Stephen McDougall Graham

Board Member
President and Executive Director

Stephen McDougall Graham is an active orchestral and chamber musician with a significant professional background in nonprofit administration and public service. In addition to numerous performances with ensembles in New York City and Atlanta, His playing can be heard on the album The Great Northwest, featuring members of the indie band, Lucius, and he can be seen in the Amazon Original series Mozart in the Jungle. Stephen earned a BA in music and philosophy from Bucknell University, where he led the orchestra as concertmaster. He went on to earn a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and worked for six years as a grant specialist at a leading global women’s health nonprofit, securing tens of millions of dollars in federal funding and establishing project offices in some of the world’s most impoverished countries. In 2013, he transitioned back to a career in music, and since the 2014-2015 season, he has performed regularly with The Chelsea Symphony, also serving on its board as President and Executive Director. He enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career as a freelance musician in New York, and in May 2018, Stephen completed a Master of Music in classical violin performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His principal teachers include soloist Stephanie Chase, Juilliard professor Lara Lev and Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet. During this time he also served as the business manager for world-renowned luthier Samuel Zygmuntowicz. In 2019, Stephen and his trailblazing filmmaker wife Naomi became the Ketchum Community Library’s first long-term artists-in-residence at Ernest Hemingway’s last home, and they quickly fell in love with the Wood River Valley of Idaho, moving here permanently in 2020. After working as the Grants and Procurement Specialist for Blaine County, Stephen was appointed to the elected office of County Clerk, in which capacity he now proudly serves his new community. During warmer months, Stephen performs at local weddings as a member of Valley Ensembles.