trustees

Margaret Anderson (Darien, CT and Chesterfield, NH) – After retiring as a social worker, Margi has devoted her time to vounteer activites.  Life in Asia offered opportunites to volunteer at the  National Museum Group in Thailand,  the boards of American Women’s Group in Singapore, and the College Women’s Association of Japan.  In Darien, Connecticut she has served on the boards of the Domestic Abuse Partnership and the Academic Lecture Series of the Darien Community Association and worked with Tiny Miracles, an agency that assists families with premature children.   Her interest in the Yellow Barn derives  from attending concerts where she is captivated by the excellence, dedication, and enthusiasm of the musicians.  

John Leppman (Bellows Falls, VT) – John is a primary care physician in Bellows Falls since 1976. He is employed by the Springfield Hospital and is medical director of Southern State Correctional Facility.  He is president of the Rockingham Meeting House Association and has served as president of the Genealogical Society of Vermont and of the Vermont Medical Society. John has been involved on the board of Yellow Barn since 1980. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Vermont.

Ian Rosenbaum (Brooklyn, NY), is a percussionist and Yellow Barn alumnus. Ian made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition. Ian joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. He has appeared at the Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn festivals. Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include a performance of John Luther Adams’ evening-length percussion quartet Strange and Sacred Noise, the premiere of Epiphany – a new visual and musical installation at BAM, two performances at the Phillips Collection, and the debut tour of Music Haul, a mobile concert hall created by the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. This season, Ian also will curate a series of programs at National Sawdust, a new venue in Brooklyn. Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY, Time Travelers and Le Train Bleu. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan.

Wendy Strick (Dallas, TX) – has served as a volunteer at art museums and private schools in Washington, DC, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas since 1986. Suzuki mom for violinist daughter and cellist son at Levine School of Music, Washington, DC, St. Louis School of Music, Northwestern University, and Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles. BA, History,  University of California at Santa Cruz, followed by studies at Sorbonne. Worked in public-interest and independent film in Boston, New York, and Paris, France. Currently supporting fundraising effort for Nasher Prize, an annual award for sculpture that culminates in a gala in Dallas in April, 2016.

Christopher Theofanidis (New Haven, CT)  –  Composer Christopher Theofanidis has received many awards for his compositions, including an International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, six ASCAP Gould Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, a Tanglewood Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship, as well as a Grammy Award nomination in 2007. He has been Composer in Residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and his works have been played by over one hundred orchestras internationally the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, and many others.  Christopher has recently written a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, and his Heart of a Soldier premiered at the San Francisco Opera in September 2011. He has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony, and has just had his first symphony premiered and recorded with that orchestra. He has previously taught at the Julliard School and the Peabody Institute, and currently teaches at the Yale School of Music and Yellow Barn.

Deborah Valenze, President (Cambridge MA) – Deborah is Professor of British and European History at Barnard College, where she has taught for the past 23 years.  The author of four books, most recently, Milk:  A Local and Global History (Yale University Press, 2011), she has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship, for research and writing.  Throughout her academic career, she has served in many administrative capacities; in addition to various responsibilities at Barnard (Chair of Department, 2003-04 and 2005-07), she was President of the Northeast Conference on British Studies (2001-2003) and Acting Director of the Program in Women’s Studies in Religion at Harvard Divinity School (1997-98).  As an active amateur violinist, she participates regularly in chamber music workshops and summer programs (Kinhaven in Weston, VT; ArtsAhimsa in Lenox, MA; Boston Chamber Music Society at MIT).  She and her family have spent their summers in Putney, Vermont, for over 30 years.

Lifetime Trustee

Janet Wells (Putney, VT) – Janet and her husband, the late David Wells, founded Yellow Barn in 1969. An accomplished pianist, Janet toured extensively as a member of the Wells Duo. She has taught privately and at Windham College and the Hartt School. With her husband, David, she was a recipient of a Silver Citation from the Vermont Arts Council.