“Music is a great healer because it brings people together to actually transform and save lives.” – James Judd

In the USA, Judd was an assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, and served as associate music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Judd made his U.S. Opera debut in 1988 conducting Don Giovanni for the Florida Grand Opera. Judd was the last full-time Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic, from 1987 to 2001. In 2013, Judd was appointed Music Director of The Little Orchestra Society.

Judd served as music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), the first NZSO conductor with that title, from 1999 to 2007. He conducted several recordings with the NZSO for the Naxos label,[1][2] and led the NZSO in its first-ever appearance at The Proms in August 2005.[3] Judd now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus of the NZSO.

In 2014, Judd became Music Director of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion. He offered to waive his salary in 2015, in the wake of financial difficulties at the orchestra. In September 2016, Judd was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. He became chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra as of the 2017-2018 season


Meet fearless community leaders who serve on our Board kindly contributing their work, wealth and wisdom.

Maria Pia Leon Angell
Director Client Advisory Services,
Forbes Family Trust
Daniel Mazanec, Vice-Chair on Board of Trustees for Miami Music Project
Daniel Mazanec
Partner, PLLC
David Kamons
Senior Wealth Manager, Firestone Capital Management, Inc.
Jack Firestone
President, Firestone Capital Management, Inc.


Astrid Arrarás
Miami Music Project Parent Representative
Alan Bernstein
Co-Founder & President, Stratigraphic Asset Management, Inc.
Dexter Bridgeman, Board Member for Miami Music Project
Dexter A. Bridgeman
CEO & Founder
Stanley Cohen
Chairman Emeritus
Executive, Retired
John Copeland
Director, Cultural Tourism, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ben Eisenberg
Executive Managing Director
Nicole Henry
Jazz Vocalist and Philanthropist
James Judd
Founder, Miami Music Project
Gail Meyers
Nedra Oren
Arts Activist and Philanthropist
John Richard
Retired, President and CEO
Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts
Eugene “Gene” Stark
Retired, Researcher and Executive, Philanthropist
Anna Klimala
President, Miami Music Project    Ex Officio

Advisory Council

Laura Calzolari
Dr. Bruce Carter
Dr. James William Hipp
Emil Stefanutti

Instruments of Perseverance

“As parents, we look for activities that are fun and safe for our children. Miami Music Project gives us the opportunity to stay involved while giving our children a once in a lifetime experience that is fun and safe. It gives us a chance to give our children a chance.”
Astrid Arrarás
Miami Music Project Parent Representative