Felice Mancini – President & CEO
For the past 27 years, Ms. Mancini has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily in development, management and as a board volunteer. She completed the certificate program in Fundraising and Non-Profit Management at UCLA before joining The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in 1998. Felice began singing professionally at age 15 and studied music at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. For five years, Felice was involved with the production of Disney’s Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and managed their summer music camp in Los Angeles. A current member of ASCAP, Felice co-manages the vast catalogue of music created by her father, composer Henry Mancini. In 2002, Felice received the Partnership of Professionals Award for her leadership in music education advocacy by the National Association of Music Education, and in 2006 received the Music for Life Award from NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. In 2007, Felice was commended for outstanding community service for the benefit of citizens of Los Angeles County and in 2010 she received the Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award from the publishers of Musical Merchandise Review.
Tricia Steel – Program Director
Mrs. Steel has been with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation since 1999. In her role as Program Director, Mrs. Steel supervises and implements all aspects of the program including working with schools from the initial qualification process through application review, vetting, delivery of instruments and evaluating the Foundation’s impact on awarded schools. Additionally, Mrs. Steel maintains relationships with school districts nationwide through music education consultation and leveraging the Foundation’s investment for maximum benefit for students.
As a Berklee College of Music graduate with Percussion Performance and Music Business/Management Bachelor degrees, Mrs. Steel was awarded scholarships from Vic Firth, Inc., the Eubie Blake Scholarship Fund and the Berklee College of Music U.S. Scholarship Tour. She has performed with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, Brookline Symphony, American Repertory Theatre, New England Brass Band, Disney Grammy Collegiate Orchestra and with former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally. In 2007, Mrs. Steel was awarded for outstanding community service from the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Steel resides in Burbank, CA with her husband and two children. She is a PTA member, serves on the Burbank Unified School District’s Arts for All Legislative Committee, volunteers in her children’s classrooms and has been charged with revamping the arts plan for their school.