Ronald Braunstein, the Music Director of Me2, received his musical background at The Juilliard School, Salzburg Mozarteum, Fontainbleau, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Immediately following graduation from Juilliard, he won the Gold Medal in the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition and spent the following four years mentoring with Mr. Karajan. He has conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Swiss Radio Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, Auckland Philharmonia, Kyoto Symphony, Osaka Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, and the Oslo Philharmonic .
Mr. Braunstein was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985. He launched Me2 because of his desire to support others who struggle to maintain good mental health. (www.ronaldbraunstein.com)
Caroline Whiddon, the Executive Director of Me2, has more than two decades of experience in orchestra leadership. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, the organization nearly tripled its student enrollment, completed a successful $2.1 million capital campaign, made its Carnegie Hall debut, and toured internationally. She is a past Chair of the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras, and a graduate of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.
Caroline received her Bachelor’s degree in French horn performance from the Eastman School of Music. She was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder nearly thirty years ago.
Braunstein and Whiddon launched Me2 in the fall of 2011. They were married in 2013.
Michael Colburn, the Music Director & Conductor of Me2/Burlington, is a freelance guest conductor and clinician who regularly leads professional and student ensembles in festivals, residencies, and a variety of other settings throughout the country. Colburn most recently served as the Director of Bands at Butler University, where he also taught conducting, euphonium, and the history and literature of the wind band. Colburn previously served for 27 years in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he held a variety of positions including Principal Euphonium (1991-1996), Assistant Director (1996-2004), and Director (2004-2014). As Director, Colburn was music advisor to White House and regularly conducted the Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra at the Executive Mansion and at the Presidential Inaugurations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was promoted to Colonel by President Bush in a private Oval Office ceremony in 2007, and in 2014 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Gen James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Medal of Honor by the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic Board of Directors.
Colburn currently serves as the President-Elect of the American Bandmasters Association and the Vice President for Project Enhancement for the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Sarah Mitchell, Me2’s Chorus Conductor, is an experienced music educator and soloist with a passion for the positive fusion of choral singing and mental health. She holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Anderson University, and has pursued her studies through masterclasses hosted by The Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Queens College, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Amherst Early Music Festival.
In 2010, Sarah attended the AIMS Opera/German lieder summer program in Austria, as well as a choral tour of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in Mexico City. In 2015, Sarah was selected for the Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Program, and was a semi-finalist in the Canticum Gaudium vocal competition in Poznan, Poland. She was awarded the Best Opera Singer Award of 2016 by the WISE Foundation of New England for a performance with Lowell House Opera at Harvard. She has performed with the award winning choir the Tallis Scholars in Carnegie Hall masterclass Venetian Voices, and with The International Rameau Ensemble in London.
Sarah believes strongly in the mission of the Me2 orchestra and chorus, from working as a music educator and having explored her own mental health journey through different seasons of life.
Eileen Yarrison, the Conductor of the Me2/Boston Flute Choir, has been teaching flute for nearly forty years. She is on the faculty of Gordon College, and the Indian Hill Music School (where she also conducts the Intergenerational Flute Choir), and maintains a private studio at her home on the North Shore. Eileen holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s of Music degree from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Eileen is the new National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir Competition Coordinator. She is currently a member of The Collective, a chamber music ensemble based on the North Shore, which includes winds, strings, guitar, and an Irish band.
Maggie Tigue, Director of Operations for Me2, is moving from New York City to Boston in fall 2023 to join Boston University’s Opera Institute as one of their resident artists. In addition to her accomplishments as a vocalist, Maggie has worked in admissions for the MUSE Academy in Brooklyn; served as a Stagehand at the Fisher Center at Bard College; and was an Operations Intern at the University of Michigan. She has experience with public relations, scheduling, ensemble touring, and public speaking.
An accomplished soprano, Maggie has been praised by OperaWire for “a power and seeming effortlessness that [is] quite amazing…” She is a two-time Vocal Arts Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and she won second prize in MassOpera’s 2022 Vocal Competition.
Maggie has been a soloist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra Now, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. She has performed at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Her opera credits include the roles of Mimì in La Bohème, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Blanche de la Force in Les Dialogues des Carmélites. Her recent soloist engagements include Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Bach’s Magnificat, Verdi’s Requiem, and Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs for Sue and Whitman Settings.
Maggie is excited to work with Me2 on expanding access to the arts and creating inclusive music-making spaces in Boston.
Linda Baer, attorney
Lisa Dwyer, mental health advocate
Carole Furr, staff accountant, Burlington Housing Authority; French horn, Me2/Burlington
John Helzer, MD, Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry; Director, Health Behavior Research Center, University of Vermont School of Medicine
Heidi Keegan, CFO, Fort Hill construction; violinist, Me2/Boston
Margie Leith, Business Intelligence Developer, University of Vermont Health Network; violinist, Me2/Burlington
Jeffrey Means, Artistic Director & Conductor, Sound Icon; Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music
Klemens Meyer, Director of Dialysis Services, Emeritus, Tufts Medical Center; violinist, Me2/Boston
Marcia Zuckerman, MD, psychiatrist, Melrose Wakefield/private practice; clinical assistant professor, Tufts School of Medicine.; violist, Me2/Boston
Evelyn Bromet, Ph.D.
Director, Epidemiology Research Group
Stony Brook University
Dean of Administration
Community College of Vermont
Sandra Steingard, M.D.
Medical Director, HowardCenter
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont