Advisory Board

Board Members:

Chris Brubeck

Chris Brubeck is a composer, bassist, pianist, guitarist, trombonist, and vocalist currently living in Wilton, Connecticut. He is the second eldest son of Dave and Iola Brubeck.  Chris is a much sought-after composer, and in the last few years has been commissioned to write many innovative works. His compositions have been performed by orchestras all around the world.

Darius Brubeck
Darius Brubeck is a pianist, composer, educator, bandleader, and historian currently living in London, England. He is the eldest son of Dave and Iola Brubeck. He taught at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa and is now a senior research associate of the School of Music there, and leads the London-based Darius Brubeck Quartet.

Donald V. DeRosa
Don DeRosa is President Emeritus of University of the Pacific. During his tenure at Pacific, he led the creation of distinctive programs, elevated the University's national visibility, expanded student leadership development programs, expanded partnerships with the local and other communities, and established a rigorous commitment to quality, innovation, and collaboration. Dr. DeRosa's vision and leadership led to the creation of the Brubeck Institute.

Antonio García
Antonio J. García is a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directs the Jazz Orchestra I; instructs Applied Jazz Trombone, Small Jazz Ensemble, Music Industry, and various jazz courses. A member of the board of The Midwest Clinic, Mr. García has adjudicated festivals and presented clinics in Canada, Europe, Australia, The Middle East, and South Africa, including creativity workshops for Motorola, Inc.'s international management executives.

Richard S. Jeweler
Richard S. Jeweler is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford Law School.  He has practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. Throughout that time he has represented Dave and Iola Brubeck and their family in legal and business matters, including in the music and recording industries.

Mary Somerville
Mary Somerville earned a PhD from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati; a master's degree from the Goddard-Cambridge Graduate Program in Social Change at the Goddard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a master's degree in Library Studies from the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has an impressive body of scholarship that advances collaborative design of organizational communication systems and library service models that enhance an institution's student-centered teaching and learning mission.

Peter Witte 
Peter Witte is the Dean of Pacific's Conservatory of Music. He holds bachelor's and master's of music degrees in horn performance, and a master's of music degree in conducting, all from the University of Michigan. Previously dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City, he led UMKC to achieve its $48 million fundraising goal - the largest in the university's history for a single project - to fund a downtown arts campus for the school. Witte has a strong commitment to community engagement and developed many partnerships with many local music and arts organizations during his tenure at UMKC.