Project 440 Key Staff
Joseph Conyers, Executive Director
Assistant Principal Bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph was named Music Director for the School District of Philadelphia's All City music program in 2015. He and two other musicians founded the Savannah Chamber Players in Georgia in 2007. When Joseph joined The Philadelphia Orchestra, he brought Project 440 (formerly Savannah Chamber Players) to Philadelphia and has worked tirelessly ever since to ensure the organization's success.
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Samantha Apgar, Managing Director
Samantha Apgar was enrolled in her first Kindermusik class when she was only six months old and has been passionate about the arts ever since. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy as a voice major and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Westminster Choir College with minors in Musical Theater and American Studies. Samantha started her career as the General Management Apprentice at Walnut Street Theatre and has gone on to work at a number of organizations including Central City Opera, Forestburgh Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse and Ticket Philadelphia. She helped found the Wilma Theater Young Friends Committee and served as the group’s first Executive Chair. She is also an active volunteer with Young Advocates of Philly, Women’s Medical Fund and Organizing for Action. Samantha is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, where she serves as the Finance Chair for Women of Fels and has worked as a Fellow with ImpactED.
Susanna Loewy, Program Director and Lead Teaching Artist
When Susanna was five, she threw her violin across the room and stopped taking lessons. Then in fifth grade, when she wanted to join the school band, her flute-playing mom told her to “pick anything but the flute.” So, Susanna marched into the band room and said, “I’m gonna play the flute like my mom.” She has been devoted to music ever since. While Susanna initially thought she’d follow the orchestral route, she is currently fulfilled and excited by a career that involves many different forms of playing, teaching, and organizing. She is especially proud of Pikes Falls Chamber Orchestra, the music festival she founded in Vermont. Susanna has a tattoo that states the advice her college teacher once told her: “Play with love.” She hopes to follow that mantra as much as possible.
Catherine Kei Fukuda, Project Manager and Teaching Artist
Based in Philadelphia, Kei Fukuda is a violinist, music educator, and passionate advocate for music as a vehicle for social change. Kei has been dedicated to her work as a teaching artist at Project 440 and Play On, Philly! and is currently teaching violin at Swarthmore College. She is continuously exploring ways to use music education and performance as tools for inspiring, empowering, and uniting people of all backgrounds. Kei performs regularly with the Delaware Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly POPS, and Britt Festival Orchestra and has played with Kansas City Symphony and Akron Symphony Orchestra. During the 2016-17 PA Ballet season, she was featured as one of four soloists performing the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins in B minor. Additionally, Kei is excited to be assisting Yumi Kendall on the Suzuki Alumni Project, an initiative that celebrates the positive impact the Suzuki Method has had on former Suzuki kids and continues to have on future generations through Suzuki alumni performances around the country.