Connecticut Alliance for Music announces new board members

Connecticut Alliance for Music, host of the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition, announces the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors.

Joining the board are Barry Persky, vice president; Kristin Foster, treasurer; Steve Sharp, secretary and Anneruth

Persky is the founder of Barry Persky & Co. He is responsible for managing the firm’s day-to-day operations.

Since launching the firm in 1971, Persky’s firm has served a broad range of clients, from pre-IPO start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

Foster’s career in banking began with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she forecasted money growth and wrote papers on Federal Reserve monetary policy implementation.

Foster was also vice president at Citigroup and a partner at the hedge fund Moore Capital Management.

Sharp is president of Friedman & Friedman Agency, a provider of insurance, property, casualty, life and health for more than 60 years to both families and businesses in the tri-state area.

Sharp is also an active amateur pianist. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music and an MBA from Fordham University.

Serman came to the United States in 1960 from Germany and has lived in Connecticut ever since. She served as president of the Westport Arts Center for more than two years and remained on the board for several more.

Heida Hermanns asked Serman to be one of her executors and to serve as trustee of the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation. Serman was president of the foundation from the time of Heida’s death until its dissolution.

When in California, Serman works as docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum. She is also a member of and volunteers at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Desert.

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