• InstantEncore
    About Us

    InstantEncore is the world's leading provider of web and mobile technology to the performing arts. Top artists, ensembles and performing arts organizations use InstantEncore to power their websites and mobile apps and to create lasting connections with fans around the world.

  • Bill Stensrud
    Bill Stensrud
    President

    Bill Stensrud graduated from MIT in 1971 majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He held a variety of technical, marketing and executive positions in the communications industry. He was a founder of StrataCom (acquired by Cisco), the CEO of Primary Access (acquired by 3Com) and an early investor and Director of Juniper Networks. He was a partner with a major venture capital firm in San Diego and ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 25 “Movers and Shakers” in the venture capital industry. Bill is now a private investor and mentor to entrepreneurs.

    Bill has been a philanthropist and an active supporter of the arts for many years. He has served on the boards of Scripps Health, the Neurosciences Institute, the San Diego Telecom Council, the University of California at San Diego Foundation, the National Venture Capital Association. He is a past President of the San Diego Opera and is a passionate lover of classical music in all of its many forms.

  • Evan Schumacher
    Evan Schumacher
    Chief Executive Officer

    Evan Schumacher graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2003 with a B.S in Electrical Engineering and received his Masters in Electrical Engineering, with a focus in Computer Vision the following year. He co-founded Fortuna Classical Music which designed and built a media player specifically for classical music audiophiles. The technology born in that project formed the foundation for InstantEncore, which he co-founded in 2007.

  • David Dombrosky
    David Dombrosky
    Chief Marketing Officer

    David Dombrosky brings over fifteen years of experience in arts management and technology to his role as Chief Marketing Officer for InstantEncore. He frequently writes and presents on the uses of technology within arts organizations, most recently for the National Arts Marketing Project, Technology in the Arts, Performing Arts Exchange, Americans for the Arts, TEDxMichiganAve, and The Association of American Cultures Conference. Prior to joining the InstantEncore team, David established an arts and technology consultancy, taught graduate courses in arts management at Carnegie Mellon University, directed Carnegie Mellon's Center for Arts Management and Technology, and spent eight years at the Southern Arts Federation designing and managing regional and national programs in the visual, performing, media and literary arts. In 2007, Americans for the Arts honored his service to the field with its Emerging Leader Award. David holds a M.A. in Communication Studies as well as B.A. degrees in Psychology and Speech Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his partner and serves on the board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.

  • Ross Stensrud
    Ross Stensrud
    Chief Product Development Officer

    Ross Stensrud began developing websites and mobile applications while playing lacrosse and studying mechanical engineering at the University of California at San Diego. In the summer of his sophomore year, Ross was commissioned along with roommate Evan Schumacher (CTO) to build a digital music system for InstantEncore founder and CEO, Bill Stensrud. It was this project where, Ross discovered his passion for programming and quickly taught himself C#, CSS, jQuery, ASP.NET Webforms or MVC, Adobe Photoshop & Premiere. Upon graduation Ross pursued a career in his field of study before becoming the Chief Product Development Officer in 2005.

  • Margo Drakos
    Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos
    Co-Founder, Strategy Advisor

    Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos is a concert cellist turned tech entrepreneur and Partner in the SwitchCase Group. Ms. Drakos currently focuses on business development and strategy for InstantEncore. She is a frequent guest-speaker at conferences and universities on creating vibrant 21st Century Arts Organizations, designing a digital strategy and building virtual tribes. In 2010, her leadership abilities were recognized by the World Economic Forum with an invitation to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders, a community of extraordinary achievers under the age of 40.

    Prior to business, Ms. Drakos performed as a solo cellist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. The former cellist of the American String Quartet, Ms. Drakos has also held posts as the Associate Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Principal Cellist of the San Diego and Oregon Symphonies. Ms. Drakos has toured the U.S. with Musicians from Marlboro, and collaborated with the world's leading artists. Ms. Drakos served as Artist-in-Residence and faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Drakos has recorded for Arabesque Records and Sony Classical and produced for the Miro String Quartet on Longhorn Records.

    At fifteen, Ms. Drakos entered the Cleveland Institute of Music as a double major in cello and composition. She completed her education at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with David Soyer. She received a Masters Degree from Columbia University in Human Rights (2008). Margo resides in Los Angeles with her husband. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Institute of Music.