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About Us

Emily Wittmann

Chief Executive Officer

Emily Wittmann

emily.wittmann@musictimesco.com

Emily is a talented media marketing executive with over twenty years of broad renowned experience in the entertainment industry. Her particular expertise is in maximizing her clients’ exposure in cable, broadcast, print and online media. She has a unique knack for collaborating with talent, artists, producers and directors to develop effective imaging and strategic marketing campaigns.

She has worked as Vice President for Universal Music group, Visual Marketing for Island/Def Jam, VP Video Promotion with A&M Records, media/marketing consultant with Witt’s End Marketing & Media serving clients such as Channel One Network. Prior, Emily ran Nick Records, the music label for Nickelodeon/MTV Networks working with talent, Drake Bell and Jamie Lynn Spears in addition to animated properties that included SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer. Emily also spent time as Vice President of Marketing at Edel Entertainment and has been part of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Family Day for the last 10 years.

Her drive and passion for going beyond the expected and creating integrated strategic plans that bring together all lines of business make her a workforce in today’s marketplace.

Dennis Witpen

Director Advertising Sales

Dennis Witpen

dennis.witpen@musictimesco.com

Dennis brings extensive experience in Advertising Sales, Digital Media, Sponsorships, Business Development, and Broadcast Media. His experience at both Digital and Traditional Agencies has made him an expert at media optimization as well as branding.

He has created sponsorships and placed media for some of the top national brands including Levi Strauss, BMW, Xerox, Campbell Soup, UPS, Aetna, Burger King, Mazda, Honda, Delta Air Lines, IBM, Ramada Inns, Sandoz, Stanley Tools, and RCA.

Dennis began his career at ABC Television Network, and has held senior level positions at some of the top Advertising and Marketing companies in the country including J. Walter Thompson, Foote, Cone & Belding, Needham Harper & Steers, Ammirati & Puris, ValueClick, Lycos, GeoCities, Modem Media and Illusion Fusion Interactive.

Throughout his career one of his primary goals has been to deliver the best possible return on investment for his clients and advertisers.

Logan K. Young

Editor

Logan K. Young

l.young@classicalite.com

Classically-trained, modernistically-inclined, Classicalite editor-in-chief Logan K. Young has played in symphony orchestras, opera pits, jazz combos, marching bands (and even the occasional power trio). While at the University of South Carolina, he studied trumpet, composition and conducting--summering at festivals such as Brevard, Tanglewood and Bang on a Can. His later European study includes courses under the late German composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen. As a writer, Young's classical criticism has been published everywhere from New York Magazine to the Baltimore Sun to Paris Transatlantic; meanwhile, his writing on popular music, sports and culture-at-large has been featured on NPR, ESPN and VICE. In 2011, Young served as editorial director for the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. More recently, he won an Annenberg/Getty Fellowship to the Arts Journalism Program at that other USC--the University of Southern California. A voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he'll soon be doing jury duty for the Bessie Awards. Logan's book, Mauricio Kagel: A Semic Life, can be found on the most discerning of discount racks.

James Inverne

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

James Inverne

j.inverne@classicalite.com

Classicalite contributing editor James Inverne wears many hats, not least as a leading arts journalist who has in previous incarnations been the editor of Gramophone, as well as European performing arts correspondent for TIME Magazine, and now also runs an artist management company for a select list of classical musicians. He has published five books and won two major awards for journalism. He is also a frequent broadcaster and has been heard and seen on networks including BBC radio and television, CNN, NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Soundcheck," as well as Classic FM. His many other writing credits include the Wall Street Journal, Opera News, Sunday Telegraph and Playbill.com. He himself enjoys devouring the arts in its many and varied forms and is overjoyed that his son is now old enough so that James can pretend he's buying Marvel comics as a present for him. He's missed them.

Morgan Swank

Social Media Manager

Morgan Swank

m.swank@musictimes.com

Morgan Swank grew up in a small boring town in Georgia before hitting the road for Nashville, Tennessee in 2010 to begin university studies at Belmont University. There she majored in Music Business. While in college she worked as a freelance music journalist for The Vinyl District until the Fall of 2012 where she spent a semester in New York as a part of her degree program working for Broadway Video as Research Intern for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She also worked as the Digital Media Content Intern for Comedy Central. She graduated from Belmont a year early in the summer of 2013 and has been working hard for her money, so hard for it honey ever since.

Currently Morgan is the Social Media Manager for Music Times and its properties at Classicalite and MStars News trying to make all the tweets fun and interesting to read.

Fun Fact: She is also a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences working her way towards an EGOT one elbow rub at a time.

Louise Burton

Staff Writer

Louise Burton

Louise Burton, Classicalite's staff writer, writes about subjects as disparate as classical music and technology startups. She has worked for The Instrumentalist Magazine, the Ravinia Festival and a technology incubator in Chicago, Ill. She studied French horn performance at Northwestern University and won a fellowship to Indiana University where she studied arts journalism with Peter Jacobi. She has performed in ensembles throughout the Chicago area. Her approach to music and life can best be described as: "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing creatively." Sadly, this does not apply to balancing a checkbook or figuring income tax, but she considers anything else in life to be fair game.

Ian Holubiak

Staff Writer

Ian Holubiak

i.holubiak@classicalite.com

Classicalite staff writer Ian Holubiak writes about and makes music for a living. A graduate of Pace University's English program, he's also a guitarist and songwriter in the Billy Mann-managed rock outfit Oh Honey, now signed to Atlantic Records. His work has been featured on Sirius XM, WXPN and broken CD decks in various touring vans.

Jon Sobel

Staff Writer

Jon Sobel

j.sobel@classicalite.com

Jon Sobel is a writer and editor with a broad range of artistic interests. Leading a high school production of Godspell from the piano gave him the theater bug he's never quite managed to shake off. Also a songwriter, singer and in-demand session bassist, he studied classical piano with Branislav Opacic and Poul Rosenbaum, composition at Harvard with Ivan Tcherepnin and voice with Chris Cain. Sobel is co-editor and publisher of BlogCritics.org. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, New York Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, BigThink and the Morton Report. Formerly a writer for the Book of Odds website, he is a contributing author to its recently published book from William Morrow. Aside from theater in general, his particular interests include early music, Domenico Scarlatti and Brahms. He is writing a book about the New York City parks based on his blog "Park Odyssey." On a more practical level, he practices the art of marketing copywriting at Oren Hope.

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