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Staff & Board

Joe McNalley

Founder and Artistic Director

Joe McNalley began bass violin studies at the age of eleven, and started writing orchestral music in his early teens. Formal training with Edwin Barker, Ran Blake, Miroslav Vitous and Hankus Netsky at the New England Conservatory of Music was followed by advanced studies with Bertram Turezky at U.C. San Diego. Mr. McNalley has played with a number of notable musicians in the classical, jazz, and world music realms and has been honored several times for his solo and ensemble playing. He has performed with George Russell, Vinnie Golia, Jimmy and Jeanie Cheatham’s Sweet Baby Blues Band, Jay McShann, Eddie “Mr. Cleanhead” Vinson, Thad Jones, and other notables of Jazz and Blues.  As the founder of the Hutchins Consort, he has written over 220 arrangements and original compositions for the Hutchins Violins.

Alex Jimenez

Administrative Manager

Alex Jimenez was born in Barcelona and has been a music enthusiast since he was a kid. Musician, filmmaker and a passionate traveler, he moved to San Diego with his wife in 2016.

After making his documentary Kids Used to Sing, Alex realized that bringing music to people had to be an important part of his life, so becoming part of The Hutchins Consort was the perfect match for his goals. 

Alex has been with the Hutchins Consort since 2016.

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Cheri Jamison

Arts & Nonprofit Management Consultant

Cheri Jamison is an Arts & Nonprofit Management Professional and Consultant with over 13 years of experience in strategic planning, streamlining operations and community outreach. As a Renaissance woman with a diverse skill-set, Cheri is known for her ability to spearhead new initiatives and bring visionary projects to life. 

As the daughter of a professional violinist, Cheri grew up around classical music. Cheri graduated from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, magna cum laude, with her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. After 7 seasons singing with the Long Beach Opera, Cheri transitioned to work in arts administration in 2015 where she became Vice President of Operations for the music agency, Cadenza Artists.

She brings a diverse skill set, personal attributes, and experience to the table that few people have (all in one person): arts industry knowledge, nonprofit management experience, public speaking and networking abilities, branding and marketing expertise, a solution-oriented mindset, excellent communication skills, and a deep passion for music. You can learn more about her professional background at or on LinkedIn.

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Board of Directors

John McCarthy, President

Susan Beechner, Vice President

Beverly White, Secretary

Dr. Robert Burns,Co-Treasurer

Ruth Ann Burns, Co-Treasurer

Joe McNalley, Founder and Artistic Director, Ex-Officio member

Steve Huber, Musician Representative, Ex-Officio member

Kathy Green

Sharon McNalley

Julie Jenkins

Barbara Woods

Cam Woods

Erika Sigband

John Aynes

Advisory Board: 

  • Deborah Borda, CEO of the New York Philharmonic

  • Cynthia Wade, Oscar-winning film director

  • John Schneider, Grammy® Award winning classical guitarist, founder & director of PARTCH ensemble.

  • Dean Corey, former president of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

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