About Romanza

Romanza promotes and produces cultural events that showcase St. Augustine’s vibrant living culture, that enhance the quality of life for residents, and that create a positive lasting impression of the Nation’s Most Romantic City for visitors.

Productions:

  • St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts– annual 10-day long celebration of St. Augustine Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival – annual large music and culture event
  • St. Augustine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – annual heritage family event. The ONLY  St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northeast Florida!
  • Romanza Gatherings – monthly Arts & Culture mixers
  • Other Special Events

“Romanza” in Spanish, is a love song.

“Romanza” in Italian, is a love affair

“Romanza” in St. Augustine means Music, Dance, Theatre, Art, Cuisine, Heritage and Romance.

Romanza – St Augustine is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.


 

Romanza’s Board of Directors and Officers

 

Albert Syeles

Albert is Romanza’s Co-Founder & President and a Board Member since 2009. He also serves as Public Relations Director for St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of Music & the Arts, The Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, and St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Albert also serves on the VISITFLORIDA Culture, Heritage, Rural & Nature (CHRN) Committee.
Albert is a retired Executive Director of SBC Communications (now called AT&T) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
An amateur composer, music director, songwriter & recording artist, his Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra was honored at the 2016 Views of the World Film & Music Festival in Montreal.
Married to Pat.

Kathleen Vande Berg

Kathleen has been a Romanza Board Member since 2011. She has served as the Chair of St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts Committee since 2014.
Kathy has been active as the Conductor of the St. Augustine Community Chorus, the St. Augustine Singers, the Flagler College Singers, interim Music Director at St. Paul’s by the Sea, Jax Beach, and accompanist and Music Director for First Coast Opera.

Anne Kraft

Anne has been a Romanza Board Member since 2012 and also serves as Romanza’s Membership Director. Anne is a co-founder of The Limelight Theatre and also served as Treasurer of the St. Augustine Community Chorus from 2010-2012. Anne is currently a member of the Limelight Theatre Advisory Board (2006-present) and serves as Vice President, Treasurer and Media Coordinator of A Classic Theatre (2009-present).

Pat Syeles

Pat has been a Romanza Board Member since 2014 and has served as Romanza’s Secretary and Treasurer since 2011.  She is also the editor and publisher of the Romanza newsletter. Pat served as the Finance & Administration Director of the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival from 2012 to 2016 and took over as the Celtic Festival Director in 2017. Pat is a retired estate planning and administration paralegal.

Lisa McPhillips

Lisa joined the Romanza Board in 2016. Lisa’s company, Lisa Mack Productions, has been creating high-quality, professionally produced entertainment events in St. Johns County since 1998, including Amphitheatre events and many festivals. Lisa has served as the Stage Manager of the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival since 2012 and took over as the Entertainment Director of the Celtic Festival in 2017.

Ashlee Raven Lockard

Ashlee joined the Board in 2016 and is the owner and founder of Raven Promotions and Social Media, which she established in St. Augustine in 2013. Her expertise in the social media field enables her to connect with and promote a wide range of local businesses that include restaurants, art galleries, musicians, and artists. Ashlee also hosts cutting-edge art shows and events that bring a new, exciting energy to St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city.

Romanza’s Board of Advisors:

Doni Dowie (Sister Cities / Lexes Associates)
Benedetta Dubetz (Amici’s Restaurant)
George Gardner (former St. Augustine Mayor)
Lorna MacDonald (Raintree Restaurant)
Jean Rahner (A Classic Theatre)
Robert Silverman (Winter Properties, Atlanta, GA)
James Vande Berg (President, Founder of Compassionate St. Augustine)