Sheryl Towers, CEO of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, joined the staff in December 2008. Founder of Life Enrichment Skills, Sheryl has been teaching the principles of organizational development, leadership, and personal effectiveness to leaders in private industry, government, and education for over two decades. Sheryl’s experience and passion for implementing organizational turnaround strategies and dealing with organizational change brought her to the MSO. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in behavioral sciences, Sheryl earned her Master of Liberal Studies in the field of psychology from Mercer University. She is the author of two books: Seeds of Success – Nurturing the Greatness Within You, and Transforming Your Life – Moving from Fear to Love, Joy and Abundance.
Laura Dannenberg, Administrative Assistant, joined the Macon Symphony Orchestra staff in July 2013 after twenty-five years of running a large household and working part-time in the family business. In addition to her administrative office responsibilities, Laura also manages the box office and is the music librarian. A native of Macon, Laura has a degree in History from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Connie Davis serves as the Personnel Manager for the Macon Symphony. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons she coordinated MSO’s performances as part of the “Random Acts of Culture” project, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Connie was the General Manager of the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra for eight years. She graduated from Mercer University in 2009 with a degree in Music Education and teaches weekly piano lessons for more than 25 young pianists in Macon.
Isabella Arce works in the Macon Symphony Orchestra as an intern and assistant to the librarian. A native of Lakeland, Florida, Isabella is a student at Mercer University majoring in psychology. She has studied violin for nine years and volunteers with the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra’s String Orchestra.
Jonathan Baker, conductor of the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Chicago, IL. He has studied with the leading trombonists in the country including Douglas Yeo, of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Mark Fisher of the Chicago Lyric Opera; and Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Baker has been an active trombone teacher and freelance player in the Atlanta, Hartford, New York and Boston metropolitan areas. Mr. Baker has held teaching positions with several area secondary schools as a brass coach and trombone instructor, including two years at the University of Connecticut as bass trombone professor. Mr.Baker joined First Presbyterian Day School as the Director of Bands in 2007. Mr. Baker has performed with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Albany Symphony Orchestra in NY. Mr. Baker is currently a substitute bass trombonist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Baker resides in Macon with his wife Juciene, from Brazil. They have two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Sophia.