OUR team


Steven Herring is a founding member of Living Arts Collaborative, and is currently the Executive Director. In this role he works closely with superintendents, teachers and school administrators to support and augment their current programs and culture. He also works with the Artistic Director to develop interactive concerts and workshops for public school students in Upstate New York. 


Prior to the Living Arts Collaborative, Steven was Managing Director/co-founder of Bridge Arts Ensemble, a teaching artist organization that served over 500,000 k-12 students. Steven has developed interactive programs for The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Moments, Lincoln Center Education, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and The Learning Arts. 


In addition to Living Arts Collaborative, Steven maintains a busy performing schedule as an operatic baritone. Among the roles he has performed are Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. Cross-over performances include Agwe in Once on This Island, Wandering Son in Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Obatala in God’s Trombones, as well as the baritone love interest in Alicia Hall-Moran’s the motown project. He had the pleasure of performing in Jason and Alicia Hall-Moran’s WORK SONGS, for the 56th Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. Currently, Steven is the male soloist for Kaoru Watanabe’s Yokihi; a new solo performance by Mikhail Baryshnikov. 


Steven is a graduate of The Juilliard School, Teachers College, and The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. He serves on the Boards of New Amsterdam Opera and Living Arts Collaborative.


Percussionist, composer, and educator Justin Jay Hines has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.


Since 1997 he has served as a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist in classrooms, concerts, workshops, and residencies across New York City and Japan. In May 2018 he made his New York Philharmonic debut hosting the Young People’s Concert Inspirations and Tributes: “The Riddle of Shostakovich,” and has gone on to become an annual host of the series.


As a Broadway musician, he has played many Tony Award–winning shows, including In the Heights, Pippin, Caroline or Change, Disney’s Tarzan, and HalfTime. 


As an educator, he has collaborated with the Juilliard School, the St. Louis Symphony, New World Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, and the Caramoor Center for the Arts.


Currently, Mr. Hines is a senior composition mentor for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, is on the teaching faculty of NYU, and is a former musician and educator for the Bridge Arts Ensemble.


Jamie Risedorph brings over forty years of business management experience to the Living Arts Collaborative’s team, having managed a variety of businesses from restaurants and retail venues, to health care facilities and non-profits focused on education and community service.


She earned combined degrees in Communications and Biological Sciences from Syracuse University and Skidmore College respectively. Ms. Risedorph served as business manager for the Bridge Arts Ensemble Foundation since its inception in 2015 until March of 2021. 


Ms. Risedorph currently resides in Gloversville, NY with her husband and two cats.


Benjamin Steiner is an attorney in New York City who has been practicing law for over twenty years. He received his JD from Tulane University School of Law. He started out in a not-for-profit called Sanctuary for Families, representing and advocating for victims of domestic violence.


He then transitioned to commercial real estate leasing and development in corporations and law firms, and subsequently to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Office of Legal Affairs. There he negotiated and closed a wide variety of affordable housing projects, ranging from the Nehemiah homeownership project in Spring Creek, Brooklyn, the Arverne-by-the-Sea homeownership project in the Rockaway peninsula, to mixed use projects such as the Essex Crossing development in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, working with large financial institutions, bond underwriters and not-for-profits serving housing-burdened communities in New York City.


Simultaneously, Benjamin worked on a pro-bono basis through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, representing musicians, authors, sculptors and painters, negotiating book contracts, artist management contracts, and intellectual property licenses. Currently, Benjamin represents a wide variety of clients in diverse matters such as real estate development (the Hudson Woods development in the Catskills region of New York), real estate home sales and purchases, intellectual property licensing, wills and trusts, and start-up company formation and financing.


Benjamin received his JD from Tulane University School of Law, his BA from Binghamton University, and a Certificat from the Sorbonne in Paris. He has lived and worked in Paris, France and Seoul, South Korea.


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