The Twickenham Fest Team


Matthew McDonald
Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Matthew was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2013. Before his appointment there, he was Principal Bassoon of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Co-Principal Bassoon of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Huntsville, Alabama, McDonald co-founded Twickenham Fest with childhood friend Susanna Phillips, in 2009.
Susanna Phillips
Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. Frequently performing in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, in the off-season she enjoys working in collaboration with other artists in recital and chamber music performances. Susanna holds both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.
Bronwen Murray
Executive Director

Bronwen is a lifelong arts enthusiast, former Disney actress, and recovering political consultant. Along with Susanna Phillips she studied voice as a young adult with Ginger Beazley in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned a Bachelor of Art degree from Auburn University summa cum laude, and a Master of Science from Northwestern University.
Richard Brasseale
Production Manager

Born and raised in Madison, Alabama Richard is an arts administrator in the Chicago area. He also works as an advisor and product specialist at Vandoren, and teaches at the School of Music, Arts, and Theatre at North Park University. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees in Saxophone Performance from DePaul University. This is his 4th year with Twickenham Fest.
Kristen Plant
Patron Relations Manager

Kristen returns this summer for her third engagement with Twickenham Fest. By day she is the Managing Director at PTC Productions, a NYC-based company, which offers dance, talent, and entertainment events. A life-long dancer, Kristen attended Bob Jones High School and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.
Susanna McNatt
Twickenham Fellow