Board & Staff

Artistic Directors

Daria Tedeschi Adams

A founding Artistic Director of Music in the Vineyards, violinist Daria Tedeschi Adams has been a member of the Grammy Award-winning St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for over 30 years. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and SUNY-Stonybrook, she considers herself a lifelong student, always interested in hearing and learning a new piece of music. As an Artistic Director of Music in the Vineyards, Daria enjoys curating programs that move, inspire, provoke, and delight audiences. Her choreographic arrangements of pieces by J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Kevin Puts, Arvö Part and Pablo de Sarasate have been heard frequently on MITV programs. A mother to three adult children, Daria and husband Michael live in Minneapolis, where she continues her quest to learn Italian.

Michael Adams

Adams Michael

Violist and founding Artistic Director Michael Adams has enjoyed a career path that has led down many roads, as an orchestra musician, radio host, chamber musician, writer, and concert host/commentator at Music in the Vineyards concerts. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Michael joined The Minnesota Orchestra viola section at the invitation of Music Director Edo de Waart following a successful tenure as a Host/ Producer for classical WCAL-FM and later, for Minnesota Public Radio. Michael’s inimitable style (dangerously irreverent) has become a signature feature of these concerts, while his three adult children remain mystified that anyone would pay to hear their father speak. Michael is an avid bicyclist and he and Daria make their winter home in Minneapolis, which—thanks to climate change—will soon be the new Memphis in January.


Evie Ayers – Executive Director

Evie Ayers has been the Executive Director of Music in the Vineyards since April 2007 and has nearly 40 years’ experience in arts administration. Prior to landing in California she was based in London and worked as a professional arts administrator with a variety of organizations throughout the UK including Carl Rosa Opera, English Pocket Opera, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Aberdeen International Youth Festival. She spent five years working for Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine at their Allmusic Theatre in Milton Keynes and whilst studying for her Honors Degree in Arts Administration spent time at the offices of the London Symphony Orchestra when Michael Tilson Thomas was guest conductor. Evie has been involved in music and theatre all her life, she comes from a long line of actors, designers, musicians and artists and plays the clarinet and saxophone with a local wind ensemble. She lives with her percussionist husband in Solano County and delights in working in the beautiful surroundings of the Napa Valley and introducing the setting, the wine and the festival to musicians and patrons at the festival each summer.

Krystal Rothwell Office Manager

Anna Carminito-Leigon
Fundraising & Events

Natasha Biasell
Ivy PR

Lili Stern
Social Media & Community Outreach Coordinator

2023/24 Board of Directors

Susan Key – President
Diana Bersohn  Vice President & Treasurer
Greg Evans – Secretary

  • Dustin Chase-Woods
  • Susan Duprey
  • Anne Golden
  • Violet Grgich
  • John Meyer
  • Michael Steinberg


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