The Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) named Paula Schwartz McKernan as its new executive director. Ms. McKernan will work with EISMA’s board to solicit, select and schedule professional musicians to inspire and educate Evanston students during 50 in-school concerts per year. She will also secure local sponsors and donors to fund its mission.

Ms. McKernan has been an active parent volunteer in Evanston schools for more than 10 years, focusing on music and literacy education. A singer-songwriter, performer and longtime student at the Old Town School of Music, Ms. McKernan is active in Chicagoland’s live music scene.