Our Team

Meet the CoMA Team and Board of Trustees

Leadership Team

Tamara Kohler

Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director

Tamara Kohler is an Australian flautist and arts producer, specialising in new music performance. Alongside her work with CoMA, Tamara is Co-Artistic Director of award-winning Australian art music ensemble Rubiks Collective, known for their “incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching” performances (Limelight Magazine). Noted for her “fearless execution” in performance, Tamara has performed internationally throughout Australia, Europe, America & Asia with many leading new music ensembles.

Alongside her performance career, Tamara is passionate about opening access within the arts for underrepresented voices, having worked with high profile arts charities Raw Material (Brixton, UK) and Short Black Opera (Melbourne, AUS) to design and deliver various community projects. She regularly mentors young people interested in embarking on less conventional creative careers and has guest lectured at the University of Melbourne, Australian National Academy of Music, the University of Queensland, Monash University and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Francesca Le Lohé

Project Manager

Francesca Le Lohé is a composer, community musician and creative project manager active in Japan and the UK. She strives to make ambitious music-based projects which provoke awareness and discussion, bringing together the experience and skills of multiple people across disciplines and cultures. Operas include: “How Was It For You?”, exploring themes of Relationship and Sex Education within Japan and the UK (Tokyo, May 2022); "THE KEY": an immersive, site-specific opera inspired by Tanizaki's novella, featuring a mixture of Japanese and Western artforms (2019 “Keizo Saji Prize”. Tokyo & London, 2018 & 2019).

Francesca's work has been performed by ensembles including Ensemble Zar, GBSR duo, Psappha, and Red Note ensemble, and featured in Sonorities, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and the London Festival of Architecture. Francesca is lead producer for the “Sound & Word Network”, an international collective of composers and writers whose collaborative work has featured in Tama Music and Arts Festival (Japan) and The Arc Project Festival (UK).

Tamera Heron

Digital Content and Marketing Manager

Tamera Heron is a freelance Marketer and Producer who also has vast experience as a writer. She works with creative teams and individuals across London and the South West to help elevate their vision and aid in the successful production of their creative projects. Her work predominantly focuses around the global majority community, aiding them to authentically tell their stories. Starting in fashion, Tamera stayed within the creative sphere, moving in the worlds of Theatre and live performance as a reviewer and marketer. Furthermore she works as a creative consultant and producer for art and culture centred initiatives, helping to curate a variety of themed events for the local community.

She is currently working on a project she founded titled ‘Cold Islanders’, a platform centred around showcasing and connecting creatives of Caribbean descent in the UK. An aspiring Art Therapist, Tamera is often focused on exploring the different ways we communicate through various art forms.

Emory Southwick

Music Sales and Catalogue Coordinator

Emory Southwick (they/them) is a composer, artist, and conductor based in Durham, UK. They have just graduated with First Class Honours in Music from Stephenson College, Durham University. In early 2021, Emory was awarded a scholarship from the Laidlaw Foundation to pursue their research on Clara Wieck-Schumann. Since then, research has been a core part of their career, and they have held posts as Decolonising the Curriculum Intern at Durham University and Chair of Music Durham’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Before starting their final year, Emory held a 3-month position as a Research Assistant at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2022, Emory was awarded the Music Department EDI Award for their composition 'We will remember them', a work commemorating the transgender people who had been the victims of transphobic murders. During their time at Durham University, Emory was also Director of Music of St Cuthbert’s Society Choir, focusing on bringing more underrepresented choral composers into the repertoire.

Post-graduation, Emory is now working towards a Master's at Newcastle Univeristy in September on queer and crip theories, focussing on the relationships between voice, vocality, and non-verbal communication, as well as transgender narratives in country music. They are also the conductor of Aileni Vocal Ensemble, which brings underrepresented composers in choral music to the forefront of their musicking. Outside of music, Emory is an artist and illustrator.

Mick Kahn

Company Secretary

Mick Kahn has worked in IT in higher and further education, developing and managing networking and e-learning services for institutions across the country. Since retirement he has volunteered for CoMA in a wide range of roles. Mick is a keen amateur musician, playing violin with CoMA London, singing in a choir, playing saxophone in street bands and performing floor spots at folk clubs.

Board Members

Tom Service

Chair of the Board

Tom Service writes and presents The Listening Service on BBC Radio 3, and has presented Music Matters, Hear and Now, and The New Music Show since 2003. He has made films on composers from Handel to Saariaho, and been part of BBC TV’s Proms coverage since 2004. His books about music are published by Faber: The Listening Service, Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras, and Full of Noises, interviews with the composer Thomas Adès.

He wrote about music for The Scotsman and The Guardian for two decades, and he is a columnist for The BBC Music Magazine. He was the Gresham College Professor of Music in 2018-19, with his series, “A History of Listening”.

Marc Dooley

Board Member

Marc Dooley is musician and music publisher, having led on digital publishing at Edition Peters for almost 20 years. He writes about music for various publications and is a regular contributor of programme notes to major festivals and venues.

A clarinettist by training, Marc studied at Trinity College of Music and the University of York. He has been the Musical Director of the Fulham Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and has enjoyed many exciting and ambitious projects with the orchestra. He is often invited to work with other orchestras (he is also Principal Conductor of the Kew Sinfonia), and works regularly as an ensemble and chamber music coach with students of all ages.

Marc has supported CoMA is developing our music catalogue, and particularly our anthology publications, having edited our Open Score Anthology, Partsongs Publication and Chorale Partsongs Edition.

Vijaya Govindan

Board Member

Vijaya "Jaya" Govindan is a member of the Client Relationship team at the leading impact investment manager, WHEB Asset Management. She was previously the founding Executive Director of the AQR Asset Management Institute, a research centre at London Business School. Jaya has a background in sustainability and finance gained at firms including JP Morgan and UBS, where she was a Client Portfolio Manager for global and emerging markets equities and sustainable investments. She represented the firm within the UN Environmental Programme Finance Initiative, among other initiatives.

Jaya has a BSc from Bristol University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she was founder of the Net Impact chapter. She holds the IMC and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.
In addition to her role as a trustee for CoMA and a member of the DEI sub-committee, Jaya is engaged in a number of voluntary activities including serving on the boards of the Thelma Matilda Alves Foundation and Insight Outreach.

She is passionate about music, in particular music education, broadening access to music, and music therapy.

Tony Harris

Board Member

Professor Tony Harris is Executive Director and Principal of the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. He is a composer and performer, and has been involved with CoMA since the mid 1990s during which time he has been Music Director of CoMA Birmingham, percussionist with CoMA East Midlands, and on the Board of Directors since 2017. Tony is also a non-executive member of the Academic Boards of Met Film School and the Royal Northern College of Music, Chair of the Brent Music Academy, and a Trustee of Birmingham Newman University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Roisin Hughes

Board Member

Roisin Hughes is the Executive Producer for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK’s largest international festival
dedicated to new and experimental music. She has over 10 years' experience in fundraising, event management, marketing & communications and strategic development. Roisin has played a pivotal role in delivering the hcmf// commitment to widening access to new music, and identifying and working to remove barriers to participation in its creation and performance.

Ruta Vitkauskaite

Board Member

Ruta Vitkauskaite is a composer of concert music, researching collaborative music creation and inter-disciplinary projects. Her ensemble and orchestral compositions have been awarded numerous prizes and performed in festivals including Apeldoorn, Sound (UK), Gaudeamus, Operadagen (NL), Nordbeg, Halland (SE), Gaida, NOA (LT), Q-O2 (BE), SUSA (DK), broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Deutschlandradio Kultur. Her collaborative electro-acoustic opera for blind-folded audiences, Confessions (Spatial Opera Company), was awarded Golden Stage Cross and toured across Lithuania, Sweden and EU with over 50 shows to date.

Her music has been performed by outstanding ensembles and orchestras in UK and Europe, including BBS Singers, Manchester Collective, Ensemble 360, Ligeti Quartet, Kaleidoscope, Apartment House, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Martynas Levickis, Rakhi Singh, Jonathan Powell, and many others.

Ruta has PhD in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music in London, she is currently a Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, initiator and Music Director of CoMA, Contemporary Music for All, Glasgow branch, and was recently appointed as Deputy Director at Sound.

Alex Wright

Board Member

Alex is Head of Development at Sound and Music, responsible for fundraising and income generation. He has over a decade's experience working in the arts, previously for NMC Recordings, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and Northern Ballet. He has a music degree from the University of Sheffield, and is an avid new music fan with a particular love of electronic music. He is a founding Trustee of arts education charity Hand Of, as well as on the board of CoMA.

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