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Our Staff

We are enthusiastic advocates of travel and performance, and are committed in our attention to every detail of your tour.  Maestro by Tumlare is led by a dedicated team of professionals in the Sudbury, MA office, and supported by each employee of our twenty Tumlare offices throughout Europe.

Our well-traveled specialists appreciate the importance of each concert, meal, tour manager escort, and hotel room, and work diligently to provide the best quality and value for your tour itinerary.  We like what we do, and look forward to collaborating in your endeavors to share the stages of Europe with your ensemble.

Allow us to make introductions…

JOSEPH GREEN: General Manager, North America

Joseph shipped out to sea 23 years ago as a cruise ship photographer, where he caught the travel bug and learned the importance of composition—for both pictures, and itineraries.  He has extensive group travel experience that includes an amazingly creative imagination for product development.  A strong leader and client advocate, Joseph takes this responsibility to heart and it shows in his relationship with each tour.

While he continues to travel extensively, Joseph has dropped anchor in Sudbury Massachusetts with his wife and five children.  As a family, they breed and raise champion Portuguese Water Dogs.  Their eldest son has established “Gracie’s Gift’s”, where a significant portion from the sale of the puppies is donated to charity.

DAVID MICHAEL GAGNE:  Director of Performance Tours

Dave is well experienced in working with group performance and cultural tours, having spent more than a decade at ACIS & Encore Tours.  His passion for excellence and attention to detail are driven by the desire to make each performance tour an inspirational and memorable event for every musician, music director, and participant involved.  Rounding out Dave’s resume are stints at both TWA and Sentient Jet, where he further explored his love for aviation.

It was a college instructor who inspired Dave to travel the world, and 22 countries later he’s still planning several trips into the future.  Favorite destinations include Paris, small hill top Italian villages, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Irish countryside.

Anna Kerkhoff 2ANNA KERKHOFF:  Director of Educational Programs

Anna has 13 years of experience working with international study programs and brings a wealth of knowledge to our educational programs.  Anna worked at Purdue University for Continuing Education Travel Programs where she coordinated international travel experiences for students and adults.  Her time at Purdue continued as Program Manager for Purdue’s International Master’s in Management for Executive Education.  Anna then worked for an educational travel company starting as EMBA Program Manager before moving into the Associate Director role.

With Anna’s experience in both the academic and private sectors, she understands the needs of universities offering short-term international programs.  Her ability to plan itineraries that enhance the EMBA, MBA and other graduate level learning experiences and meet course curricula is unsurpassed.  Anna’s excellent customer service makes each educational program an experience of a lifetime!

Nora SeregNORA SEREG:  Operations Manager

Nora is from Hungary, birthplace of Zoltan Kodaly, the famous Hungarian composer and creator of the Kodaly method.  She became acquainted with music very early in school, and at the age of eight first learned to play the cello; continuing to play for 16 years in a classical orchestra, and singing in the school choir.

Upon graduation with a degree in Tourism, Nora discovered the world as an employee of Hungarian Airlines.  She joined Tumlare’s Budapest office in 2005, creating tours with a focus throughout Central and Eastern Europe, before moving to our Boston office where she brings her musical and cultural knowledge and operational expertise to the Maestro experience!

ANDREA FIASCO:  Product Director, Cultural Exchange and Thematic Travel

Born in Rome 45 years ago, Andrea has over 15 years of experience organizing concerts, festivals, and music and sports related events; meetings and exchanges between Italian and other European performance and athletic groups and their equivalents from all over the world.

Andrea has always been an advocate of cultural exchange as being a value added “experience” to any tour.  His best quote: “Choirs and orchestras are different from any other groups of travelers.  To be able to organize their concerts and tours, ability, professionalism and attention is just not enough. You also need to have a passion for the art.”

GLENN QUIRION:  Artistic Advisor, Performance Tours

Glenn holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  His musical studies brought him overseas to Rome where he studied voice at the Accademia Internazionale delli Arti.  While residing in Italy, Glenn performed regularly on the concert stage presenting works by European and American composers as a featured soloist and recitalist.

Upon his return to the states, Glenn combined his passion for travel with his musical background as Performance Director of Encore Tours for ACIS.  Glenn’s wunderlust and musical past/present have brought him back to the performance tour industry as Artistic Advisor for Maestro by Tumlare.  He is delighted to be able to work with old friends and colleagues (Andrea Fiasco and David Gagne) once again, to assist performing ensembles of all disciplines with taking their show on the road!

Cris France 2013 Photo 2CRIS FISHBACK:  Educational Advisor, Educational Tours

Cris Fishback possesses an innate passion for culture and language.  To satisfy his obsession, he pursued separate careers in both travel and education.  Working with the staff at Tumlare allows him the opportunity to finally explore both passions simultaneously.

In addition to his years of service with Air Canada and American Airlines, Cris is also a veteran language teacher, having taught secondary and post-secondary levels for over fifteen years.  In an effort to provide a solid and complete language program as an instructor, Cris has orchestrated numerous culturally-rich trips to various destinations in Europe for multiple student groups.  Cris’s unique combination of life and career experiences make him uniquely qualified to engineer the perfect travel abroad experience.

DARIN MINGHELLA:  Director of Sales

Darin has been assisting groups traveling internationally for almost twenty years, the last seven with Tumlare.   Darin understands that travel is a learning experience and he is driven to help create positive memories that will last a life time.  He has traveled throughout the world and has a wealth of experience helping groups design itineraries that will exceed their expectations.  Darin lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three young children.


 


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