Adrian Anantawan, Artistic Director,holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a violinist, he has studied with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter; his academic work in education was supervised by Howard Gardner. Memorable moments include performances at the White House, the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games and the United Nations. He has played for the late Christopher Reeve, Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Adrian has performed extensively in Canada as a soloist with the Orchestras of Toronto, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has also presented feature recitals at the Aspen Music Festival and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has also represented Canada as a cultural ambassador in the 2006 Athens Olympics, and was a featured performer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
Adrian helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. The cross-collaborative project brings researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by a young person with disabilities within a chamber music setting. He is also the founder of the Music Inclusion Program, aimed at having children with disabilities learn instrumental music with their typical peers.
From 2012-2016, he was the co-Director of Music at the Conservatory Lab Charter School, serving students from the Boston area, kindergarten through grade eight—his work was recognized by Mayor Marty Walsh as a ONEin3 Impact Award in 2015. Adrian is also Juno Award nominee, a member of the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and was awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to the Commonwealth. He is the current Chair of Music at Milton Academy and on faculty at Boston University Tanglewood Institute during the summer. Throughout the year, Adrian continues to perform, speak and teach around the world as an advocate for disability and the arts.
Lauren Cook, Operations Coordinator, is a voice teacher, stage director, and arts administrator who loves supporting the SMB musicians from behind the scenes. When not acting as the scheduling and operations wizard, she works as a stage director and intimacy choreographer for opera, theatre, and film, and is on the faculty of the Holden Voice Program at Harvard University. She holds an MM in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Carrie Eldridge-Dickson, Managing Director, provides SMB with 10 years of experience supporting people who are homeless via her previous work in fundraising, volunteer management, and community partnerships at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Carrie has a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, in affiliation with Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Carrie is grateful for the opportunity to serve such a dynamic nonprofit. While the Beatles are her favorite composers, Carrie enjoys classical music tremendously and is delighted to be a part of providing access to transformational music to those who otherwise go without.
Dr. Eric Goode, Children's Program Artistic Manager, is an active performer and music educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has performed in elite musical ensembles throughout the Boston area and beyond, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Cape Symphony Orchestra, and many more large and chamber ensembles.
Dr. Goode is an active collaborator in featuring local and upcoming composers. Some recent commissions and premiers include Quantum Computing is the Elephant in the Bitcoin Vault by Danny Fratina, and The Natural Lands, a suite for tuba quartet by Shawn W. Davern, which won the Winston Morris Award for Excellence in Tuba and Euphonium Composition at the 2019 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Iowa City, Iowa.
In addition to his performing experience, Dr. Goode is the Director of Winds and Percussion at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. In this role, he teaches orchestral winds, jazz, and general music as well as coordinates the private lesson program. At the University level, Dr. Goode currently serves as the Director of the Boston College Pep Band and has served as the Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Salem State University. Dr. Goode completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University, where he was a student of Mike Roylance, principal tuba of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Jessica Lynch, Development Associate, joined Shelter Music Boston’s team in 2023 and is excited to support SMB’s mission from behind the scenes. In addition to her work as the Development Associate, Jessica teaches flute lessons and performs throughout the Boston area. As a performer, she enjoys playing with the Horizon Ensemble and Du Bois Orchestra, as well as in her flute and percussion duo. Jessica holds a M.M. in Flute Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a B.M. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Erin Merceruio Nelson, Director of Development and Operations, joined the Shelter Music Boston team as Director of Development and Operations in October 2014. She previously served as the Senior Program Administrator for the Free for All Concert Fund, and as Development Assistant at Hebrew SeniorLife. As a classical singer, Erin performs actively throughout New England on both the operatic and concert stage. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her love and passion for classical music with Boston area homeless citizens.