Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly Announce Additions to Leadership in 50th Year
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Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly Announce Additions to Leadership in 50th Year


Philadelphia, PA … Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly (DCP) are thrilled to announce the appointment of two new members to their joint Board of Directors, and Catherine Charlton's promotion from Executive Director to President and CEO. Alongside Catherine and the current Board, these new Directors will lead the organizations’ transformative initiatives as Musicopia celebrates its 50th year. Their visionary leadership will be essential in deepening the organizations’ impact through efforts to expand beyond school walls and further into communities.


Musicopia and DCP welcome newly elected members:

  • Dr. Kadia Rowe, DMin, Ordained Reverend; graduate of Howard University, Duke Divinity School, and Lipscomb University
  • Edward Sharpe, Senior Director of Operational Excellence, Bristol Myers Squibb; graduate of North Carolina State University and Villanova University


The new Directors, each with unique qualifications and passion for the partnering organizations’ missions and values, are dedicated to supporting them in their work. “I am honored and humbled to serve on the Board for such a time as this. I have no doubt that the work that we are doing will impact some of tomorrow’s best and most gifted leaders in this nation,” Kadia shared.


They will work alongside Musicopia’s already impressive leadership team which includes Board Chair Richard M. Gordon IV, Board Treasurer John Schueler, Board Secretary Lynne Millard, and Chief Executive Officer and Board President Catherine Charlton. Gordon who is Assistant Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia (SDP), and, as Principal of Paul Robeson HS until 2023, was thrice recognized as National Principal of the Year and as Pennsylvania State Principal of the Year, commented on Charlton’s promotion:


“Catherine’s title change will allow us to leverage further her leadership capacity, her many years of experience, her authentic and enthusiastic outlook on our organizational possibilities, her passion to serve the children of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and her strategic approach to accomplishing our core mission. As we move closer to celebrating Musicopia’s historic 50th anniversary, the City of Philadelphia's “Countdown-To-The-250th”, and so much more, we expect the serious-mindedness of this change will signal to the world in this pivotal moment Musicopia’s intent to expand our imprint and impact on the future of the arts in Philadelphia, while ensuring the continued high quality of our brand.”


Under the Board’s vision, Musicopia made significant strides toward deepening and widening its impact in this past fiscal year. It held a record number of 56 public community-based programs, and paid Drumlines students for rehearsals/performances through Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady BOOST program. Additionally, Musicopia was recognized for its impact and awarded $100,000 from the Overdose Prevention and Community Healing Fund to enrich and heal intergenerational communities in North Philadelphia. The organization was one of only a few arts organizations out of the 43 grantees. Musicopia and DCP are excited to see how their impact will continue growing under this new leadership in the years to come.


A full Board Member list can be found at or

About Musicopia

Musicopia’s mission is to provide equitable access to music education and enrichment, encouraging self-confidence, global awareness, dedication and joy in Pre-K to 12th grade students and their communities. Since its founding in 1974, Musicopia has helped more than 400,000 children experience the benefits of first-hand exposure to the arts, and is a recognized leader in rebuilding and revitalizing school music programs. Musicopia reaches thousands of children each year in the Delaware Valley/Philadelphia area through in-school music education, an afterschool string orchestra program, an afterschool drumlines program, and its Gift of Music Instrument Donation Program.


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About Dancing Classrooms Philly

Dancing Classrooms Philly’s mission is to foster self–esteem, social awareness, mutual respect, teamwork and joy in young people and their communities through social dance education and performance. DCP offers in-school and virtual residences and assemblies, Teacher Workshops, Intergenerational Community Workshops, and continuation programs for our flagship in-school ballroom program, a Saturday Academy program and the Allstars. Through our dance instruction, we help to enrich school communities across the Philadelphia region by building confidence in students, breaking down social barriers, and inspiring respect for all individuals.


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