About Fushan & Brindley-Barnett

Nancy Fushan is a journalist and management and foundation consultant specializing in the areas of arts, culture, and public media. Fushan was senior program officer for Arts and Culture at the Bush Foundation in St. Paul from 2000-2009. Prior to her philanthropy career, Fushan spent more than two decades in public broadcasting. She has been a political reporter in Iowa, a cultural news producer at National Public Radio in Washington DC, and held several roles in national production management at Minnesota Public Radio. She currently serves on the board of Giving Voice Initiative.          Jeanie Brindley-Barnett received her B.S. in Music Education and Masters in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, and as a Rotary International Fellow, studied and performed at the London Opera Center. She received a two-year apprenticeship with the Minnesota Opera Studio Program, performed in the Chorus of the San Francisco Opera, and was a Roster Artist with both the Minnesota and North Dakota State Arts Boards, and with Young Audiences of Minnesota. As composer, her song cycle Butterfly Songs was the featured work for both the Minnesota Orchestra’s Entartete Musik Series and Prague’s annual “Music Festival of 20th Century Music” in the Czech Republic. Jeanie began teaching private voice at MacPhail Center for Music in 1999. In 2005, she created MacPhail Music for Life™ (MMFL), a pioneering music education program for older adults. As Co-Founder of MMFL with MacPhail Center for Music, she is the senior creative teaching artist. She is also Music Director of LeagueAires, a women’s chorus sponsored by the Junior League of Minneapolis, and of Giving Voice, a new chorus for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Both choruses are community partners with MacPhail Center for Music. Jeanie is a leading teaching artist in the field of Arts and Aging. She works as a Presenter, Mentor, Trainer, and Designer of Curriculum for both ArtSage, a catalyst in the field of Arts and Aging in Minnesota, and for the Arts and Aging Minnesota Professional Development Initiative. Jeanie’s methods are a model within the National Center for Creative Aging’s (NCCA) Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, and she is included in NCCA’s Speaker and Consultant Directory. Jeanie has presented at national conferences of The National Guild for Community Arts Education, Chorus America, NCCA, and in Minnesota, at ArtSage’s Midwest Arts and Aging conference and for Minnesota Statewide Activities Professionals (MnSWAP).
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