Meet the hardworking and dedicated staff of Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion is a thriving not-for-profit arts organization based in the great city of Chicago. With a robust mission to inspire and educate through the creation of exciting and unexpected musical experiences, TCP’s full time staff of four works year-round to further the organization’s ambitious goals.

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Reba Cafarelli is the General Manager with nearly two decades of experience in arts management.


Reba Cafarelli was recently named General Manager of Third Coast Percussion after serving for 4 years as the organization’s Managing Director. As a result of her work to help the organization navigate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was named a 2022 Top Professional of the Year by Musical America. She previously served as Manager of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago, and assistant to world-renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas. She was Manager of the 2016 Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music and Executive Director of Ensemble Dal Niente in addition to working extensively in the Chicago area as a freelance project manager with an array of arts organizations including the Chinese Fine Arts Society, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Shattered Globe Theatre Company. Reba was the Director of Production and Education for University of Chicago Presents from 2007–2013, where she produced classical, jazz, and contemporary music performances and managed a range of educational programs. She led the organization as Interim Executive Director in its 2011–2012 season. She holds degrees in Bassoon Performance from the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music, and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before launching her arts administration career at the Grant Park Music Festival in 2005.

Colin Campbell is the Production Manager and A trained percussionist.

A trained percussionist, Colin Campbell spent over a decade performing and/ or recording with artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Maya Beiser, On Fillmore and Radiolab Live: Apocalyptic. His playing can be heard on the score for the documentary “Maidentrip.”

Since his retirement from performing, he has continued to be an active member of the Lyon & Healy/ Salvi Harp Technicians’ Guild, serving harpists worldwide, including Opera Australia, the National Symphony and National Opera of México and many others. He is also a woodworking and restoration specialist at Century Mallet Instrument Service in Chicago.

When he’s not working, Campbell enjoys advancing his woodworking skills, smoking various meats, and sitting quietly with a glass of bourbon.

Rebecca McDaniel is the Development Manager.

Rebecca McDaniel is passionate about sharing music with others and about supporting the creativity of young musicians. Relying on music as a unifying force, Rebecca seeks to share curiosity and joy as a performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is the Development Manager for the Grammy Award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion, working closely with the ensemble in support of its performance, education, and collaborative programs. She is also an active chamber percussionist in the Chicagoland area, collaborating most frequently with violin and percussion duo Hot Second and interdisciplinary percussion ensemble Beyond This Point. As an educator, she serves on the faculty at the Merit School of Music. 

Rebecca attended Furman University (B.A. Music, B.A. Earth and Environmental Sciences) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.M., Percussion Performance). When she isn’t playing or supporting performances, she is most likely found hiking, biking, or otherwise outdoors.

Board of

Ethelbert Williams, President | Head of eCommerce Sales, Digital, Data & Analytics, Kenvue

Beth I. Davis, Vice-President | Senior Vice President of Real Estate (retired), Spencer Stuart

Mary K. Woolever, Secretary | Art and Architecture Archivist (retired), Art Institute of Chicago

Daniel Knaus, Treasurer | Member, ShiftCo LLC

Jim Barasa, Member | Managing Director, CIBC Private Wealth Management

Friedrich Burian, Member | Board of Directors, Arts Club of Chicago; Senior V.P., Corporate Risk Management (retired), Northern Trust Corporation

Sara Coffou, Member | President (retired), Coffou Partners, Inc.

Julio Desir, Jr. , Member | Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Doner

Robert Dillon, Member | Ensemble Member and Development Director, Third Coast Percussion

Nimish Dixit, Member | Vice President for Portfolio Operations, Marblegate Asset Management

André Dowell, Member | Chief Programming Officer, Sphinx Organization

Jamie Jung, Member | Owner, Provence Consulting LLC

Samir Mayekar, Member | Managing Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UChicago; Former Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago

Sarah Forbes Orwig , Member | Executive Editor, ABA Publishing at American Bar Association

Louise K. Smith, Member | Management Consultant

Catharine Fox Walby, Member | Director of Development, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra; Founder, Assai Arts Management


Martin Bresnick, Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Music Composition, Yale School of Music

Michael Burritt, Professor of Percussion, Eastman School of Music

Matthew Duvall, Percussionist, Eighth Blackbird

Charles Katzenmeyer, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, The Field Museum

Jennifer Kim-Matsuzawa, Board Advisor and Strategy Consultant

Marc Miller , Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer (retired),Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum/Chicago Academy of Sciences

Bruce Oltman, Fellow of Technical Staff (retired), Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Shauna Quill, President and CEO, Music Academy

Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Music, University of Chicago

Thomas M. Welsh, Performing Arts Professional


John Bierbusse, | Vice President and Manager, Research Administration (Retired), A.G. Edwards

Sidney Robinson, | Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago and School of Architecture at Taliesin

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