Gerard Gibbs

Executive Director

Gerard Gibbs serves as the Executive Director for New Spire Arts. He has had a career as an oboist and administrator for both orchestras and theaters. He has played professionally with groups ranging from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. While Executive Director of the Empress Theatre in Alberta, Canada, he was co-founder of the Fort Macleod International Festival with the renowned Israeli violist Rivka Golani which lasted from 2004 to 2016. Over the years his path spanned many borders, led to some certainly undeserved honors, and many celebrated people, from Johnny Mathis, Mitch Miller, Jennifer Warnes, Bo Diddley, Ian Tyson, and Leonard Cohen to the Amazing Kreskin.

Lara Schenke

Client Services Manager

Lara Schenke is the Client Services Manager for New Spire Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree in history at James Madison University and master’s degree in public history and cultural heritage at Trinity College Dublin. While in Dublin she coordinated an award-winning internship program working with a small international team. She has also worked for museums and cultural heritage sites in their education and outreach departments. In the past, she has enjoyed volunteering with numerous arts and culture festivals. She enjoys rowing and particularly enjoyed joining a club on the banks of the River Liffey.


Board Chair

Chris Colville | YMCA of Frederick County

Vice Chair

Matt Livelsberger | Graphcom


Mano Koilpillai | Dynamic Consulting


Matt Livelsberger | Graphcom


Gordon Cooley

Mary Barry | Woodsboro Bank

Stephanie Weigert | FCPS

Ramenta Cottrell | City of Frederick

Rick Weldon | Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

Kelsey Felice-Shupe | Frederick Health