Board & Staff
Daniel J. Arnold, MD
Dan Arnold is a retired oncologist who has practiced in the Upper Peninsula for over 30 years. He lives in Marquette with his wife Constance (Ann) and they have two grown children, David (Sue Balmer) and Elizabeth (Thomas Mayfield) and two wonderful grandchildren, Richard--already showing musical talent at a young age--and Rebecca.
Dan has played classical piano for many years and is currently active in the Marquette Piano Workshop. He has performed in the past with the Third Coast Piano Quartet. Community involvement includes long-standing terms on the Boards of the Superior Health Foundation, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and Temple Beth Sholom in Ishpeming.
Joanne Bollinger joins the PMMF Board as a retired singer, voice teacher and music educator, with a degree from Indiana University School of Music. Born into a family that claims generations of professional singers and conductors, for many years she concertized with her brother in Massachusetts and Maine, as well as having performed in oratorios, musical theater, and churches, adding choral directing later in her career. Joanne now divides her time among her three “heart homes”: winters in Maine with her two children nearby; April/May in Kaoma, Zambia working with WISE, an NGO that moves women and young people toward self-sustaining lives; and summers in Eagle Harbor. She arrived in the Copper Country in 1994 with her husband, Lowell (now late, but an early, enthusiastic supporter of PMMF) and continues to treasure all that the Keweenaw offers -- nature, books, berries, friends and the Festival.
Diane Eshbach graduated from L'Anse High School and attended Northern Michigan University majoring in Art. She is married to Charles Eshbach and they have lived in the Houghton area for 41 years. They have one daughter and two sons, all married, and nine grandchildren.
Diane has been active in many different volunteer positions including women's ministry director, Sunday school teacher, worship team, Christian Women's Board, jr. hockey auxiliary president, Pine Mountain Music Festival Gala chair and volunteer chair for the Keweenaw. Diane has been a Mary Kay Consultant, Tupperware Manager and for the past 19 years owner and manager of Celebrations Bridal and Formalwear in Hancock.
"Eight years ago Norma Nominelli asked if I would like to help with the PMMF Gala and Auction by gathering a few items for the auction. That was my introduction to being an active part of the Festival beyond attending events.
"One of my favorite features of the Festival has been the opportunity to have such accomplished musicians be a part of our lives here in the Keweenaw. I have appreciated participating in Christine Seitz's workshops as an observer as well as a singer. The Festival expands our experiences in music without having to travel to metropolitan areas."
Jack grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Georgetown and the University of Michigan, where he received his M.D. in 1960. After completing his residency in Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in 1966, Jack moved to Marquette, Michigan. Joining an established Ophthalmology practice, he has lived there since then.
Jack has served as the President of the Peninsula Medical Center, Chief of Surgical Section at Marquette General Hospital, and many other committees and boards including the Bank of America, National City Bank, and Pine Mountain Music Festival. His interests include cross-country and downhill skiing, golf, rollerblading, piano, and sailing. He has been married for 55 years to the former Mary Anne Johnson, and they have four children: James, Theresa, George, and Gregory.
Gloria Melton, PhD
Gloria Melton, retired Dean of Students from Michigan Technological University, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She arrived in Houghton in 1976 with her husband, Dr. Willie Melton, who then joined the Michigan Tech faculty as a sociologist. Gloria's earned degrees (BA/Rhodes College, MA/Northern Illinois University, and PhD/Washington State University) are all in American history.
Prior to becoming a trustee of the PMMF, she served on several non-profit boards, including the Michigan Tech Pre-School, the Copper Country Suzuki Association, the Houghton Township Schools Foundation, and the Portage Lake District Library.
Her interest in music stems from childhood piano study and influential family members who are music educators and performers. Both her children, now grown, studied piano, violin, and band instruments. She has enjoyed attending the Festival over many years and looks forward to each season's artistic offerings in this unique community.
In retirement, Gloria has more opportunities for quilting, music, community volunteering, reading, and some traveling.
Dr. Charles Wallace
Dr. Charles Wallace is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Michigan Technological University and is currently the Interim Chair of the Computer Science Department. In addition to his research and teaching interests in software engineering, he is involved in two community projects related to digital technology: Breaking Digital Barriers, a digital literacy initiative for senior citizens, and Copper Country Programmers, an extracurricular course in programming and computer science for middle and high school students. He is also the President of the Episcopal Association for College Work, which oversees the Canterbury House campus ministry. He has performed in several productions with the Michigan Tech Theatre Company, the Copper Country Chorale, and the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, and he enjoys playing piano and guitar at home. He lives in Hancock with his wife, Susanna Peters, and his two children, Cecilia and Samuel.
Joel Neves enjoys a dynamic and versatile career as an opera, ballet, and orchestra conductor and educator.
A prizewinner in the American Prize in Conducting, Joel is currently Director of Orchestral Activities at Michigan Technological University where he conducts the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos in Argentina (recent program: Brahms Symphony No. 1 and Bloch Schelomo Rhapsody). He made his professional conducting debut in China with the Hubei Symphony Orchestra in 2015.
Equally adept at theatre, Joel has directed numerous opera, ballet, and music theatre productions. He conducted the Minnesota Ballet and KSO in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker in 2015, with a return engagement this year. He will conduct Bizet's Carmen with the Pine Mountain Music Festival in 2018. And he recently directed West Side Story with the KSO and Tech Theatre Company.
A strong champion and advocate for college conductors, Joel serves as national President-Elect of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), the only professional service organization for conductors of university orchestra programs. He becomes president in 2018.
Joel received a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral, choral, and opera conducting from Arizona State University and bachelors and masters degrees from Brigham Young University. He currently resides in Houghton, Michigan with his wife (soprano, Lara Neves), three daughters, and puppy, Puccini. He is an avid Portuguese-Hawaiian-Italian genealogist, golfer, and cook.
Doug comes to Pine Mountain from a career as Artist in Residence in over two hundred schools and colleges as a composer/songwriter/theater director. He has also directed a number of not-for-profits in education and music and acted as artistic and development director, notably the Sweet Chariot Music Festival, Swan’s Island, Maine.
The challenge we face, in keeping art and music festivals, galleries and theater companies alive has something to do with building a bridge to the next generation, celebrating the music on “both sides” of the bridge and seeing our common path.
Happily, in Doug’s family, the children are carrying the torch quite well. Jackson at Hampshire College with guitar in hand, Julianna at Interlochen, and Lydia sculpting Ice Arrows amid the icebergs of Lake Michigan. We carry on.
After being an English teacher and coach, music teacher and theater director, Doug hopes to contribute to the continued health and success of the Pine Mountain Music Festival.
Peter Van Pelt
Executive Director Emeritus
Mr. Van Pelt retired as the Executive Director in March 2012 after successfully leading the organization since 2007. He considers PMMF an essential part of life in the U.P., bringing a dimension of life that was not here before. He loves orchestral and chamber music, and loves to make it available to others. Peter really loves opera, which he calls the most comprehensive of all art forms, and he wants everybody to share that enthusiasm. He was in his mid-30s when he saw his first opera, and would like everybody else to start earlier!
Peter has served on the Festival's Board of Trustees for seven years, two of those as president. He has also served on the board of the Calumet Theatre and the Keweenaw County Historical Society. Peter earned a certificate in nonprofit management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Peter and his wife, Patricia, received the Laura Jean Deming Award from the Festival in 2007. He enjoys working with the Festival's volunteers and staff, and meeting the artists.
Peter spent his childhood summers in the Keweenaw, but was otherwise brought up in Illinois and Ohio. He met his wife, Patricia, at Swarthmore College. They have three children, and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren. In 2013 they relocated to Northampton, Massachusetts, to be closer to family, but they keep in close touch with the Festival.