Board of Directors

Sarah Harding, President, a former Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Yale Law School, is a member of the faculty at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she has won numerous teaching awards and has overseen school-wide projects including strategic planning and curricular reform. Her teaching, research, and writing interests include the legal treatment of cultural objects and antiquities.

Sarah has a deep background in community arts and education organizations, including as a founding board member of Beacon Academy (an innovative Montessori-based high school in Evanston IL), and currently serving on the boards of the Montessori Academy of London and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She brings prodigious energy as well as expertise to Haymarket; when not travelling to visit her three high-school and college-age children—all active in the arts—and watch their performances, she spends a lot of time running, cycling and swimming.

Sarah loves Haymarket’s unique combination of visual beauty, musical excellence, intimacy, and charm, but says it’s the dedication, creativity, and generosity of all those associated with the organization that brought her into the Haymarket fold. She looks forward to the challenge of helping Haymarket grow without losing its wonderful sense of intimacy.

Sarah Harding

David Rice, Vice-President, is a founding Board Member of the Haymarket Opera Company. A graduate of Grinnell College and the Loyola University College of Law, he has for the past 30 years been associated with the Office of Legal Affairs at Rush University Medical Center, where he currently serves as an Associate Vice President in that office. David previously served for ten years as an officer and board member of CommunityHealth, the largest free medical clinic in Illinois. 

He is proud of his two children, Adria and Jordan. Adria holds a degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University and appeared in Haymarket’s production of Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers. Jordan is a recent graduate of Stanford Law School and is a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Albert Diaz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

“HOC's consistently high performance level in all aspects of the productions,” said David, "is a standard that I am  confident the company will maintain, and I am looking forward to being part of the continuing growth of the Haymarket Opera Company."

Susan Rozendaal, Secretary, enjoys her association with Haymarket as both board member and violin/viola player. She has a lifelong love of Baroque music and original instruments, and is honored to be part of the uniquely talented and dedicated group of musicians, board members, and supporters that make up the Haymarket family. 

In addition to performing, Susan teaches violin and viola to pre-college students in her home studio, and formerly at the music schools of The Cleveland Institute of Music, the Music Institute of Chicago and DePaul Community Music. She loves incorporating music history and performance practice into her instruction, and hopes to encourage the next generation of arts patrons. As enthusiastic supporters of theatre, Susan and husband Richard sit on the board of another cultural gem, the Raven Theatre in Edgewater.

Susan and Richard have five children including doctors, engineers and Baroque violinists; (daughter Isabelle and her husband Pascal) With Richard she enjoys ballroom dance and working on their horse property where they raise bees and vegetables.

Rupert Ward, Treasurer, an expert in international corporate tax, brings special financial acumen and support to Haymarket. He is a tax partner at accounting firm KPMG in Chicago and is a graduate of Oxford University.

Rupert sits on a number of other boards including the British American Business Council, and he chairs the Chicago – Birmingham Sister Cities committee which forges cultural, educational and business links between Chicago and Birmingham, UK.  Not coincidentally, Birmingham is Rupert’s original home town.

Rupert enjoys the richness and variety of Chicago’s cultural offerings and Haymarket’s position as a jewel within that substantial crown. Haymarket’s success has been built on a solid financial base, and with his background in numbers Rupert is committed to helping Haymarket grow while maintaining its financial stability.

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Mary Mackay has worked in publishing and educational organizations after starting her career as a teacher in France, Japan, and her native England. She is currently an Associate Executive Director at the 60,000-member American Library Association, overseeing publishing. Her expertise is in communications, marketing, and helping non-profit organizations flourish financially.
 
Mary has always been engaged in music—as an amateur participant (choral singing and studying harpsichord with Chicago early musician Jason Moy), as an enthusiastic audience member, and as a board member. She travels widely with her husband, but closer to home, loves making the most of Chicago’s endless cultural and outdoor activities.
 
Like other board members, Mary was impressed by how quickly Haymarket made its mark on the Chicago music scene, and was drawn to it by the energetic professionalism and exuberant productions with outstanding performers, music, sets, and costumes. She is inspired by the vision for Haymarket’s future, and welcomes the chance to work with committed and creative experts who have a gift for focusing on excellence and growth while perpetuating artistic joy.

Mary Mackay

Suzanne Wagner, director of development and communications at the Wetlands Initiative, joined the Haymarket Opera Company’s board of directors in 2016. Long a Baroque opera lover, she is thrilled Chicago has a company devoted solely to early opera.

Suzanne met many of HOC’s core members before the company existed when they were part of Chicago Opera Theater’s Medea trilogy in 2010-12: Cavalli’s Giasone, Charpentier’s Medée, and Handel’s Teseo. As a co-sponsor of all three operas, she took real pleasure watching audience members discover these beautiful and rarely performed works.

Along with HOC’s high musical standards, Suzanne loves the joy with which the singers and musicians approach each new production.

Jeri-Lou Zike is a versatile, energetic musician who enjoys a variety of artistic activities in symphonic, baroque, and chamber music. She is principal and founding member of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the Chicago Opera Theater. She is also a member of the Chicago Philharmonic, the Joffrey ballet orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. As a period instrument performer, Ms. Zike is concertmaster of Haymarket Opera Company which she manages alongside the Artistic Director, Craig Trompeter. Other musical credits include principal of Baroque Band, soloist with the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Concertmaster of the University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel Concerts, as well as performances with His Majestie’s Clerkes, Kansas City Music Consort, and Music of the Baroque. Ms. Zike is also a well-regarded contractor of musicians, providing orchestras for the Apollo Chorus, Chicago Chorale, the Cathedral Singers, and Rockefeller Chapel Choir, among others. Jeri-Lou Zike has recorded with GIA, Centaur, and Cedille Records. To balance the intensity of music making, Jeri-Lou loves to swim, bike and run and is a five-time Ironman. 

Jeri-Lou Zike


Craig Trompeter, ex officio

 

Artistic Advisory Board

Jane Glover has appeared with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Berlin Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opera National de Bordeaux, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Teatro La Fenice, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. A Mozart specialist, her core repertoire also includes Monteverdi, Handel and Britten, but extends widely from the 17th to 21st centuries. In concert she has performed with all the major orchestras in Britain, repeatedly at the BBC Proms, and in recent seasons has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Orchestra of St Luke’s (Carnegie Hall), Sydney Symphony, Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, London Mozart Players and City of London Sinfonia, Philharmonia Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Her many recordings include works by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Britten amd Walton with the London Mozart Players, London Philarmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Singers. Most recently she has released recordings of Haydn Masses and Handel’s Messiah. Her book, Mozart’s Women, was publish to great critical acclaim in September 2005. It was listed for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Non-Fiction. She was awarded a CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.

Jane Glover

Renowned as an opera and concert conductor, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He is Artistic Director of The English Concert and Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera. Plans for the 2015/16 season include returns to Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Northern Sinfonia as well as his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Opera includes both Le Nozze di Figaro and Rusalka at Houston Grand Opera and Maometto at Canadian Opera Company. Harry and The English Concert continue their Handel cycle with Orlando which tours to Europe and America. Wigmore Hall appearances include programmes featuring both Iestyn Davies and Andreas Scholl. Future plans include extensive concert and touring projects with The English Concert and visits to Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera, Chicago.

Harry Bicket

Jerry Fuller works with Haymarket Opera to continue the company's artistic growth in an economically sustainable way by drawing upon his background in opera, historically-informed performance practice, management, and philanthropy. Jerry worked his way through college as assistant principal of the Chicago Lyric Opera double bass section; received his MBA from the University of Chicago; developed management skills in marketing, strategic planning and information technology at the division, group and corporate levels of American Hospital Supply Corporation and served as Vice President of Investment Research for Duff and Phelps. Jerry is now President of the James S. Kemper Foundation and a consultant with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Jerry has maintained an active performance career that includes appearances with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco; Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and hundreds of performances with early music ensembles in Chicago and the midwest.

Jerry Fuller