About > Organizing Committee

Tina Betz

Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program Coordinator
Executive Director of the Light Up The Queen Foundation

Tina earned her Bachelor of Liberal Studies at Boston University.

Tina was previously the City of Wilmington’s Director of Cultural Affairs and Fund Development, and President of Cityfest, Inc., a City-related 501c3 non-profit, from 2001-2013 where she managed community-wide events and arts projects, such as the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Celebration, Independence Day celebration, Riverfront Blues Festival and Art-On-The-Town, Wilmington’s visual arts gallery loop. Tina co-founded and managed arts projects such as the Wilmington Children’s Chorus, the Fringe Wilmington Festival, Clifford Brown Year Round concert series, and the City’s first and only theater dedicated to independent films, filmmaking and filmmakers, Theatre N at Nemours. As a Board member of the Shipley Village Community Development Corporation and Mayor’s Office Liaison, Tina was instrumental in the development of Delaware’s first residences for creative industry practitioners – Shipley Lofts. Tina also served as the public art program administrator. During her tenure, the Wilmington added three major public art pieces to its inventory. As the City’s international cultural liaison, the City participated in cultural exchange projects with Wilmington’s Sister Cities.

Tina is a classically trained singer, who has worked as a commercial and film voice over actor. Her theater resumé lists performance credits in regional theaters and off-Broadway, where she portrayed a diversity of roles in shows from Sweeney Todd to The Vagina Monologues. For more than a decade, Tina was an independent producer of business meetings and special events, trade shows, and corporate professional development sessions.

Jonathan Whitney

Jonathan WHITNEY
Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program Director
Teaching Artist

Jonathan Whitney has his bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in percussion from the University of Delaware, and his masters of music in jazz studies from the University of the Arts.

During his final years at the University of Delaware, as well as for several years following his graduation, Jonathan worked extensively with jazz legend Donald Byrd on numerous education projects.  Jonathan marched for six years with Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, and taught there for two years.  He taught middle and upper school instrumental music for eleven years at the Tatnall School, and he was the music coordinator for his final two years there. He has also done music arranging work for many organizations, including Brandywine High School, Shepherd University, Christiana High School, Tuscarora High School, and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus. Jonathan has performed with a variety of artists, including Linda Clifford, Pamela Stanley, the Chantels, the Ellen Lebowitz Quartet, the Don Glanden Trio, and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus, along with performing with his own ensembles. He continues to perform regularly within a variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, rock, pop, and gospel.