The Music Settlement appoints Matthew Charboneau as its Chair, Center for Music

Posted May 02, 2017 in Press Releases

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CLEVELAND – May 2, 2017– The Music Settlement at University Circle today announced the appointment of Matthew Charboneau as the organization’s chair of its Center for Music.

Mr. Charboneau will lead the teaching faculty and future direction of the 104-year-old organization’s music education programs, including the programming focus of the new TMS campus being built in Ohio City, which is scheduled to open in late-summer 2018.

“We saw so many qualified, talented candidates during the interview process and were deeply impressed with Matthew’s depth and breadth of experience. The Board is confident that he will provide strong and experienced leadership for our Center for Music as we continue to reach new students of all ages and levels of experience,” said Maura L. Hughes, chair of The Music Settlement’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Charboneau’s experience includes associate directorships at many local music organizations, teaching bass at Case Western Reserve University, and teaching improvisation at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations / Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He comes to The Music Settlement from the Beck Center for the Arts, where he served as the associate director for music education.

“As chair of the Center for Music, Matthew will have a huge plate of responsibilities, ranging from managing more than 60 music faculty members to ensuring our programming is reaching all areas of Northeast Ohio. We welcome him as a valuable addition to our distinguished faculty and staff!” said The Music Settlement’s President and CEO Geri Presti.

About The Music Settlement

Founded in 1912 by Almeda Adams as The Cleveland Music School Settlement, The Music Settlement is one of the nation's oldest community schools of music. Providing early childhood education since 1955 and music therapy since 1966, The Music Settlement remains on the forefront of music-based initiatives that advance human potential. Its programs reach students from birth through retirement and beyond. The Music Settlement is generously funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. In 2014, the Settlement opened the BOP STOP nightclub at 2920 Detroit Ave. in Ohio City, after its donation to the organization in late 2013. In 2016, TMS won its second consecutive Cleveland Magazine “Best Music Instruction” award. The organization is currently building a new campus in Ohio City. Its online properties include,, and Classes and programs can be sorted by age of participant at

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The Music Settlement
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