Stanford Jazz Workshop Leadership
Alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator Jim Nadel founded the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 1972. He continues to serve as the nonprofit organization’s artistic director. In addition to his work with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Nadel designed the initial jazz studies curriculum for Stanford University’s academic jazz program and has served as a lecturer in the Department of Music since 1986. Nadel received a BA in Music from Stanford University and an MA in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. He is a former member of the IAJE and a current member of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians).
Cory Combs is an arts non-profit leader, music festival producer, lecturer, bassist, and composer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed with many internationally known artists, recorded multiple CDs as a leader, and lectured frequently on the history of jazz at major cultural institutions nationwide. Prior to joining Stanford Jazz Workshop, Combs served as the Executive Director of InterMusic, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to supporting professional musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally, he directed the Outreach, Music, and Enrichment departments at the Nueva School, and served as Director of Education at SFJAZZ. As an educator, he was the founding Music Director at Waldorf High School in San Francisco, taught music technology, performance, and music history classes at schools throughout the Bay Area, and directed the jazz program at the American Festival of the Arts in Houston, Texas. Combs earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied classical music performance and jazz composition.
David first joined SJW in 2009, and after a break of several years during which he and his family lived overseas, rejoined as Executive Director in 2017. David brings more than two decades of experience with education and performing arts organizations, and enjoys connecting the dots among different aspects of non-profit work, including program, fundraising, finance, and administration. Although he entered college as a music major with an emphasis on jazz composition and performance, by the time he graduated from UC Berkeley he knew that he was better suited to supporting the music rather than performing it. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and has been an active volunteer leader for his local PTA, school district advocacy groups and committees, youth sports programs, the Boy Scouts of America, and other organizations. David lives in the East Bay with his family.
Steven Lugerner first attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop as a student in 2002. After graduating from Burlingame High School in 2006, Steven moved to New York City to attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on scholarship. From 2006 through 2013, Steven free-lanced in NYC as a woodwind doubler (Saxophones, Clarinets, Flute, Oboe) and collaborated with the likes of Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Myra Melford, John Hollenbeck, Matt Wilson and Jane Ira Bloom. Steven has released multiple albums of original music to critical acclaim and has been called “an impeccably trained multi-reedist” by the New York Times.
Yu-Chun Kuo, native of Taiwan, received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a freelance arts management administrator, she worked on various projects such as Play For The Vote, Youth Music Culture Guangdong with Yo-Yo Ma and Michael Stern, and served as the tour manager for Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band’s North American Tour. Prior to joining SJW, she was the Concert Hall and Recital Manager at Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View where she oversaw the community concert series and the facility rental program. Yu-Chun lives in San Mateo with her husband and enjoys baking/cake decorating in her free time.
Ernie has an extensive background in program and content development for the tech and music industries and the nonprofit sector. He served as longtime Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Magazine, where he oversaw all aspects of the publication’s content design, production, and marketing, including print and digital. A Peninsula local, he’s attended many SJF concerts over the years, and was himself a piano student in our Jazz Residency program several years ago. With a Master’s Degree in Music from UC Berkeley, years in the classroom as a jazz educator, and a deep love of jazz, Ernie brings a special insight to marketing both the festival and educational programming here at SJW.
With a decade of background in arts nonprofits, and a studio art/art history degree, Hilary brings her love of art and people to her role as registrar. To her, all art is a desire to communicate, and music is an especially synergistic and beautiful manifestation of that. She returned to Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2022 after a ten-year hiatus — time well-spent being a mother, learning to sew and make pottery, starting a garden, and soldering motor wires on antique sewing machines. Find her on the other end of the phone when you call, or at a show, wishing she hadn’t stopped playing the flute and piano in fifth grade.
MG joined SJW as Controller after spending decades as a management and finance professional in the tech and banking industries. He is excited to apply his experiences and expertise in Financial Statement management and analysis to his initial career interest in jazz, having started out as a jazz saxophone performance major in college. An alumni of the University of North Texas, MG became drawn into finance and accounting as a cool day job that ultimately became a rewarding career. MG spends his other hours with his wife and teenage twins.
Board of Directors
Kären Nagy – Chair
Strategic Initiatives Director, Kronos Quartet
Jim Nadel – President
Founder and Artistic Director, Stanford Jazz Workshop
Ronda Rosner – Treasurer
Retired biotech business manager
Bob Murphy – Secretary
Music student, teacher, and performer
CEO and Founder at Memory Maps Inc.
SJW faculty artist
Executive Director, SJW
Sheila M. Riley
Partner, Casas Riley Simonian LLP
Stephen M. Sano
Professor of Music, Stanford University
Joan E. Talbert
Sr. Scholar Emerita, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Robert L. Yoerg, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University
Board of Advisors
Catherine Conway Honig
Albert “Tootie” Heath