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New York Public Radio, the umbrella organization over WQXR, WNYC Radio, and WNYC Studios, has named Shannon Connolly as senior VP and general manager, music. She succeeds Mikel Ellcessor, who served as interim general manager following Graham Parker’s departure in June of 2016. In her new job, her charge is to “expand the digital reach and footprint for classical music” and increase the audience for everything from WQXR’s live stream and Meet the Composer to The Jonathan Channel’s Sinatra-and-friends programming on WNYC. Music programming, digital, live events and partnerships, and the Instrument Drive will report directly to her and she in turn will report to Laura Walker, president and CEO of New York Public Radio.
Opera Philadelphia has brought tenor Lawrence Brownlee on board, as one of the company’s three artistic advisors. His role as advisor includes expanding the repertoire, increasing diversity on both sides of the footlights, and raising funds. He will work with General Director & President David B. Devan and Music Director Corrado Rovaris and, said Devan, “play a key role in making Philadelphia the stage for the future of opera, where diverse audiences gather to share an experience and amplify human connectedness."
Honens International Piano Competition has announced that Canada-born pianist Jon Kimura Parker is to succeed Stephen McHolm as artistic director, effective in January of 2018, the year that the next, triennial competition takes place. McHolm announced in October that he was leaving after nearly 20 years to become the new director of the Verbier Festival Academy (VFA).
Deborah Borda is to be the next president of the New York Philharmonic, signaling a new management model at the orchestra, with both a president and an executive director. Bill Thomas, the orchestra’s current senior vice president and COO, becomes executive director, reporting to Borda. The native New Yorker, 68, succeeds Matthew VanBesien, who announced in January that he would exit on May 1 after five years. She starts in New York next September, after leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she is president and CEO, for 17 of its arguably most fertile years.
With Los Angeles Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda headed back to New York to assume the top job with the New York Philharmonic, officially starting next fall, the LA Phil has announced that, effective immediately, Executive Director Gail Samuel will serve as acting president and CEO. Samuel has been with the orchestra for 25 years, starting as orchestra manager and working her way up the ladder.
On Site Opera has a new executive director in Piper Gunnarson. She arrives as company cofounder Jessica Kiger exits to become director of audience development and education for the Atlanta Opera. Gunnarson was recently executive director of the Westchester-based youth company Random Farms Kids’ Theater.
Opera Philadelphia has named Marita Altman to be its VP of development, a new position and the final addition to the company’s senior staff, reporting to General Director and President David B. Devan. Altman leaves the Metropolitan Opera as director of major gifts, a position she’s held since last June; she’s been at the Met as deputy director since 2008. Previously she worked in development for Columbia Business Schoool, and before that as a system officer at TIAA-Cref. She holds an MBA from NYU business school and a BA in English and zoology from Drew University.
Andrew Bradford, director of development since April 2016 at Music@Menlo chamber music festival, becomes executive director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) as of March 13, 2017. As such, he’ll oversee the administration of the chorus, Chorus School, and the home base for both, the Kanbar Performing Arts Center. He succeeds Beth Schecter, who has been serving as interim executive director since Melanie Smith stepped down last year to succeed Ruth Felt at San Francisco Performances.
The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, a 93,000-square-foot facility on the campus of Oklahoma State University scheduled to open in fall 2019, has named Mark A. Blakeman to be its executive director. He exits as CEO of the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra to take the job. Prior to Tuscon he was with the Nashville Symphony for 15 years, most recently as COO. The new center will house a 1,100-seat performance hall, 222-seat recital hall, and an outdoor amphitheater with a large screen on which to view performances transmitted from the halls and around the world.
Neil Ferris, chorus director at the Royal College of Music and at the Endellion Summer Festival, is the new director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, a volunteer ensemble. He is also artistic director of the professional chamber choir Sonoro and music director of Wimbledon Choral Society. His past positions include associate director of the London Symphony Chorus, conductor of BBC National Chorus of Wales and the chorus of Cambridge University Music Society, and head of choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
The Cleveland Orchestra has a new president in Richard K. Smucker, the executive chairman of the $8 billion food and beverage behemoth J.M. Smucker Company, whose product lines include Smuckers jams, Jif peanut butter, and Meow Mix, among other common household brands. He takes over as the orchestra prepares to enter its centennial season in 2017-18 and succeeds Dennis W. LaBarre, who has held the post since 2009. LaBarre, in turn, becomes chairman.
Opus 3 Artists has announced that it is “expanding its presence in Europe. ”To that end, it has hired Marcus Felsner as managing director out of its Berlin office, a position he will share with Katharina Ronnefeld, who’s been in the job since the Berlin branch opened in 2012. Felsner 48, a German lawyer with an MBA from Harvard, was a managing partner of Rödl & Partner, a firm specializing in legal, tax, audit, and accounting services.
Valerie Guy, director of artistic planning and administration for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, will leave her post to become director of artistic administration and operations for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; she starts next month. During Guy’s tenure, CMS has grown exponentially, in numbers of performances, video and audio recordings, streamed concerts, the digitization of the concert recording archive, and the broadening of the CMS Two program. Guy has had a hand in all of it.
The Academy of Ancient Music has appointed Decca Classics Executive Producer Alexander Van Ingen as its new chief executive. He succeeds Ed Hossack, who stepped down in the fall. Van Ingen, onetime freelance record producer, has signed and recorded some of Decca’s key artists, including Alisa Weilerstein, Valentina Lisitsa, Janine Jansen, Nicola Benedetti, Voces8, and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral. He’s also worked on opera and orchestral recordings, and is said to “champion the work of new artists,” according to AAM.
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has named Theresa Colvin executive director, effective May 1. Colvin has served as executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council for the past 16 years. She succeeds Alan W. Cooper, who will retire after 23 years with the organization.
The Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival has named clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz artistic director, effective June 2017. Espina-Ruiz currently serves as artistic director of Treetops Chamber Music Society. According to Music Mountain President Nicholas Gordon, “He is an experienced administrator and he is a gifted teacher, able to continue to make Music Mountain’s teaching programs unique and in demand by talented students.”
The New York Philharmonic has hired an interim VP of artistic planning, succeeding Ed Yim, who left to become president of the American Composers Orchestra. In fact, the Phil has hired a company, GleasnerMusic, which defines itself as “an independent artistic services firm offering leadership and guidance to orchestras, festivals, and performing arts organizations.”
Paul Organisak has succeeded Michael Tiknis as president of Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Organisak’s last job was as VP for programming of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, overseeing a budget of $16 million. In Pittsburgh Oganisak brought Broadway and cabaret events along with dance groups to the city under the rubric “Trust Presents.”
Joel Rinsema, former president and CEO of the Phoenix Chorale, part-time artistic director of the Colorado-based Kantorei, has been appointed choral promotions manager for Oxford University Press, North America. In this newly created position, Rinsema, who starts in March, will be based in Denver and work remotely.
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center has selected Beth MacNeill as vice president of development; she began her tenure on January 3, 2017. Ms. MacNeill has two decades of experience in nonprofit development fundraising, with a focus on social justice and urban youth development. She has held leadership positions in development at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Brandeis University, Tufts Medical Center, and Best Buddies of Massachusetts.
Pilobolus has selected Daniel Ordower as general manager and CFO. An entrepreneur, award-winning lighting designer, and attorney in private practice in New York, Mr. Ordower brings a unique blend of strategic, creative, and financial expertise to this newly created position. He began his tenure on October 17, 2016.
Midland Center for the Arts announced the hiring of Bryan Jao as chief program officer. In this new executive position, Mr. Jao will be responsible for all performance programming for the Center, including the MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival. He will begin his position on March 1, 2017.
The Cliburn Foundation board of directors has elected a new chairman to succeed Carla Kempt Thompson, in the position since January 2011. He is Jeff King, president of the Fort Worth Region of the Northern Trust Company and Cliburn board and executive committee member since 2002. King will move into his new role in September 2017 and in the meantime serves as chairman elect.
The Birmingham (U.K.) Conservatoire has named British conductor Paul Wingfield as its new head of vocal and operatic studies, starting in August. Wingfield has been on the conducting staff at the Royal Opera House and the Welsh National and English National opera companies. Mentors have included Sir Antonio Pappano and Semyon Bychkov.
Peter Witte, dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at University of Missouri-Kansas City, is to be the new dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He succeeds Daniel Ebbers, who has been serving as interim, and starts in July. Witte has been at UM since 2008. During his tenure, the conservatory raised $48 million towards its $96 million downtown Kansas City arts campus.
Robert Tweten joins the opera faculty of the New England Conservatory next fall in the new position of music director. Tweten is known to have conducted extensively in his native Canada, at such companies as the Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver operas. He’s also been active with the Utah Opera, among others, has served as a pianist and vocal coach, and conducted the Santa Fe Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic.
Allen Perriello, newly named director of the young artist program at the Glimmerglass Festival, director of a similar program for the Arizona Opera, has added a new job to his CV: head of music for the Minnesota Opera. He succeeds Robert Ainsley, who began last summer as director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera.
The New York Choral Society (NYChoral) announced the appointment of its first ever full-time executive director, Patrick Owens. Mr. Owens will be responsible for the oversight and management of all administrative aspects of NYChoral, including fundraising, marketing, board interaction and development, and day-to-day operations, working in partnership with Music Director David Hayes and the organization’s volunteer staff.
Chris Muñoz, director of operations with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is to join the San Diego Symphony in February in the newly created role of VP of operations and general manager, areas formerly overseen by COO Robert Wilkins, who announced in May that he would be retiring in January.
New Hires at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Operations Manager and Associate Director of Touring Kari Fitterer has been named to the newly combined position of director of artistic planning and touring. Fitterer, with CMS for four years, will work with Valerie Guy, who oversees CMS programming at home, to oversee artistic planning for touring, and Jiwon Kang, former coordinator of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists program at the Washington National Opera, has been hired as touring coordinator.
Edward Yim will exit his post as the New York Philharmonic's VP for artistic planning to become the new president of the American Composers Orchestra, starting February 21. He succeeds Michael Geller, in the job for 20 years. Yim, 49, joins ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan; he will helm operations and fund raising.
Debbie Chinn, former executive director of the Carmel Bach Festival, is to be the new executive director of San Francisco’s noted contemporary opera group, Opera Parallèle (OP). She starts February 1, succeeding Tod Brody, who left in June and is now executive director of the Marin (CA) Symphony. Carrie Blanding has been serving as interim.
The Performing Rights Society, roughly the U.K. equivalent of ASCAP or BMI, has a new chairman in Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of Peermusic, which defines itself as the largest independent music publishing company in the world. Elderton has been on the PRS board since 1992, and currently is the organization’s publisher director; he is also a board member for IMPEL (the Independent Music Publishers' European Licensing group) and the Music Publishers Association (MPA), and is a former UK Music director and founding trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.
MIDEM, the annual trade conference and business-to-business networking event, has a new director in Alexandre Deniot, recently the director of business development for Universal Music Group’s digital division in Paris. An acronym for Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale MIDEM brings together recording companies, publishers, and rights-management organizations in its annual conference, which this year takes place June 6-9 in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France.
The Théâtre du Châtelet of Paris, scheduled to close in March for renovations, has appointed Britain's Ruth Mackenzie, 59, to succeed Jean-Luc Choplin as artistic director. Also coming to the Châtelet, as general director, is Thomas Lauriot dit Prévost, current financial manager of the Royal Theater of the Monnaie in Brussels. Prévost was administrative director at the Châtelet from 2006 to 2013. Mackenzie is the current director of the Holland Festival; she also was at the helm of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Manchester International Film Festival (2006-2007). She has served as a consultant to a number of cultural organizations, including the Scottish Opera and the Tate Modern. Her cross-discipline background will "bring the Théâtre du Châtelet into an unexplored dimension," said Anne Hidalgo, the city’s first deputy mayor in charge of culture.
Jenny Schlenzka, a performance curator at MoMA PS1, is to succeed Vallejo Gantner as executive artistic director of PS 122, the contemporary performance space in New York's East Village. Gantner, in the job since 2005, announced last May his intention to step down.
Margaret Bell has been promoted to assistant director for marketing and communications at the Peabody Institute.
Sarah Lynch is the new executive director at Music Niagara.
Sandy Springs (GA) along with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor—the company hired by Sandy Springs to provide venue management for public gathering components of its City Springs Project—has tapped Michael Enoch to serve as general manager for the PAC beginning February 1, 2017. Enoch, a 38-year industry veteran, will be relocating to Sandy Springs after serving Spectra at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, China.
Martha Mooke is now production supervisor at the Leonard Bernstein Office.
Fawzi Haimor has been appointed music director of Germany’s Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (WPR), effective in September 2017.
Nicki Genovese has a new job as arts manager at the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.
Violinist Laurie Smukler has been named artistic director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival. She succeeds pianist and conductor Seymour Lipkin.
Kristine Spensieri, director of finance and administration of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, is to be the new executive director of the American Classical Orchestra, a period-instrument ensemble based in New York that offers about 12 public concerts annually and is active on the education front. The ACO position is a new one; she starts January 16.
Helen Sprott, longtime director of music for Arts Council England, is to be the next managing director of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. She will start in April, succeeding interim Alistair Mackie, who took over from David Whelton, who retired in August after 29 years with the orchestra.
Vienna State Opera will be headed by a former pop radio boss and record company executive, Austria's Culture Ministry said on Wednesday, hoping to attract a younger audience to Austria's flagship music venue. Bogdan Rošcic, 52, will take up the post in 2020, moving from Sony's classical music unit which he has headed since 2009. Before then he worked at Decca Music Group and an Austrian pop music station, but has never been director of an opera house before.
Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is trumpeting the news of its latest hire: Brian Kellow as PR manager. Kellow’s position as features editor at Opera News was eliminated last April. He had been with the magazine since 1988. Kellow, who will relocate to Florida, is a highly regarded author, journalist, and opera critic. FGO Marketing and Communications Director Kal Gajiraj calls his hiring “an amazing opportunity” that will “raise our profile to new heights.” FGO goes so far as to list the names of the authors he edited at Opera News.
Ravi S. Rajan, dean of the School of the Arts at SUNY-Purchase College, is to be the fourth president of California Institute of the Arts. He starts in June, succeeding Steven Lavine, who announced his retirement in 2015, having run the school for almost 30 years and, by all accounts, transforming it in the process.
Sarah Curran, associate director of the Stanford Arts Institute, is to succeed Pamela Tatge as director of the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts starting on February 20, 2017. Tatge left the school in April to become executive director of the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Curran’s ten years in arts programming include her work at Stanford, where she started as director of programming and partnerships, as well as at the Tribeca Film Festival, Martha Graham Dance, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Walter Sutcliffe, a former staff director at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, is to be the new artistic director of the six-year-old Northern Ireland Opera. He succeeds NIO Founding Artistic Director Oliver Mears, who exits in February to become director of opera at the Royal Opera House.
Keith Elder, director of concert activities at the Eastman School of Music, will become VP and general manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School as of January 23. He’ll be working with Music Director Robert Spano and CEO Alan Fletcher, overseeing all educational and festival operations, including facilities and contracts for faculty, media, rentals, and collaborations with other institutions.
Peter T. Kjome, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony and a former oboist with that orchestra, has been appointed president and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, effective February 1. He succeeds interim CEO and Board Chair Barbara Bozzuto, who stepped in when Paul Meecham departed last summer to become president and CEO of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.
The Memphis Symphony, which in May moved its offices to the University of Memphis campus as part of a new partnership with the school, has a new COO in 27-year-old George Monger. Monger most recently was VP and executive director of Consortium MMT, a local non-profit mentorship and advocacy organization for aspiring commercial musicians. His job with the orchestra is to help develop its new role as UM’s “orchestra in residence” and maximize revenues.
Reporter Sopan Deb, who spent much of the campaign tripping up Trump for CBS News with fast fact checks and dogged questioning, has joined the culture department of The New York Times. In a memo to staffers, Culture Editor Danielle Mattoon says he will be covering “a spectrum of news—cultural, political, race/gender/class, way-we-live-now—through arts and entertainment lenses in the Trump era.”
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music has named Cory Combs its new executive director. Combs currently serves as director of enrichment, outreach, and music at Nueva School in Hillsborough, California. He succeeds Dominique Pelletey.
The National Repertory Orchestra, an eight-week summer program for emerging professional musicians based in Breckenbridge, CO, has a new CEO in David DePeters. He succeeds Doug Adams, a former CEO of the Dallas Symphony, who exits after five years at the NRO. DePeters is a noted percussionist, at one time with the Baltimore Symphony, and the executive director of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, TN, a position he’ll maintain while serving in the NRO job.
Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College since 2008, is to become the new president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Spar, 53, becomes Linc Inc.’s 10th president in March, succeeding Jed Bernstein, who left last April under a bit of a cloud. Board Chairman Katherine Farley, who made the announcement, will continue to serve as interim until Spar’s arrival. In comments, Farley said the new candidate had been “a transformative president at Barnard College, expanding their arts curriculum, successfully completing major construction projects and galvanizing financial support.”
The ever-revolving administrative turntable at l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande continues. As of November 1, Magali Rousseau succeeded Jean-Pierre Rousseau as intendant—a position that has seen its share of comings and goings. Rousseau left not long after he was named interim, last March, to succeed Henk Swinnen, who left abruptly in February. He succeeded Miguel Esteban, who was fired in 2012 after only a short period in the job. He sued and settled for 570,000 Swiss francs. Rousseau also quit within weeks of his appointment.
Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced Professor Giuliano Polo as the new intendant of the Verona Foundation, currently fighting for its life. Polo is the director of general affairs and relations at Rome's Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and has extensive experience in managing opera institutions. His primary responsibility at Verona will be to implement the 2016-2018 recovery plan drawn up by special commissioner Carlo Fuortes.
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts has named a new director. A release from the center’s board says Heather Clow starts in her new role on January 3. Clow currently is the executive director of the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH. She’s held the position for eight years.
Independent distributor and artist services company CD Baby has appointed Jon Bahr VP/music publishing and rights management. A 13-year veteran of ASCAP, Bahr will oversee administering more than 500,000 compositions for 100,000 songwriters in CD Baby Pro, in cooperation with Songtrust.
The Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) has named Jennifer Clarke the organization's new executive director. Clarke most recently served as managing director of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.
The Manhattan School of Music has named Grammy-nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris associate dean and director of its jazz arts program, effective July 2017. Harris, an MSM alumnus and former CMA board member, has held leadership roles at the Brubeck Institute, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and taught at Rutgers University, and New York University. He succeeds Justin DiCioccio, who led the jazz arts program for 15 years.
The Bowdoin International Music Festival recently named Daniel Nitsch executive director. Nitsch, who has served as Bowdoin's director of admissions and operations, was acting executive director for the 2016 summer season. He previously served as operations manager at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and Institute.
Santa Barbara Symphony has appointed a new executive director in Kevin A. Marvin. He succeeds David Pratt, newly named chief executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. Marvin, 49, is executive director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, whose fortunes he is credited with turning around significantly with new business and programming models, rebranding, and “reinvigorated” marketing and fund-raising initiatives. He starts December 1.
Trey Devey, president of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is to assume that office with the Interlochen Center for the Arts as of June of 2017. He succeeds the retiring Jeffrey Kimpton, in the job 14 years. His appointment caps an 18-month search. Devey, 45, will exit Cincinnati in April, having turned that orchestra around 180 degrees since his arrival in 2009, shedding long accumulating red ink to achieve consecutively balanced budgets. The total number of gifts, from $5 each to $50,000, has grown by almost 100 percent.
Annie Burridge, managing director of Opera Philadelphia, is to be the new general director of the Austin Opera, starting November, with a contract for five years. She succeeds Jane Weaver-Sobel, who has been serving as interim since July, following Joseph Specter’s departure the preceding month.
Craig Hassal, CEO of Opera Australia for three years, is to be the new CEO of The Royal Albert Hall, effective early next year. He succeeds the retiring Chris Cotton, who exits in March. Prior to his current position, he worked as COO of London-based presenter Raymond Gubbay, Ltd., and before that as managing director of the English National Ballet, for seven years. He lays claim to 28 years of experience in the performing arts, including acting as a consultant to the Olympic Arts Festivals of the 2012 London Games and the 2000 Sydney Games.
The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) has a new chairman in Meredith Snow, a violist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She succeeds Bruce Ridge, who had been in the job for ten years and is credited with raising the organization’s profile considerably. Snow promised to “continue to advocate for our orchestras, our communities, and for the power of music to make a difference in our world."
Colorado’s Crested Butte Music Festival, which completed its 20th season on August 20, has appointed two new artistic directors, part of a restructuring in the wake of Alexander Scheirle’s departure as executive and artistic director. His departure prompted Crested Butte to split his job into two, with former COO Crista Ryan now functioning as executive director. The artistic directorship is to be handled by husband-and-wife team Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Erik Christian Peterson. Both have been with the festival for several years, she as concertmaster of the orchestra and he as principal violist.
Kansas-born bass-baritone Samuel Ramey has been named Wichita Grand Opera’s official “Ambassador and Artistic Advisor,” effective November 1 for two years. Ramey, professor of opera at Wichita State University, is charged with widening the company’s presence in communities across the state; strengthening its young artist program, known as Opera Academy of the Midwest, through partnerships with universities; and creating a “Wichita Opera Alliance” with Kansas business leaders.
As the Berlin Philharmonic prepares for Sir Simon Rattle’s departure as chief conductor and the concurrent exit of Intendant Martin Hoffmann, it appoints Andrea Zietzschmann, current manager of the orchestras of the NDR, as Hoffmann's successor. Zietzschmann, 46, has impressive credentials. Among them are the founding, in 1997, of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Claudio Abbado, with whom she also worked at the Lucerne Festival. In 2003 she was appointed orchestra manager of the Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt’s primary broadcast orchestra, and five years later became the head of music for all of the station, which included overseeing several orchestras, a chorus, a big band, the "Sound Biennale" contemporary music festival, and the in-house CD label "hr-musik.de." She has been with the NDR since 2013.
Linda Rosenthal, founder and artistic director of the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival, has announced that she will step down in mid-December. Current festival administrator Reggie Schapp will take over as executive director; the Festival's board of directors has named William Ransom artistic director designate.
Chamber Music Raleigh has named Jackson Cooper its new executive director. He succeeds Marianne Breneman.
The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society has named Douglas Finn its new executive director. He succeeds Jane Coakley.
Chamber Music America has hired Gargi Shindé as its new program director for CMA Jazz. Shindé has over a decade of experience in program curation, artist development, and arts education.
AVA Gallery and Art Center (AVA) has selected Paul N. Anderson III, commonly known as Trip Anderson, as executive director, following an executive search process. A trained artisan, art historian, and preservation architect, Mr. Anderson served as grants officer at the Worcester Art Museum for the past five years. During this time, he developed a highly successful grants program, served as the museum’s team leader in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s UP initiative, and collaborated with the City of Worcester in leading the effort to attain the Commonwealth’s designation for Worcester’s Salisbury Cultural District.
RiverRun International Film Festival (RiverRun) has selected Rob Davis as executive director. Most recently, Mr. Davis held the position of chief development officer at American Public Media's Classical South Florida (CSF) network of public radio stations. He previously served the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival in various capacities, including interim executive director.
Seattle Repertory Theatre has selected Sean Place as associate director of development – individual giving. Mr. Place is a nonprofit professional with nine years of experience leading fundraising and volunteer teams.
Art Alliance Illinois, an arts advocacy and service organization boasting several hundred group members and 30,000 individuals, has named Claire Rice as its executive director. She succeeds Ra Joy, who left in January after eight years to take the top job at CHANGE Illinois, a non-partisan coalition seeking government reform.
Kathy Schuman, current VP and artistic director of G. Schirmer/AMP, is to be the new VP, artistic programming and executive producer for Caramoor, the summer festival in Westchester, NY, that also offers off-season events. Her position, effective December 1, is new and replaces that of longtime Managing Director Paul Rosenblum, who announced his upcoming retirement last June.
Chad Cooper, former managing director in the real estate investment banking group at Deutsche Bank Securities, is the new executive director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He succeeds Karen Geer, who left after five years to become executive director of the InterSchools Orchestra of New York (ISO).
Daniel Song, VP and general manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School, is to join the San Diego Symphony as VP of orchestra and building operations, effective October 2016. Essentially he will oversee facilities and serve as orchestra manager. Prior to his four years at Aspen, he was with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for eight years, serving in the areas of fund-raising, artistic operations, and concert management.
San Diego Opera has a new chorus director and music administrator in Bruce Stasyna, current chorus master and assistant conductor for Washington Concert Opera and music director of Vero Beach Opera, and recent cover conductor at Boston Lyric Opera. In addition to his responsibilities with the chorus, Stasyna oversees music administrative matters and liaisons with the San Diego Symphony.
Oliver Mears, artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera since its founding in 2010, is to be the new director of opera at the Royal Opera House, effective next March. He succeeds Kasper Holten, who announced his intent to leave last December, in order to raise his young family in his hometown of Copenhagen. Apart from staging productions in his own house, which he has brought to the fore from its origins, Mears, a champion of Irish composers, has directed operas for the Young Vic, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, Nederlandse Reisopera, Pimlico Opera, Nevill Holt Opera, Scottish Opera, and Bergen National Opera.
Nicolas Serota, credited with putting the Tate Museum and the Tate Modern on the international map over the course of his 28-year tenure, is to be the new chairman of Arts Council England, effective in February. He succeeds Peter Bazalgette, in the job for four years before being named chairman of ITV, Britain’s commercial television network, in February.
Just on the heels of the Banff International String Quartet Competition’s conclusion, news arrives that its executive director, Barry Shiffman, has a new job: He is to succeed David Deveau as artistic director of Rockport Music, host of the annual chamber-music festival in Rockport, MA, and other, related events during the year. Shiffman starts officially in fall of 2017 and in the interim takes the title of designate. He will hold the Banff job concurrently and continue to teach at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Symphony Space has named Kathy Landau as its new executive director. Landau previously served as executive director of the National Dance Institute. She succeeds Cynthia Elliott, who earlier this year retired after 13 years with the organization.
The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (THE MAX) has selected Mark Tullos as president and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will lead all operations at THE MAX, a new world-class museum slated to open in early 2018 in Meridian, MS. THE MAX will celebrate Mississippi artists and legendary entertainers and their contributions to the world.
The Lensic Performing Arts Center (The Lensic) has selected Joel Aalberts as executive director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). Only the second executive director in The Lensic's history, Aalberts began his tenure on September 6, 2016.
Heartland Film has selected Craig Prater as president, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on August 15, 2016. Most recently, Mr. Prater served as executive vice president, strategic partnerships for the San Diego International Film Festival and director of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. He began his international film festival career as executive director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival where he cofounded the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and the Film Noir Festival.
Marc Geelhoed, of Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Symphony, has become director of digital initiatives at the Detroit Symphony.
Walton Arts Center has selected Scott Galbraith as vice president of programming and executive producer. Most recently he served as vice president of programming and education at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando where he led the Center’s grand opening performances and played a key role in the Center’s response to the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting.
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) today announces Michael Roest as the new director of pre-college and adult extension divisions beginning September 1. "Michael Roest's broad experience as a musician, educator, and administrator will be a great asset to the institution," says SFCM Provost and Dean Kate Sheeran. "I know that our Pre-College students, families, and faculty will benefit from his leadership, and I look forward to working with Michael to develop and implement a bold, new vision for our Adult Extension division."
Jennifer Scott, director of marketing and public relations for the Spoleto Festival USA, is leaving her job to join the Los Angeles Master Chorale as its first in-house director of public relations. She starts Sept. 2. Based at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County, along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Center Theater Group.
Kathy Landau, executive director of the National Dance Institute (NDI) is to be the new executive director of Symphony Space, the small but potent multi-arts venue located on New York’s Upper West Side. Landau starts Sept. 6; she succeeds Cynthia Elliott.
The Glimmerglass Festival has appointed Allen Perriello, currently in a comparable position with the Arizona Opera, to succeed Michael HeastonAt the same time Christopher Devlin, principal coach and accompanist at Glimmerglass since 2012, has been promoted to head of music staff. Perriello has been at Arizona Opera for five years as head of music and director of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, a job he will continue.
Elizabeth Sobol, former president and CEO of Universal Music Classics, is to be the new president and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Sobol, onetime managing director of IMG Artists in North/South America, starts Oct. 1. She succeeds Marcia White, who announced her retirement earlier in the season after 11 years as president and executive director.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has appointed Gary Hanson, “retired” executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, as its interim CEO for up to two years. Hanson, a native of Toronto, succeeds the previous interim, Sonia Baxendale, who in May succeeded Jeff Melanson, who was forced out in March after mingling his personal with his professional life.
The Savannah Philharmonic has hired former Victoria (BC) Symphony Executive Director Mitchell Krieger as its new executive director. Krieger started August 15th. In Victoria, he was known for increasing individual giving from $150,000 in 2009, when he started, to over $1 million in 2014-15.
Peter Pastreich has been named interim executive director of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). He’s expected to be in the job for at least six months.
London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, a self-governing band, has announced the appointment of its co-principal trumpet and chairman, Alistair Mackie, as interim managing director. He steps in for David Whelton, who announced a year ago that he would be retiring after 30 years at the end of this season, the orchestra’s 70th.
Universal Music Group (UMG)—home to the classical labels Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury Classics, UMG Classics, Virgin Classics, and EMI—has announced the appointment of Oana Ruxandra as senior VP of digital strategy and partnerships, a new position parallel to her previous one at Warner Music Group, where she has been VP of digital strategy and business development since 2012. Her new job, for which she will move from New York to Santa Monica, CA, starts August 29.
Véronique Firkusny, longtime associate of public relations guru Mary Lou Falcone, is to be the executive director of the Lincoln Center-based Avery Fisher Artist Program, which recognizes rising young instrumental talent through career grants and prizes.
Dominic Parker, director of external relations at the Sage, Gateshead (UK), is to be the new director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He succeeds Gavin Reid, now the chief executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He arrives as Thomas Dausgaard succeeds Donald Runnicles as the orchestra’s principal conductor.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has named a new CEO, Janice Sinden, who has served as chief of staff for Mayor Michael Hancock for the past five years. Sinden, 44, replaces Scott Shiller, who abruptly resigned from his post just one year after being named to the job.
Walt Zeschin has accepted the position of director of orchestra personnel with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, beginning November 2016. Prior to this, Walt held the position of director of orchestra personnel for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the past 16 years.
The Manhattan School of Music has appointed Casey Molino Dunn director of the Center for Music Entrepreneurship. His new position includes additional teaching plus expanded leadership of many career-enhancing services for both students and alumni. In working with a range of musicians, Casey utilizes his background as a publicist, producer, and performer.
The Detroit Children's Choir, the only community-wide inclusive choral music program in metro Detroit serving children ages 8-14, has named John Joanette executive director and Eric Taylor artistic manager. Joanette’s life work has focused on building strong coalitions and community involvement with fine arts organizations as well as agencies involved in numerous human service and civil rights causes. Eric Taylor came to the Detroit Children's Choir (DCC) from Notre Dame Marist Academy in Pontiac, where he was the vocal music director.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) has selected Lynn Sprangers as president & CEO. Her background in journalism, government, professional sports, and higher education gives her a unique set of leadership, fundraising, team-building, and special event skills that she will now bring to the Wilson Center, which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this fall. Ms. Sprangers will begin her tenure on August 1, 2016.
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has selected Zak Vassar as president & CEO. He began his tenure on July 18, 2016. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Vassar has built an extensive career conducting domestic and international market research for Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial firms.
Marcus E. Turner joined the Denver Young Artists Orchestra staff in August of 2016. Marcus has worked in arts marketing, public relations, communications and development. Prior to joining DYAO, Marcus worked with Northwestern University, the University of Denver, the University of Colorado College of Music, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the University of Colorado Department of Theatre & Dance.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has announced the appointment of William "Bill" Rhoads as its new executive director, following a nationwide search. Rhoads comes to the COP from the prestigious Orchestra of St. Luke's in NYC, where he has served as vice president of marketing & communications since 2006. At COP, he will oversee the management of the organization and guide its future direction.
Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced the appointment of Robert Ainsley as the director of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, effective next month. He comes to WNO from Minnesota Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL); at both companies he has served as head of music staff, chorus master, and coach. At OTSL, he also led the annual audition tour to select the members of its young artist program. He has worked on many world premiere operas at both companies.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG), announced that Wyona Lynch-McWhite has joined the firm as vice president within the museum and executive search practices. Based in ACG’s Boston office, she brings more than 21 years of experience leading museums.
Pacific Symphony has selected Karen Efthyvoulos as director of Tessitura and data services. She began her tenure on May 31, 2016. Efthyvoulos brings more than 20 years of experience to Pacific Symphony, most recently having served as the director of business intelligence at Stratacare in Irvine, CA. A specialist in customer relationship management (CRM), she holds a bachelor of arts in economics and master of business administration from University of California, Los Angeles.
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture (The Amistad Center) has selected Frank Mitchell as executive director. Since 2013, Mitchell has held the role of assistant director and curator after serving as the curator-at-large for three years. During his time at The Amistad Center, Mitchell redefined the exhibition program from a collection-based focus on historical timelines to a topical exhibition program that integrates collections material and loans of contemporary art and partnerships with leading artists. Mitchell began his tenure as executive director on July 1, 2016.
Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has selected Carleen Graham as HGOco director. An award-winning opera educator, administrator, researcher, and stage director, Graham will direct HGO’s community collaboration and education initiative, HGOco. She began her tenure on August 22, 2016.
Jessica Lunken has joined the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as associate dean for external relations, leading Peabody's development, constituent engagement, communications and marketing functions, effective July 1, 2016. Jessica has been with Johns Hopkins since May of 1999, having worked at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and most recently as director of development for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences supporting the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Present Music has named Meagan Heinrich as its new executive director. Heinrich most recently served as director of conservatory connections for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She succeeds managing director Chad Piechocki.
The University of Notre Dame has appointed Ted Barron executive director of its DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC), as well as the University’s Judd and Mary Lou Leighton director of the performing arts. Barron has served as interim executive director of the Center since the departure of Anna M. Thompson last fall.
The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University welcomes Helen Callus as professor of viola and Alex Mincek as assistant professor of composition and music technology. Both positions are effective September 1, 2016.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra announced Gabriel van Aalst as its new president & CEO, beginning in October 2016. Van Aalst joins the NJSO from his position as chief executive of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (ASMF), where, among his chief responsibilities, he oversaw artistic planning and operations for the organization. In his time at ASMF, van Aalst worked closely with Music Director Joshua Bell and Principal Guest Conductor Murray Perahia. He grew the orchestra’s artistic activity in the U.K. and abroad, increasing its profitability, fundraising and marketing profile.
OPERA America announced that Timothy O’Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, has been elected the new chairman of OPERA America’s board of directors. He has been involved with OPERA America since 2006, when he participated in Leadership Advance, one of the organization’s professional development programs. He joined OPERA America’s board in 2011.
Chamber Music America (CMA) announced the appointment of pianist and composer Billy Childs as president of its board of directors, effective July 1. Childs is the organization’s ninth board president, and the first jazz musician elected to the position. Though principally a jazz artist, he holds a degree in classical composition and has composed extensively for classical chamber ensembles and orchestras. His widely acclaimed Jazz-Chamber Ensemble influentially merged contemporary jazz idioms with the instrumentation and orchestration of a traditional chamber ensemble.
Princeton University’s Department of Music has named saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa its new director of jazz. He begins his appointment this fall, succeeding program founder Dr. Anthony D. J. Branker.
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has appointed violinist/violist Matt Albert chair of its new Department of Chamber Music. Albert, a founding member of eighth blackbird and current director of chamber music at Meadows School of the Arts, joins U-M this September.
Carolina García Jayaram, president and CEO of United States Artists, a grant-making organization that supports the arts, is to take the same titles with the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation, which does much the same but for teenagers, ages 15 to 18. She succeeds Michael Kaiser, who has been serving as interim, and takes over June 20. Prior to her current position, assumed in 2014, García Jayaram was executive director of the Chicago Artists Coalition from 2010. TheChicago Tribune named her “Chicagoan of the Year in Arts” in 2013.
Ayden Adler, former senior VP and dean of the New World Symphony in Miami, is to be the new dean of the DePauw (IN) University School of Music, effective July 1. She succeeds D. Mark McCoy, who is to become the school’s president. Prior to New World, which she left when John Kieser arrived last August, Adler was from 2010-12 executive director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. From 2007-10 she was director of education and community partnerships for the Philadelphia Orchestra and before that in a similar position with the Atlanta Symphony.
Soprano Deborah Voigt will join the full-time faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the fall, giving private lesson and master classes. Her appearances on the opera stage are fewer than they once were, and she herself has said that she would one day devote much of her energy to teaching.
Jonathan Crow, in his fifth season as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is to be the next artistic director of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. He succeeds Douglas McNabney, who announced last month that he would leave at the end of the 2016 Festival, which runs July 14 to August 7. McNabney’s been in the job six years.
Kamilah Forbes, producer of HBO’s DEF Poetry Jam and the recent television version of The Wiz, is to be the next executive producer of the Apollo Theater, effective in September. Forbes’s credits include the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Goin’ On at the Kennedy Center; a month-long festival titled One Mic:Hip Hop Culture Worldwide; serving as associate director of the 2014 Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun; and cofounding and producing the East Harlem-based Hi¬ARTS/Hip Hop Theater Festival, now in its 15th year.
Opera Fort Collins has a new executive director in Elizabeth Telling, an English-horn player in the Knoxville and Colorado symphonies and president of Classical Revolution Northern Colorado, which performs in non-traditional places in Northern Colorado. She succeeds Vicki Fogel Mykles who retired last fall after eight years.
Michael Heaston, one of MusicalAmerica.com’s Key Influencers in 2015, is the new executive director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. He has been in the job since May 1, succeeding Brian Zeger. Heaston comes to the job after serving as head of both the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program.
Melanie Smith, executive director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus for the last decade, is to succeed Ruth A. Felt as president of San Francisco Performances. Felt, who founded the organization 36 years ago, is one of MusicalAmerica.com’s 2015 Key Influencers; she announced her decision last year to retire next fall. Smith will start in August. The appointment is a homecoming, since, prior to the Girls Chorus, Smith worked for San Francisco Performances for nine years as director of education/artistic administration.
Shruti Adhar, director of development and engagement for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has been appointed executive director of the Knights, the Brooklyn-based orchestra collective with a focus on contemporary music. She will oversee a staff of four and a budget of $1.2 million. Adhar succeeds Liz Mahler, who left in March to become artistic administrator of Carnegie Hall. Adhar, who starts her new job June 1, has worked in artistic administration at the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Music Fund.
Katie Salmon is the new promotion manager for North American territory at Universal Music Publishing Classical. She succeeds Mary Madigan, who had been acting in a consulting capacity and has returned to her own Madigan New Music firm. Salmon for the last year has been serving as concert series manager for St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Fifth Ave. Prior to that she was with Boosey & Hawkes.
The Rührtriennale, one of Europe's most cutting-edge festivals, has named German dramaturg Stefanie Carp as its next intendant, starting in 2018. She brings with her Swiss director Christoph Marthaler as Chef Regisseur (head director). He has been her partner at the helm of the Zürich Schauspielhaus since 2000.
Chris Lorway, founding artistic director of the Luminato Festival and head of programming and marketing for two Toronto concert halls, is to be the new executive director of Stanford University’s presenting series, Stanford Live, and its home base, Bing Concert Hall. He starts in late summer. Lorway, 43, succeeds Wiley Hausam, who left last fall after almost four years to become the artistic and executive director of the Broad Stage.
Graham Parker, general manager of classical radio WQXR for the last six years, is to be U.S. president of Universal Music Group’s classical labels: Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, Decca Classics, Mercury Classics, and ECM, all of which fall under the newly formed Verve Label Group, announced last week. He reports jointly to Verve’s new president and CEO Danny—son and manager of Tony—Bennett, and to Dickon Stainer, president and CEO of Global Classics for UMG. He will be based in New York.
The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has hired a skilled music administrator/fundraiser and non-academic as its next president: Paul W. Hogle, executive VP of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is to succeed Gary Hanson, who has been serving as interim since January. The previous president, Joel Smirnoff, exited CIM about a year ago.
Tulsa Opera, which in February hired a new CEO and general director in Gregory Weber, has announced composer Tobias Picker as its new artistic director, effective immediately. Picker, who left the same post with Opera San Antonio when his contract expired earlier this year, is among the country’s most performed opera composers; he also works in an advisory capacity with the newly revitalized New York City Opera.
On the heels of her first annual Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Voice Competition in March, the soprano announces that she is to be the company’s new artistic advisor, working “in close collaboration” with the artistic and music directors, Roman Ortega-Cowan and Bruce Stasyna, respectively. She will be engaged with repertoire, casting, programming, production. She will also provide concerts and masterclasses and continue to be involved with the vocal competition. Voigt is a onetime resident of the city.
Robert F. Smith, CEO and founder of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, is to be the new chairman of Carnegie Hall. He succeeds Mercedes T. Bass, who has been serving as acting chair since Ronald Perelman departed from an uneasy tenure as chairman. Smith, ranked No. 268 on Forbes’s list of wealthiest Americans, assumes his role immediately. He has been on the Carnegie board since 2013.
Caroline Newton, associate artist manager at Harrison Parrott, is to be the new executive producer of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. She will report to incoming Artistic Director Stephan Meier, who arrives in August to succeed Stephen Newbould. In her new job, Newton will oversee the troupe’s administrative functions, including management, production, and operations. She succeeds Jackie Newbould, who exits with her husband.
The Association of California Symphony Orchestras, which boasts some 300 member orchestras and presenters, has appointed Mitch Menchaca as executive director; he succeeds Kris Sinclair who retires after 31 years in the job at the end of September.
Christopher Barton, executive director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 2014, is to be the new executive director of the Orlando Philharmonic. He succeeds David Schillhammer, the “hero" of the orchestra, who left in February after 15 years; Schillhammer had been with the orchestra since its founding from the remnants of the defunct Florida Symphony.
The Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program, which has been turning around schools in Baltimore’s neediest communities since its founding eight years ago, has appointed its first-ever executive director in Baltimore native Raquel Whiting Gilmer, 43. Whiting Gilmer has been executive VP of academic learning for Learn It Systems, a "diversified education organization" serving more than 150 school districts nationwide. She has also worked as senior director of community and business development for Educate Online, a division of Sylvan Learning.
Neil Edwards, CEO of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, is to be the new president of the Honens Piano Competition, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Stephen McHolm, in the job for 12 years; McHolm remains, in the post of artistic director, until the end of 2016. Prior to his five years with Newfoundland, Edwards was executive director of the Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival Association and of Debut Atlantic, a presenting organization for emerging artists.
The Royal Society of Musicians, which provides financial assistance to musicians unable to work due to illness, accident, or old age, has named Judith Weir as its president, following the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies earlier this year. Weir is a composer and pedagogue whose teaching credits include Glasgow University and Princeton, Harvard, and Cardiff universities.
Laurence Marchand, director of production and artistic coordination at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris for the last 17 years, is to be the new chief operating officer of the Verbier Festival, effective in September. Marchand has been involved in the production and international co-production of multiple works across of wide range genres, including opera, music, and dance. Previously she was involved at IMG Artists in the touring activities of the Mariinsky Theater under Valery Gergiev and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra under John Eliot Gardiner, among others.
Dallas Opera Artistic Administrator Ian Derrer is to be the new general director of the Kentucky Opera, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds David Roth, who died suddenly a year ago after suffering a heart attack. Derrer, 41, began his work in the field as a member of the children’s chorus of the Charlotte Opera, now Opera Carolina. Prior to his current job in Dallas, he served for eight years as director of production for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and before that as rehearsal and music coordinator for the New York City Opera.
League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen announced that Sarah E. Kelly has been appointed to the position of vice president for development. A fundraising professional with more than twenty-five years of experience, Kelly has served as a senior staff member or a consultant to a cross-section of nonprofits. She most recently served as the vice president for advancement at Wheeling Jesuit University. During her tenure, she launched the university's most successful annual fund program, and established the organization's first one-day fundraising campaign, resulting in the largest single-day fundraising in the University's history.
The Newark Arts Council has selected Jeremy Johnson as executive director. He began his tenure on March 14, 2016. Johnson succeeds Linwood Oglesby, who retired after leading the organization for 17 years. Johnson served eight years as the Newark philanthropic liaison, a position funded by the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. In this role, he leveraged more than $50 million in private support for city initiatives. He also led a working group which became the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), a collective impact movement to increase college success among Newarkers.
The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo (ACGK) has selected Kristen Chesak as executive director. She began her tenure on June 1, 2016. Well known in Kalamazoo’s arts and nonprofit communities, Chesak has spent the past 22 years at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, the last ten years of which as its executive director.
The Board of Directors of The Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tad Czyzewski as its next executive director, effective with the 2016-17 season, providing dual leadership alongside Artistic Director Scott Tucker. Mr. Czyzewski was selected after a rigorous eight-month search to succeed retiring Executive Director Debra L. Kraft. Most recently, Czyzewski served as the Business and Development Director for the Washington Revels.
The Bowdoin International Music Festival has announced that Katherine Lehman has been appointed executive director. For the past six years Katherine has served as the director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (SSMF), a teaching festival held on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She has a long record of successful and innovative leadership in an organization remarkably similar to Bowdoin’s Festival.
Music on Main welcomed Melissa Tsang as artistic planning & operations manager. Melissa has previously been the Company Manager for Ballet BC, and has years of experience in arts administration, including work with Vancouver Opera and Gateway Theatre. She has also been closely involved with the Phoenix Chamber Choir, the BC Choral Federation, and the BC Choral Federation Youth Council.
Boosey & Hawkes has a new manager of marketing and communications, Carol Ann Cheung. She is replaces Patrick Gullo, who is now associate director of content and communications at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Ted Barron has been named executive director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. He has been serving as interim executive director since last fall and has served as senior associate director since 2010. Barron previously worked at Harvard University and Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation in Massachusetts.
The Conductors Guild announced the appointment of Jan Wilson as its new executive director. Ms. Wilson began her duties on June 1, 2016. Ms. Wilson succeeds Amanda Winger, who served as executive director for 10 years and is now director of Bach to rock in Midlothian, VA.
DePaul has selected internationally recognized composer Ronald Caltabiano to lead the School of Music as its next dean, effective July 1. Caltabiano currently serves as dean and professor at the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University.
Patricia San Pedro has joined the University of Miami as director of marketing & communications for the Frost School of Music. With a broad and varied multimedia background, San Pedro brings three decades of local, national, and international communications experience to the position, along with extensive personal, professional, and cultural connections in the music community.
Cal Performances at UC Berkeley announced the appointment of Susan L. Graham and Helen Meyer as co-chairs of its board of trustees. Their two-year term begins July 1. Together, Graham and Meyer represent highly recognized achievement in the fields of technology, sound, and cultural philanthropy. Susan Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emerita at UC Berkeley, and serves as a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Helen Meyer is the co-founder and executive vice president of the innovative audio engineering company Meyer Sound, and is a dedicated San Francisco Bay Area arts philanthropist.
TopTix, Ltd. announced that Tom Alexander has accepted the position of global director of marketing. Tom’s primary responsibility is to build global recognition of TopTix, its advanced Ticketing and CRM platform—SRO4, and to ensure efficient communication between TopTix and its growing client roster base about the ever-evolving functionalities of SRO4.
Broadcast Music, Inc. ®, (BMI has promoted Jessica Frost to executive director of industry relations. In her newly expanded role, Frost will continue her work to develop and cultivate relationships with industry associations and businesses across the country that use BMI music. Frost is based in Nashville and reports directly to Dan Spears, vice president of licensing, industry relations.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that facilities, program planning, and media expert Peter Mraz joins the firm as associate vice president. Based in ACG’s Chicago office, Mr. Mraz will expand the Facilities & Program Planning practice, providing comprehensive support to arts and culture organizations throughout North America. Mr. Mraz brings more than 12 years of experience to ACG including broadcast media outreach, audience development, and facility planning roles with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.
Joseph Specter, general director of Austin (TX) Opera, is to be the new president and general director of the Arizona Opera, effective July 1. He succeeds Ryan Taylor, who is the new chief executive of the Minnesota Opera. Specter, who is a onetime professional baritone, arrived in Austin in 2012, shortly after the company had sold its building to regain financial footing. He is credited with raising an additional $1.6 million and with rebranding the company to improve its profile and better connect with its community, changing the name from the Austin Lyric Opera to the Austin Opera and increasing its annual budget by 30 percent to about $5 million.
The English National Opera, whose recent financial and personnel crises have tended to overshadow its significant artistic achievements, has tapped American-born Daniel Kramer, 39, as its new artistic director, starting August 1. He succeeds John Berry, who resigned over a year ago. Berry first worked with the ENO in 2008, when he directed Birtwistle's Punch and Judy at the Young Vic, which subsequently won the South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
Ben Johnson, program manager at Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP-UCLA) in Los Angeles, is to be the new performing arts director for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. LA Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee, said he “championed” the position, "knowing the popularity and cultural value of live theater in Los Angeles.” He said he was particularly keen to focus on some of the city’s smaller, “more diverse” groups.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s chief executive of 10 years, Gavin Reid, steps down to take over the chief executive spot at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Reid is credited with hiring the current conducting staff, including Runnicles (retiring in August); forming a partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland (RCS), where he is on the board of governors; growing audiences through international touring and recording ventures; and successfully moving the orchestra into its new facility in City Halls, Glasgow.
The Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony has appointed a new executive director in Jenny Krueger, a onetime professional flutist currently serving as executive director of the Acadiana Symphony & Conservatory of Music in Lafayette, LA. At Acadiana, Krueger is credited with orchestrating a financial turnaround during her six-year tenure, doubling the donor base, launching new publications, and developing a music-education pilot program for four- and five-year-olds. Previously she was an events coordinator and fundraiser for The Seth Foundation in Broussard, LA.
Italian pianist Alessio Bax is to be artistic director of Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival effective in 2017 for three years. He succeeds cellist and UCLA professor Antonio Lysy, who founded the 28-year-old event at his family’s estate in Tuscany, Incontri in Terra di Siena. Bax, 38, is top prize winner of the Leeds and Hamamatsu piano competitions and onetime recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. In addition to concertizing internationally, he is on the faculty of Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, his alma mater.
The Kennedy Center has hired two new staff members: Rachelle Roe, previous director of public relations for nearly seven years at the Chicago Symphony under new CEO Deborah Rutter, and Kelly Carnes, director of communications and marketing at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Each takes the title of director of public relations, Roe overseeing all things classical, Carnes focusing on everything else, from dance and theater to the Kennedy Center Honors.
Mary Deissler is to be the new president of the Charlotte (NC) Symphony, as of June 1. She succeeds Robert Stickler, who is retiring. Deissler has been president of the Chicago Academy of the Arts for about one year. Prior to that, she was chief advancement officer of the Florida presenter Artis-Naples.
María Martínez Iturriaga has been appointed executive director of Berklee in Valencia, Spain, the music college’s first international campus. Iturriaga, a native of Spain, has worked at Berklee since 2008, most recently as the associate executive director and dean of admissions at Berklee in Valencia. The school credits her with doubling graduate enrollment and increasing applications threefold.
Staatsoper Stuttgart Opera Director Eva Kleinitz is to be the new general director of Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, starting in the 2017-18 season. Until then, she will carry the title of designated director and will work with the current director, Marc Clémeur, in planning future seasons. Clémeur will leave Strasourg Sept. 1, 2017. Kleinitz, 44, becomes the company’s first woman GD ever; the company was founded in 1972. She is currently president of the board of directors of Opera-Europa, the professional association of operas and festivals in Europe, and has been director of production at Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (2006-2010) and the Bregenz Festival (2003-2006).
Paul Kassel, professor of theatre arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz, will become dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Members of the NIU Board of Trustees endorsed his appointment April 14 following a national search. Kassel begins work July 1 in DeKalb.
Julianne Akins has been named executive director of Wintergreen Performing Arts, effective May 1. The new position was created during the arts organization’s recent reorganization. Akins will work with Erin Freeman, WPA’s artistic director, and the staff to continue the operation and growth of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy. Akins, who was selected through a national search, most recently served as business development manager for the Richmond Symphony.
Peter Liu has been named director of marketing for Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA). Liu is a Maui transplant from Silicon Valley, where he gained extensive experience in digital marketing, software engineering and management. On Maui since 2006, Liu co-founded the Maui Social Media Users Group, which gave rise to a generation of savvy digital marketing professionals. While freelancing as a technology and marketing consultant, he served as a core team member of TEDxMaui.
Music@Menlo has announced the appointment of Andrew Bradford as its new development director. A management fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2010-2011, Bradford has held professional positions at San Francisco Classical Voice, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and, most recently, as executive director for the Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts.
Jill Arbetter has been appointed executive director of the newly launched Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition (EOIVC). The EOIVC aims to give a young and talented violinist, ages 16-32 the tools necessary for building a strong foundation for success in the arts industry. Ms. Arbetter previously served as the director of Fine Musical Instruments at Skinner, Inc. in Boston.
ADA President and Founder Ana De Archuleta announced the creation of a new key position on the senior staff: vice president concerts and special projects. Curt Olds has been named to the position effective May 2, 2016.
Composer Larry Alan Smith will replace Steve Metcalf as curator of the Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series at The Hartt School. Smith is a faculty member and former dean of The Hartt School.
The Station Resource Group, a 32-year-old nonprofit organization of public broadcasting stations who support each other’s well-being through information sharing and strategizing, has announced a new initiative: Classical Music Rising. SRG’s choice to head this new initiative as managing director is industry veteran Wende Persons, recently re-surfaced after a summer sabbatical from consulting work for 21C Media Group. In the past, Persons has worked in marketing for classical stations WQXR in New York City and WQED in Pittsburgh, with American Public Media, and Universal Classics Group, as senior director of marketing for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Philips.
Jenny Wegg, onetime senior promotion manager for London-based Music Sales, has joined Oxford University Press, as head of repertoire promotion for music. Until recently, she has been acting as a consultant for a number of composers and for the Philharmonia’s 70th-anniversary exhibition. In her seven years at Music Sales, she managed the catalogs of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir John Tavener, and Tarik O’Regan, among others. She has also worked as press relations manager at the Southbank Centre.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has gained back a bit of autonomy by naming its director of artistic operations and administration, Stephen Collins, to the position of executive director. Previously that post was held by David Fay, the CEO of the Bushnell, home base to the orchestra. Musicians had always maintained that it was a conflict of interest for the orchestra to report to its landlord.
Alexander Scheirle, artistic and executive director of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Crested Butte, CO, is to be the new executive director of the
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as of May 1. He succeeds Krishna Thiagarajan. Scheirle knows the Orpheus model intimately, having used it as the basis for founding the self-governing Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie in 1990. He was a cellist in the group from its beginning and continued to perform even as he took over as executive and artistic director, from 2000 to 2007, a position from which he successful developed touring and recording opportunities for the ensemble. He was also instrumental in securing funding and sponsorships.
Toronto’s Luminato Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary with this year’s edition, June 10-26, has appointed Josephine Ridge to succeed Jörn Weisbrodt as artistic director. Ridge, an Australian, arrives after a three-year tenure as artistic director of the Melbourne Festival; her programming choices ranged from performances by the Melbourne Symphony to a retelling of King Lear through the Australian Indigenous experience. She is credited with providing the context for increases in audience engagement, box office revenue, and public and private support.
Tanja Dorn, former director and senior VP of IMG Artists Germany, has launched her own agency, Dorn Music. The Hanover, Germany-based management firm has at its start about a dozen artists on its roster, including conductor Kristjan Järvi and his Absolute Ensemble, pianists Jan Lisiecki and Christian Zacharias, violinist Chad Hoopes, and cellist Jan Vogler.
The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera has promoted Samantha Teter to the post of executive director. She has been serving as interim since Molly Sasse French announced her resignation on January 31. Teter first arrived in 2012 as the director of marketing and corporate partnerships; she was previously in a similar post with the Colorado Symphony from 2010-2012, and, before that, with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic from 2006-2010.
Jeff vom Saal, current executive director of the Marin (CA) Symphony, is to take the same post with the Spokane Symphony as of May 1, succeeding Brenda Nienhouse who left last July. The search was conducted by the Catherine French Group in conjunction with a committee of musicians, board and community members, staff, and Eckart Preu, whose contract as the orchestra’s music director was recently renewed.
Washington Ballet has announced that Julie Kent, who just retired last June after 29 years at the American Ballet Theater, most as principal, will take the position of artistic directory. Husband Victor Barbee, current associate artistic director of ABT, will take the same post in Washington. They start July 1.
The Bolshoi Theater has a new director of the ballet, Makharbek Vaziev (former chief of LaScala Ballet), who took up the position as of March 18. Sergei Filin, former artistic director of the Bolshoi, has accepted a new job with the Bolshoi, leading the newly created Studio/Workshop for Young Choreographers.
The Reno Chamber Orchestra has selected Gerald Gibbs as executive director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on February 1, 2016.
Fort Worth Opera has selected Mark Saville as director of development following a national search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on February 15, 2016. Saville previously held the position of senior development consultant and director of development at Arizona Opera. During this time, he doubled the organization’s donor base, implemented the company’s first formal development plan in eight years, and oversaw two successful $1 million campaigns.
Dart Music ups Kerri Fox-Metoyer to VP, strategy & marketing. Dart Music is the first fully automated digital distribution service built for classical musicians. Fox-Metoyer previously held executive positions at Sony Electronics, Sony Music & The Walt Disney Company.
Dr. Emily Threinen, currently associate professor at Temple University, has been named director of bands at University of Minnesota School of Music. Threinen will assume leadership of the Bands program beginning August 29, 2016.
The Newport Festivals Foundation has announced the appointment of bassist Christian McBride as the newest artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival. McBride will work alongside and eventually succeed George Wein.
The Board of Trustees of The Washington Chorus (TWC) announced the appointment of Chase Maggiano as executive director, following an extensive national search. Mr. Maggiano’s leadership of the Grammy Award-winning chorus will be effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Maggiano is currently executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.
The National Performance Network, which includes the Visual Artists Network, has named Caitlin Strokosch as its new president and CEO, effective July 2016. She succeeds MK Wegmann, who is retiring after 15 years of leading NPN/VAN.
CAMI Music Executive VP Toby Tumarkin has been announced as the new senior VP of artists and attractions for IMG Artists. He will be based in New York with the charge of producing new shows and expanding the “international scope” of the attractions roster.
Atlanta Ballet has announced that Bolshoi-trained Gennadi Nedvigin, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, will succeed John McFall as artistic director, starting August 1. He becomes the fourth artistic director of the 87-year-old troupe. McFall, also a onetime member of the San Francisco Ballet, announced in the fall that he would be retiring after a successful 20-year run that has seen the company rise in quality and international profile. He’ll officially exit June 1.
Peter Clark has been appointed as director of archives at the Metropolitan Opera, effective immediately. Clark attempted to retire precisely one year ago as Press Director after 30 years in the department. But when longtime Archivist Robert Tuggle passed away last month, company General Manager Peter Gelb picked up the phone and convinced Clark to return to the fold.
The Ulster Orchestra has appointed a new managing director in Richard Wigley. A former decade-long general manager of the BBC Philharmonic and executive at Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, Wigley most recently served as a consultant to the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
Violinist/conductor Scott Yoo is to be the new artistic director of the Mexico City Philharmonic. Yoo, who counts Dorothy Delay and Michael Tilson Thomas among his teachers, is currently the director of the Mozaic Festival of San Luis Obispo, CA, and Colorado College Music Festival; he is also artistic director of the Medellin Festicámara, a chamber music program for under-privileged students.
Joseph Volpe is to be the interim managing director of the Sarasota Ballet, replacing Mary Anne Servian, whose contract was not renewed after five years, due to conflicts with Director Iain Webb. Volpe will work with Webb and Board Chair Hillary Steele to find a permanent managing director; in the meantime they will restructure the company’s business model to make clear the lines of authority.
Make Music New York, a city-wide concert collective that organizes and promotes hundreds of free outdoor performances twice annually, at the summer and winter solstices, has announced the appointment of Jenny Undercofler as executive director. She succeeds Aaron Friedman, MMNY founder, who recently was named executive director of the national Make Music Alliance. Friedman becomes chairman of MMNY, which is now in its ninth year.
Lincoln Center International announced the promotion of Russell Granet from executive director of Lincoln Center Education to executive vice president of Lincoln Center Education, Community Engagement, and International. It’s a new position and one that covers a recent vacancy (and salary), that of managing director of Lincoln Center International, formerly occupied by Kara Medoff Barnett, the new executive director of the American Ballet Theater.
Kim Gaynor, managing director of the Verbier Festival for the last decade, is to be the new general director of the Vancouver Opera. The company announced in June that it would be moving from a nine-month season to a three-week festival starting in Spring of 2017. Cuts to the $10 million budget, including staffing, are anticipated. Gaynor takes over in July of this year, succeeding James Wright, who is retiring after 17 years.
David Holloway, director of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, is to be artistic director of El Paso Opera starting next season for three years. Prior to Santa Fe, with which he has been affiliated since 2005, Holloway was head of voice at Chicago College of Performing Arts. He is a former professional baritone, having sung for seven seasons at the Met Opera and ten at the Deutsche Oper.
Gregory Weber, director of operations and administration for the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan State University, is to become general director and CEO of the Tulsa Opera. It’s a new position, but Weber is not new to the company. In fact, just prior to Wharton, he had been, for a mere nine months, managing director of the Tulsa Opera, after having been director of production for the San Francsico Opera for three years.
Daniel Hyde is to be the new organist and director of music for St. Thomas [Episcopal] Church at Fifth Avenue in New York, as of the summer. He succeeds the longtime and much admired John Scott, who died in August after a heart attack at the age of 59. Hyde is organist and choirmaster at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he is also on the music faculty.
Mitsuko Uchida, acclaimed pianist, Marlboro Music Festival director, is to be the music director of the Ojai Music Festival on the occasion of its 75th-anniversary season, June 10-13, 2021. Ojai Artistic Director Thomas Morris is clearly planning ahead, having already named Peter Sellars as music director for the current season (June 9-12), Vijay Iyer for the following (June 8-11, 2017), and Esa-Pekka Salonen for 2018 (June 7-10). Today’s announcement of the 75th-season music director also includes those for 2019 (soprano/conductor Barbara Hannigan) and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya in 2020.
Paris Opera General Director Stéphane Lissner announced that Aurélie Dupont, a former star of the Opera Ballet, would succeed Benjamin Millepied, who quit earlier this week. Dupont, 43, retired on May 18, after a performance of L'Histoire de Manon at the Palais Garnier. She achieved the étoile (“star”) distinction on December 31, 1998, with a performance of Nureyev’s Don Quixote.
Mauro Bigonzetti, an Italian choreographer known for his work in contemporary ballet, was announced as the new director of La Scala Ballet—a surprising choice for a house that favors the classical tradition. His arrival comes after the surprise resignation of Makhar Vaziev, who accepted an offer to direct the Bolshoi Theater Ballet with three years remaining on his La Scala contract.
Liz Mahler, executive director of the Brooklyn based orchestral "collective" The Knights, is to join Carnegie Hall on March 1 as artistic administrator. She will succeed Kathy Schuman, who has left after 14 years to become new VP and artistic director of G. Schirmer, Inc./Associated Music Publishers/Music Sales Corporation.
Ubiquitous choral composer John Rutter is to succeed Sir David Willcocks as president of the Association of British Choral Directors; Rutter, whose works are among the most frequently performed of any living composer, is a founding member of ABCD. Sir David served as president from the organization's foundation in 1986 until he died in September.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has hired Eric Valliere, executive director of Symphony New Hampshire, as assistant artistic administrator, reporting into Anthony Fogg and succeeding Benjamin Schwartz, who left three years ago to become director of artistic planning for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Valliere is credited with vastly expanding the orchestra’s programming, educational initiatives, funding, and audience reach.
Paul Meecham will leave his job as president and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to take the same post with the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, effective July 1. He succeeds Patricia A. Richards, who has been serving as interim since Melia P. Tourangeau left last spring to take the administrative helm of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Meecham has been admiring the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s “artistic and institutional growth” from afar, noting the “forward-thinking” leadership of the symphony’s Music Director Thierry Fisher and the opera’s Artistic Director Christopher McBeth.
Eric Gautron has been appointed technical director of Glyndebourne. Eric is currently technical director of The Metropolitan Opera in New York, a role he has occupied since September 2013 after joining the company as associate technical director in January 2012. Eric’s previous experience includes four years with Ex Machina, a multidisciplinary production company under the artistic direction of director Robert Lepage.
InstantEncore Inc. has appointed Chris Montgomery chief executive officer. His leadership experience includes posts as executive vice president for commercial development at the Royal Conservatory and global vice president of marketing at EMI Classics. Montgomery has also consulted on digital media and strategy for such companies as Target, British Telecom, and Sony. He holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s in music from the University of Western Ontario.
Abra Bush, DMA, has joined the leadership at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as senior associate dean of institute studies. She will oversee faculty and curriculum while helping lead the ongoing development and implementation of a reinvigorated Conservatory model that is financially sustainable, supports an increasingly selective professional program, and strengthens the relationship between the Conservatory and the Preparatory to better serve all of our students. Most recently, Abra served as director of the Music Division at the Boston Conservatory.
Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria has a new chief executive. She is Sibylle Jackson, who moves into this position after many years as artist manager and director of the UK-based music agency Hazard Chase, for which she remains a consultant. Founded by Gidon Kremer in 1981, Lockenhaus Festival’s Artistic Director since 2012 is the celebrated German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.
United Arts of Central Florida has selected Erica Henri as director of development. She began her tenure on January 4, 2016 after serving as interim director of development for five months.
The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA, has selected Andrew Horwitz as vice president, director of cultural programs. He began his tenure on January 4, 2016.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that museum planner and industry specialist Carolynne Harris has joined the firm as vice president to lead its new museum practice. Based in ACG’s Denver office, she brings more than 25 years of museum and visitor experience to the firm, including successful leadership roles with organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
On January 6, 2016, Denver Film Society (DFS) announced Andrew Rogers as executive director. Rogers will begin his tenure on March 14, 2016.
ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council has selected Bruce W. Davis as president and chief executive officer. He began his tenure on February 8, 2016. “Davis’ proven ability to grow nonprofits and raise significant private investments makes him a terrific fit with our strategic plan and the right leader to foster new creative ways to promote, support, and advocate for the arts across the Kansas City region,” said Brad Douglas, search committee chair and incoming board chair.
Phoenix Art Museum has selected Kirsten Peterson Johansen as deputy director, advancement. She began her tenure on January 14, 2016.
CivicStory announced the appointment of Managing Director Marissa Klapwald of New Providence. In this role, Ms. Klapwald will work with Founder/Creative Director Susan Haig and the CivicStory board and team to increase CivicStory.org's audience and impact in the tristate area and beyond.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the appointment of Maurine Knighton as director of its Performing Arts Program following a nationwide search. Knighton is currently senior vice president at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and has advised the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Arts Presenters Ensemble Theater.
Paul Hawkshaw will retire as director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival following the 2016 season. He is to be succeeded by Melvin Chen, the current deputy dean of the Yale School of Music.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Trustees Linda Bowden and David Huber will assume leadership as Co-Chairs of the NJSO Board of Trustees, succeeding current Co-Chairs Ruth Lipper and Stephen Sichak Jr. Bowden—New Jersey Regional President of PNC Bank—and Huber—Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey—bring years of experience on the NJSO Board, as well as strong business acumen and statewide profiles, to their new roles as co-chairs.
Simon Goldstone, longtime artist manager specializing in opera, has joined the UK-based Rayfield Allied agency as director: opera. He comes from Intermusica, where he was director of vocal and opera, and brings with him 20 artists, including singers Venera Gimadieva and Alexey Lavrov, as well as Stage Director James Robinson.
Longtime theater critic Michael Feingold has returned to the Village Voice, having been laid off, like virtually all of his VV colleagues who covered the fine arts, two-plus years ago. He explains in his return piece that he’ll be writing a twice-monthly column, covering not just theater but “music, especially the kinds that receive less media attention these days — classical, opera, new music, cabaret, show music.”
The Center for Arts Education, which provides programs and teacher training in the arts to public schools in New York City, has appointed New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Lisa Robb as its next executive director. She succeeds Eric G. Pryor, who left last summer to become head of the Harlem School of the Arts. Robb starts her new job in February.
Sophie Galaise, chief executive of the Queensland (AU) Symphony Orchestra since 2013, is to be the new managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), effective in April. She succeeds Libby Antsis, who has been acting in the role since the departure of Patrick Pickett, who left in 2012 to take over the Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Janelle McCoy is the new executive director of the Oregon Bach Festival. She arrives in the job from having held the same title with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for 18 months and, before that, with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia for four years. McCoy succeeds John Evans, whose title was general director and president. He left one year ago after seven years in the job.
Anya Grundmann has been moved up on the org chart at NPR to the new position of VP of programming and audience development. She is charged with acquiring and creating offerings across all digital platforms that will attract new listeners; she reports jointly into the audience development and news/editorial departments.
Minnesota Opera will have a new president and general director as of May 1. He is Ryan Taylor, a former resident artist at the company and the current general director of the Arizona Opera. Following a decade-long career onstage as a baritone, Taylor has worked in the arts in a variety of administrative and management roles. He started with the Arizona Opera in 2012 as director of artistic administration and was named general director in 2013. He is said to have had much success there as a fund raiser.
Pamela Tatge, current director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, is to be the new executive director of Jacob’s Pillow, the country’s longest running dance festival. She starts in April and succeeds Ella Baff, in the job from 1998 to 2015. Tatge has been director of the 11-building arts center complex at Weslyan since 1999, overseeing all music, dance, theater, and visual arts programming. During her tenure, the center has become known for its contemporary dance programming, including the Breaking Ground Dance Series, and the DanceMasters Weekend, a three-day total immersion for students and instructors throughout the state.
The American Ballet Theatre has appointed Cynthia Harvey, a former principal dancer with the company, artistic director of its Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, effective next May. She succeeds the retiring Franco De Vita, the school’s principal from 2005 and artistic director from 2013. ABT also has announced that its new company executive director is to be Kara Medoff Barnett, 37, a recruit from Lincoln Center. She starts February 16, succeeding Rachel S. Moore who left last summer to take the helm of the Los Angeles Music Center.
Anastasia Boudanoque has left her position as artist manager and executive producer at Columbia Artists Management Inc. to launch her own firm, Primavera Consulting, “focused on producing high-end classical entertainment events and consulting performing arts organizations globally.”
The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, of Carthage, ME, has appointed pianist Mihae Leeits new music director, effective immediately. Lee succeeds Laurie Kennedy in the position.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that development and revenue enhancement expert Shawn D. Ingram has joined the firm as associate vice president. Based in ACG’s Los Angeles office, Mr. Ingram brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management expertise to the firm, including successful development roles with organizations such as the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, Laguna Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, and the San Diego LGBT Community Center. As associate vice president, Mr. Ingram will collaborate with arts and culture organizations to help maximize revenue and achieve financial stability.
ACG also announced that development, marketing, and communications expert Bill Melamed joins the firm as vice president. Based in ACG’s Chicago office, Mr. Melamed brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to the firm with a deep background in maximizing earned and contributed revenues, board engagement, and brand enhancement. Mr. Melamed will partner with arts and culture organizations to bring data-driven donor research and market demographic strategies that enhance revenues, increase brand awareness, build stronger external relationships, and engage boards in strengthening capacity.
Brooke Bryant has joined the Kaufman Music Center team as director of development. Previously, she served as assistant director, strategic partnerships and major gifts officer at the Hospital for Special Surgery and major gifts officer at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Ms. Bryant will oversee Kaufman Music Center's fundraising initiatives and execute a strategic plan to develop a robust major gifts program. She has a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center and a background as a music educator.
Lacey Huszcza and Karin Burns, two long-time Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) staff members, have been promoted to key senior positions, according to LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. Huszcza was named senior director of advancement and strategic engagement, and Burns was promoted to director of finance and administration. Harrison also announced three administrative appointments: Sarah Singer as director of advancement and leadership giving, a newly created position; Monica Miklas as annual giving and special events manager; and Marie-Françoise Theodore as executive assistant.
Portland Japanese Garden has selected Tom Cirillo as chief development officer. Cirillo began his tenure on June 8, 2015. A member of the Portland area arts and culture community for over a decade, Cirillo most recently served as executive director and CEO of the Portland Baroque Orchestra from 2004 until 2015.
Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) has selected Graham Morris as executive director. Morris began his tenure on August 17, 2015. Morris comes to JASO with extensive experience in a variety of non-profit, economic development, and tourism management roles spanning the worlds of sports, business, and cultural arts. For the past six years, he led the Salem Multicultural Institute and its award-winning World Beat Festival, which promotes cultural exchange and commitment.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has promoted Taryn Lott to assistant director of public relations.
The Chicago Opera Theater has announced the appointment of Ashley Magnus as director of development. Ms. Magnus began her tenure in September. Ashley comes to COT from the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera; she served more than seven years in the development department, most recently as the Director of Corporate Partnerships, where she increased contributed revenue through creative sponsorships, community outreach, and cause-related marketing projects.
The Salt Bay Chamberfest has announced the appointment of Kimberly Keller as managing director, effective Jan. 4, 2016. A 2013 alumna of Elizabethtown College, Kimberly earned her bachelor of arts in music degree while also studying business administration. Most recently, she has worked in development for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City announced that Waddy Thompson has joined the organization as its new director of development as of November 23, 2015. Mr. Thompson has 30 years of experience in arts administration and fundraising for organizations that include Symphony Space, OPERA America, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and most recently, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, where he was executive director.
Ballet West has a new music director in Tara Simoncic, currently associate conductor of the Greenwich (CT). She succeeds Terence Kern, who retired in 2012. She’ll conduct four of the company’s five programs per season, as well as overseeing a staff that includes two part-time rehearsal pianists and an associate conductor.
Jean-Louis Grinda, 56, has been designated as the new artistic director of Chorégies d'Orange, a summer opera festival in Orange, France, with the 2017-18 season. He was chosen to succeed Ramond Duffaut during a board of directors meeting on December 21. Grinda will assume the title of "designated director" in January to begin planning future seasons.
The Detroit Symphony has elected Mark A. Davidoff, Michigan managing partner for the consulting firm Deloitte LLP, to be its new board chairman. Davidoff, one of Crain’s “Most Connected People” and recognized as a key civic leader, starts his job immediately. The Wayne State University grad has been a trustee since 2011 and is an architect of the orchestra’s 10-year plan, “BluePrint: 2023.”
The Pittsburgh Symphony is soon to be under entirely new management. Following the appointment in May of Melia Peters Tourangeau to succeed James A. Wilkonson as president and CEO, the orchestra also will bring a new COO on board as of January 1. He is Christian Schörnich, whose most recent job at the United Nations, where he worked for 15 years, was senior consultant for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He has also been a consultant for a research company in Boston. Prior to that he was a manager at the Munich International Airport.
David Hyslop, famed interim orchestra executive director, has just taken over the Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony’s chief administrative job temporarily, filling in while a search gets underway for a successor to Jennifer Teisinger, who is to become executive director of the Bravo! Vail (CO) Music Festival next month.
Kathy Schuman, artistic administrator of Carnegie Hall, is to be the new VP and artistic director of G. Schirmer, Inc./Associated Music Publishers/Music Sales Corporation, effective February 1. She succeeds Robert Thompson, who in July was named president of the Music Sales Corporation. He had succeeded Kristin Lancino in the VP job in 2013.
Tamara Nuzzaci Park has been appointed executive director of The Breckenridge Music Festival; her appointment became effective November 2, 2015. Ms. Nuzzaci Park brings more than a decade of diverse non-profit experience in the arts and cultural sector to the Festival, including having served as part-time director of development for BMF over the past two years.
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has announced that James W. Palermo has been appointed managing director. “Jim has made a significant impact as interim executive director in a very short period of time, so it felt natural to ask him to extend his commitment as managing director to continue the transformational work he has begun,” said Ben Eisbart, chairman of the Search Committee and Board chairman.
Mesa Arts Center has appointed George Nunes as its new director of development. Mr. Nunes most recently worked as development director at Ballet Arizona. Prior to that he held positions at Seattle Art Museum and Pacific Northwest Ballet, among other organizations.
Pianist Daniil Trifonov has been announced as the 52nd member of the New York Philharmonic’s board of directors. “Daniil Trifonov will be an outstanding addition,” said Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer. “His insights as a young musician who travels the world will bring an immensely valuable perspective.”
Lincoln Center has hired a television journalist with stellar financial credentials to be chief of public relations and media strategy. She will report into the brand and marketing department. Mary Caraccioli’s most recent job, from which she departed in August, was with Al Jazeera America, where she was senior VP of news and planning. She has created and anchored broadcast, cable, and digital news programs throughout her career, for outlets ranging from ABC’s LiveWell TV Network, to Fox, CNBC, and the personal finance website TheMoneyConfidante.com.
Sebastian F. Schwarz, deputy artistic director of Theater an der Wien, is to be the new general director of Glyndebourne. He starts in May, concurrent with the 2016 Festival, and succeeds David Pickard, the new director of the BBC Proms.
Matthew Hamilton has been appointed choral director of the famed Hallé Choir; he succeeds Madeleine Venner. He is the current associate director of the London Symphony Chorus and music director of the New London Chamber and Reading Bach choirs. He has previously worked with the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus, among many others.
The Curtis Institute of Music has appointed a new VP of external affairs and patron engagement. She is Kathryn Bezella, previously with the Wharton School [of business] at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as director of strategy and communications and, for two years, interim director of MBA admissions.
Dan Bauer joins the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as senior director of public and media relations. He succeeds Deb Kinzler, who was in the job for four months before exiting last April. Bauer, 52, worked for Princeton’s McCarter Theater Center for 25 years as director of public and community relations. Subsequently he directed marketing and PR at George Street Playhouse. For the last 18 months he has represented clients on a free-lance basis.
Washington, D.C.-based Opera Lafayette, founded 20 years ago, has announced that William J. H. Chapman will be its first official general manager, effective December 1, 2015. Chapman’s most recent employment was with Ricardo Barreto Cultural Consultants, where clients included the Handel and Haydn Society, ArtsBoston, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Before that he was executive director of Monadnock Music, where he is credited with raising audience participation as well as donations.
The Friars Club (New York, NY), now in its 111th year, has announced the creation of a new position, director of programs/special entertainment events, to which Mr. Bob Spiotto has been appointed. Mr. Spiotto brings more than 30 years of arts management, directing, producing and performing experience to his new role. Previously Mr. Spiotto notably served as the first executive director/artistic director of the historic Suffolk Theater (Riverhead, NY), spearheading their grand re-opening after more than 25 years of dormancy. He also served for more than 20 years as the executive producer/artistic director for Hofstra Entertainment at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY).
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced that industry veteran Martin Bragg will join the firm effective December 1, 2015 as senior vice president at Arts Consulting Group Canada, Ltd. Based in ACG’s Calgary office, Mr. Bragg will lead the firm’s Canadian subsidiary in partnership with ACG President Bruce D. Thibodeau and the ACG senior vice presidents throughout North America.
William R. Biddle has been selected through a national search to lead Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Long Island’s premier performing arts venue. Biddle comes to LIU after 12 years as the founding executive director of the Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
The Board of Opera Naples has announced that Dennis Hanthorn will become general director of the organization effective November 15. Mr. Hanthorn has more than 30 years in the industry serving as the senior executive of three consecutive city opera companies. He is particularly known for getting new initiatives off the ground and helping them flourish. Most recently, he was general director and CEO of The Atlanta Opera from 2004-2012.
Canadian Music Centre / Centre de musique canadienne (CMC) announced the appointment of Sean Bickerton as Director – B.C. Region. “I relish the opportunity to serve as a champion for Canadian music and culture in my home province of BC,” says Bickerton. “I look forward to working closely with CMC's cadre of internationally recognized composers with the goal of creating rich experiences for the devoted family of patrons dedicated to their exquisite music."
Philanthropist and technological entrepreneur David C. Bohnett took the helm as the Canadian Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' Chairman of the Board effective November 18. Rachel Fine stepped into the role of managing director on November 11, replacing Tania Camargo who left to join Figura Media/Brazil Production Services, a documentary production company based in Los Angeles and Brazil.
Anna M. Thompson has been named executive director of the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham after a national search. Thompson comes to UAB from the University of Notre Dame, where she served for eight years as executive director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Judd and Mary Lou Leighton director for the performing arts.
Opera Naples, (FL) has a new general director, chosen after a six-month search and over 70 applications. He is Dennis Hanthorne, 63, former general director of the Atlanta Opera and, before that, of the Milwaukee Florentine Opera Company. He succeeds Carol Shaw, who retired as executive director and CEO in June.
Patrick J. Nugent is the new executive director and chief development officer of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Jeth Mill, who retired last spring after two years in the job. Nugent, who holds a PhD in the History of Christianity and a Masters of Divinity from The University of Chicago, comes to Annapolis from the Beech Acres Parenting Center in Cincinnati, where he served as VP for development and marketing. He is also the co-pastor of a church in Cincinnati and a Quaker minister.
Makhar Vaziev will succeed Sergei Filin as head of the Bolshoi Ballet, as of March 18, 2016. Vaziev, 54, is the current head of La Scala Ballet Company, where he has been for seven years. Previously he was the director of the Mariinsky Ballet, from 1995-2008; he is also a former principal with the Mariinsky. Vaziev, a graduate of the Vaganova Academy, only recently renewed his contract in Milan, according to Kommersant.
Terri Trotter is to become president and CEO of the Midland (MI) Center for the Arts. The appointment takes effect in January. Trotter will succeed Michael D. Hayes, who will retire after five years in the job.
The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, (SFCMP) has a new executive director in Lisa Oman. Oman most recently served as finance director for the University of California Humanities Department. Before that she was founding executive director of Composers and Schools in Concert, a program designed to teach high school students an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary music composition.
Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony’s administrative chief Jennifer Teisinger has been identified as the new executive director of the Bravo! Vail (CO) Music Festival, effective January 19. Board Chair Dan Godec noted that his new hire had spent nine years in her last job, where she gets credit for raising $5 million toward a new venue, the Sun Valley Pavilion. Godec also said that audiences and contributions had experienced “unprecedented growth” on her watch.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Education Programs Manager Benjamin Cadwallader is to be the new executive director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, effective in November. Cadwallader, a Vermont native, said he was looking forward to working with longtime Music Director Jaime Laredo. The orchestra, founded in 1935, is the only fully professional one in the state.
Maureen O’Brien has been appointed senior VP of development for the New World Symphony, O’Brien comes from the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, where she began at its inception in 2009 as manager for individual giving and worked her way up to her current position as director of institutional advancement. Prior to MIM, O’Brien was assistant director of development at the Orchestra of St. Lukes and development director for Midori & Friends..
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, (TSO) has created a new position, vice president, innovation, and placed new music advocate, cellist, writer, recordings producer, and general all-round artistic entrepreneur Adrian Fung in the job, starting October 13. Fung is artistic director of Toronto’s Mooredale Concert series and is a founding member of the Afiara Quartet; he has won multiple awards as a cellist. In his new position he will be involved with education and outreach programs, including collaborations with local groups. In general, according to TSO CEO Jeff Melanson, he will focus on artistic, social, and economic innovation at the TSO.
The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, which oversees the city’s Mozart museums, offers concerts, and supports academic research surrounding its namesake, has announced two key appointments: Maren Hofmeister, artistic director of the Arenaria GmbH, producer of opera in the quarry at St. Margarethen, and director of music and the arts at the Esterházy Private Foundation in Eisenstadt, as of April of 2016. From 2018 she will also be responsible for planning and organizing the Mozart Week. She will continue her work with the Esterházy Foundation and the St. Margarethen Quarry. The Foundation has also appointed Tobias Debuch as its managing director, effective December 1. He will oversee financial planning, business management, and personnel. A trained musician, Debuch has taught arts and music management at the University of Lüneburg and at the Macromedia Academy of Media and Communication in Hamburg.
Matthew Spivey, VP and general manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is to become director of artistic planning for the San Francisco Symphony, as of November 9. Spivey, 34, will work with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas in programming, touring, recording, and commissioning new work, and serve as a member of the executive management team.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, at the University of Maryland has announced the appointment of Richard Scerbo as the new director of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival(NOI+F). The institute is a four-week program of intensive study for orchestral musicians on the thresholds of their professional careers. Mr. Scerbo is responsible for the executive and artistic leadership of all aspects of the curricular, educational and performance elements of an orchestral institute.He will also provide artistic leadership and strategic guidance for developing a robust community-driven festival that seeks to re-imagine the orchestral experience for both artists and audience.
Dan Coleman formerly the grants manager at The Cleveland Orchestra is now the governing members gift officer and assistant director of planned giving at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Foundation, [Phoenicia, NY] announced the addition of Paul Llobet M.D. executive director of Margaretville Hospital and co-owner of Llobet Medical Services. Dr. Llobet will serve as the Board of Trustees president. Also appointed as first vice president of the Board is Michael Cioffi, a local entrepreneur. David Hirschman, a New Jersey-based commercial realtor, will serve as second vice president.
MasterVoices, announced the appointment of two new co-chairs of its Board of Directors, Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles, to succeed its former co-chairs, Susan Baker and George Grumbach.
The Robin Hood Foundation, which defines itself as “New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization” has appointed former Lincoln Center President Reynold Levy as its president and, in all likelihood. The position, effective Oct. 1, is a new one, designed to “supplement” the work of Executive Director David Saltzman and his staff in raising funds and creating programs for New York City’s neediest. Levy is hardly new to the cause, having run the International Rescue Committee, among other non-profits, prior to his stint at Lincoln Center.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, whose CEO Charles Owens steps down on September 30, has hired Ralph Craviso, a labor-relations executive, as interim. Craviso’s Manhattan-based consulting firm was retained by the RPO in 2012 to deal with frosty relationship between Owens and then Music Director Arild Remmereit.
Christopher Merkle is the new director of artistic operations for the The Savannah (GA) Philharmonic; he was previously manager of orchestral operations at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
The The Butler (IN) University Arts Center, a four-venue arts complex, has announced the appointment of Ty Sutton as its new executive director, effective Oct. 19. Sutton has for three years been the general manager of the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX.
Kristin Lancino, whose resume includes top positions at IMG Artists, G. Schirmer, and Carnegie Hall, is to be the new president and artistic director of the La Jolla (CA) Music Society. She starts Oct. 15. At La Jolla, she succeeds Christopher Beach, who takes the title of theater and development consultant on a part-time basis, as well as artistic director emeritus. Beach’s responsibilities will be focused on a new concert hall, the Conrad, expected to open in the next few years, according to Board Chair Martha Dennis.
San Francisco Opera announced Associate General Director Matthew Shilvock as the successor to David Gockley, who one year ago announced his intent to step down as general director at the close of the 2015-16 season. Shilvock, 39, takes the title general director designate until then. He has signed a five-year contract.
English National Opera announced that Dr. Harry Brünjes, who stepped in to replace Martyn Rose as acting chairman last February, has taken the position permanently, and Cressida Pollock, appointed interim CEO after Henriette Götz quit (following Rose’s departure), has extended her contract for another three years. The company embarks on its 2015-16 season on September 26 with hostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This marks its first season with Mark Wigglesworth as music director.
The Victoria (CA) Symphony, celebrating its 75th-anniversary season, has announced Kathryn Laurin as its next executive director; she will succeed Mitchell Krieger when he retires at the end of 2015-16.
James Roe, president and executive director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2013, is to take the same position with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, succeeding Katy Clark, who recently moved on to become president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The Kentucky Opera has announced a new management team: Joseph Mechavich, principal conductor since 2010, has been named artistic director, which obliges him to conduct two of the season’s three productions and to plan, to cast 2016-17 and 2017-18, and oversee all artistic operations. Former Production Director Chuck Schmidt, who was with the company for 15 years before he moved to the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts in June, will serve as production director both to the Kentucky Center, where the company is based, and the opera. Board President and attorney William Blodgett will remain as acting general director.
The New York based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has named violinist Eric Wyrick, a member of the ensemble since 1988, as its new artistic coordinator. The self-governing, conductor-less orchestra has two additional “artistic leaders” with whom Wyrick will collaborate: violinist/personnel coordinator Laura Frautschi and violist/programming coordinator Dov Scheindlin.
The George London Foundation for Singers has named John Hauser as artistic director, a new position, aligned with Foundation President Nora London. Hauser served from 2008-2015 as director of the rehearsal department of the Metropolitan Opera. Prior to that he worked with Matthew Epstein as a managerial associate at Columbia Artists Management. He was also involved in artistic administration at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and worked in management for American Airlines.
Cleveland Orchestra General Manager Jennifer Barlament is to become the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new executive director, effective in January. She leaves Cleveland as Gary Hanson retires as that orchestra’s executive director and André Gremellit succeeds him.
The Boston-based Handel and Haydn Society, about to enter its bicentennial season, has appointed David Snead as its new president and CEO. Snead is a marketing expert; his current position is VP of marketing, brand and consumer experience at the New York Philharmonic. He has been with that orchestra for 14 years. On Oct. 13, he officially succeeds Marie-Helene Bernard as CEO of the H & H. She is the new president and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony.
Deutsche Grammophon has a new president in Clemens Trautmann; he succeeds Mark Wilkinson, who has been moved to VP of International Strategy & Artist Development for Universal Classical. Trautmann, who has both a master of music from Juilliard and a law degree, has been for the last six years with Axel Springer, a leading digital publishing company in Germany. Most recently he was managing director of the company’s online business, Immonet, and served as chief of staff for the company’s CEO. He has largely been focussed on developing new business and “driving digital change.”
Rob Steele has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts in Delray Beach, Florida. He began his new role on August 24, 2015. Steele comes to Delray Beach from Pennsylvania, where he spent the last 10 years as executive director of the Williamsport Community Arts Center.
Karim Eric Baer has been appointed of executive director of Alonzo King LINES Ballet after a national search conducted by the Arts Consulting Group. Mr. Baer began his new role on September 10, 2015. Baer most recently served as the director of public programs & performances at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), a private, non-profit institution of higher education based in San Francisco.
Stephanie Janes, former senior communications manager of the Celebrity Series of Boston, has founded her own publicity firm, Stephanie Janes PR. She services performing arts clients with publicity services, social media, and project management.
Lizabeth Rolfson has been appointed marketing & PR director at OK Mozart Festival, effective June 30, 2015.
Starting in the summer of 2016, the German composer Wolfgang Rihm will assume overall artistic directorship of the Lucerne Festival Academy. The conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher will support him as Principal Conductor and will be responsible each summer for a central Academy program; he will additionally focus on developing the Academy Orchestra. Both contracts are for a period of five years.
Townsend Plant, DMA, has joined the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as its first associate dean for enrollment and Student Life. In this role, he will oversee admissions, financial aid, the office of the registrar, and student affairs. Prior to joining Peabody, he directed admissions and recruitment for the School of Music at Ithaca College and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Music@Menlo has appointed Claire Graham as communications director. She succeeds Shayne Olson, and will take on the promotion of Music@Menlo's Summer Festival and Winter Series concerts. Claire previously worked as communications manager for an international organization in Paris, France before relocating to California.
Spitalfields Music has named Eleanor Gussman as chief executive. Gussman is the former head of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery program through which, among other achievements, she managed to arrange for young musicians from East London to perform in the London Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies. Prior to leading LSO Discovery, she oversaw that orchestra’s artist development program and worked for the Asian Music Circuit.
Gloria S. Kim, associate dean for artistic programming and operations at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is to be the new VP of artistic operations at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In her newly created position, Kim will be responsible for SFC’s presentations and community engagement activities, both on and off campus. She is charged with creating new partnerships and with “enhancing the experience” of campus visitors.
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, keen to evolve with the ever morphing music world it serves, has appointed another new tech/investment strategist in Mark Sperling. He assumes the title of senior VP, strategy and business development, reporting directly to Alice Kim, chief strategy and development officer, who was appointed in April.
Scott Harrison, credited with launching the Detroit Symphony “Live from Symphony Hall” series that has helped revitalize that orchestra and raise its profile, is to be the new executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Harrison, whose current DSO title is vice president for advancement and external relations, steps into a post that was vacated in February by Rachel Fine. Harrison, 35, starts in October.
Recently named St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto is to be the new artistic director of the ACO Collective (formerly known as ACO2), which puts Australian Chamber Orchestra musicians together with young artists at the start of their careers. Kuusisto, 38, is a violinist/conductor who is known for his “out of the box” thinking with respect to concert formats and his keen interest in contemporary music. He has performed regularly with the ACO since 2001.
Dame Fanny Waterman, chairman and artistic director of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition has chosen to succeed her as co-artistic directors pianist Paul Lewis and BBC Radio 3 Senior Editor Adam Gatehouse, also founder of the network’s New Generation Artists initiative. The two will oversee the selection of competitors and members of the jury, on which they themselves will serve. They are also responsible for creating the programming surrounding the competition and inviting participating artists to serve as mentors and masterclass leaders. Both have expressed interest in having the competitors become involved in education/local outreach efforts during the event.
Steven R. Osgood is to be new general and artistic director of the Chautauqua Opera Company starting Sept. 1. He succeeds Jay Lesenger, who announced his intent to step down last fall after 20 years. Osgood, who is on the Metropolitan Opera conducting staff, has guest conducted at Chautauqua regularly since 2009. He will make his first appearance in his new role during Chautauqua’s next season, which begins in July 2016.
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder, flautist, and co-artistic director Claire Chase is handing off one of her many roles. The group, Musical America’s 2014 Ensemble of the Year, has appointed its first full-time executive director: Vanessa Rose. She starts Sept. 1. For the last two years, Rose has served as director of development for the Lark Play Development Center; previously she was managing director of the Knights, another new-music, New York based collective. Her experience also includes being associate director of patron programs and membership at the Metropolitan Opera, and work with the Dallas Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Mary Jo Heath, the Metropolitan Opera’s senior radio producer, will now be its official “voice,” having been named as the successor to Margaret Juntwait, who died in June. Heath will serve as host for the company’s live Saturday matinee radio broadcasts and well as the live broadcasts that air on the Met’s Sirius XM channel weekly.
Park University, in Parkville, MO, has a new director of its International Center for Music, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin, viola, and cello performance. He is Roger Kugler, who comes from Ottawa University in Kansas, where for eight years he served as chair of the department of music. He succeeds Ingrid Stölzel, who left in June to join the music faculty at the University of Kansas.
Leonora Thomson, director of audiences and development at the Barbican Center, is to be the new managing director of the Welsh National Opera, effective as of December. She succeeds Peter Bellingham, who exits to form a new consultancy firm. Thomson starts in December and will report equally to the board of directors with David Poutney, who has extended his contract as artistic director through 2019.
John Kieser, for 30 years affiliated with the San Francisco Symphony as operations manager and then general manager, has moved into the newly created position of executive VP and provost of the New World Symphony. As such, he will continue to work closely with Michael Tilson Thomas, co-founder and artistic director of NWS, as well as SFS music director.
André Gremillet, current managing director of the Melbourne Symphony, former executive director of the New Jersey Symphony, is to succeed Gary Hanson as executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra. Gremillet has an impressive track record in New Jersey and was instrumental in the appointment of Jacques Lacombe as music director; together, the two helped to raise the orchestra’s profile substantially.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced that marketing and communication expert Ronda Helton will join the firm as associate vice president to expand its earned revenue enhancement practice effective August 16, 2015. She brings more than 18 years of arts and nonprofit industry experience to ACG, including successful senior marketing and communication roles with Tennessee Performing Arts Center, War Memorial Auditorium, and the Nashville Symphony.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce the addition of three new team members: Shalisa Kline Ugaz, vice president of education; Lisa Screeton, director of corporate and foundational giving; and Meaghan Heinrich, director of Conservatory Connections. Ugaz comes to Milwaukee from New York City where she managed educational programs at the Third Street Settlement and formerly at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. Screeton comes from Lakeland, Florida, with decades of experience as a grant writer, fundraiser and music teacher from Massachusetts to Texas. Heinrich came to the Conservatory from the Cleveland Orchestra where she managed outreach programs. The Wisconsin Conservatory, founded in 1899, is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kjristine Lund, Anthony McGill, Alan Pierson, David M. Roth, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Matthew VanBesien, and Jonathan Weedman have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras. The League is a membership organization comprised of hundreds of orchestras from across North America.
Elissa Greene, current director of artistic administration and education for Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, will begin as executive director on October 1, 2015. She succeeds founder and long-time executive director Kay Clagett who is retiring. Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra, is music director of the 28-year-old festival, having assumed that role in the fall of 2014.
The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble has named composer Nick Benavides its new managing director for the 2015-16 season. Benavides additionally serves as artistic director of the Guerrilla Composers Guild.
World Music Institute announced the appointment of Gaby Sappington as executive director. Gaby brings substantial experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors to her new role. Most recently, as an executive at Make-A-Wish—an organization that grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition—she spearheaded all marketing, communications and branding initiatives for the Metro New York and Western New York chapter.
Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) President and CEO Wayne S. Brown announced that the company has appointed Richard Leech to the newly created position director of resident artist programs. Effective immediately, Leech will head Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, a new program, launching with the 2015-16 season, which offers full-time engagement to artists in the early stages of a professional career in opera. Leech has relocated to Detroit from Binghamton, New York.
Steve Roger, a co-director of the Geneva concert agency Caecilia and former general manager of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, has been named interim artistic director of the Orchestre National de France. His contract is for one year.
Toby Blumenthal, director of rentals and presentations for the Baltimore Symphony at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, is to become the new VP for artistic planning and “chief innovation officer” for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in September. He will report to Catherine Cahill, the Mann’s president and CEO. Cahill praised Blumenthal's skills in cross-genre programming, adding that he would be “exploring innovative programming using enhanced technology.”
Joan Cumming, VP of public relations and communications at the Music Center of Los Angeles County, is to be the new VP of marketing and communications for the San Diego Symphony, effective August 31. She succeeds Stephen Baker, who stepped down in April. San Diego CEO Martha Gilmer noted Cumming's background with “prestigious cultural institutions” and her “great track record reaching traditional audiences as well as new audiences.”
Former Vermont Symphony Executive Director Alan Jordan is to take the administrative helm of the Delaware Symphony in September, trading in a budget of $1.75 million for one of $1.4 million. If his track record is any indication, Jordan may be just what Delaware needs. When he arrived at the Vermont Symphony, the orchestra was in crisis; he launched its first-ever endowment campaign, raising over $3.5 million during the recession.
Charles Grode, longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra education and community engagement leader, is to be the new president and executive director of the Merit School of Music, a 36-year-old community music school that serves some 5,000 students, many of them on financial aid.
Rauli Garcia, current CFO of the Houston Symphony, has been announced by Curtis Institute as its new senior VP of administration and chief financial officer, starting August 24. Kristen Loden, senior VP of advancement at Curtis will take on CFO Elizabeth Warshawer’s oversight of fundraising, external affairs, and patron engagement. Prior to the Houston Symphony, Garcia was CFO of Houston Grand Opera, from 2008 to 2013, and before that was a VP with investment firm of Paul Comstock Partners.
Acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe left the company that bears his name last year, and although the legal entity still exists, it now will "present itself" under a new moniker: the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. Choreographer Jacopo Godani, a former soloist with the Forsythe Company Frankfurt, is to be artistic director of the DFD.
Ella Baff, longtime executive and artistic director of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, is to become senior program officer for the Arts and Cultural Heritage department at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The position is a new one, starting Oct. 15 and reporting to Mariët Westermann, whose title is VP of the same department as well as of the Foundation as a whole.
David Ake has been announced as professor of musicology and chair of the department of musicology at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He succeeds Deborah Schwartz-Kates, a contemporary Latin American music specialist who will remain in the department. An active jazz pianist and composer, Ake chaired the department of music at Case Western Reserve University, and served as director of the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno.
McAlister Arts LLC’s Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Jean Oelrich, has been appointed director of marketing & loyalty programs at Pacific Symphony. Jean is a former director of marketing for the Ravinia Festival and LA Opera and was a key figure in the success of LA Opera’s first-ever Ring Cycle in 2010. She holds a master’s degree in musicology from Northwestern University and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) has named Jean Davidson as its next president & CEO. She will join LAMC in August 2015. She was instrumental in leading the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company through its merger with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts, a new model of artist-led, producing and presenting arts organization unique in the U.S. Prior to the merger, Davidson served as executive director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for six years. Davidson also served as managing director of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and production administrator for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
The New World Symphony announced the appointment of John Kieser as executive vice president and provost. Mr. Kieser will direct the institution’s Musician Advancement program, working closely with Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas in the planning and implementation of its Fellows’ musical and professional development, the creation of online educational programming, and crafting and strengthening relationships within the orchestral and educational communities at-large.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced that fundraising and capital campaign expert Elisabeth Galley will rejoin the firm as vice president to expand its revenue enhancement and facility and program planning practices effective August 1, 2015. Ms. Galley brings more than 30 years of arts and culture industry experience to ACG, including successful senior development roles in capital campaigns with both the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX.
Ruth L. Eliel, a leading Southland arts administrator, has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors for a three-year term. Eliel, executive director of the prestigious Colburn Foundation since 2008, is committed to building and sustaining a strong infrastructure for the arts in Southern California, spending significant time coaching leaders of young organizations and Colburn grantees. A long-time LACO supporter, Eliel served as executive director of the Orchestra from 1997 to 2006 before assuming the title of associate executive director for two years to focus solely on fundraising.
Sarah Hoover has joined the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as special assistant to the Dean for innovation, Interdisciplinary partnerships, and community initiatives. In this newly created executive role, Dr. Hoover will oversee the development of interdisciplinary programs, the advancement of Peabody’s on-line capabilities and academic opportunities, and the development of community engagement initiatives and partnerships. Dr. Hoover will continue her affiliation with the Oyster Bay Music Festival in New York.
The Board of Directors of Shriver Hall Concert Series has named Catherine Cochran as the Series’ new executive director, beginning July 20, 2015. Ms. Cochran comes to Shriver Hall from the renowned 92nd Street Y in New York City, where she served in a variety of roles over the past 14 years, most recently as executive producer for New Initiatives and director of music programming. Succeeding Stephen Jacobsohn, Ms. Cochran will be responsible for the artistic direction and administrative management, promotion, and continued growth of the Shriver Hall Concert Series.
Dr. Tish Oney has been named musical director of The Jazz Academy in Greenville, SC. An international jazz recording and performing artist for over twenty years and decorated music faculty member at seven universities and conservatories, Oney brings her years of performing and teaching experiences together for this new organization supported by the Blues Boulevard Foundation.
Dworkin & Company announces Allison Weissman has joined the staff as booking manager. Allison comes to Dworkin & Company from G. Schirmer, and previously worked with Lukas Ligeti. She is a pianist and attended Ithaca College and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Composer Daniel Strong Godfrey has been named chair of the Music Department in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. Godfrey previously served on the faculty at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music.
NYC-based troupe RIOULT Dance NY announced that it has selected Amy Harrison as its new executive director. Since 2005, she has worked with RIOULT Dance NY and has worn nearly every administrative hat while maintaining responsibility for securing the company's bookings and tour management. She has influenced the company's growth in touring and worked to raise its profile among the presenting and dance communities across the country. Her deft management and interpersonal skills have proven invaluable to the company whether producing projects on tour or at home.
Christopher L. Jones has joined the staff of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts as production manager/technical director. Originally from Arizona, Jones completed undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University and earned a graduate degree from the University of Connecticut. He has over 20 years of experience working for regional theaters including Arizona Theatre Company, the American Southwest Theatre Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Yale Opera, Boston’s Playwrights Theatre, Playhouse On Park and the Ballard Institute of Puppetry.
Waxahachie, Texas-based Americase announces that Mars Freudenberg is joining their Industrial Case Division, specializing in musical instrument and equipment transport case sales. Mr. Freudenberg spent the previous nine years as Americase’s Sporting Goods Case Sales Manager. Along with his sales solutions and customer service experience, he is a musician having played guitar and bass for decades, growing up in the Los Angeles area.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced the appointment of arts administration expert Jonathan S. Miller as vice president and general manager. Mr. Miller brings more than four decades of administration and finance experience to the firm, including a long tenure as general manager of American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Based in ACG’s Boston office, Mr. Miller will work closely with the leadership team in guiding operations and business development to support the firm’s mission of building robust arts and culture communities.
David Krishna Thiagarajan, executive director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since January 2013, has been named the new chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The Scots were impressed by his financial acumen at Orpheus, where within his first year he had overseen the orchestra’s financial stabilisation, eliminated the accumulated deficit and helped to replenish cash reserves. Before Orpheus he served as president of Symphony in C as well as senior director of artistic operations of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
American Ballet Theater CEO Rachel S. Moore is to be the new president and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center, whose resident companies include the Center Theater Group, LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera, and the LA Philharmonic, plus the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance series. Moore will start on October 5. Previously, Moore served director of Boston Ballet's Center for Dance Education (2001-2004).
The Staatsoper Berlin has officially announced Matthias Schulz as its next intendant. The current director of the Salzburger Mozarteum, Schulz won’t take over until the 2018-19 season, but he will start working as co-intendent with the incumbent Jürgen Flimm starting in March of 2016.
Welz Kauffman, longtime president and CEO of the Ravinia Festival, has added the presidency of the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation to his list of trustee affiliations, as of June 1. He has been on the organization's board of directors since 2011.
Orchestra Iowa has announced that DeVos alum Jeffrey Collier is to be its executive director after a national search. He succeeds Robert Massey, who left in February to become president and CEO of the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony Orchestra.
Ben Cameron is to move from his job as program director for the arts at the New York-based Doris Duke Foundation to become president of the Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN, and of its smaller, sister organization, the Carmargo Foundation. He starts January 4. The Jerome Foundation, where he will succeed Cynthia Gehrig, who is retiring after 36 years, has a $100 million endowment and gave out $3.7 million last year nationally to artists and performers. Camargo runs an artists’ retreat on an estate in Cassis, France.
Didier Schnorhk, Secretary General of the Geneva International Music Competition, is the new president of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), an organization that represents over 100 competitions across six continents. He succeeds Glen Kwok of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, in the position for six years. WFIMC was founded in 1957; virtually all of the major European and several U.S. competitions are members and follow specific guidelines in their reviewing processes.
Gregory Weber has resigned as managing director of the Tulsa Opera to become director of operations and administration for Michigan State’s Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. Weber has been with Tulsa just since October; previously he was for three years director of production for the San Francisco Opera.
Lincoln Center has hired Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), to raise the additional $400 million it will cost to rebuild Avery Fisher Hall, soon to be known as David Geffen Hall for the Hollywood mogul’s $100 million starter gift. He’ll get the title of executive director David Geffen Hall Campaign.
Chandra McKern, director of education and community outreach for the Nashville Opera, is to be the new managing director of the Pensacola (FL) Opera. She joins Artistic Director Kyle Marrero and Executive Director Jerome Shannon (who recently succeeded Erin Sammis), as the third leg of the new management team running the company.
Pierre Audi, artistic director of the Dutch National Opera, formerly of the Holland Festival, is to add the same role at the Park Avenue Armory, starting in fall 2015. He succeedsAlex Poots, named artistic director and chief executive of the Culture Shed in November.
Nicholas (Nic) Muni is to be the new artistic director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), effective August 11. He succeeds Jamie Allbritten, who resigned in June 2014. Established in 2000, the Fletcher Opera Institute offers performance-based training to a small core of students at the undergrad and graduate levels. It takes its name from its primary funder’s foundation.
Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts day camp, announces that Lauren Brandt Schloss will become Usdan’s third Executive Director this fall. She will be Usdan’s first female Executive and the first whose background is in the visual arts. Ms. Schloss will join the staff in June following her tenure as executive vice president at New York’s Studio in a School and her previous position as director of education at the Queens Museum. She will succeed Dale Lewis, who following 36 years at Usdan will be leaving in September to direct the new Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community Foundation.
Geoffrey Wheel has recently joined Dubai Opera as technical director and will be responsible for the Technical Department with the Middles East’s newest performing Arts Centre, Dubai Opera. Recently moving from Muscat, Oman, Geoffrey was director of operations at the Royal Opera House for 5 years, leading and directing the Technical Team, Facilities Management and Health and Safety departments.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced the appointment of Nicki Genovese as associate vice president. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Genovese will focus on supporting arts and culture organizations in executive search, professional interim management, program planning and Broadway transfers, strategic visioning, and organizational advancement.
Orchestra of St. Luke's announced two additions to its management team: Gary Padmore has been named director of education & community, and Julia Gang has been hired as graphic designer / media production manager. Gary Padmore comes to OSL from New York-based Midori & Friends, where he served as associate director of programs. Julia Gang comes to OSL from HarperCollins Publishers, where she is an assistant designer.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced that industry veteran Dr. Michael Blachly will join the firm effective September 1, 2015 as vice president. Currently, Dr. Blachly serves as director of University of Florida Performing Arts, a position he has held since 2000. Based in ACG’s Tampa office, Dr. Blachly will lead the firm’s Facilities & Program Planning practice, which provides concept and financial planning, program assessment and development, market analysis, and fundraising for cultural facilities such as performing arts centers, theaters, and museums, among others.
Miami Music Project, a nonprofit and arts social development organization, welcomes new Director of Educational Programming Steven Liu. He will be responsible for carrying out the vision of Miami Music Project’s El Sistema inspired programming that aims to target over 400 students during the 2015-16 season.
The University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Kim as the new director of the School of Music, effective July 31 Dr. Kim is a veteran academic administrator with a strong record of success in student recruitment, fundraising, and community engagement. He comes to the University of Minnesota from Manitoba, Canada, where he has served as dean and professor at the Brandon University School of Music since 2008, and acting associate vice-president (external) since 2014. Prior to that he was chair of the keyboard department and faculty associate to the president at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
David Pickard, current general director of Glyndebourne and its annual opera festival, is to be the new director of the BBC Proms. He succeeds Edward Blakeman, who will finish his interim term at the end of this year’s festival. Blakeman stepped in when Alan Davey moved up in the hierarchy to controller of BBC Radio 3 last fall. Pickard, 55, will be reporting to Davey.
Jean Davidson, current executive director and CEO of New York Live Arts, has been named president and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), effective Aug. 31. She moves from an organization with an operating budget of $5.8 million to one with a budget of $4.8 million. Davidson presided over the 2011 merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts, which commissions and premieres cutting-edge works and offers about 100 performances a season in its 20,000-square-foot facility in Chelsea. Previously she was executive director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and before that was managing director of The Silk Road Project, Inc., founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Succeeding Founding Director Johanna Keller as head of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at Syracuse University will be one of the program’s adjunct professors, Eric Grode. Grode, a 1993 graduate of Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse—under which the ten-year-old Goldring falls--has extensive experience in arts journalism, with a focus on theater. He starts July 1. Keller called him “an astute critic, accomplished author, expert teacher, and visionary digital journalist.”
Gotham Chamber Opera has named a successor to Executive Director David Bennett, who is to be the new general director of the recently revitalized San Diego Opera. He is Edward Barnes, 56, an opera composer who has been on staff at the Collegiate Chorale for the last two years as producing director. Gotham's External Affairs Manager David Rubeo has been promoted to associate director. Neal Goren remains artistic director.
Janice L. Mayer has been announced as the new executive director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, effective in June. She succeeds Jerome B. Nelson, who has been serving as interim since Daniel Billingsley’s departure to work for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, last October. The Chorale’s board President David Bueschel said he was “impressed with the breadth and depth of Ms. Mayer’s relevant professional experience and her leadership style.” He also noted her “contacts across the professional performing arts world.”
Kate Sheeran, assistant dean of the Mannes School of Music of The New School, is to become provost and dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as of July 1. She succeeds Robert Fitzpatrick, the onetime dean and chief academic officer of the Curtis Institute of Music who has been serving as interim since January 2014 in the wake of Mary Ellen Poole’s departure. In San Francisco, Sheeran will be responsible for all academic programs and is charged with overseeing as well as building the faculty.
American tenor Neil Shicoff is to be the new head of opera at St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theater. Shicoff just celebrated his 40th anniversary with the Vienna Staatsoper; he has been based in Austria for most of his mature career. The theater’s Artist Director Vladimir Kekhman noted the house’s ambition to achieve worldwide stature and said the “assignment of Neil Shicoff to the position of the chief of the opera sustains our strategy.” He called Shicoff “an iconic artist, a person of keen intellect having a vast experience and artistic authority” and noted he would be an “outstanding mentor” to the theater’s singers.
New Senior Staff at the Orchestra League: Succeeding Judith Kurnick, who left in 2013 to become VP of communications for the Houston Grand Opera, is Celeste Wroblewski in the position of VP, strategic communications. She was most recently VP of public relations for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Wroblewski will be responsible for the visibility of the League “brand” among members and donors, as well as overseeing media relations andSymphony magazine. She starts June 1.
Karen Yair is taking the new position of VP of the knowledge center, which is where the League keeps its stats about the field; she’ll be overseeing research and liaise with members. A former, similar position, VP of research and development was eliminated when Atul Kanagat left the League in 2009. Yair worked most recently in the U.K as research and information manager and research consultant for the Crafts Council.
Former Orchestra of St. Luke’s director of community and education Jennifer Kessler is to be the League’s new director of programs, a post that requires her to help produce the annual conference, manage grant-making, and oversee education programs for members, both professional and volunteer. Kessler was a New England Conservatory Sistema Fellow, and has taught in Venezuela; she’s also managed professional programs at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and has been a professional French horn player.
Finally, Mi Ryung Song takes the new post of director of strategic initiatives, involved in planning, partnerships, and certain knowledge center projects.Song has been in the position as interim; previously she worked in fundraising for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, and in artistic administration for New York City Opera.
Melia Peters Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO), is to be the new president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She succeeds James A. Wilkinson, who announced his intention to retire last fall, saying he would stay on until a successor was found. He will have been in the job for four years, but has been involved with the orchestra as lawyer and board member since 1976.
Pam Breaux has been appointed as the next CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), following an extensive national search. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Breaux has held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. She currently is completing her appointment as assistant secretary of the office of cultural development at the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (CRT).
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park has appointed Cheryl Mendelson as the theater’s first chief operating officer. Ms. Mendelson has held the position of executive vice president of external affairs for the past six and a half years. In her expanded role, she will lead the strategic growth and operations of the Theater with executive management responsibility for contributed and earned income.
Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the largest annual funder of the arts in the St. Louis region, has appointed Felicia Shaw as its new executive director. Ms. Shaw succeeds Jill McGuire, who served for 30 years as RAC’s Founding Executive Director. Ms. Shaw brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector to RAC. From 2007 to 2014, she was director of arts and creative economy at The San Diego Foundation. Previously, she served for 12 years as Program Manager for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG announced the appointment of arts administration expert Jonathan S. Miller as vice president and general manager. Mr. Miller brings more than four decades of administration and finance experience to the firm, including a long tenure as general manager of American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Based in ACG’s Boston office, Mr. Miller will work closely with the leadership team in guiding operations and business development to support the firm’s mission of building robust arts and culture communities.
Venture capitalist Stephen A. Block has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors, and long-time Director of Advancement Lacey Huszcza has been named interim managing director. Block, who has been appointed to LACO's board for a three-year term, has more than 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience, having served on the boards of both private and public companies and several industry trade associations; drafted legislation; lobbied at the state and federal levels; and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees. Huszcza brings to her new post an unusually rich and varied range of experience in arts management as a ten-year veteran of LACO with a proven track record of excellence, innovation and leadership, having served in nearly every department of the Orchestra’s administration, including development, marketing, special events, production, operations and artistic administration.
Skip Norris has joined Los Gail Boyd Artist Management and will serve as director of booking. In this role Skip will direct the activities of some of the artists on the roster by spearheading CD release events, attending booking conferences such as Western Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, Performing Arts Exchange and Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and acquiring other performance and teaching activities.
Rudi Schlegel has been appointed interim director of programming at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announced that Emily Fromm is the new marketing director. Emily has worked with the A2SO for a year and has accomplished a variety of projects including: a new website launch, increased social media activity, building new partnerships and a successful 2014-2015 season. Emily will continue to manage marketing and public relations as well as coordinate production of promotions for development, educational outreach, and special events. She will also take on budgeting for the marketing department as well as to actively recruit members to serve on the marketing committee. The Symphony also announced that Sarah Ruddy is the new director of education and outreach. Sarah has worked for the A2SO for three years. She started with the organization as Orchestra Librarian in 2012. In the fall of 2013 she added the job of education coordinator.
Rebecca A. Sayles has been named the new executive director of the Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP), effective May 18. Sayles previously held positions at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School and Copland House; she succeeds Daniel Nimetz in the position.
San Diego Symphony has hired Todd Schultz in the new position of VP of institutional advancement. Schultz has been director of development at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater for the last decade or so, but previously toiled in the trenches of the music industry, serving as director of marketing and public relations for the Atlanta and San Diego opera companies and a similar capacity for the Los Angeles Opera. He is credited with playing “a key role” in the Globe’s $75 million capital and endowment campaign. Schultz will oversee all fund raising and special events; he’ll also work with CEO Martha Gilmer on board development.
Debra Kinzler has returned to the New York music world after a brief stint as assistant VP of communications at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Effective immediately, Kinzler is the new managing director of public relations and artist management at Sciolino Artist Management.
The Houston Symphony has a new general manager in Vicky Dominguez, current operations manager for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She’ll start in Houston on May 18, after seven years with the BSO. Her appointment is in fact a homecoming: prior to Boston, Dominguez was for two years the operations director of the Houston Symphony. In her new job, she’ll oversee operations, as well as production, touring, recording, and orchestra personnel.
Film composer James Newton Howard is to be the new artistic director of the Henry Mancini Institute.
Robert Rund, onetime Musical America associate publisher, is to be the new executive director of the Savannah (GA) Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
Six Senior Staffers New to Kennedy Center: Eileen Andrews, former vice president of marketing and communications for the Baltimore Symphony, is VP of public relations; Tom Whitaker, who oversaw Union Station’s renaissance, is project manager (a new position) for KenCen’s expansion. Nicole Weaver is the new chief information officer, coming from a similar position at Women for Women International in D.C. Franci Phelan is the new chief human resources officer, filling a post that has been vacant for several years. Succeeding Darrell Ayers as VP of education is Mario Rossero, currently Chicago public schools’ chief of core curriculum, and a past colleague of Rutter's. Ayers retires in June, Rossero arrives in July.
The Ojai Music Festival has hired Executive Director Tamara Nuzzaci Park, an independent consultant based in Colorado. As a consultant, Park, who holds a BM in oboe performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, has worked with the Curtis Institute of Music, eighth blackbird, and the Vail Valley Youth Foundation, among others. Previously she served as executive director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and personnel manager of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She holds a master’s degree in science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Katy Clark, the energetic Wales-born CEO of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the primary mover behind the opening of its impressive DiMenna Center on the Lower West Side of Manhatan, is to succeed Karen Brooks Hopkins as president of The Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Composer Andrew Norman is to succeed James Matheson as director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program.
Rome Opera has hired Giorgio Battistelli to serve as artistic director of theater and contemporary and symphonic music, while composer/conductor Alessio Vlad will oversee opera. Eleonora Abbagnato, recently promoted to étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet, will be the director of the ballet company.
Aaron Flagg is to be the permanent chairman and associate director of Juilliard Jazz.
Almost one month to the day after announcing the appointment of a new COO and technical systems chief, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced a new digital strategist to serve as executive VP, chief strategy and development officer. Like COO Brian Roberts, Executive VP Alice Kim will report to Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of the performing rights organization; Kim will oversee strategy, business development, product development, and administration services.
Southbank Center’s Head of Classical Music Gillian Moore MBE has been promoted to the new position of director of music, a post in which she will oversee both contemporary and classical music. Working with the Center’s four orchestras—the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment—she will supervise commissioning and educational programs. She’ll also work with contemporary ensembles and artists.
Darren Henley has taken up the role of chief executive of Arts Council England, ucceeding Alan Davey (controller of Radio 3 since January 2015). Henley was previously managing director at Classic FM, where he was involved with several government initiatives, chairing the Music Manifesto advocacy group from 2007 to 2010 and subsequently leading government-commissioned reviews into music education and cultural education in England. His 2011 Music Education in England came to be known as the Henley Review, and led to the implementation of music education hubs in place of local authority-run music services.
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center has appointed Laurie Sherman to the newly created position of executive vice president. In this role, Ms. Sherman will integrate Thompson Island’s educational and commercial operations with its philanthropic, business and community relationships, thereby raising the visibility of the organization, marshaling resources and strengthening its work. Deborah Edison has been appointed vice president of development and communications. Ms. Edison is charged with creating, implementing and managing strategic development and communication plans to significantly increase contributed revenue and broaden Thompson Island’s visibility. She brings more than 25 years of experience working with both national and local nonprofits to the organization.
Rudi Schlegelhas been appointed interim director of programming at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announced its newest staff member, Jim Lancioni. Lancioni will be taking on the combined roles of education nd outreach coordinator, personnel manager, and librarian. He will continue to be the A2SO’s Principal Timpanist.
The Tucson Desert Song Festival board of directors named George Hanson as its first-ever festival director beginning July 1 — the day after Hanson's contract with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra wraps up. Hanson will be responsible for running the festival and will have input at the artistic end, including developing continuity with participating organizations and some thematic programming.
The Park Avenue Armory has appointed Meiyin Wang as official curator of its artist-in-residence program. Wang comes from the Public Theater, where she will continue to be co-director of the Under the Radar Festival and director of the Devised Theater Initiative. In the new position, she’ll work with Armory President and Executive Producer Rebecca Robertson to oversee the series called “Under Construction,” which presents new work created by the artists in residence. It launches on April 8, 2015, with a performance by drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra General Manager Jean Strohm Parish is to be the new director of college relations for music organizations at St. Olaf (MN) College, including the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Recordings, and the St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Parish, a member of the class of 1988, will be responsible for promoting “the creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial direction” of the school’s three primary music activities. She starts at St. Olaf on May 11, succeeding Bob Johnson who is retiring after 37 years in the job.
The New York Times has appointed Zachary Woolfe to be its classical music editor, marking the first outside staff hire in classical music since the late 1990s. Woolfe, 30, will oversee all classical coverage in the daily and weekend editions, including news, features, and reviews. He reports to Times Culture Editor Danielle Mattoon.
Aaron Dworkin, founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, has been named dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater & Dance for five years, starting in July. He succeeds Christopher Kendall, in the job for a decade, the university limit. Kendall will continue in the Department of Conducting. At Sphinx, he will be succeeded by his wife, Afa S. Dworkin, who has been the school’s executive and artistic director for the last two years. She joined Sphinx in 1999 as artistic director and VP of programming.
Julian Lloyd Webber has a new job. Forced to give up playing the cello last May because of a herniated disc in his neck, the highly celebrated performer has been named principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire, part of the Birmingham City University in the UK. A new facility is under construction that will house a concert hall and practice studios. The school enrolls about 500 college and graduate students, and has an additional 200 pupils in its “junior department.”
Mark Wilkinson, president of Deutsche Grammophon since 2012, has been moved into the broader corporate arena at Universal Music, assuming the new role of VP of international strategy and artistic development. He will continue to oversee DG until a successor is found, and to report to Universal Music’s President of Global Classics Dickon Stainer and to Frank Briegmann, Universal’s president of Central Europe. His new job will be to find new commercial partners and “extend the global reach and success of classical artists and classical music.”
Deborah Borda will be taking a four-month leave of absence next fall from her job as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has been chosen by The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to be Hauser Leader-in-Residence. She is the first performing arts executive to occupy the lofty position and starts in September. At Harvard, Borda will focus on cultural entrepreneurship, on mentoring programs for students, give lectures, and generally helping the school achieve its mission of developing tomorrow’s public leaders.
LA Phil Appoints Two New Chiefs: They are Gail Samuel, the current COO who has also been overseeing the Hollywood Bowl, to the post of executive director, and Chad Smith, current VP of artist planning, to COO. Samuel will oversee operations and non-classical programming, as well as PR and community affairs. She will also act as chief executive in Borda’s absence. Smith will continue to work with Music Director Gustavo Dudamel on artistic matters, as well as education, and add responsibility for orchestra operations, concert production, recorded media, and the centennial celebration planning.
The San Diego Opera has appointed a permanent general director to succeed interim William Mason, as it continues to rise from its near collapse last season. He is David Bennett, 50, current executive director of Gotham Chamber Opera, a company that, since his arrival there in 2006, has grown significantly.
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, has hired a financial- and technology-systems guru to oversee the increasingly complex web of tracking licensed usage and distribution. Effective March 30, Brian Roberts, formerly Warner Music Group’s executive VP of corporate strategy and operations, takes the title of ACAP executive VP and COO, reporting to the licensing agency’s CEO Elizabeth Matthews. In the new position, Roberts will oversee ASCAP distribution and repertory, information systems, facilities, and the economist's office.
The English National Opera has created a new role: CEO, reporting directly to the board of directors. The interim CEO is Cressida Pollock, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. She will remain in place until a permanent candidate is found; Pollock will oversee all internal decisions.
Opera in the Ozarks has announced that Nancy J. Preis is to be its new general director effective with the 2015 season, June 19-July 17. Preis’s opera credentials are avocational, more borne of a passion for the artform than professional experience in the field. She holds a Ph.D. in accounting and finance from the University of Michigan and is the current volunteer CFO, marketing manager, and occasional costume manager of the St. Petersburg (FL) Opera Company.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced the promotion of Rebekah Lambert to vice president, organizational development. Ms. Lambert’s recent ACG client initiatives include strategic planning and community engagement with Bravo Greater Des Moines and the Kalamazoo Symphony, organizational assessment with San Diego’s Pacific Arts Movement, and numerous facilitated team building activities and exploratory strategic partnership strategic planning and community engagement efforts across the country.
Christine Flasch has assumed the role of executive director of The Southwestern Suburban Symphony, and will lead the orchestra in a series of concerts that will serve the burgeoning populations in the Milwaukee suburban communities.
Opera North (U.S.A.) has appointed Evans Haile as its new general director. Haile assumes the role following 15 years as producing artistic director of the Cape Playhouse, America’s oldest professional summer theater. During his career spanning more than 30 years, Haile has built a reputation for raising the national profile of arts institutions and maintaining artistic integrity while building solid fiscal foundations.
Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts has named Peter Van Heerden as its next executive director. Most recently, Van Heerden served as executive director of Connecticut’s Westport Arts Center, where he oversaw a resounding growth in patronage and cultivation through community partnerships and the development of programming in the visual and performing arts.
Capitol Theatre has appointed Charlie Robin as its new CEO. A dynamic leader in the arts, Robin comes to the historic Capitol Theatre in Yakima, WA, following 14 years as executive Ddrector of the Edison Theatre at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. During his tenure, Robin managed Edison’s multidisciplinary and multicultural international performing arts series, Ovations, and its complementary family series, ovations for young people.
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music announced the appointment of Tom Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to its collegiate faculty. The former principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and an experienced teacher, assumes his appointment in the fall of 2015, maintaining an active teaching studio in San Francisco while retaining his position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
OPERA America welcomes Dan Cooperman as its new director of development. Cooperman, a trained development professional and music historian, comes to OPERA America from BalletX in Philadelphia, where he helped amplify and diversify the organization's fundraising channels, facilitating three-year budgetary growth of 40 percent. He holds a B.A. in music and German studies from Tufts University and an M.A. in music history from McGill University. He has also studied fundraising at Villanova University and La Salle University.
Sarah Fraser has been promoted to associate artist manager at Fletcher Artist Management. Previously assistant artist manager, Sarah began her work with the company in 2012, and collaborates in managing a flourishing roster of vocalists, directors and conductors. In this position, she benefits from her diverse background in the arts. Prior to her work in artist management, Sarah worked as a director, assistant director, and stage manager for companies including: the Castleton Festival, Opera Carolina, Opera Omaha, Chautauqua Opera, and Central City Opera.
Indianapolis Opera has named veteran arts leader Kevin Patterson as its general director. Patterson, the former general director of the Austin Lyric Opera and more recently, executive director of the Anchorage Opera, will oversee the Opera’s administrative and artistic direction.
The Myrna Loy Center, of Helena, MT, has named Krys Holmes its new executive director. She succeeds Ed Noonan in the position.
Kaufman Music Center announced that Cathy White O’Rourke has been elected president of the Center’s board of trustees. A classically trained pianist with a professional background in fundraising and finance, Ms. O’Rourke has long been a strong supporter of Kaufman’s mission of music education and performance. In 2008 Ms. O’Rourke retired as the associate director of development of The Children’s Aid Society, a position she held for 10 years. Until then, her primary professional activities were in finance: she was the managing director of EVEREN Securities, Inc./Kemper Securities, Inc., from 1991 to 1997, a senior vice president at Dean Witter Reynolds from 1989-1991, and prior to that worked at Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, White, Weld & Co, and The First National Bank of Chicago.
Annie Burridge has been named managing director of Opera Philadelphia. In this new position, Ms. Burridge will join the artistic planning team and assume responsibility for implementing the company’s business plan. It was also announced that Jeremiah Marks has joined the company as chief financial officer. Marks most recently served as controller at Seattle Opera. He succeeds Gary B. Gansky, who recently retired after 17 years of leadership with Opera Philadelphia. The company also announced the hiring of two talented opera professionals to serve in key fundraising positions. Erin Kelley Sammis, CRFE, recently executive director of Pensacola Opera, joins the company as director of major gifts and Thomas Rhodes, recently development manager at Fort Worth Opera, joins Opera Philadelphia as director of institutional giving.
Washington Performing Artists has hired Heather Perram Frank as director of leadership gifts, she started in the position January 5, 2015. Frank was previously editor-in-chief of USA Weekend, leading operations for the national newspaper magazine and its digital extensions. From 2010-12, she was vice president of consumer media at USA Today, leading the media company's efforts to build new audiences and develop consumer-driven content experiences.
Sharon Maier-Kennelly joined the leadership team at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post in January 2015, following the retirement of the center’s founding general manager, George Lindsay, Jr. In the role of general manager and director of programming initiatives, Ms. Maier-Kennelly will work closely with Executive Director Elliott Sroka to engage community audiences and expand programming horizons.
The Board of Directors of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) has named April A. Salomon as executive director. In her new role, Salomon will provide leadership and guidance in all aspects of the museum’s operations, working closely with the board to articulate and advance the museum’s mission and vision.
Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) announced the appointment of Tonya McBride Robles as its new executive director. In partnership with Artistic Director Edward Polochick and under the guidance of Board President Barry Williams, Ms. Robles will lead all administrative functions of CAB. Ms. Robles has two decades of worldwide experience leading nonprofit organizations in operations, marketing, development, public relations, and education. Prior to joining CAB, Robles had stints as executive director at the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and The City Choir of Washvington (DC); managing director of The Metropolitan Chorus (Arlington, VA) and the Ocean Park Association (Ocean Park, ME).
Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates has appointed Aileen Rohwer as executive director. She succeeds Elizabeth Humes, who retires after serving numerous roles within the organization with decades of service. Ms. Rohwer brings over 15 years of administration experience and 25 years of building relationships with artists, presenters, and educators.
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. has named Jose Maria Condemi as director of opera, effective July 1. He succeeds Curt Pajer, the opera program’s music director who has been serving as interim since the departure of Richard Harrell two years ago. With the appointment of Condemi, Pajer takes the combined title of musical and managing director of opera.
San Diego Symphony’s new CEO, Martha Gilmer, has created a new position to assist her in moving the orchestra forward. She has hired the San Diego Museum of Art’s deputy director of external affairs, Katy McDonald, as her chief of staff. McDonald holds an MBA from the University of San Diego, of which she is a longtime resident. She has been at the museum since 2006.
Carnegie Hall has announced that, effective immediately, Sanford I. (“Sandy”) Weill would retire after 24 years in the post of chairman and take the position of president. Ronald O. Perelman, self-made billionaire—with a portfolio ranging from Revlon to Scientific Games to artificial flavoring manufacturer Mafco—will take over the post.
Lyric Opera of Chicago has added two MBAs to its staff, one in the new position of CFO, one as director of human resources. In the former slot, as of March 25, is Roberta Lane. Her most recent job was executive VP of finance and administration and chief financial officer at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. Before that she was chief administrative and financial officer at Feeding America. Elizabeth Landon is to be Lyric’s director of human resources, having spent 20 years in a variety of capacities at Accenture, a management consulting firm. Most recently she was global senior director for talent management where she oversaw workforce architecture, capability planning, and employee retention/engagement. She begins March 3.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has made two significant hires in the last month. One is Daniel Berkowitz, the orchestra’s director of collaborative learning, a role he began on January 15. Berkowitz was the manager of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA)—a model El Sistema program for the U.S. In Philadelphia, he oversees all of the orchestra’s off-campus joint music-making programs, including those with schools and community organizations, as well as musician residency and masterclass situations. Also new on the staff is Bradford Voigt, vice president of development, formerly director of institutional advancement for the Harvard University Art Museums. He succeeds Marilyn Lucas, who is retiring. Voigt has been a professional fundraiser for 30 years and overseen successful programs and campaigns that are said to have collectively raised over $450 million.
Marie-Hélène Bernard, executive director and CEO of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, is to be the new president and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony. She starts July 1, 2015. A former lawyer and current member of the bar association of Quebec, her native province, Bernard has worked as chief of staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra, manager of the Cleveland Orchestra, and president and CEO of Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. She has been with the Handel and Haydn Society since 2007 and is credited with bringing H+H substantial artistic and financial growth. Bernard plays the viola da gamba and is treasurer and president-elect of Early Music America.
Yehudi Wyner has been elected president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, succeeding architect Henry N. Cobb. Wyner, who will serve a three-year term, was inducted into the prestigious, 250-member organization in 1999 and has served on its award juries and board of directors.
Ben Heppner has a new job. Starting next fall, he joins the voice faculty of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Heppner, 59, announced his retirement from singing in April following an intense if brief turn as one of the world’s top tenors, known especially for his Wagner roles.
The Virginia Symphony has appointed Karen Philion as its president and executive director. She had been serving as interim in the position since last fall, when Eric Borenstein resigned. Borenstein is credited with stabilizing the orchestra financially during his four-year tenure.
Dale Lewis, Usdan’s Executive Director since 1984, will become head of the new Arts Reach Fund of Long Island Community Foundation in the fall. The Fund will focus on critical issues in the arts and arts education. Usdan’s incoming Executive Director will be named this spring.
Linda Wolk-Simon, Ph.D. has been appointed director of Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum & Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery. Dr. Wolk-Simon assumes her role at Fairfield following 25 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where, from 1986 to 2011 she served in many posts, including curator, department of drawings and prints.
Thomas J. Carto was recently named the new president & CEO of New Jersey’s State Theatre at New Brunswick. Since 2012, Mr. Carto has served as division director and associate professor of Arts Administration at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale recently appointed Steven Neiffer as chief financial officer. Mr. Neiffer assumes his new role following seven years at Ascension Insurance of Pasadena, where from 2008 to 2013 he served as chief financial officer. Most recently, Mr. Neiffer served as chief financial officer of the West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum in a pro bono capacity.
Kay Dalton has been appointed associate vice president of development of Pacific Symphony in Orange County, California. Previously, Ms. Dalton served as interim associate vice president of development at Pacific Symphony, where she was contracted through Arts Consulting Group.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s Board of Directors has elected Warren E. Mack to serve as its new chair, succeeding Gordon M. Sprenger. Mack, who joined the Orchestra’s board in 1998, is a partner at Minneapolis’ Fredrikson & Byron. He begins his one-year appointment immediately.
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) has appointed Eric Skelly as its new executive director. Eric Skelly comes to ROCO from Houston Public Media (HPM) where he worked in corporate support with nearly all of Houston’s arts organizations. Skelly succeeds James Rowland in the executive director position; Rowland left to follow other opportunities for himself and his family in California.
Sara Mason has been hired as the new development director of the Eugene Symphony. She succeeds Barrett Anderson, who served in an interim capacity. She previously was director of development at University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication, United Way of Lane County and Cornerstone Community Housing.
ChamberFest Cleveland announces the appointment of Cheryl Carter to the position of Managing Director. Ms. Carter will guide the organization as it prepares for its fourth season of presenting a unique summer festival of world-class chamber music performed at a variety of unusual venues throughout Greater Cleveland. Ms. Carter, a native of Northeast Ohio, has a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hiram College.
Andres Cladera joins The Emerald City Opera as artistic director, responsible for program content, artists and production personnel. He will also manage the emerging artist program Opera Artist Institute held each summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Mr. Cladera replaces Keri Rusthoi who announced her resignation late last year to pursue her DMA and new professional opportunities.
Steven Brosvik, current general manager and COO of the Houston Symphony, is to be the new COO of the Nashville Symphony. Brosvik’s background includes being at the helm of the San Antonio Symphony when it was on its way into bankruptcy.
British conductor Jonathan Nott is to be the new music and artistic director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as of January 2017. He succeeds Neeme Järvi, who steps down at the end of the current season.
Valencia's opera house, the Palau de les Arts, has appointed opera director Davide Livermore to succeed Helga Schmidt as intendant.
Longtime Houston Grand Opera chorus member Brian Speck has been appointed the new director of the company’s young artist program, HGO Studio. Speck starts Feb. 1, a promotion from his previous administrative post of two years as HGO’s company manager.
Maurice F. Edelson, senior VP and deputy general counsel at Time Warner Inc., onetime senior VP of strategic planning for Time Inc., is to be the new senior VP and general counsel of the Juilliard School, reporting to President Joseph Polisi.
The Alabama Symphony has named Venezuelan conductor Carlos Izcaray, 37, to be its next music director, effective in September 2015. He assumes the title music director designate until that time. Izcaray succeeds Justin Brown who left in 2012 after six seasons; he is now music director laureate.
After a nationwide search, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Pamela Murchison development director while remaining a WVSO flutist. Murchison began her new role with the Symphony on January 15 and will leave her position as executive director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble on January 31.
ASCAP has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Matthews as its new chief executive. Matthews, who previously served as ASCAP's executive vice president and general counsel, succeeds John LoFrumento, who retired at the close of 2014.
The Cleveland Orchestra announced the appointment of Justin Holden as director of public relations. Holden replaces Ana Papakhian, the Orchestra's former public relations director, who left the organization last spring for the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif. Mr. Holden is responsible for managing all aspects of public relations for the Orchestra including their performances and activities at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, events within the greater Cleveland Community, domestic and international tours as well as the Orchestra’s annual Miami residency.
Narcís Rebollo is the new managing director of Universal Music Spain, effective immediately. The new, 43-year-old exec was founding partner and VP of Vale Music, an independent music company specializing in electronic dance music and TV reality/talent shows.
David Link, former VP and Creative Director for America Online, has been hired by Lincoln Center’s new President Jed Bernstein to “enhance and leverage’’ the Center’s use of digital technology. His title will be Chief Digital Officer, apparently a high level position in line with Chief Financial Office and Chief Executive Officer, reporting to Bernstein.
Erin Sammis will leave her position as executive director of the Pensacola Opera to become director of major gifts at Opera Philadelphia. She is credited with increasing both earned and contributed revenues at the Florida company, and overseeing the renovation of its administrative offices and rehearsal hall in 2011.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Jeff Alexander has appointed a new VP of artistic planning to succeed the CSO’s other lost star, Martha Gilmer. The new artistic planner, and Music Director Riccardo Muti’s right hand, is to be Cristina Rocca, current artistic director of the Orchestre National de France. She starts March 12.
Sangmyung University visiting professor Han Ye-jin, 44, is to be the new general director for the Korea National Opera (KNO) , a division of the Seoul Arts Center. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism announced her three-year term earlier this week.
At the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony, former Memphis Symphony trumpet player Robert Massey has stepped into the position of president and CEO, succeeding David Pierson, who has retired. He arrives shortly after the announcement that Courtney Lewis would be the orchestra’s new music director.
Sherwood Mobley, was principal timpanist of the Greenville (NC) Symphony for 23 years until he was lured to the other side last September to step in as interim executive director. Then last December, the 66-year-old orchestra asked him to come on board permanently after an extensive search showed him to be the best man for the job.
The New York Philharmonic has brought a high-powered fund-raiser on board in the new position of senior VP of institutional advancement. Lisa Mantone is the former VP of development and communications for WNET New York Public Media. She is also former development director for the Museum of Modern Art.
Australia-born David Pratt, current executive director of the Savannah (GA) Philharmonic, is to be the new executive director of the Santa Barbara (CA) Symphony. According to his new employer, Pratt grew Savannah’s audience, improved its finances, and initiated new programming. He lays claim to “15 years of successful management experience in leadership roles across the performing arts, film, and entertainment sectors in the United States and Australia.”
Isaac Thompson, vice president of artistic planning for the Milwaukee Symphony, is to take the job of director of artistic administration for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He'll work under Music Director Louis Langrée for the CSO, and under James Conlon, music director the Cincinnati May Festival, for which the CSO serves as orchestra and venue host. He succeeds Naimah Bilal, who left in August after five years for personal reasons. Thompson starts in February. He has been with Milwaukee since 2012.
Arts Council England has named Darren Henley to succeed Alan Davey as its chief executive, which bodes well for music in England. Henley is the current managing director of Classic FM, the U.K.’s only national commercial classical music radio station. Davey moves next month to become controller of Radio 3, replacing Roger Wright.
Fort Worth Opera Executive Director Keith A. Wolfe is moving from the No. 2 position at a mid-sized opera company to the No. 1 slot at a small one. Effective Jan. 5, he succeeds John D. Jones as general director of Opera Birmingham. Jones has been at Birmingham for 16 years; Wolfe at Fort Worth for 14. In his new position, Wolfe will oversee an $800,000 budget. Fort Worth Opera recently reduced its annual operating budget to $4.5 million.
Sage Gateshead has named a successor to founding General Director Anthony Sargent, who announced his decision to step down last spring, after 15 years at the helm. She is Abigail Pogson, current chief of Spitalfields Music, a presenting group based in London whose annual festivals and educational events offer programming for the local community as well as new-music intelligentsia. Pogson, who takes the title of managing director, starts in earnest in April.
Harmonia Mundi UK Managing Director Patrick Lemanski is to take up the same position with Warner Classics UK in January, succeeding John Kelleher who has retired. Lemanski is a skilled marketer in the classical recording realm, having enlived sales at HM when its Spanish division went belly-up and its headquarter country, France, was also struggling. He has been with HM since 2006.
Crispin Woodhead is to be the new chief executive of the >Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, succeeding Stephen Carpenter, who announced his intent to exit in July, after eight years in the job. Woodhead starts in January, departing his current job as general manager of chamber orchestra Arcangelo to do so.
Jeunesse, the largest music presenter in Austria, with 22 offices across nine provinces, has appointed Alexander Moore as its new secretary-general, effective April 1. He succeeds Angelika Moser, who leaves after 12 years to become director of Vienna’s Arnold Schoenberg Center.
The Perth International Arts Festival, Australia’s oldest continuous celebration of the international arts, has announced the appointment of Wendy Martin as its artistic director, effective in 2016. Martin currently oversees dance and performance at London’s Southbank Center and is the previous head of theater and dance at the Sydney Opera House. She also has a background in television.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. announced that sales and marketing expert Margaret Williams has joined the firm as senior consultant to expand its revenue enhancement services. Based in ACG’s Denver office, Ms. Williams will partner with nonprofit cultural institutions, educational organizations, and public agencies to optimize earned revenues, improve the efficacy of sales and marketing programs, build audiences and enhance patron loyalty.
The World Music Institute is pleased to announce Par Neiburger as newly appointed artistic director. Neiburger brings with him a rich and diverse background in music presenting, innovative multidisciplinary programming, and non-profit arts management.
Joining Neiburger in his new role is Cynthia McVay, who will serve as acting executive director. McVay has worked in strategy and management in a variety of capacities for over 25 years. This pair of appointments follows the departure of previous Executive and Artistic Director Karen Sander, who recently moved to the CUNY Graduate Center to become Director of Public Programs.
Decca Records has promoted its former media director and current general manager to the position of managing director, Decca Records UK. Rebecca Allen has been with the company since 1999, when she joined what was then called Universal Classics and Jazz.
Violinist Renaud Capuçon is to be the new artistic director of the Sommets musicaux in Gstaad, Switzerland, as of 2016. Capuçon is also artistic director of the Easter Festival at Aix-en-Provence.
Tomas Zierhofer-Kin is to be the next intendant of the six-week Wiener Festwochen beginning with the 2017 festival. He succeeds his longtime friend and collaborator Markus Hinterhäuser, who is the designated artistic director of the Salzburger Festspiele.
Eastern Music Festival, a five-week summer festival and school in Greensboro, NC, has named Chris Williams to be its next executive director. He starts full-time as of Jan. 1, succeeding Stephanie Cordick who retired at the end of last summer.
Chanticleer, the all-male San Francisco-based a cappella ensemble, has named its fifth music director since its founding in 1978. He is Atlanta-based William “Fred” Scott, who served for 20 years as artistic director and principal conductor of the Atlanta Opera.
The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, whose music program was listed as top in the U.S. in the 2014 USA college rankings, has named a new dean. He is the former director of the school’s music division, Samuel S. Holland, and has been serving as interim dean since the departure in July of José Antonio Bowen, now president of Goucher College.
The Minnesota Orchestra has made permanent its partnership with Kevin Smith, who has been serving as interim president and CEO since Michael Henson left last summer. Smith has been consulting since he retired in 2011 after 25 years running the Minnesota Opera, where he expanded the season, doubled the audience, and increased the budget from $1.5 million to $9 million.
Dickon Stainer, president of the Decca Records Group, has been given another, bigger job by Decca parent, Universal Music Group. He has been named president and CEO of Global Classics for UMG. As such, he will oversee all classical music at Universal, including the Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Mercury Classics labels, as well as classical music portal Sinfini Music.
The Pasadena Symphony Association has promoted its COO and general manager Lora Unger to the position of CEO, succeeding Paul Jan Zdunek, who has moved on to the for-profit world as a capital development officer. Unger, who trained at the University of Louisville as a violist, moves into the post after five years working alongside her predecessor. The position oversees both the Pasadena Symphony and Pops.
Emily Foster Day has been appointed as vice president of development for the Boston Center for the Arts. Most recently, Ms. Day served as the director of development for the Centre for the Living Arts, a contemporary art museum in downtown Mobile, Alabama.
Michelle Winters has been appointed director of marketing of the Louisville Orchestra. Ms. Winters joins the Louisville team from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where she served as director of marketing and public relations. Her experience includes more than 20 years in the orchestra management field, cultivating new audiences and increasing box office revenues.
Carol Shepherd has been named Managing Director of the Astoria Music Festival. She begins in the post 17 November.
The Pasadena Symphony Association announced that it has tapped Lora Unger as its new chief executive officer, effective November 1.
The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Sweden, has promoted its planning director of four years, Sten Cranner, to succeed Helena Wessman as managing and artistic director, effective Nov. 1. Cranner has a long history with the orchestra, not only as planning director, but also as orchestra director, from 2002 to 2006. From 2006-2010, he was CEO of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic. A onetime professional musician, Cranner has also served with the Oslo Philharmonic as project manager.
Larry Rachleff, professor of music and music director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at Rice University, is to act as music advisor to the Grand Rapids Symphony, for the 2015-16 season. The current season marks the last for David Lockington, who announced in 2012 that he would be stepping down after 16 years in the job. He becomes conductor laureate.
David Hyslop, longtime Minnesota Orchestra CEO (1991-2003) - turned - consultant has taken on another interim CEO job, this time with the Stockton (CA) Symphony, succeeding Jane Kenworthy who left in June after six years. Hyslop has his own, Minneapolis-based consulting firm.
Rossen Milanov is to be the ninth music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra,the resident ensemble of the Chautauqua Institution summer festival. He makes his debut in the new role next July.
The Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra has named Jenene Cherney as director of artistic operations; she comes from a similar position with the Phoenix Symphony.
The Illinois Philharmonic has a new executive director in Agnieszka ("Eska") Laskus, a League of American Orchestras Orchestra Management Fellow currently working with the Pacific Symphony as associate director of individual giving. She succeeds Andrew Bradford, who left last summer when he was named executive director of the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts, in Lafayette, CO.
The Minnesota Orchestra has hired Asadour Santourian on board as consulting artistic advisor. Santourian is VP of the Aspen Music Festival and School, a job he will keep while working with Minnesota. Artistic Administrator Kari Marshall is serving as interim director of artistic planning and Orchestra Operations Manager Beth Kellar-Long is acting general manager.
The Paris Chamber Orchestra (Orchestre de chambre de Paris) has named Douglas Boyd as its new music director, effective next season.
Lincoln Center announced the hiring of Tribeca Enterprises Senior VP and Co-head of Sponsorship Greg Sheps to be its senior VP of marketing partnerships beginning in November. Sheps will report directly to the Center’s president, Jed Bernstein.
Ridgewood (NJ) Symphony has appointed Diane Wittry artistic director for its 75th-anniversary season. Wittry is also music director and conductor of the Allentown Symphony and the artistic director for the International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia.
The Thayer (MA) Symphony Orchestra has appointed Roderick MacDonald as its new music director. MacDonald, who is based in Boston, has guest conducted the orchestra in the past and served as trumpet soloist.
The National Endowment for the Arts has named Ann Meier Baker its new director of music and opera. The position, held most recently by Wayne Brown, oversees the NEA's music grants as well as the Jazz Masters Fellowship Program. Baker is currently the president and CEO of Chorus America; her new role will take effect January 12, 2015.
The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has announced the appointment of Michael Francis as its new music director starting with the 2015–16 season, serving as music director designate for the upcoming 2014–15 season. Appointed as part of an initial three-year contract, his duties include being the primary conductor and providing the artistic leadership for concert programming and related artistic decisions.
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) announced that nonprofit fundraising expert Dale C. Hedding has joined the firm as vice president. Mr. Hedding will lead ACG’s growing revenue enhancement practice, applying his comprehensive fundraising and management expertise to contributed revenue opportunities in the arts and culture industry throughout North America. Mr. Hedding brings more than 25 years of arts and culture industry leadership experience to ACG, including successful tenures at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He will be based in ACG’s Washington, D.C. office.
Daren Fuster has been appointed director of operations and artistic administration for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Fuster will oversee artistic administration, production, general operations, as well as education and community programs. Fuster replaces long-time LACO administrator Andrea Laguni, who is stepping down after 19 years at LACO to serve as an arts consultant.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announced that Don Nelson has been hired as general manager. Mr. Nelson comes to the BPO from Spokane, WA, where he served as general manager of the Spokane Symphony for 14 years and the general manager of the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for six years.
Mary McFadden Lawson was named vice president of philanthropy at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Lawson comes to the CSO from the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh where she served as vice president of philanthropy for over five years.
The Winston-Salem Symphony has hired Jeff Whitsett as the orchestra’s personnel manager and librarian. Whitsett spent more than 24 years in the print-music industry where he established relationships with music publishers, composers, arrangers, conductors, educators and performing musicians.
Mark Fraser has been named the new artistic and executive director of Mohawk Trail Concerts. He succeeds Ruth Black, who retired this year after 45 years with the organization.
Maestro Arts is delighted to announce that Sally Donegani joined the company on 18 September 2014 as an artist manager.
Croatian conductor Ivan Repušic, 34, has been named the general music director of Staatsoper Hannover starting with the season 2016-17. He succeeds American conductor Karen Kamensek, in the job since 2011.
Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England, is to be the new controller of BBC Radio 3. Davey succeeds Roger Wright, who left in March to become CEO of Aldeburgh Music.
The Florida Orchestra’s (TFO) new Music Director Designate Michael Francis has just been appointed as new music director of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, following the retirement of its founding Music Director David Atherton.
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees has appointed Elise Bernhardt as the organization’s new executive director, beginning with the 2014-15 season. Ms. Bernhardt was most recently president and CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Oliver Ionita has been appointed director of development by Chicago Opera Theater. Mr. Ionita assumed his new role on September 4. Most recently, he served as senior director for development and external affairs at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.
The Detroit Symphony has promoted Erik Rӧnmark to general manager and artistic administrator.
Kevin Marvin has been named executive director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, to begin in October. Mr. Marvin previously served as the executive director and past board chair of the Rocky Mountain Arts Association in Denver.
Alice Kornhauser has been appointed executive director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Kornhauser has over 20 years of experience leading strategic marketing and planning efforts for such organizations as Lincoln Center, Inc. and the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, most recently as vice president of marketing & communications for United Way of Greater Portland and as an independent consultant.
The Mann has announced that Nolan Williams, Jr., will continue as its festival artistic director through 2016.
Washington Performing Arts announced that Matthew Campbell will join the organization in the newly created role of director of external relations beginning October 22, 2014. Campbell’s career has taken him far and wide, from positions in leading arts organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to the publishing world in New York and London. Most recently, Campbell served as strategic initiatives director for the San Francisco–based Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA), the non-profit organization of the renowned Kronos Quartet.
Rossen Milanov, music director of the Princeton (NJ) Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony in C, as well as principal Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA), is the Columbus Symphony’s “music director designee,” effective this season. He becomes music director in 2015-16, leading just two programs between now and then.
The Colorado Music Festival and Center for the Musical Arts has made two key appointments. Newly charged with overseeing all matters artistic at the Center and the summer festival is Canadian Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni; he has signed a three-year contract as music director and starts next summer conducting the CMF Orchestra in five weeks of concerts.
The Flint Institute of Music (FIM) has selected Lindsay Pearson as the new Flint Symphony Orchestra (FSO) manager effective Sept. 8. Pearson has been with the Long Beach Symphony for more than six years, where she has grown through the organization assuming roles with more responsibility during her tenure.
Carrie Sykes has become president of Schwalbe and Partners, Inc., a classical music artist management agency. She joined Schwalbe and Partners in 1993 as an office manager, becoming an agent the following year, and was named a partner and Vice President in 2006.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has appointed Katie Applefeld as the director of external affairs for OrchKids™, a position she begins Monday, September 8. Ms. Applefeld has nearly 20 years of combined development and educational experience in the Baltimore area, most recently serving as the director of development for the Middle Grades Partnership, a nonprofit organization that forges partnerships between public and private school communities
Jeff Alexander, president and CEO of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, is to take over as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as of Jan. 12, 2015.
The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) has appointed a new executive director. She is Hilary Field Respass, most recently director of the Hartt School’s Community Division at the University of Hartford, CT.
The San Francisco Opera reported several staff changes: Dr. Clifford Cranna, director of music administration, retired from his post as of August 1, 2014 but remains with the company in the part-time role of dramaturg; Gregory Henkel, director of artistic administration, has a new title of director of artistic & music planning; Sean Waugh has been appointed artistic planning manager, having previously served as the assistant to the director of artistic administration; and DeAnna Sherer has been appointed music planning manager, having previously served as artistic coordinator at Carnegie Hall.
Executive Assistant Garrett Shatzer. of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, has become the new annual fund manager at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Peter Stevenson is now the executive director at the Civic Music Association. He was formerly director of development at the Des Moines Symphony and Academy.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has promoted Thomas Welsh to director of performing arts. Welsh will be responsible for the design, organization and oversight of the museum’s performing arts series. Welsh joined the museum in 2007 as associate director of music and became director of City Stages last year.
The Worcester Chamber Music Society has taken on a new management structure: its new progamming committee will be overseen by the General Manager/Violinist, Krista Buckland Reisner, former Business Development Director Tracy Kraus, Executive Director/Flute and Ariana Falk, Education Director/Cello of CMS’s signature free inner-city lesson program “Neighborhood Strings.”
The Scottsdale Cultural Council has appointed Neale Perl as its new president and CEO. A senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in arts administration and presenting, Perl is the president emeritus of D.C.-based Washington Performing Arts, where he served as president and CEO from 2002 to 2013. He began his new position on Aug. 11, 2014.
Reed W. Smith, former general director of Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY, is, as of September 1, 2014, general director of Anchorage Opera in Anchorage, AK. Judy Berry moves from marketing & development director at Tri-Cities Opera to director of patron relations at Anchorage Opera on September 1, 2014.
The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announced the appointment of Nick Winter as director of artistic planning, effective September 24. Winter is currently director of artistic administration of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and succeeds John Mangum, who departed the SFS in June to become president of the Orange County Philharmonic Society.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announced the appointments of two senior staff members. Tamara Clement joins the FWSO senior management team as vice president of marketing. She comes to the FWSO from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra where she served as director of marketing from 2009-14. Erik Finley will begin as Vice President of artistic administration on September 15th. Finley joins the FWSO with four years of artistic planning and orchestra operations experience with major orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony and Florida Orchestra.
La Cetra Barockorchester & Vokalensemble in Basel, Switzerland has appointed Chandler Cudlipp as its new managing director. Cudlipp has held positions of artistic and management leadership with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich to the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Zurich Opera and the Zurich Chamber Orchestras as well as to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The Rockford (IL) Symphony Orchestra welcomed Education and Community Engagement Director Margo Stedman, who has worked with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park in the Orlando area as program and communication manager and with Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago in Glen Ellyn, IL, as marketing director.
Janet Kessin has left the Juilliard School, after four decades; her title when she exited was Associate VP of Communications. She has been replaced by Alexandra Day, whose title is director of communications and marketing strategy.
Jorge Mester is to be the first music director of the Boca del Río Philharmonic Orchestra (orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río), a new ensemble named for its city of origin, in Verarcruz, Mexico. Mester will lead the Boca del Rio Philharmonic in 12 concerts in its first, 2014-15 season, at the Fernando Gutierrez Barrios Theater.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra has appointed Mark Blakeman president and CEO. He was most recently the COO of the Nashville Symphony and will be in place in Tucson at the opening weekend of concerts, Sept. 26 and 27.
Dancer Robert Curran, who in 2011 retired from the Australian Ballet after 16 years, ten as a principal, is the new artistic director of the Louisville Ballet. He succeeds Bruce Simpson, who retired in July after 12 years in the post.
The Canadian Opera Company has hired Steven Kelley as its chief communications officer. Kelley started his opera career working as a stage manager at Houston Grand Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other companies. He was most recently with HGO as marketing director, and before that in similar positions with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis and the Kentucky Opera.
Stephen Collins, onetime executive director of the Waterbury (CT) Symphony and free-lance percussionist, joined the Hartford (CT) Symphony Orchestra as director of artistic operations and administration earlier this month. Collins has worked in the field as a performer, teacher, and administrator since earning his BM from the Hartt School of Music in 1989.
Greg Weber has been appointed managing director of the Tulsa Opera, to begin in the post October 2014. Mr. Weber leaves the post of director of production at the San Francisco Opera.
Symphony Space has hired Andrew Byrne as its new artistic director. Mr. Byrne was director of festivals and special projects at Carnegie Hall, where he has worked since 1993.
The American Boychoir has promoted Assistant Music Director and Accompanist Dr. Kerry Heimann to be its new school president. Mr. Heimann has been with the Boychoir for the last 10 years.
Lewis Kaplan, founder and artistic director of the Bowdoin International Festival, has retired after 50 years on the job. Succeeding him at Bowdoin as co-artistic directors are brothers Phillip and David Ying, both faculty members.
Margaret F. Heskin is the new editorial director at Boosey & Hawkes. She has been with the firm for 5 years. Previously Heskin was a senior editor for seven years at Peermusic Classical and, before that, assistant editor at Carl Fischer Music.
Longtime NPR and public television producer Benjamin K. ("Ben") Roe has been appointed the new executive director of the Heifetz Institute.
Boston’s Berklee College has named trumpeter Sean Jones chair of the brass department. He succeeds trombonist Tom Plsek, in the job for the last 25 years.
The Sage Gateshead has a new classical music director in Thorben Dittes. In his position, he also becomes chief executive of the resident Royal Northern Sinfonia and overseer of all classical programming, including that of visiting ensembles.
Longtime Kurt Weill Foundation Director and Vice President Carolyn Weber has retired from her post. She has been with the organization since 1998.
The Kurt Weill Foundation has created the new position of director of programs and promotion, which Janice L. Mayer, recent executive director of Musica Sacra, will occupy. She is charged with overseeing the Lotte Lenya Competition and following the careers of its alumnae. She will also lead a newly enlarged program of grants, prizes, and sponsorships.
Tri-Cities Opera has named Susan Ashbaker, adjunct professor and vocal coach at Rider University, as its general director. Ashbaker worked for 11 years as director of artistic and music administration for the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
The Skaneateles Festival has named Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch its new artistic directors. They are to succeed David Ying and Elinor Freer following the 2014 season.
The Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College has named Hollis Ashby, former associate director of Cal Performances, the new director of its performance series, effective September 2. Ashby succeeds series-founder Ellis Finger, who retired in June.
Philadelphia-based Network for New Music has named composer, conductor, and educator Scott Ordway its new executive director. Ordway, also a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music, succeeds Lisa Miller in the position.