Rachel Salter, Executive Director
Rachel Salter, a native of Knoxville, TN, graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2014 with her Bachelor's degree in cello performance under the instruction of Dan Allcott. Rachel first began working for the Bryan Symphony Orchestra in 2013 while still a student at TTU, as a cellist and as the orchestra librarian. Rachel worked as the office and box office manager prior to becoming the symphony's Executive Director in the Spring of 2016. Rachel loves the arts administration field and also served as the Director of Operations for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Rachel has greatly enjoyed working for the Bryan Symphony Orchestra over the past five years and loves getting to serve the symphony and the community of Cookeville through her work.
Rachel serves on the Cookeville Arts Council, and is the secretary on the Tennesseans for the Arts board. Rachel teaches private cello lessons at the Stevens Street School of Performing Arts in Cookeville, and remains active in her cello playing as a member of the Orfeo String Quartet.
Office/Box Office Manager
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Marco Schirripa holds Bachelor's degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Theory from Ithaca College, as well as Master and Doctor of Music degrees in Percussion from Indiana University, where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. In addition to the BSO, Dr. Schirripa serves on the Percussion faculty of Tennessee Tech University, directing the Drumline, Steel Drum Band, and Golden Eagle Brass. As a performer, Marco has appeared on numerous international stages, including first place honors in the 2013 Great Plains and 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competitions. He is regularly in demand as a composer, and his pieces have been performed around the world. Dr. Schirripa's publication credits include compositions available through Keyboard Percussion Publications and C. Alan Publications, writings for the Percussive Arts Society, his doctoral dissertation, and a variety of albums featuring music of Gordon Stout, Leroy Osmon, Dominick DiOrio, and Nathan Daughtrey, among others. Marco Schirripa is an Artist/Endorser for Sabian Cymbals and Pearl/Adams percussion. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Anne Dickson Rogers,
Orchestra Personnel Manager
A Cincinnati native, Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (cum laude) from Miami University of Ohio. Anne joined the Nashville Opera team full time as the Artistic Administrator in April 2016 after serving as the organization’s Contractor for two seasons. Additionally, Anne is the Contractor for Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble artistically led by Kelly Corcoran as well as Contractor for Cookeville’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra. She is the former Director of Orchestra Personnel of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, a post she held for over 12 seasons. Anne began her orchestral career as a Librarian Assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Opera. In addition, Anne spent two seasons as the Production Manager with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Keith Lockhart. Anne also served as the Orchestra Personnel Manager for the San Antonio Symphony. Anne is a certified PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Instructor and teaches disabled children at both White Fawn Farm and Saddle Up! every Saturday. A Dickson country girl, she is a Predators cheerer, reining horse rider, F-150 truck driver, flower bed mulcher, anytime/anywhere traveler, obsessive book reader, country music listener and, most importantly, mom to Shively Jane, her best accomplishment yet!