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Strategic Planning  


Strategic planning is an organizational alignment process. It provides a clear plan that focuses on a desired future, confirms the organization’s mission, and sets long term goals while it establishes a short term action plan to achieve these goals.

In 2016, IPGS embarked on its first-ever strategic plan. After this plan was in place, IPGS's Board of Directors, longtime members, and the broader community, worked together to accomplish its objectives. While we are proud of our accomplishments, times have changed.  We are now preparing for even greater progress in the future. 

Strategic Task Force Members

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                                                                         Paul Jackson 

Strategic Planning Task Force 

Paul Jackson, Chair

Paul Jackson is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the International Percy Grainger Society and has volunteered to lead this group.  He is a freelance academic, musicologist, conductor and pianist who was, for over 20 years, Head of Music and Performing Arts at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. His publications include contributions to The New Percy Grainger Companion (2010), to Grainger Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2012) and, most recently, to John Ruskin and Nineteenth-Century Education (2018). He is currently preparing an edition of Percy Grainger’s Round Letters for publication in 2021. He lives in Cambridge, UK.

Task Force Members

Stephen Carpenter (L) is the principal conductor and founder of the Heidelberg Wind Ensemble established in 2007. Prior to that, he was the founding Director of the Monash University Wind Symphony and was its principal conductor from 1993 to 2001. Additionally, an author, he was invited by IGEB to present a paper on Percy Grainger at the 8th International World Conference of WASBE at Schladming, Austria, 1997. He retired from the position as Head of Music: The Ridgeway Campus, Ivanhoe Grammar School, at the end of 2018. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Paul Cohen (R) is a well-known saxophonist. He is often a featured soloist, as well as a frequent performer and popular music professor.   He has published and recorded original works by Grainger for sax and has more than 200 saxophones in his home saxophone museum, which includes numerous documents, photos, and memorabilia as well. Here he is playing saxophone with four members of the US Army field band. Paul lives in Englewood, New Jersey.


Susan Colson (L) is a Trusts and Estates attorney in White Plains, New York.  She is dedicated to the arts, community building, and civic engagement through her professional and volunteer work. She is a longtime volunteer with the Grainger Society and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the IPGS.

Major Bill Garlette (R) is the Conductor and Music Director  of  Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble. He retired to the Hampton Roads Virginia area in 2002 after serving over 25 years as an Army Band musician and officer. In his final tour from 1998-2002, he served as Deputy Commander and Associate Conductor at the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY. Bill lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia. 

 Marissa Kyser (L) is from Troy, Missouri and studied Music Education and Wind Band Conducting at Missouri State University. She is the Director of Bands for the Spokane R-VII School District located in southwest Missouri. In 2019, she wrote a thesis about Percy Grainger's time living in Springfield, Missouri during the 1940s and presented her findings at the Percy Grainger House. Marissa currently resides in Springfield, Missouri.

Matthew McGarrell (R)  just retired as Director of Bands at Brown University after thirty six years. He is a long-time board member of IPGS and visits 7 Cromwell more often now to take pictures. Here is some of his work. Matt is also the videographer behind the Grainger cult classic: From Suppositories to Brilliantine: An Apothecary Time Capsule. Matt lives in Providence, Rhode Island. 


Chalon Ragsdale (L)  is University Professor of Percussion at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and owner of Aux Arcs Music, a publishing firm responsible for some 30 editions of the music of Percy Grainger for wind band and Percussion Ensemble. Chal has presented on the life and music of Percy Grainger for the Midwest Clinic, the College Band Directors National Association, for the  Japan Grainger Festival in Tokyo, and three times for the Grainger Museum in Melbourne. In 2003, he was awarded the Grainger Medallion for his “contributions to the music of Percy Grainger. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

R. Mark Rogers (R) is Managing Editor of Keiser/Southern Music Company, where he has published numerous editions and arrangements of the music of Percy Grainger. His dissertation on the Hill-Songs of Percy Grainger led to the publication of the original version of Hill-Song Nr. as well as a transcription of the same for large room-music. A bassoonist, he plays in a number of regional orchestras and has a large studio of students both high school and university level. Mark is the Founding Director and Principal Conductor of the Heart of Texas Concert BandMark lives in San Antonio, Texas

John Roscigno (L) is the Chair of the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge where he has been Professor of music and Director of Orchestral Studies for eighteen years. During 2019, he spent time at 7 Cromwell Place, helping organize the music.  John lives in Northridge, California.
Robert "Rob" Simon (R) is founder and conductor of the Piedmont Wind Symphony for 25 years. He was president of Windsor Jewelers for 34 years. He studied at the Grainger Museum in 1980, and while there, studied conducting with John Hopkins and sat in on some of his recordings with the Melbourne Symphony.  Rob lectured on PG for the International Conductors Guild twice – once in conjunction with the NY Philharmonic and once with the Chicago Symphony. He assisted Frederick Fennell in research on PG, has been guest on NPR several times per PG and helped produce several Grainger segments.  He is a former board member of IPGS and is author of  Percy Grainger: The Pictorial Biography.  Rob lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 
Roland Yeung (L) has been music director and principal conductor of The Grainger Wind Symphony, for most of the years since the group was founded in 1986. He lives in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) and has served as a volunteer at the University of Melbourne's  Grainger Museum

Ex-Officio Members of Strategic Planning Task Force


Barry Peter Ould was co-founder of the Percy Grainger Society (UK) with Professor David Tall. In 1984, Barry took over the editorship of the  Grainger Society Journal with Vol. 6.  In 1987, he established the music publishing company, Bardic Edition, and under this imprint many new Grainger works have been published. He acted as musical consultant to the Chandos Grainger Edition (1998-2003). He is currently (and long-time!) president of IPGS. He resides in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK.


Barry Peter Ould, President


Anne Ocone, Museum Coordinator


Anne Ocone (L) is likely the person you will have first contact with if you if email us through the website or visit 7 Cromwell Place.  While she is a (very) part-time employee, she is truly a dedicated staff member. She is an experienced museum and arts professional specializing in the care of collections. We rely on her organizational and management skills for nearly every project. She resides in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

"My art sets out to celebrate the beauty of bravery."        

                                       -Percy Grainger


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