About Us

Music Doing Good, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences.

We deliver three outreach programs that bring music to children in Houston who would otherwise not have access. The programs use music to stimulate minds, open hearts and ignite imagination. Music Doing Good touches the lives of thousands of individuals annually as we strive to create a world where we all live in concert.

Staff

Marie Taylor Bosarge

President and Founder

In 2011, Marie Taylor Bosarge recognized a need in the community as music programs disappeared from the public education system. As a music lover and former educator, she knew that in order to thrive and reach their potential, children needed the arts, particularly music, as an essential part of their development. Thus, the mission of Music Doing Good was created along with the innovative outreach programs.

Marie also serves as vice president of Capital Technologies, Inc., which manages the holdings, business, investment and philanthropic activities of various trusts for the Bosarge family. In particular, she is a director of the Bosarge Family Foundation, which supports numerous international and national charities, including MD Anderson Cancer Center; Texas Children’s Hospital; A Glimmer of Hope; the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Maine; Texas Flying Legends Museum; Cuckolds Lighthouse; Boothbay Region YMCA; the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Howell Opera House in Michigan; Harlem Academy and KTSU Public Radio in Houston. Marie is also on the George W. Bush Foundation Member Board of Trustees for the Houston Symphony and a Moores School of Music (University of Houston) Society Member.

Marie and her husband, Dr. W.E. Bosarge constructed the first off-grid solar/wind powered “green” island in the Caribbean, located on the 72 acre Over Yonder Cay in the Exuma Island chain in the Bahamas. She is also the director of Petrodome Energy, LLC, an oil and gas exploration and production company that is actively engaged in acquiring and developing 3D seismic and AVO technology based prospects, applying the latest advanced technology to enhance exploration success in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marie obtained her B.A. in Social Studies Education with a minor in Interior Design at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Lisa Elliott

Executive Director

Lisa Elliott is an original product of Pennsylvania but made her way to Houston upon graduation from college.  Raised in a family where volunteerism was strongly encouraged, her career choice to become a nonprofit executive seemed pre-ordained.

She is continually motivated to work in this sector knowing that each day represents an opportunity to make a positive change in the world.  Lisa has held positions at Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

In 2013 she learned about Music Doing Good and fell in love with the mission.  The rest, she says, is history.

Music has always played a large role in her life from piano lessons, to clarinet and alto sax in the marching band and a brief, but memorable relationship with the violin.   She now considers herself in her dream job, surrounded by accomplished artists and making a difference in the lives of the community’s underserved and underfunded youth and schools.

Kenneth Gayle

Program Director, Music Doing Good with Instruments

Kenneth Gayle continues to accumulate accolades in a career spanning opera, oratorio, concert and stage.

“Neither scenery nor intricate lighting is required when a singing actor of his caliber takes the stage…” —Chicago Sun Times

National and regional performance credits include: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Music Festival, Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Grant Park Music Festival, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Opera Idaho, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Mainely Music Festival, and a televised appearance on the NAACP Image Awards with Three Mo’ Tenors.

Kenneth is an alumnus of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists and a cum laude graduate of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University.  He is also a past recipient of the Seattle Opera Guild scholarship for voice and opera-theater as well as an alumnus of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program.

Phillip Hall

Assistant Program Director, Music Doing Good in Schools

Phillip Hall is a native of Roosevelt, New York. His parental, spiritual and educational nurturing has allowed him to utilize his musical gifts to impact thousands of students.

Phillip’s teachers recognized his innate musical abilities and allowed him to accompany the school choral groups for six years. Phillip saw the power of music to transform lives and aspired to pursue a teaching career.

Most of Phillip’s teaching career was spent at Houston’s Worthing High School. He facilitated the school’s participation in the Bravo Project, which afforded students the opportunity to attend opera performances for free.  Several of his students have ascended to successful musical careers.

Phillip has performed with Aretha Franklin, Delfeayo Marsalis and for Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. He has served as musical director for Ain’t Misbehavin’ on nine occasions. Phillip traveled to South Africa to accompany a choir assembled to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday.

Aaron Kaufman

Manager of Projects and Media

Aaron Kaufman is a “jazzy folk pop” singer/songwriter. He has written and produced 3 full length CD’s and has toured nationally as well as in Europe. His songwriting features clever lyrics and storytelling mixed with catchy melodies.

Aaron attended Carleton College, a small liberal arts school in Northfield, MN, where he studied Economics and Cross Cultural Studies. He won an NPR songwriting contest “Whad’Ya Idol” on Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know,” and in his junior year he was a recipient of the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship.

Julie Lambert

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a major in advertising and a minor in marketing. She has 26 years of marketing experience in industries such as real estate, management consulting, banking, insurance and financial services.

From 2001 to 2011, Julie owned her own boutique marketing company, goodThinking! Marketing and PR Strategies, Inc., which specialized in event planning, media and public relations, collateral materials development, marketing strategy, branding and business development for both nonprofit organizations and private sector companies. She was also fortunate to work with the nationally-recognized Houston Museum District, Houston’s premier art galleries and with several performing arts organizations.

Julie was introduced to Music Doing Good in 2010 when she attended a concert that left an indelible impression. Shortly thereafter, she began consulting with the organization and was hired as a permanent employee in 2011. She has also volunteered for and done pro-bono work for Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence (AVDA), Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce and Heights Exchange Club, which directly supports the invaluable work of ESCAPE Family Resource Center.

Aisha Ussery

Program Director, Music Doing Good in Schools

Aisha is a choreographer, musician, playwright and educator.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in dance and interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston. Aisha obtained a Post-baccalaureate in Education from LeTourneau University.  She has taught at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa and has published curriculum with Houston Teachers Institute.

Aisha was named Alexander Hamilton’s Teacher of the Year (2006), received the Upton Sinclair Award that recognizes American educators influencing youth around the world (2008) and was inducted into the Willowridge Wall of Honor (2013).

Aisha has performed in or choreographed Once on This Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dancin’ in The Street, Two Trains Running, Parade and many others.  She played “B Angie B” and an MC Hammer dancer in Vh1’s: 2 Legit: The MC Hammer Story. Aisha has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, Hubert Laws, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Brian Courtney Wilson and others.

Rodney Waters

Program Director, Music Doing Good With Scholarships

Pianist Rodney Waters, has concertized throughout Japan, Europe, and the United States.  Locally, he has performed with the Houston Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Da Camera, Context, Musiqa, and St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society.

His Naxos recording with Curt Thompson of the complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Charles Ives  received outstanding reviews from the New York Times and Gramophone Magazine.

He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied with Richard Goode.  A long-time advocate for the use of art in service of social causes, Rodney has created projects to support local resettlement of refugees and HIV prevention programs.

Also an award-winning photographer he is currently collaborating with Jungian analyst Kate Burns on a project called “The Psychogenesis of a Tattoo” about the stories behind body art. He is currently a training candidate at the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich.

Ray Younkin

Executive Producer

Ray Younkin has been involved with music (performance, production, composition, arrangement, business logistics) for 20 years.  As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he has performed extensively both locally and nationally, released 2 CDs (“1000 Years” [1999] and “Take Me Slow” [2005]), and has appeared as a guest vocalist on numerous other artists’ projects..

Ray was nominated for Song Of The Year at the 2006 Texas Music Awards, was a finalist in the New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2007 and in 2012 won the SongOfTheYear.com award for best folk song.

In addition to music, he has worked as a graphic and web designer. He also has extensive experience in various athletics, including gymnastics (17 years), diving (3 years), and the Israeli martial art Krav Maga (3 years).

Board of Directors

Dr. David Eagleman

David Eagleman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and the founder and director of BCM’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is the author of several neuroscience books, including the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.

He earned his undergraduate degree in British and American Literature at Rice University, followed by his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. His scientific discoveries have been published in the top journals in the field, and have been featured on CNN, Discovery, History Channel, BBC, ABC and PBS. He is also the author of an internationally bestselling book of fiction, SUM:Forty Tales from the Afterlives, which was turned into an opera at the Sydney Opera House by Brian Eno, and a separate opera at the Royal Opera House in London by Max Richter.

David also plays the harmonica and participated in the 2009 recording of “Divine Holidays,” a CD with the artists of Music Doing Good and jazz greats such as Wayne Goins, Bob Henschen, Horace Grigsby and the late Derek Lewis.  He is the author and presenter of an upcoming 6 hour series on PBS, “The Brain”.

Dr. Daniel Karp

Dr. Dan Karp grew up in Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School and Harvard College, where he studied Psychology and pre-Med, then graduated from Duke Medical School. Dr. Karp serves as Professor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Medical Director of the Clinical Translation Research Center, specializing in the development of new cancer drugs. Dr. Karp is recognized as one of the foremost cancer doctors in the state of Texas.

At age seven, he began studying piano under Phil Saltman, a Boston radio and television personality and founder of Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine for musical children. Starting a jazz trio in the 1960s, patterned after the work of Bill Evans, Dan developed a close relationship with Boston’s renowned Winiker Orchestra, with whom he has performed for more than 35 years. In Houston, he has been a featured performer at Cezanne Jazz Club, Ovations, and the Kemah Jazz Festival as well as numerous MD Anderson charitable events.

Delfeayo Marsalis

Delfeayo Marsalis was born in New Orleans and began studying trombone at age 13. He attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts High School and furthered his classical training at the Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood Institute.

Delfeayo attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, majoring in both performance and audio production, and in 2004, he obtained an MA in jazz performance at the University of Louisville.

Since producing his first recording at age 17, Delfeayo has produced more than 75 major-label recordings, several of which have received Grammy awards and nominations, including works by Harry Connick, Jr.; Marcus Roberts; Spike Lee; his father Ellis; and brothers Branford and Wynton Marsalis.

During a tour with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Delfeayo was filmed as part of the Ken Burns documentary ”Jazz.” A mainstay on the New Orleans modern jazz scene, he has released four solo albums to critical acclaim. The artists of Music Doing Good have shared the stage with Delfeayo for numerous concerts and he was instrumental in creating a jazz series for the 2012 season presented at The Hobby Center.

Bringing up the next generation of jazz musicians has always been of the utmost importance to Delfeayo. As he tours the country to perform, he also holds master classes for students wherever he travels. Additionally, Delfeayo implemented Uptown Music Theatre’s Kidstown After School in three grammar schools in New Orleans.

Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart  is one of the owners of Stewart Cellars. Ms. Stewart is an advocate for children and animal causes. In addition to her position on the Music Doing Good Board of Directors, Anne is currently working with Habitat for Horses to help provide hippocamp therapy. She also has board affiliations with Art X.

Anne Stewart holds a bachelor of science (B.S.), Art Teacher Education/Reading Specialist. She is also a Dyslexia Therapist at the Neuhaus Education Center.

Steve Biegel

Steven L. Biegel, AIA is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He has practiced architecture in the Houston and Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Areas since 1980 and has many notable large-scale federal projects and major mixed use project renovations to his credit. Mr. Biegel is the CEO of The Matrix Design Companies, a collection of architectural and engineering corporations in various locations throughout the United States. As such, Mr. Biegel is Managing Principal and owner of Matrix Settles, Architecture, Planning & Interior Design based in Arlington, Virginia; CEO of Matrix Spencer, Architects, based in Houston Texas; Principal of Taylor Fierce Orne, Architecture, Inc., in Los Angeles, California; Vice President of Matrix-IMA Architects in San Francisco, California; President of Matrix Design, PLLC, in Washington, DC; Vice President of Matrix Design-Build of Annapolis, Inc., based in Annapolis, Maryland; and, Vice President of Matrix Design-Build, Inc., of Virginia.

Mr. Biegel is widely known in the Washington, D.C. and Houston architectural communities for his leadership abilities and large-scale project management skills. He is an advocate for energy conservation and sustainable design. He has owned and managed several of the largest and most successful A/E firms in the Washington, D.C. region. Formerly, he was Managing Principal in the D.C. office of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering P.C., Vice President of Operations for the DC office of URS Greiner, Vice President & General Manager of GNM & Associates, and CEO of Lawrence & Lawrence, P.C. He is the author of a recent book on profitable practice management for architects and engineers entitled Profit by Design. Mr. Biegel is considered an expert on subjects of Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering services, A/E Practice Management & Operations, and Roofing Technology. He is NCARB Certified and LEED Accredited. From 1980 to 1985, Mr. Biegel served as Vice President of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), a Congressionally chartered institution concerned with building science and new technology. In 1988, Mr. Biegel authored the portion of the Encyclopedia of Architecture, Design & Construction entitled “Roofing and Roofing Systems”, published by McGraw-Hill.