Imagine you hear music. Not just any music. Music inspired by lifetimes of experience, love and loss. Imagine yourself as the connection between composers, musicians, and concert goers. Imagine using the tools you already have to nourish these connections. If you are interested in making a difference in the world of music, join the ICA board.

Our Board of Directors

Imagine you hear music. Not just any music. Music inspired by lifetimes of experience, love and loss. Imagine yourself as the connection between composers, musicians, and concert goers. Imagine using the tools you already have to nourish these connections. If you are interested in making a difference in the world of music, join the ICA board. For more information, complete our contact form. COMING SOON: Information about new board members Jim Crawford and Jim Stephenson!

Board President: Robert Krug

Robert W. Krug is a partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He represents individual clients and major corporations in a broad range of immigration matters, including temporary and permanent employment and family-based immigration, asylum, consular processing, and citizenship matters. He has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. consular posts around the world. Mr. Krug has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Law degree from DePaul University. He serves as a Board member for the International Chamber Artists.

Board Treasurer: Robert Bassill

Robert Bassill is the Director of the MYA Chamber Music Program, MYA’s Strings and Piano Workshop and Sinfonietta during the summer, and a member of the Chamber Faculty as well. Mr. Bassill is active as a teacher and freelance musician around the Chicago area. He is in his seventh year as Director of Orchestra and Music Theory programs at Lake Forest High School. During his tenure at Lake Forest High School, Mr. Bassill has toured with his orchestra on three European tours, and his orchestras have accompanied soloists such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Tage Larsen and Patrick Godon. Mr. Bassill received his undergraduate degree in Violin Performance under Mark Zinger at DePaul University, and he holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Bassill currently serves on the Board of Directors for International Chamber Artists.

"I joined the board because I believe in our mission of making outstanding chamber music accessible to everyone!"

Board Member: Trevor Peterson
Board Member: James M. Stephenson

Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists, and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical praise and the delight of audiences. A formal sense of melody and tonality characterize his music, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape. These qualities, coupled with the composer’s keen ability to write to each occasion, have led to a steady stream of commissions and ongoing projects. 

James M. Stephenson earned a degree from the New England Conservatory in trumpet performance, and then went on to perform 17 seasons in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. His catalog now boasts concertos and sonatas for nearly every instrument. His extensive catalog for all instruments can be heard on over 30 CDs. James Stephenson is also a highly sought-after arranger and conductor. His arrangements have been performed/recorded/broadcast by virtually every major orchestra in the country.

"ICA encapsulates the reason I compose: envisioning the very finest musicians inspiring each other while maintaining complete commitment to the joy of music-making."

Robert Krug
Sharon Howerton
Robert Bassill
Mary Ann Harrington
Trevor Peterson
James M. Stephenson
Composer-in-Residence, Member
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Board Secretary: Sharon Howerton

Sharon Howerton is a native of Chicago who grew up on the far south side of the city but is now a confirmed north sider. She is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a BA degree in psychology and an MS degree in rehabilitation counseling form the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Following graduation from IIT, she worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the blind and visually impaired for the State of Illinois until early retirement in 2002. She currently works as a part-time member of the faculty of the Hadley School for the Blind of Winnetka, Illinois. Among other things, she is a long-time member of the parish choir of St. Gregory the Great Church and is a cantor.

“I joined the board of ICA in 2012 in order to learn more about the organization and to help in whatever way I could. Having attended every concert and every benefit, this seemed to be a reasonable next step. If you enjoy the music and the performances, joining the board will give you an opportunity to learn more and contribute in a more significant way. The time commitment is not excessive; the benefits are great!"   

Board Member: Mary Ann Harrington

I am a lifelong Chicagoan who played church organs for Masses over 29 years and took classical music for 8 years.  My Master’s Degrees are in Biology and Administration.  I taught for 37 years in high schools and also worked with physically disabled students to help them understand how their bodies were affected by their particular health problem.  I love to travel, go birding, enjoy nature, playing piano and gardening.


"My late husband and I attended two concerts by Patrick Godon and friends at St. Gregory the Great Church in 2005, before ICA was founded.  We were truly excited to hear such high quality classical music in Andersonville.  I have been active in our parish and in ICA since it started and feel privileged to be part of such a talented group of young musicians.  I am impressed that the member musicians are able to suggest works that they would want to perform from their instrumental experience.  I believe this adds to their commitment and broadens the repertoire of the ICA concerts."


Trevor Peterson is the former Chief External Affairs Officer at Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center where he directs its fundraising and communications, foundation and corporate partnerships, donor engagement, government relations and special events. Trevor participates in strategic and resource development for ChicagoCAC initiatives and focuses on building strong relationships and collaborations with institutional and individual donors that facilitate effective programs. Trevor grew up playing piano, sings a lot in the car, and was introduced to International Chamber Artists by his dad, who previously served on its Board of Directors. Mr. Peterson holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from St. Norbert College. 

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