Salon Concerts Board of Directors

Surangi Widyaratne

president

Surangi Widyaratne is passionate about education and educational opportunities for young people. She is a supporter of the arts and wants every child to have the opportunity to experience and appreciate music. She serves on the Executive Committee of the EANES Education Foundation and heads two prominent Montessori schools in Austin Texas. She is also a pianist and composer. 

“Through the sounds of music, we express ourselves, humanity, love, freedom and peace while conveying a sense of unity that seeks nor sees no boundaries. Just as how a musician and an instrument come together with others to make one piece sound so brilliant……..The opportunities we can offer to our young musicians to play an instrument or simply appreciate music is a gift of a lifetime.”   

-Surangi Widyaratne

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Lisa hopkins

vice president

Lisa Hopkins is a librarian at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen. She is the secretary on the board of the Kanter Kallman Foundation out of New York, whose mission is to cultivate the next generation of artists and audiences through outreach, increasing exposure and accessibility to the arts, and supporting artists. Lisa was born into a long family tradition of music practitioners and supporters, and is devoted to inspiring that passion in others. 

 

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irene travis

Treasurer

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Cathy Cocco

secretary

Cathy Cocco is an Executive IT Architect with IBM. She has served in the Salon Concerts Board of Directors since 2010 when her daughter was a CHAMPS violist at Kealing Middle School. Cathy grew up in New York City and moved with her husband to Austin in 1992. She has grown to love her adopted home and volunteers as a board member of the Cornell Club of Austin Alumni Club and actively promotes STEM and mentors Austin youth in her spare time. She serves as an Austin City Commissioner for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Committee until 2020.

 

 
 
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Nan Hampton has lived in Austin since 1955 when she came from Longview in East Texas to attend the University of Texas. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts, a Masters in Library and Information Science and a PhD in Zoology. She taught undergraduate genetics labs at the University of Texas for 11 years and upon retirement took up piano lessons again with Kathryn Mishell as her inspiring teacher. Nan has served on the board of Salon Concerts for more than 10 years while also volunteering at Learning Ally and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Besides music her other great love is travel - Tanzania, Antartica, the North Pole, Mongolia, Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Greenland and many other exciting places. 

 

 
 
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winfred Kang

Winfred is a huge fan of the performing arts. He has lived in Austin since 1980 and worked for the Comptroller of Public Accounts. Winfred enjoys the intimate musical settings of  the Salon Concerts series and is a strong believer in the CHAMPS program and it's ability to deepen young people's lives.  

 

 

 

 
 
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sanjna malpani

Sanjna is a practicing physician in Austin and a CHAMPS parent. She is passionate about musical education and the arts. Her two sons play violin and cello in the CHAMPS program for 2 years. She directs a non-profit community clinic which provides free medical services to those in need.