Meet the hardworking and dedicated staff of Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion is a thriving not-for-profit arts organization based in the great city of Chicago. With a robust mission to inspire and educate through the creation of exciting and unexpected musical experiences, TCP’s full time staff of three works year-round to further the organization’s ambitious goals.

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Reba Cafarelli is the Managing Director with over 15 years of experience in arts management.

Reba Cafarelli brings over 15 years of experience in arts management to her work with Third Coast Percussion. She most recently served as Manager of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago, and Assistant to world-renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas. She was Manager of the 2016 Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music and Executive Director of Ensemble Dal Niente in addition to working extensively in the Chicago area as a freelance project manager with an array of arts organizations including the Chinese Fine Arts Society, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Shattered Globe Theatre Company. She has also worked with Social Good, Inc., a collaborative Chicago-based consulting firm serving arts and non-profit organizations. Reba was the Director of Production and Education for University of Chicago Presents from 2007–2013, where she produced classical, jazz, and contemporary music performances and managed a range of educational programs. She led the organization as Interim Executive Director in its 2011–2012 season. She previously held positions at the Grant Park Music Festival, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Colin Campbell is the Production Manager and A trained percussionist.

A trained percussionist, Colin Campbell spent over a decade performing and/ or recording with artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Maya Beiser, On Fillmore and Radiolab Live: Apocalyptic. His playing can be heard on the score for the documentary “Maidentrip.”

Since his retirement from performing, he has continued to be an active member of the Lyon & Healy/ Salvi Harp Technicians’ Guild, serving harpists worldwide, including Opera Australia, the National Symphony and National Opera of México and many others. He is also a woodworking and restoration specialist at Century Mallet Instrument Service in Chicago.

When he’s not working, Campbell enjoys advancing his woodworking skills, smoking various meats, and sitting quietly with a glass of bourbon.

Rebecca McDaniel is the Marketing and Development Manager.

Rebecca is passionate about sharing music with others and about supporting the creativity of young musicians. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, learning piano from her mom and Paul Simon tunes from her aunts and uncles. She attended Furman University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Sciences. After a year working in Furman’s Shi Center for Sustainability and teaching high school percussion, she moved to Columbia, MO, to pursue her Master of Music at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her teachers were Omar Carmenates, Megan Arns, and Brandon Robertson.

Dedicated to sustainable living, Rebecca is particularly fascinated with eco-centric music. An active chamber percussionist, she frequently collaborates with interdisciplinary percussion collaborative Beyond This Point, and is a member of classical chamber ensemble 5th Wave Collective, for whom she also serves as Marketing Director. When she isn’t playing or teaching music, she is most likely found hiking or biking.

Board of

Sara Coffou, Board President | President (retired), Coffou Partners, Inc.

Beth I. Davis, Board Vice-President | Senior Vice President of Real Estate (retired), Spencer Stuart

Mary K. Woolever, Board Secretary | Art and Architecture Archivist (retired), Art Institute of Chicago

Daniel Knaus, Board Treasurer | Vice President of Corporate Development, Highline Aftermarket LLC

Jim Barasa, | Managing Director, CIBC Private Wealth Management

Teddy Boys, | Principal Consultant, Jerit/Boys Inc.

Friedrich Burian, | Board of Directors, Arts Club of Chicago; Senior V.P., Corporate Risk Management (retired), Northern Trust Corporation

Julio Desir, Jr. , | Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Doner

Robert Dillon, | Ensemble Member and Development Director, Third Coast Percussion

André Dowell, | Senior Director for Education and Artist Engagement, Sphinx Organization

Jamie Jung, | Owner, Provence Consulting LLC

Leslie Larson Maheras, | Artistic Advisor for the Performing and Visual Arts

Sidney Robinson, | Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago and School of Architecture at Taliesin

Louise K. Smith, | Management Consultant

Catharine Fox Walby, | Director of Development, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra; Founder, Assai Arts Management

Ethelbert Williams, | Head of eCommerce, US Customer Development, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health


Martin Bresnick, Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Music Composition, Yale School of Music

Michael Burritt, Professor of Percussion, Eastman School of Music

Cliff Colnot, Director of Orchestral Activities & Wind Ensemble Conductor, DePaul University

Matthew Duvall, Percussionist, Eighth Blackbird

Charles Katzenmeyer, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, The Field Museum

Bruce Oltman, Fellow of Technical Staff (retired), Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Shauna Quill, Executive Director, New York Youth Symphony

Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Music, University of Chicago

Thomas M. Welsh, Director of Performing Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art

Next Show

Wednesday, December


DePaul University School of Music | Holtschneider Performance Center

2330 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL United States

DePaul University School of Music
Holtschneider Performance Center

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Monday, January


York High School

Elmhurst, IL

Friday, January


Carnegie Hall

New York, NY