Meet our Team

Board of Directors

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Dr. Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro

Executive Director

Assistant Professor of Piano, Samford University

Jovanni is a Filipino-American pianist who has traveled the world as a performer, speaker, teacher, and advocate for professional development and classical music education. He holds piano performance degrees from the Vienna Conservatory of Music, Trinity College of Music in London, and a doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Michigan. Jovanni is currently a professor of piano at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where he is fortunate to mentor the next generation of artists and leaders. He and his wife, Jeremy, both enjoy traveling and meeting people from various walks of life. 

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Dr. Jeremy Kay Dayrit

Board of Directors

Chief Resident, Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Jeremy is no stranger to helping people in need. From a very young age, she volunteered at her church in the Los Angeles area. After participating in several medical missions to Peru and the Philippines, she found her calling as a family physician. Jeremy earned a B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego, a master's in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine from University College London, and her M.D. from the American University of the Caribbean. She is currently Chief Resident at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in central Washington, and will soon be practicing at Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabama. Jeremy loves to travel (she's been to all 50 states and dozens of countries) and cook.

Marjorie Davis Trimm

Board of Directors, Advisor, and Communications Manager

Marjorie has more than 25 years of nonprofit management and fund raising experience. She is a contributing writer of The 5 Life Stages of Nonprofit Organization. Although she holds a B.A. in English from Boston College, she has performed extensively as a chorister and vocal soloist. Her love of music led her pursuit of a second bachelors degree in voice at Samford University. She feels it is important to be a part of a dynamic, innovative, multicultural musical endeavor such as Mélange. Marjorie lives in Birmingham where she has her own piano and voice studio, and loves spending time with her husband, teenage boys, and two fluffy dogs. 

Project Directors

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Audrey Tzakovski

Mélange Vienna (Austria)

Human Resources Manager, MobFox

Audrey grew up in Vienna where she studied piano as a child. Whilst at the University of Vienna, she studied nutritional sciences, but noticed that working with people and creating a trustworthy, motivating “feel-good” work environment is something she wanted to put all her energy into. Today, Audrey is a human resources manager in the advertising technology industry and regularly does voluntary work for all kinds of events, such as industry meet-ups, team building events, charity events and children’s camps. In her free time, Audrey enjoys long bike tours and loves traveling as well as going on culinary adventures.

Sanjib Mondal

Mélange Kolkata

Music Director, Kolkata Symphony Orchestra

Director, Roger Music School

Sanjib was born in Fulbari, a suburb of Kolkata, and started the violin at the age of 10. He quickly excelled and won a scholarship to study in the United Kingdom, where he received a diploma in violin from Trinity College London. Sanjib joined Mélange because he loves sharing music as much as he can - something he’s done for the past 25 years in Kolkata. He currently serves as the Head of Music at the Oxford Mission, Founder and Director of Roger Music School, and Founder and Conductor of the Kolkata Youth Orchestra. In 2018, he revived the Kolkata Symphony Orchestra after 45 years.

Jude Luwaga

Mélange Kampala (Uganda)

Musical Director - Cherubim Chamber Chorale

Jude is a choral conductor and composer of Catholic church music based in Kampala. He holds a bachelors degree in music from Makerere University. Jude's love for choral music is reflected in the numerous church choirs he has trained, including the Cherubim Chamber Chorale. In 2015, Jude had the honor to perform for Pope Francis during his maiden visit to Uganda. By being part of Mélange, Jude desires to help the needy in Uganda find a purposeful life through music and education. He is married with two children and enjoys traveling, making new friends, and soccer.

Dr. Ana Maria Orduz

Mélange Medellín (Colombia)

Director, Pianissimo Foundation

Professor of Piano, University of Antioquia

Ana is the founder and director of the Pianissimo Foundation (pianissimo.com.co), the Orduz-Garcia Duo (orduz-garcia.com) and the Rene Lecuona the Piano Festival of the Americas in Colombia.  Her music education started at the Instituto musical Diego Echavarria in Medellín. She later was awarded full scholarships to obtain her undergraduate at the University of Memphis, and her masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Iowa. Dr. Orduz is an associate professor and the head of the Piano area at the University of Antioquia and a professor at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia. Orduz is a Yamaha Artist since 2017.

Administration and Public Relations

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Jorena-Marie de Pedro

Administrative Manager

Ticket Services Manager, La Jolla Music Society

Jorena has nearly a decade of professional experience in arts administration and strives to help performing arts organizations strengthen box office and marketing practices.  She has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, emphasis in Music Management, from University of the Pacific. In her current position with the La Jolla Music Society, Jorena collaborates with the marketing department and leads the box office team. She enjoys cardio kickboxing and tasting coffee from local coffee shops. 

Elsa Castro

Writer and Blogger

Elsa cannot remember a time in her life where music was not present, and recently blended her love of music and international advocacy by teaching piano and voice to underserved youth in Ecuador. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a B.A. in Paralegal Studies and a minor in Music. She will be a Government Relations and Advocacy Intern with the International Justice Mission in the Philippines for the upcoming year, and then pursue a masters in International Relations in the United Kingdom. Elsa is excited for her passions to intersect through her work with Mélange.

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