Ken MacLeod, President/CEO

Ken MacLeod is a businessman, philanthropist and leader in the not-for-profit sector.  He has provided leadership in the development of the NBYO since 2002 and is founder of the Sistema NB program. 

Ken is founder and President of KMA Consultants, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising and communications for non-profit organizations, serving charitable organizations throughout Canada.  From 1995 - 1999 he served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. He is a recipient of the Order of Moncton, Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Faculty member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas Global Leaders Program.  He has served on numerous local, regional and national Boards and is a frequent presenter at symposia and conferences.

Contact: 506-854-9949; 

Antonio Delgado, Music Director & Conductor

Since August 2010 Delgado has been the Musical Director and conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) and in 2011 led the NBYO to 1st place in the orchestra division, with outstanding distinction, of the “Summa Cum Laude” International Youth Music Competition, held in Vienna, Austria.  In addition Delgado is Music Director and Conductor of the NBYO’s outreach program, Sistema NB, serving children and youth throughout New Brunswick in an after-school orchestral music program.

“Full of vivacity and sparkle,” (Diario El Nacional. Caracas).

Maestro Antonio Delgado, born in Caracas, Venezuela, owes much of his musical education to the world-renowned El Sistema program (National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela)

Though he has conducted every major orchestra in Venezuela, Delgado has not hoarded his talents, as performance dates in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Canada and Panama clearly attest. 

From 2005 to 2010 Delgado was Musical Director of the National Theatre "Teresa Carreño" the largest arts centre in South American.  During this time he conducted the major orchestras of the country in symphonic concerts, ballets and operas, garnering particular acclaim for his “very elegant musical direction and his absolute mastery” of ballet and opera scores (Diario La Voz. Caracas).

Contact: 506-854-9949;


Donald Matheson, Chief Operating Officer

Don Matheson has been Executive Director of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra since 2008.  He has led in the development of the provincial orchestra program which received numerous honors, including, Arts Organization-of-the-Year Award from the NB Foundation for the Arts in 2010 and, in 2011, a first place win in the prestigious SCL International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.  Don has been instrumental in the implementation of the NBYO's Sistema NB program.

Don has devoted over thirty years to sales management, business development, marketing, consulting, and not-for-profit administration.

Don's other community engagement includes Mount Royal United Church, Scouts Canada, Camp Centennial, Moncton Kiwanis Minor Basketball Association, Irving Men’s Hoop Classic, Greater Moncton Dragon Boat Festival, Canadian Cancer Society, Terry Fox Run, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

Contact: 506-866-7920;


Chris Evans, Chief Administration Officer

Christopher Evans became Chief Administrative Officer in 2015, after serving as treasurer and a director of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Inc. from 2000. As a key member of the Executive Management team, he assumed responsibility for leading the organization’s financial and administrative operations, including Human Resources, accounting, corporate governance, risk management and information technology.

He served as the Chief Financial Officer of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation from June 2007 to September 2014. Prior to joining the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, he held key roles at Bell Aliant, J.D. Irving, Limited and KPMG. A Bachelor of Commerce (honours) graduate of the University of Manitoba, he is a Chartered Professional Accountant and also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation in the United States.

An active member of the community, he has served on a number of local and provincial boards and committees. He is currently secretary-treasurer of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Foundation Inc. and treasurer of Cultureplus – Cultural Human Resources Council of NB.

His experiences, combined with leadership roles in charities and not-for-profit organizations result in his expertise in the cultural sector. Also, it helps he is a big orchestral music and opera fan.

Contact: +1 506 343-0333;

Mary Williams, Business Manager

Mary Williams joined NBYO and Sistema NB in the fall of 2010 to serve as campaign director for the Sistema NB Capital Campaign, Orchestrating Change. Mary’s previous development role was coordinating a successful capital campaign for the Moncton Museum, with the City of Moncton. Her current responsibilities include campaign coordination, development, promotional events, database management, fundraising research, donor relations, payroll, and accounting for both NBYO and Sistema NB.

Swan Serna, Centre Director (Richibucto)

Born in Mexico City, Swan Serna has been the Sistema NB Center Director in Richibucto since 2012. He holds a master degree at Université Laval (candidate) and a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where his principal teachers were Cuauhtémoc Rivera and Savartassiddh Uribe.

Mr. Serna has participated in master classes led by Zoria Shijmurzaieva, Guela  Dubrova and the Amati String Quartet. He obtained a diploma for his participation in the chamber music workshops led by the Latino-americano String Quartet from 1999 to 2000. He has also participated in composition and contemporary music workshops led by Mario Lavista.

Mr. Serna composed the music for two short films by producer José Luis Linares. In 2007, Swan composed the original music for the ballet choreography “Mosaicos”. From 2005 to 2007, he composed the music and arrangements for the ensemble “Kátaros” as well as the original music for the theatre piece “Trahison” by Harold Pinter. He also composed the musical arrangements and produced the CD “Del Amor y otras mareas” in 2003. He has adjudicated the Concours Jeunesses Quebec-Ontario.

Mr. Serna has led a performing career in Mexico in concert, radio and television. He performed as first violin with the string quartet “Alebrije” from 1997 to 2004.

He has performed in several festivals in the province of Quebec and is an active chamber musician, performing frequently with pianist Dulce María Alarcón. 


David Halpine, Centre Director (Tobique First Nation)

Dave Halpine joins the Sistema Team as the Center Director for the Tobique First Nation. Dave is returning home to New Brunswick from Inuvik NT, where he served first nations students for seven years as a music and physical education teacher.

Dave studied violin and completed an Orff teacher training course at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has led numerous instrumental ensembles, the Inuvik Community Choir, and Strings Across the Sky. Dave will be joined by his wife Kim and their four sons. 

Carlos Armao, Centre Director (Miramichi)

Born in Venezuela, Carlos started his musical path in a Nucleo called La Rinconada, part of the large group of El Sistema Centers that serve the city of Caracas, where he grew up playing in an orchestra and singing in a choir.

Carlos is a former member of the violin section of the Caracas Symphony Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and has played under the baton of internationally acclaimed Maestros including Gustavo Dudamel, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abbado, Placido Domingo, Nikolaj Znaider, Dietrich Paredes and Boris Brott, among others.

With the Caracas Symphony Youth Orchestra, he has participated in tours in the most important theatres in Russia, Vienna, Prague, Portugal and Norway as well as some of the most important music festivals in the world including the Beethoven Fest in Bonn, the Ravello Festival and the Bergen International Music Festival. 

Carlos graduated from McGill University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Musical Arts in violin performance under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Fewer, one of the best Canadian violinists and pedagogues.

In September 2015, he joined the Sistema New Brunswick and NBYO family, serving as a Teaching Artist and Centre Director for the Sistema NB Centre in Miramichi, where he enjoys spending his days teaching, performing, and enjoying the river. 

Rodrigo Cortina, Directeur de centre (Tracadie)

Depuis 2018, Rodrigo Cortina est le directeur du centre Sistema NB à Tracadie. Il se joint à l’équipe de Sistema NB et NBYO en 2013, en tant qu’Artiste-Enseignant en clarinette à Richibucto et à Elsipogtog plus tard.

Comme clarinettiste, il est fondateur du Quintette à Bois de Toluca au Mexique. Il a fait partie de l'Orchestre Symphonique des jeunes de l'État de Mexico, l'Ensemble à vents de Sherbrooke et l'Ensemble à vents et percussions de Québec.

Il a suivi des cours de perfectionnement avec Joaquin Valdepeñas, Michael Collins, Martin Scalona, le Quintette à Bois du Mexique et le Quintette à Bois du Danemark, parmi d'autres.

M. Cortina a fait ses études musicales au Conservatoire de musique de l'État de Mexico. Il détient un Baccalauréat en interprétation classique de l'Université de Sherbrooke et une Maîtrise en interprétation classique de l'Université Laval à Québec.

Coordonnées : (506) 888-3752 ;


Rodrigo Cortina became the Sistema NB Tracadie Centre Director in 2018. He joined the Sistema NB and NBYO family in 2013, serving as clarinet Teaching Artist in Richibucto and Elsipogtog

As a clarinetist, he is the founder of the Toluca Woodwind Quintet in Mexico and was a member of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the Woodwind Ensemble of Sherbrooke and The Woodwind and Percussion Ensemble of Quebec.

He has participated in master classes led by Joaquin Valdepeñas, Michael Collins, Martin Scalona, Woodwind Quintet of Mexico and Woodwind Quintet of Denmark, among others.

Mr. Cortina studied music at the Music Conservatory of the State of Mexico.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s degree in clarinet performance from Université Laval in Quebec.

Contact: (506) 888-3752;

Jonathan Astley, Centre Director (Moncton)

Jonathan is a Centre Director (Moncton) in Sistema New Brunswick, the largest Sistema-inspired program in Canada with 280 students attending daily and eighteen professional staff.   He is also French Horn Teaching Artist with more than 20 French Horn students. Each year, Jonathan coordinates more than seven concert events with performances from the Sistema NB Children’s Orchestras, reaching more than 11,000 audience members in the region. 

As a performer, Jonathan recently performed with Ventus Machina at the 2018 East Coast Music awards and is also a founding member of the East Coast Brass Quintet, which recently completed a 2018 tour. Jonathan is a regular performer with Symphony New Brunswick and Tutta Musica. A member of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the 2014 National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Jonathan is an active orchestral and chamber player. Jonathan recently performed at the 2015 Juno awards backing up the Canadian rock group the Arkells in their hit single Come To Light.

Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University with majors in orchestra performance and music theory. As well, Jonathan received an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Glenn Gould School. Jonathan currently resides in Moncton, New Brunswick with his wife Caitlin.

Victor Vivas, Centre Director (Fredericton)

Victor Vivas was born in Venezuela and began his music studies with El Sistema, where he was able to develop both his individual and ensemble playing skills from a very early age. Victor completed his violin studies at the Academia Latinoamericana de Violin in Venezuela with Jose Francisco Del Castillo, then later at the Kayaleh Violin Academy in Switzerland with Habib Kayaleh. He has participated in masterclasses with many acclaimed pedagogues, including Viktor Pikaisen, Laurence Kayaleh, Virginie Robilliard, Aaron Rosand and Olivier Charlier.

As an orchestral violinist, Victor has performed with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in Berlin, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra in France-Italy, Soloistes de Genève in Switzerland and was a member of the Orquestra do Algarve in Portugal and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, Benjamin Zander, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Sergiu Comissiona, Domingo Hindoyan, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Alexander Shelley, among others.

Victor has ten years of teaching experience with the main El Sistema violin academy: Academia Latinoamericana de Violin. Many of his former students are currently professional musicians in France, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina.

Victor Vivas joined Sistema New Brunswick in January 2018, as the Fredericton Centre Director; he is a regular performer with Tutta Musica and First Violins coach for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Seasons of New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.

Sara Liptay, Centre Director (Hillsborough)

A graduate of Memorial University's Master's of Music in Performance and Pedagogy program, violinist Sara Liptay is a passionate music educator and advocate. She is a founder of Sistema New Brunswick, and in 2016, designed and implemented a model of the Sistema program for rural schools, inspiring the opening of smaller centres across the province. Sara is currently the director of Sistema Hillsborough and Teaching Artist in the Moncton Sistema Centre. 

Sara performs as a member of Symphony New Brunswick and Tutta Musica,  the Fundy String Quartet and the Celtic group, Fundy Ceilidh. 

Rachel Kidd, Centre Director (Saint John)

Rachel Kidd grew up in Saint John, N.B. and played with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Symphony NB before moving to Montreal. She attended McGill University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and also studied Mathematics and Film-Score Composition.

She went on and taught violin and composed music in Vancouver and Halifax. In Halifax, she taught in the Halifax string program, coached and performed with various community orchestras, released a CD of original compositions, and continued her freelance composing/arranging business.

In 2013 she moved back to Saint John to teach violin for New Brunswick’s Sistema program.  In the fall of 2018, she started as Centre Director for the Saint John Centre. Since returning to New Brunswick, there has been increased demand for her work as a violinist and composer/arranger. She has recently had two commissioned compositions for the Saint John Chamber Orchestra, been hired as an arranger by Symphony NB, NBYO, Tutta Musica, and Sistema NB. She performs with Tutta Musica and Symphony NB, and also has been performing since 2016 with her Clarinet Quintet, Port City 5. Rachel lives in uptown Saint John with her husband and 6-year old son and also enjoys participating in triathlons.