We’re excited to announce Chelsea Subick and Katie Hook have recently joined PRIZM Ensemble’s board of directors! Chelsea is currently the director of orchestra at Cordova High School in Memphis, and Katie is a graduate student at Boston University.
“Chelsea and Katie’s dedication to our organization has more than proven they’ll be excellent additions to our board,” said Roderick Vester, executive director of PRIZM Ensemble. “Their passion for music and desire to share their experiences with the young musicians in our community directly aligns with PRIZM’s mission. They have both worked to help shape students to become strong and confident leaders, and I look forward to seeing them continue their work in a larger capacity with PRIZM’s outreach programs.”
Chelsea has a long history of collaborating with PRIZM. As orchestra director at Cordova High School, she teamed with PRIZM instructors for seven years to mentor her students in preparation for a joint public performance with Ballet on Wheels. This annual production is part of the PRIZM in the Schools program, which introduces high-level musical instruction to students in Memphis-area schools.
Before beginning her career in teaching music at Cordova High School, Chelsea coached chamber ensembles at the University of Memphis Summer Music Camp and PRIZM’s annual summer camp. She’s also led professional development sessions within Shelby County Schools and the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. Chelsea graduated from the University of Memphis in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.
PRIZM alumna Katie Hook first participated in the organization’s annual summer camp and chamber music festival as a flute student in 2011 and attended the camp for the remainder of her high school career. She then remained involved with PRIZM throughout her college years, serving as an intern during the camp and festival, and as a project coordinator during the 2019 camp.
“I made lifelong friendships through PRIZM and connected with so many musicians who helped me grow into who I am today,” Katie said. “I want to ensure the next generation of youth musicians get the same opportunity.”
Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Memphis and is currently participating in the master’s program at Boston University for arts administration.