Louisville Federation of Musicians (Local 11-637)
Chartered in 1897, the Louisville Musicians’ Union is one of nearly 300 affiliated Locals of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) of the United States and Canada. Local 11-637’s diverse representation includes, dinner theaters, orchestras, local performing, and recording acts, as well as national touring acts. Local 11-637 represents approximately 350 of the 100,000-plus member musicians of the AFM.
Board of Directors
Isabella Christensen (Vice President) has been a member of this Local since the 90s, and has previously served as Office Manager and interim Board member. She plays violin with a variety of groups regionally and locally.
Mike Chmilewski is a Life Member of Local 11-637 and a string bassist with the Louisville Orchestra.He has performed in all types of ensembles, from “gig” band to pit band, from church job to orchestra, etc. He holds a BM, BME and BS [Music/Math] degrees from IU as well as MM and MBA degrees from UofL.
Nancy Staidle is a First Violinist with the Louisville Orchestra; a position she has held since 1986. Originally from San Diego, California, she studied violin with Nick Stamon, Robert Emile, and Alice Schoenfeld, and attended San Diego State University and the University of Southern California, where she majored in Music Performance. In addition to maintaining a busy schedule with the Orchestra, Nancy is also an avid photographer.
Susan Kinman A member since 2003, Susie recently retired from 30 years as an orchestra teacher with JCPS. As a flutist, she has performed locally with freelance orchestras and with her woodwind quintet, Quintetessentials KY. Susie’s goals is to increase performing opportunities and involvement in the local music scene.
Advisors to the Board
Ray Weaver has been a member of Local 11-637 since 1982, and an AFM member since 1976, Ray served as President of Local 11-637 from January 2015 through June 2019. Ray is a violinist and a founding member of the Highland Chamber Players (1982). He has performed for Derby Dinner Playhouse, Music Theater Louisville, Stage One, the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Bach Society and the Lexington Philharmonic, as well as performing for numerous Broadway-Series shows at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.