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River Music Experience

Leadership Team

Tyson Danner, Executive DirectorTyson Danner serves as the Executive Director of the RME.

Tyson is originally from the Quad Cities area, and received his B.A. in Music from St. Ambrose University. He has worked in the nonprofit field in various capacities since 2007, serving theatre, visual arts, and music organizations. He is actively involved in the Quad Cities arts community, most notably through the founding of the nonprofit QC Theatre Workshop and involvement with local nonprofit organizations."

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 102

Bret Dale, Director of Programming & EducationBret Dale is the Education Director and responsible for all programming activities and events.

Since 2003, Bret has performed and traveled with the Chicago-based Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, and locally with The Candymakers. His passion for music is only matched for his desire to provide excellent programming opportunities for the community.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 110

Chrissy Boyer, Office ManagerChrissy Boyer is the Events Manager for River Music Experience. She manages day to day office activity, rentals, and the Bix Beiderbecke Museum. Chrissy is a professional musician/singer and recording artist.

She can be seen with the Candymakers and Elysian as a vocalist.  She is pleased to be a part of the RME team and can’t wait to meet you and share her love of music.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 114

Ben Schwind, Programming & Communication SpecialistBen Schwind is the Education Coordinator for the RME. He is responsible for implementing all field programs and taking the lead on Kidstock and Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp.

Ben grew up in the Quad Cities and has been coming to the River Music Experience since it's infancy, participating in and later teaching at the seasonal music programs, Winter Blues and Kidstock. He looks forward to every day at the RME where he gets to pass on his love of music to others.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 109

Kate Dale, Director of EntertainmentKate Dale is the Entertainment Director, who coordinates and books all concerts for the Performance Hall, Redstone Room, and for RME’s summer concert series on the Courtyard, Friday Live@Five.

Kate was raised in the Quad Cities and is a graduate from the University of Iowa, where she studied Communications and was involved in the school’s concert committee, SCOPE Productions. Kate’s favorite part about her job is that she gets to listen to new music every day, and enjoys meeting musicians from around the globe.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 101

Alex Burkamper, Director of Marketing & DevelopmentAlex Burkamper is the Communications Director. He is responsible for managing digital content and marketing materials, grant writing, and getting community members and organizations involved in the RME's musical mission.

Originally from the Quad Cities, Alex earned his B.A. in Strategic Communication from St. Ambrose University. Music always played an important role in his life, but he never played any instruments. Now he gets to utilize his passion and skills to help grow the music and culture of the Quad Cities area.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 107

Molly Koenig, Director of FinanceMolly Koenig is the Finance Director. She records day-to-day financial transactions of the River Music Experience, and prepares financial reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information and trends.

She was born and raised in Moline, Illinois. Molly received a B.A. in Accounting at Augustana College and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver. She's traveled all over the country for live music. Molly enjoys working at RME because she loves doing a small part to make the Quad Cities a dynamic community to live in.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 108

Nick Webb, Redstone Room ManagerNick Webb is the Bar Manager. He is responsible for the beverage operations of all second-floor spaces in the RME and also assists with artist hospitality and other aspects of performance and event production. Nick takes pride in ensuring quality and consistency in the operations he’s responsible for.

Phone: 563-639-7988


Photos taken by Molly Koenig, visit her website to learn more about her work.