Nicholas Cohen, Executive Director
Over the past 10 years, Nicholas Cohen has been a strong advocate for the arts in Maryland as a musician, educator, and administrator. Before coming to MCA, he served as Director of Community Engagement & Education Program for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, overseeing programming that provided access to music and arts for the entire Mid- Atlantic region. Most recently, Nicholas served on Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Youth Development Committee which was charged with developing a comprehensive plan for Baltimore City youth.
An avid musician, Nicholas is currently the contrabassoonist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Bethesda, Maryland, and has performed with the Annapolis Symphony, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles throughout North America. Nicholas and his partner, Stephanie, a professional flutist and musical entrepreneur, reside in Baltimore City where both are deeply invested in utilizing the arts as a vehicle to help build and sustain local communities.
Cristyn Johnson, Program and Development Manager
Cristyn joined MCA in October 2013. She received her B.M. in Music Performance from Towson University and her M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Cristyn is an avid clarinetist in the area and performs with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Orchestra, and Prince George’s Philharmonic. She also volunteers as Director of Development with the Londontown Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her time with MCA, she spent eight years in for-profit management, manging specialty retail stores with operating budgets in excess $4 million. Her education and first-hand knowledge of arts groups in the area make her a great asset to the organization.