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
Stage Manager

Richard is a Chicago-based saxophonist who originally hails from Madison, Alabama. This is his third year with Twickenham Fest, and his first as Stage Manager. Richard attended Bob Jones High School and is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago.
Kristen Plant
Patron Relations Manager

Kristen returns this summer for a second 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.
Alexandra Griffin
Twickenham Fellow

Since age four, Huntsville native Alexandra Griffin has been playing the piano. Her love of music led her to attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she studied piano with Dr. Melody Ng and music technology with Ms. Johnna Doty. During her time as a student, she served as president of the UAH MTNA Collegiate Chapter, President of the UAH Music Department Advisory Counsel, and as a member of the UAH senate. Alexandra graduated in May 2017, with a Bachelor of Arts, emphasis in Music Technology, and is currently a piano instructor at Colors Fine Arts.