PineCone Staff


David Brower

Executive Director - David grew up in the Piedmont and was drawn to the authentic voices of old-time, bluegrass and folk music played by everyday people. A desire to share that music led him to a career in public radio where he worked as a host, music director, NPR contributor and most recently as program director for North Carolina Public Radio WUNC. He loves fiddle tunes, good coffee, college basketball and his family which is remarkably tolerant of banjo jokes.

Tray Wellington

Tray Wellington

Communications Manager - Tray grew up with the music in Ashe County, NC. He a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he majored in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies with a minor in marketing. He is responsible for PineCone's marketing and communications, including advertising, e-newsletters and social media. In addition to his work in the PineCone office, Tray maintains a rigorous touring and recording schedule with the Tray Wellington Band. Tray is a two-time IBMA Momentum Award winner and was twice nominated as IBMA New Artist of the Year.


Lynda Dawson

Membership Coordinator - Lynda is a longtime PineCone member, has been a touring musician and worked for years at Sugar Hill Records. She's also an accomplished performer and songwriter, most recently recognized with an IBMA Award for "The Barber's Fiddle," a song she co-wrote with Becky Buller. She teaches songwriting at our summer bluegrass camps. Lynda is responsible for all aspects of the membership experience including donor recruitment, retention, benefit fulfillment, ticket sales and box office management.

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Ann Sides

Bookkeeper - Ann keeps our finances in order, our contracts moving and bills paid. She is passionate about the arts and works in support of a number of other arts and music nonprofits in Wake County.


Sara Schwartz

Community Programs Coordinator - Sara oversees all of our participatory and outreach activities. They include facilitated jams, workshops, youth camps and community square dances. Prior to joining PineCone, Sara spent 8 years as the festival director for the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, worked for Sugar Hill Records and the Regulator Bookshop in Durham. Sara has also been a stage manager at PineCone’s bluegrass festival.

PineCone Board of Directors

Becky Bell, President

Jack Roush, Vice President

Todd Hemphill, Treasurer

Wilson Sayre, Secretary

Jamie Dawson

Sophia Enriquez

Kathy Lagana

Robert Nelson

Tola Oguntoyinbo

Michael Schoenfeld

David Tate

Where We Work

PineCone is a resident company at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts. Our offices are underneath the historic Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at 2 East South Street.