Felice Mancini – President and CEO
For the past 29 years, Ms. Mancini has worked in the non-profit sector, and 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. In October 2016 Felice accepted the prestigious National Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts, for the foundation’s 20 years of service to music education in our schools.
Tricia Steel – Program Director
Tricia Steel joined the MHOF staff in 1999. In her role as Program Director, Tricia supervises and implements all aspects of the program including strategic planning and implementation of support services to school districts as well as school application review, vetting/site visits, administration of instrument donations and evaluation of the Foundation’s impact on granted schools. Additionally, she maintains relationships with schools and districts nationwide through music education consultation, community engagement and leveraging the Foundation’s investment for maximum benefit for students. A Berklee College of Music graduate with Percussion Performance and Music Business/Management Bachelor degrees, Tricia was awarded scholarships from Vic Firth, Inc., the Eubie Blake Scholarship Fund and the Berklee College of Music U.S. Scholarship Tour. She 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, she was awarded for outstanding community service from the City of Los Angeles. Tricia serves on the Burbank Unified School District’s Arts for All Legislative Committee and volunteers in her children’s classrooms.