Board of Directors


Dr. Lauren Wu, President, earned her PhD and master's degree in violin performance at UCLA. She also received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at USC in kinesiology where she completed original research studying the biomechanics of violin players. Ms. Wu presently has a full private teaching studio where she teaches both private and group lessons to young children ages three and up. She has also taught at the college level as an assistant at both USC and UCLA. Ms. Wu also conducts outreach programs in area schools and consults with individuals and organizations on music education programs and curriculum planning.

Jean Schreiber, Executive Director, has been teaching piano privately for over 40 years. Actively involved in the Classics Alive Foundation from its inception, she is also the Executive Director of Classics Alive Artists which is a management company and also runs a number of young artist development programs including the annual Young Artists Auditions, the Emerging Artists Program, Intern Program, Ambassador Program, and Residency Program.

Dr. Alan L. Smith is a pianist, composer, and poet who enjoys a reputation as one of the most highly regarded figures in the field of collaborative artistry. A teacher of renown at the USC Thornton School of Music, Professor Smith serves as the chair of Keyboard Studies and serves as the director of the Keyboard Collaborative Arts Program. He has won many awards has had published articles on various aspects of collaborative artistry. He is President of the Eta Chapter of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Renee Cherniak, for over 25 years, has served as Executive Director of L'Ermitage Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for many worthy charities along with producing musical concerts. She is past president of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation which awards scholarships to deserving Israeli  musicians and artists.  Music has played a very important part of her life.

Wendy Mazon holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree in music performance with a minor in music education. Additional degrees include a Masters of Music degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University, Northridge. Ms. Mazon is an avid freelance and chamber performer as well as teaching privately. She also teaches at several instrumental music programs throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Lindsay Deutsch, concert violinist and co-founder of Classics Alive Foundation, has had a full performance career appearing with many major symphony orchestras across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to being very active with the foundation doing outreach and residency programs, she has a full class of students in her private teaching studio.