MEET OUR TEAM

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Artistic Director, Elaine Rinaldi

Elaine Rinaldi

Artistic Director 

Elaine Rinaldi, Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami, is a Miami native who has chosen to return home and reinvest in her community. Under her artistic supervision and direction, Orchestra Miami has performed high quality classical music concerts to literally thousands of people through its annual Free Outdoor Concerts and introduced over 25,000 school children to classical music through its collaboration with the MDCPS & Carnegie Hall Link Up Education Concerts.

In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as an opera conductor. Her recent engagements have included debuts at Mezzano Romantico Summer Festival (Fiera di Primiero, Italy) leading performances of Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi and at the Tri-Cities Opera leading sold-out performances of Don Giovanni. To learn more about Elaine, click here!

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Luis Iran Reyes

Director of Public Relations

Luis Iran Reyes is an Integrated Creative Director with more than 20 years of experience, working for top-level brands, in the advertising area, specializing in conceptualization, graphic development, and digital marketing, in his native Venezuela. At the same time, he developed a career as a music producer and music video creator for numerous local artists. He has been based in Miami since 2019 and currently serves as Director of Public Relations and Design for the Orchestra Miami.

Isabel Almarez

Isabel D. Almaraz

Executive Director 

Born and raised in Miami, FL to Colombian and Cuban parents, Isabel Almaraz began her artistic journey as a dancer at Ballet Concerto School. Graduating from acclaimed performing arts high school, Coral Reef Senior High and subsequently from Ballet Concerto, she began her professional career as a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist at the age of 18.

Earning a B.A. in Dance Education from Florida International University, she has taught, choreographed, and directed dance programs in public schools and private dance studios; choreographed for international artists such as Jon Secada and impersonators Frankie Kein and Manuel Arte; and performed in a wide variety of local and touring productions, for concert and corporate dance companies, television shows, and lyrical theater companies. Learn more about Isabel here!

Carissa Sweet, Manager of Marketing

Carissa Sweet

Manager of Marketing

Carissa Sweet is a Music and Arts Professional with over 5 years of experience in arts management specializing in communications, marketing, and higher education. She holds a Masters degree in Arts Presenting and Entertainment Management from the University of Miami and a Bachelor's degree in Music from Susquehanna University. With a career rooted in providing music education opportunities to people of all ages, Carissa is excited to be working for Orchestra Miami in their 14th season.

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Jane Allen

Director of Education and Outreach

Miami native Jane Allen began playing strings and piano at a young age, and went on to attend the New World School of the Arts where her principal instrument was the Viola. She attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, majoring in Music and American Studies. After returning to Miami, Jane began teaching music at Orchard Villa Elementary School in Liberty City, where n her first year she initiated an after-school choral program. In 2018, Jane went back to graduate school at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied Music Theory, with a concentration in hermeneutics and semiotics. While at Temple, Jane was a Teaching Assistant, teaching undergraduate students Music Theory and implementing a social media program to help students with resources in ear training and counterpoint during the Covid-19 pandemic. She received her Master of Music degree in 2020. Jane is excited to help build Orchestra Miami’s Carnegie Hall Link Up program and forge new education and outreach initiatives for the orchestra.