Executive Director, Classical Music
Before joining BMI in 2010, Deirdre Chadwick was a classical oboist, performing extensively in the U.S. and Canada with such ensembles as the Montreal Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond and Harrisburg Symphonies, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, where she served as principal oboe for seven years. She is also a founding member of Trio Encantar and has performed widely as a chamber musician. A dedicated teacher, Deirdre served on the faculties of Dickinson College and Susquehanna University, as well as maintaining private teaching studios in oboe and recorder. She has also held numerous administrative positions in academic institutions and private industry. She holds two performance degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Deirdre also serves as President of the BMI Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to encouraging the creation, performance and study of music through awards, scholarships, internships, grants, and commissions.
Associate Director, Classical Music
Originally from Northern Virginia, Scott Bartucca joined the BMI Classical team in 2011 and is a classically trained oboist. He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, and has also earned performance degrees from Florida State University (BM) and the Juilliard School (MM). As an oboist, Scott has freelanced and performed throughout NYC and beyond for several years, with highlights that include a recording project with Björk, performing and traveling with the first national tour of Little Women the Broadway Musical, and a solo recital at the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center. He has performed with such ensembles as the symphony orchestras of Tallahassee, Key West and Pensacola, and under the batons of such esteemed conductors as James Conlon, Marin Alsop, Michael Stern, and James DePriest. While still at FSU, Scott served a year as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and also had the pleasure of playing English horn on a recording of concertos by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. When not involved with music, Scott is an avid cook and marathon runner, having completed 14 marathons to date.
Associate Director, Classical Music
Since February 2010, Chris McCormick has worked with classical composers and publishers at BMI. He oversees the orchestra, small presenter and radio portions of BMI’s annual live concert distribution. Prior to BMI, Chris completed internships with Carl Fischer Music Publishing and Gretna Music where he focused on music licensing and copyrights, artist relations, concert promotion and box office management. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, he holds a BA in Music Business from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Chris was trained as a percussionist performing with the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Mallet Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and the West African Drum and Dance Ensemble. He started playing the drums in 1996 and enjoys playing world fusion music that incorporates progressive-rock with funk, afrobeat and Latin styles. In his spare time he’s learning to play guitar, going to concerts and exploring his surrounding neighborhoods in Jersey City.
Classical Logging Coordinator
A native of Rockville, MD, Ed Israel joined BMI in their New York headquarters in January of 2013 as Classical Logging Coordinator. Prior to joining BMI, Ed completed several prestigious internships: first with contemporary classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound, then with the Music and Mentorship program at Philadelphia’s Intercultural Family Services, next at the Maryland-based Strathmore Music Center and finally at the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), which is headquartered in Arlington, VA. Notably, while working at the Music and Mentorship Program, Ed served as audio engineer during recording sessions between students and GRAMMY-nominated BMI songwriter, Amos Lee. Throughout his experiences, he has gained marketing, business development, and operational know-how, which serves his current role in BMI’s classical department. Ed has a Master of Arts in Arts Management from American University and Bachelor of Arts in Composition from Dickinson College; he was the first student in the school’s history to compose music for commencement ceremonies with his: Fanfare for the Class of 2007.
Assistant, Classical Music
Nolan Eley is an Assistant in the Classical department at Broadcast Music, Inc. In this role, he supports the operations of the entire Classical department, and is the primary liaison between classical composers and BMI. Prior to joining BMI, Nolan worked as a freelance audio engineer and score engraver. He has had original compositions performed in the Czech Republic, Austria, China and throughout the United States. As a conductor, he has led performances of original works by such ensembles as the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band and the Czech Philharmonic combined with the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Nolan worked for two summers as an administrative assistant at the United States Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he composed the music for an anti-corruption film sponsored by the State Department. He has done sound design and contributed music for three short films, a children’s television series and a feature length film. As a music journalist, he has had more than a dozen of his live concert reviews published by the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Aside from his love for classical music, Nolan has also played in several rock and pop bands and currently fronts a noise-rock band based in Brooklyn. He continues to enjoy audio engineering and music production for numerous artists and bands. Nolan received his Bachelor of Music in Electronic Production and Design from Berklee College of Music, where he also studied trumpet.