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.

Chelsey Hiebert, Centre Director (Moncton)

Chelsey Hiebert is the oboe Teaching Artist and Centre Director for Sistema New Brunswick’s Moncton Centre.  She holds a diploma in chamber music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Richard Dorsey and a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from Brandon University where she studied with Robin MacMillan and Douglas Bairstow.  

Chelsey has played in ensembles across Canada including Symphony New Brunswick, The Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, The National Youth Band of Canada and a wide range of ensembles at both WLU and BU. Her summer studies include programs at The Banff Centre, Domaine Forget, and The Orford Arts Centre. As a passionate teacher Chelsey has been a clinician across Manitoba, taught the oboe portion of Woodwind Techniques at Brandon University, and has taught private students at a variety of different levels.  

Aaron McFarlane, Centre Director (Saint John)

Aaron McFarlane, violin, blends performance, education, and outreach to share his passion for music with a children and adults alike. He is currently the Director of Sistema New Brunswick's Saint John Centre.
Aaron's experience as a teacher is largely with underserved children and youth.  He was a fellow with Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, where he worked as a musician-in-residence in a low-income community.  Aaron was also the director of the strings department at Mount Kenya Academy in the Central Highlands of Kenya - the largest program of its type in East Africa.
An adventurous performer, Aaron is equally at home performing in airports and national parks as he is the concert hall.  As an orchestral musician, Aaron has performed with numerous orchestras including the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Nairobi Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.  Aaron is currently a member of Symphony New Brunswick.
Aaron received his Bachelor of Music from McGill University and completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University where he studied with Kathleen Winkler.  When he's not playing or teaching the violin, he can most likely be found hiking the Fundy Footpath.

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 and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Carlos 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 Music and violin performance under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Fewer, one of the best Canadian violinists and pedagogues. Carlos becomes Centre Director for Sistema NB Miramichi in January 2016.