June 2021
Stefano Pace, current superintendent of the Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, in Trieste, is to be the new general and artistic director for the Royal Opera of Wallonia-Liège as of October 2021. He succeeds the late Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, who died unexpectedly last February. Liège will begin his five-year term in October 2021. Applicants to the job were required to have at least 10 years of experience in classical music in management and / or artistic management.
Yuval Sharon, founder and artistic director of The Industry and recent artistic director of the Michigan Opera Theater, is getting some help. Sonic artist Ash Fure and interdisciplinary artist Malik Gaines are joining The Industry as co-equal artistic directors for an initial term of three years. Fure, an associate professor of music at Dartmouth College and 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in music, utilizes sonic art to create immersive listening experiences in unusual places. Gaines, for 20 years a Los Angelino and now an associate professor of performance studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, co-founded the musical performance art group My Barbarian in 2000.
Louisa Proske, co-founder and co-artistic director of Heartbeat Opera, will step down to become associate artistic director of Oper Halle; she will, at the same time stay connected to the bold, eight-year-old New York based company with the title of resident director. As she exits, her co-founder and co-artistic director Ethan Heard moves up to become the sole artistic director. At the same time, Black activist and bass-baritone Derrell Acon has been appointed associate director, starting July 1; he’ll remain chief impact officer at Long Beach Opera, which has simultaneously promoted him as its own associate director.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic has a new executive director, Anne Berquist, as of May 3, coming to the city from Grand Rapids, MI, where she served for the last year as a consultant and, prior to that, COO to a startup called Aid the Neway International_SignArt. At one time she was executive director of Opera Grand Rapids and president & CEO of Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.
The World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) has elected a new president in Peter Paul Kainrath, artistic director of the Ferrucio Busoni Piano Competition and CEO of Klangforum Wien. He will serve a three-year term, succeeding Didier Schnohrk of the Geneva Competition, who served two terms in the job.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), located in Winston-Salem—one of UNC’s 17 statewide campuses—is undergoing major changes, as witnessed by the arrival of new deans at three of its five genre-specific schools. Saxton Rose will continue to oversee all of the School of Music operations, performances, and its 265 students, 47 faculty and 11 staff members. UNCSA named dancer, choreographer, and educator Endalyn Taylor as the new dean of the School of Dance effective August 1. She arrives after six years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches ballet and musical theater as an associate professor. Independent filmmaker and educator Deborah LaVine will take over in July as dean of the School of Filmmaking, which in 2020 was ranked among the Top 10 film schools in the country. She arrives from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where she was program director of the graduate-level film directing program.
The Louisiana Philharmonic, which self-defines as “the only full-time collaboratively governed and operated orchestra in the United States,” has named Philadelphia native Anwar Nasir to be its next executive director. Nasir is the current chief revenue & advancement officer for the Omaha Symphony, where he has worked for two years. The orchestra, whose pre-pandemic budget was $5.5 million, will return to its annual, 36-week schedule of live performances next October. Normally, it employs 67 musicians and has an administrative staff of 17. Carlos Miguel Prieto is its music director.
Mhiran Faraday is the new executive director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. She comes to the position after three years as manager of the Banff International Chamber Music Competition (BISQC). In addition to the Banff competition, Faraday served as program director for the Center’s music department, operations director for Symphony Nova Scotia, and executive director for Debut Atlantic. She holds a BA in Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology from Dalhousie University.
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year, is to serve as artistic advisor to the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) as it continues its search for a successor to Welshman Grant Llewellyn, who exited in spring of 2020 after 16 seasons. The 58-year-old Llewellyn now holds the title of music director laureate; he is the music director of Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in France.
Terell M. Johnson, former community engagement director for the New World Symphony, is to be the next executive director of the Chicago Philharmonic, a three-decade-old ensemble that has gone through various iterations since its founding.
The Winnipeg (CA) Symphony also has a new executive director. Angela Birdsell is described as an arts management consultant, with Ottawa Live Arts Community, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Saint John Theater Company among her clients. She succeeds Trudy Schroeder, in the job for 13 seasons.
Cristina Rocca is to return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as VP for artistic planning, a post she vacated in October of 2020 after five years to become artistic director of the London Philharmonic. She starts in Chicago on June 28, occupying the only endowed administrative post at the CSO, the Mary L. Gray Chair, reporting to CEO Jeff Alexander, and overseeing the artistic administration staff of eight. She will, once again, work with Music Director Riccardo Muti and be responsible for all programming, including jazz, world, the Symphony Center Presents lineup, and the MusicNOW contemporary series.
Fund for the Arts (The Fund) has selected André Kimo Stone Guess as president & CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on June 30, 2021. A native Louisvillian, Mr. Guess brings more than 20 years of experience in the arts sector, working with arts organizations and individual artists. For more than 14 years, he has also owned and operated management consulting firm, GuessWorks, Inc. During that time, he managed the careers of world-class artists and provided management, consulting, and producing services to arts organizations and nonprofits.
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has named Paul Schwendener as its new executive director, effective June 1. He succeeds Elaine Lipton, who is retiring after 15 years in the position. Lipton will continue as executive director emeritus through August.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (Festival) has selected Roslyn (Roz) Gilhuly as director of development, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on February 8, 2021. Ms. Gilhuly brings more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, donor stewardship, marketing and communications, public relations, and corporate relationship building to her new role at the Festival. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, External Relations at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, where she oversaw all marketing, development, and membership operations.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG), announced that Nagham Wehbe has joined the firm as associate vice president to support all of ACG’s practice areas with market research, data analysis, financial modeling, survey and interview design, and translation of data for cultural organizations. Based in Los Angeles, she began her tenure on June 1, 2021. As a researcher and strategist, she has utilized qualitative and quantitative data (primary and digital) to identify trends and deliver recommendations to clients. Her areas of expertise include audience engagement trends, brand visibility, and program competitiveness.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that Calida N. Jones has joined the firm as vice president to expand the planning and capacity building areas of the firm. Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Jones brings more than 20 years of experience in planning, workshop and curriculum development, project management, and advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives. Passionate about intentional and purposeful mentoring and community engagement, her personal mission is to ensure that those with limited resources have access to arts opportunities and activities. She is also committed to correlating the art of teaching to life skills and community building.
May 2021
Katie McGuinness will exit her post as director of artistic planning at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to join the Dallas Symphony as VP of artistic operations, as of the 2021-22 season. Overseeing a department of 10, she’ll report directly to DSO President and CEO Kim Noltemy, who announced the appointment jointly with Music Director Fabio Luisi. In her new job she’ll be responsible for all classical and pops programming, with, respectively, Luisi and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. A professionally trained pianist who counts John O’Conor among her primary teachers, she spent two summers in administration at the Aspen Music Festival and School while working on her doctorate in piano performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Ireland.
Larisa Gelman, onetime director of the 92nd Street Y’s Center for Education Outreach, among other nonprofit leadership positions, is the new executive director of Midori & Friends. She succeeds Suzanne Wilson, who left in 2019 after seven years in the job and is now president and CEO of the Phoenix Symphony. Midori & Friends is heading into its 30th anniversary of working with New York City public schools to provide music education and enrichment to students in grades K-12. By its own estimation, it has reached over 300,000 students.
Joshua Barone, a senior staff editor at the New York Times, has been given the title of assistant performing arts editor, a boost to the culture department. Barone, who writes frequently about classical music, holds degrees in journalism and French literature from the University of Missouri. He joined the Times in 2013 after a year at the Financial Times and a variety of internships, including the Wall Street Journal, Esquire magazine, and Standard and Poor’s. Other recent shifts in Times culture include the arrivals in New York of Javier C. Hernández, 36, to cover classical music and dance, with a background in political reporting, and the move in Los Angeles of that town’s longtime Bureau Chief Adam Nagourney, 66, to focus on West Coast arts, in particular California’s. Both were necessitated by Michael Cooper’s promotion from arts reporter to deputy culture chief.
Amanda Gookin is to be the next executive director of Music at the Anthology, or MATA, which supports emerging composers through commissioning, performing, and funding their work. Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996 at a time when getting a hearing for new work was difficult, MATA has since become, by its own account, “the world’s foremost sought-after performance opportunity for young and emerging composers.” Gookin, a cellist, succeeds Loren Loiacono on June 5.
Moving from new music to vintage repertoire, San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program has a new director of advancement as of June 1. Nancy E. Petrisko, director of development at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, takes up the post as Merola moves into a new generation of leadership under Carrie-Ann Matheson, who succeeded Sheri Greenawald as artistic director last January. Petrisko is a former operations manager at San Francisco Opera and has worked with many opera companies and presenters across her career in a range of capacities. She has also taught arts-management courses at the university level and been an independent fund-raising consultant for a number of non-profit arts organizations.
The Juilliard School has named a top Curtis Institute academic as dean and director of its music division. David Serkin Ludwig—whose uncle was Peter Serkin and whose grandfather, pianist Rudolf Serkin, was director of Curtis from 1968-1976—is to take the new job on June 1. He will be responsible for all music performance and academic training in his new position; his three focuses, according to the school are “excellence, creativity, and inclusiveness.”
Interlochen Center for the Arts has selected Enrique Márquez as director of music, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on June 1, 2021. Mr. Márquez most recently served as manager of events for the Harvard University Department of Music. In this role, he oversaw Music Department concerts and events and served as the administrator of the Fromm Music Foundation, which has commissioned more than 400 new compositions. Mr. Márquez actively collaborated with music institutions, including Tanglewood, the American Composers Orchestra, the American Academy in Rome, and Sony Classical.
Interlochen Center for the Arts has also named trumpeter Josh Lawrence as its new director of jazz studies, effective August 9. Lawrence, who received a CMA 2017 New Jazz Works grant, succeeds Bill Spears, who is retiring after 34 years at the Center.
April 2021

Olivier Mantei, managing director of the Opéra-Comique, is to be the next director of the Cité de la Musique/Philharmonie de Paris. He starts on November 1, succeeding Laurent Bayle, in the job since 2015. His term, for five years, was announced on April 28 by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin. In his new role, Mantei will oversee all artistic matters for the Cité de la Musique/Philharmonie, as well as make it “accessible and exemplary in terms of inclusion” and diversity of musical genres and origins.
Enrique Márquez, who produces and books events for Harvard University’s Department of Music and administers the Fromm Music Foundation, has been appointed director of music by Interlochen Center for the Arts. Márquez will oversee music programming, pedagogy, and curricula for Interlochen Arts Academy, Camp, College of Creative Arts, and Interlochen Online. He starts June 1 and reports to Vice Provost of Academic and Artistic Education Jason Hubbard; he’ll also collaborate with Christian Macelaru, artistic director and principal conductor of Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra, a summer program.
Violist Geraldine Walther, who exited the Takács Quartet in 2019 after a 15-year run, has been appointed interim director of chamber music at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She starts next fall and her position is expected to become permanent thereafter.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has named Professor Farzad Amoozegar as the new director of the Iranian Music Program, an appointment made as part of the school’s partnership with the Farhang Foundation, which promotes Iranian art and culture in the community. The Foundation supports much of the program’s activity, which includes connecting UCLA students to international Iranian music and musicians.
Renae Williams Niles, chairman of the board of APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals), best known for her work in arts education and dance, will oversee all programming at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including classical. Her newly created position, which she assumes on June 7, is chief content and engagement officer, reporting directly to CEO Chad Smith.
Alison Friedman, current artistic director of performing arts for Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, is returning Stateside for reasons personal and political; she has been hired as executive and artistic director of Carolina Performing Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. She starts in October, filling the post vacated in 2019 by Emil Kang, now at the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Oper Köln has hired Dutch cultural manager Hein Mulders, onetime artistic director of the Nederlandse Opera, current intendant of the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen (Germany), as its new artistic director, effective in 2022-23.
Elena Dubinets, recent chief artistic officer of the Atlanta Symphony, onetime Musical America Top 30 Mover and Shaper, highly regarded musicologist, author, and lecturer, is to be the London Philharmonic’s artistic director, as of next September. Prior to Atlanta, the Russian-born Dubinets was VP of artistic planning and creative projects for the Seattle Symphony. Over her 15-year tenure, she is credited with widening the orchestra’s repertoire, especially through contemporary work and commissions, and launching its in-house label, which garnered a number of Grammy Awards.
Marc Baylin, who announced his decision to wind down Baylin Artists Management last year just one month before the pandemic struck, has been hired as artistic advisor and programming consultant by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The multi-discipline presenter, based at the University of Pennsylvania, is approaching its 50th-anniversary season. It has been active digitally during the shutdown and is now preparing for its next, live moves.
Patrick Castillo, who describes himself as “a composer, performer, writer, and educator,” has been hired by the New York Philharmonic as VP of artistic planning. He has been consulting for the orchestra under his predecessor, Isaac Thompson, who was promoted to managing director in December as one of two key executives under President and CEO Deborah Borda.
The City of Aspen has named Lisa Rigsby Peterson as the executive director of the Wheeler Opera House, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on March 1, 2021. A long-time Colorado resident, Ms. Rigsby Peterson most recently served as the founding executive director of the municipally owned Lone Tree Arts Center. During her decade-long tenure, she brought high-profile performers to Lone Tree, presenting up to 80 performances annually. Her innovative approach to strategic artistic partnerships and programs helped identify unmet needs in the community as well as curate signature programs to serve them.
March 2021

Bronx Arts Ensemble, nearing 50 years of bringing performances and teaching artists into Bronx public schools, has named Judith Insell as its executive director. Insell, a professional violist born and raised in the Bronx, was named artistic director in summer 2020. Insell, a onetime Broadway pit musician, was previously director of music at the Harlem School of the Artsts and assistant director of Instrumental Studies at Mannes College of Music, The New School. She is a member of the avant-garde jazz collective Jump Off This Bridge and the Greenwich (CT) Symphony.
Benjamin Sosland, interim dean and director of the Music Division at the Juilliard School, is to be the next provost and dean of the New England Conservatory, effective July 5. He succeeds Thomas Novak, a 20-year NEC veteran who holds the title of VP and provost. Sosland will oversee all aspects of NEC’s programs including the College, Preparatory School, and School of Continuing Education.
Christine Goerke, who led last October’s Twilight: Gods in the Michigan Opera Theater parking garage, has been named associate artistic director for three years as of April 1. “…she will partner with Yuval Sharon to reposition MOT with a new focus for what opera in Detroit will mean,” said MOT President Wayne Brown. Davóne Tines is MOT’s new artist in residence.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has named a chief diversity officer, a newly created position reporting directly to the CEO. An Ohio native and Harvard graduate, Harold Brown will oversee CSO diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) both internally and in the community.
The Manhattan School of Music (MSM) has selected Dr. Carleen Graham to become the School’s inaugural associate dean and director of vocal arts. A distinguished teaching professor emerita of the State University of New York at Potsdam, Graham is currently director of HGOco, Houston Grand Opera’s program connecting the company to its community. She begins her new position on July 1, 2021.
David Pratt, executive director of the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) for slightly more the two years, is to be the new CEO and executive director of the Austin (TX) Symphony Orchestra (ASO). Pratt is credited with balancing the $3.4 million annual budget at SMF and adding new community programs.
The Wheeling (WV) Symphony Orchestra has named Bryan Braunlich, its general manager, to the position of executive director, effective immediately. He succeeds Bruce Wheeler. Braunlich first arrived in 2017 as director of marketing and communications.
Caramoor has appointed Edward J. Lewis III to succeed Jeffrey P. Haydon as president & CEO. Lewis, a onetime violist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has been vice chancellor for advancement at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) for six years, a position from which he is credited with “surpassing all annual and campaign fundraising goals.” He’ll start at Caramoor in May, succeeding interim CEO Nina Curley. Kathy Schuman remains VP and artistic director.
The City of Thousand Oaks has selected Jonathan Serret as cultural affairs director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on November 20, 2020. Mr. Serret most recently worked at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center (BAPAC), serving as technical director for 10 years and as deputy cultural affairs director/general manager since 2017. In addition to providing operational oversight, he implemented the Cultural Affairs Five-Year Strategic Plan and produced the City’s Pop Up Arts and Music Festival.
February 2021

The Los Angeles-based Colburn School, which has grown over the last 70 years from a community music school into a major conservatory, has announced that 26-year-old choreographer and former New York City Ballet dancer Silas Farley is to succeed Jenifer Ringer (also a City Ballet alum) as dean of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI). Concurrently, Darleen Callaghan, former director of Miami City Ballet School, will succeed James Fayette as associate dean. The changeover occurs in June 2021, with the two incumbents becoming visiting artists.
James Darrah, artistic director of Omaha’s annual ONE Festival, is to take the same title with Long Beach Opera, another entity known for bold moves and experimentation. Darrah is well known in new opera circles, having directed the world premieres of Ellen Reid's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera p r i s m, Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves and Proving Up, a new production of Philip Glass’s Les enfants terribles and the first West Coast performances of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, among others.
John Kieser has been enlisted by the classical music streaming service Idagio as its “director of partnerships,” which will help open industry doors for the company and expand its reach beyond the 30,000 registered users it currently claims.
Gail Samuel, longtime chief overseer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its assorted tentacles, is to be the new president and CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She succeeds Mark Volpe, with the orchestra for 23 years, every one of which, it would seem, has seen the storied institution grow and prosper, especially at its Tanglewood location.
David Lomelí, director of artistic administration for the Dallas Opera, is to be the Santa Fe Opera’s chief artistic officer as of May 1. The position is newly created, necessitated by the departure of Artistic Director Alexander Neef, now general director of the Paris Opera, and the retirement of Brad Woolbright as director of artistic administration.
National Endowment for the Arts appointments for the Biden-Harris Administration include the following:
  • Ra Joy will become chief of staff and previously served as executive director for CHANGE Illinois, a nonpartisan coalition for government reform, and from 2007 to 2015 as executive director of the statewide arts advocacy organization Arts Alliance Illinois. As a senior staffer for U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky from 2001 to 2007, he specialized in appropriations, community development, education, youth development, and the arts.
  • Jennifer Chang will serve as White House liaison and senior advisor to Mr. Joy. Before working on the appointments team with the Biden-Harris transition, she consulted on performing arts and education issues. Chang also spent over a decade working at Google, during which time she also earned a master's degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School. In 2016, she took a six-month sabbatical to work on the Hillary Clinton campaign.
  • Sonia Chala Tower, who has spent more than 25 years working in cultural development and arts policy, will fill the role of director of strategic communications and public affairs. Among her previous positions are arts program officer for a community foundation, a municipal arts director, and vice president of development and special initiatives for Americans for the Arts. Most recently she was the national co-chair for Arts for Biden-Harris. Tower is also a classically trained mezzo-soprano specializing in Byzantine and Russian liturgical music.
  • The fourth appointee, Ben Kessler, will become director of congressional Affairs. An intellectual property lawyer, Kessler has worked for the United States Senate Committee on Aging; Invariant Government Relations, a lobbying agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts working on food safety policy. During the Biden campaign, Kessler managed a team of intellectual property law volunteers reviewing campaign-produced content for copyright, trademark, and right of publicity concerns.
Melissa Ngan, founder of the Chicago-based new music group Fifth House Ensemble, project consultant to the Cleveland Orchestra, among others, is to succeed Edward Yim as president and CEO of the American Composers Orchestra (ACO). Yim has been chief content officer for WQXR since September. Jesse Rosen, recently retired CEO of the League of American Orchestras, has been serving as interim. Fifth House Ensemble has welcomed Alexandra Olsavsky as its new executive director.
Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company has turned to one of its own, former company dancer Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, as its new artistic director. She replaces Glenn Edgerton, in the position since 2009, and takes over on March 1, 2021.
Arkansas Arts Academy has selected Richard Burrows as CEO, following a national executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on September 14, 2020. Mr. Burrows has worked at the local, state, national, and international levels for more than 40 years. His appointments include K-12 public education, post-secondary institutions, governmental service, agency executive leadership, and community development.
The Grand Rapids Symphony announced that Carlos Vicente is to be vice president of marketing and communications after a nationwide search conducted by the Tom O’Connor Consulting Group. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Carlos has more than 22 years of experience with performing arts organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. Carlos comes to Grand Rapids from the Sarasota Opera, where he has been the director of Marketing since 2014.
The Flynn has selected Jay Wahl as executive director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on January 1, 2021. Mr. Wahl joins the Flynn after 11 years at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. As producing artistic director, he served as an international liaison and advocate for the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia arts community, programming and producing a wide range of performances and spearheading efforts to bring diverse and inspiring artists to the city.
Jennifer Clarke has joined the National Flute Association as its new executive director. Jennifer has extensive experience in leadership and management of non-profit arts institutions, most recently as executive director of Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) and the ACMP Foundation.
January 2021

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has named Hanif Abdurraqib as guest curator at large. The Ohio-born poet, essayist, and cultural critic will work closely with BAM programming teams to curate musical engagements and conceive longterm projects.
Russell Thomas will serve as the Los Angeles Opera’s next artist-in-residence through the end of the company’s 2023-24 season. He follows composer-conductor Matthew Aucoin, in the position since 2016.
Julia Noulin-Mérat, co-artistic director of Boston’s artist-led Guerilla Opera, is the new general director and CEO of Opera Columbus. She succeeds Peggy Kriha Dye.
Stratford Summer Music (SSM) has hired Kendra Fry as its new general manager, as of April 1. She succeeds Judy Matheson, in the job for seven years. SSM is a six-week, 100-performance event.
The Metropolitan Opera, which has named Marcia Lynn Sells, dean of students at Harvard Law School since 2015, with the title of chief diversity officer. Sells, who holds a law degree from Columbia University and has served as assistant district attorney for New York State, comes on staff in late February with a broad mandate.
Richard Lonsdorf is the new executive director of New Century Chamber Orchestra, having served as interim since August, when Philip Wilder stepped down to become the president and general director of Chanticleer.
Astral Artists, a by-audition management company specializing in emerging classical artists, has named Lourdes Starr-Demers as executive director, succeeding Julia Rubio, who left in October 2019 to join the Merakey Foundation.
The American Federation of Musicians’ Local Los Angeles-area chapter 47, representing some 6,000 musicians, has elected Stephanie O’Keefe to serve as its next president. A professional French horn player, O’Keefe is the first woman to take the top post in the 123-year history of the national union.
The University of Texas at Austin has named alumnus Ramón H. Rivera-Servera as the next dean of the College of Fine Arts. His appointment will begin July 1.
December 2020

As of January 1, New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda will delegate the bulk of her internal administrative duties to two key deputies, clearing a path forward for her to be fundraiser in chief. Adam Cox, whom Borda hired last year as COO, is to become executive director and Isaac Thompson, current VP of artistic planning, will move to managing director. Cox, former executive VP of the AT&T Performing Arts Center (AT&TPAC) in Dallas, and known for his skill in operational turnarounds, will handle all business functions. Thompson, whose three years with the orchestra have broadened both its artistic and community impact, will manage artistic, concert, and production functions. Bill Thomas continues to oversee the Geffen Hall project.
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-genre presenting venue in West Palm Beach, FL, has chosen Terrence W. Dwyer, former president of California’s Segerstrom Center, to be its next CEO. He starts January 11, succeeding founding CEO Judith Mitchell, who has retired after nearly 30 years. Dwyer, 64, was in his former job for 13 years, overseeing a $60 million budget, a $140 million capital and endowment campaign, and much lauded community projects and partnerships. In a nod to the challenges ahead, he noted in comments that the Kravis Center was “well positioned to respond to the changing needs of its community.”
One of Canada’s renowned early music vocalists, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, has been selected as the next artistic and executive director of Early Music Vancouver. She succeeds Matthew White, who held the position for seven seasons before leaving to become CEO of the Victoria Symphony. LeBlanc begins on Jan. 4, 2021. A native of New Brunswick, LeBlanc is based in Montreal, where she is currently director of Cappella Antica at McGill University. Fifteen years ago, she cofounded the Montreal-based company Le Nouvel Opéra. LeBlanc has been awarded four honorary doctorates for her contributions to music and is a GRAMMY-winning recording artist.
La Jolla Music Society, as of January 4, 2021, will have its fourth new president and CEO in two years. He is Todd Schultz, 54, whose last, year-long job was senior VP of development for the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA. Previously, he served as VP of institutional advancement for San Diego Symphony; he has also worked for San Diego Opera as director of marketing and PR.
Ott Maaten is to be the new director of the Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper), succeeding Aivar Mäe, who resigned in late August. Maaten, 53, is the current finance and administration director of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, where he has overseen the successful completion of several major construction projects. Maaten, a onetime professional musician, starts his new job in January. The National Opera is housed in Tallinn’s Estonia Theater, also home base to the National Ballet, and has both a theater and a concert hall. The possibility of moving to a new facility has been under discussion for the last decade.
Canadian director Michael Cavanagh, who lays claim to staging 150 opera productions in 32 international houses, is to succeed Birgitta Svendén as artistic director of the Royal Swedish Opera, starting in summer of 2021. Svendén, who became the company’s first woman director in 2009, moves to CEO on his arrival and will remain in the post for one year thereafter. Cavanagh has signed a five-year contract. In Sweden, his highest profile productions for the Royal Opera house have been Nixon in China and Aida. He credited Svendén with raising the company’s artistic level as well as its international profile, and said he was “humbled” to be stepping into her shoes.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that Geoff Chang has joined the firm as vice president to expand the leadership transitions and capacity building practice areas. Based bi-coastally in San Diego and New York, he brings a rich background of experience within the arts and culture industries, specifically within the dance sector. Mr. Chang most recently served as general manager at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY, where he produced performances at many of the world’s leading cultural venues and arts festivals.
November 2020

Perryn Leech is to be the next general director of the Canadian Opera Company, effective March 1. He succeeds Alexander Neef, now the general director of the Paris Opera. The search committee chair commented, “Perryn’s values closely mirror our own, particularly when it comes to breaking down barriers. The committee was struck by his passion for sharing the art form with others and his enthusiasm for bringing more opera out of the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts and into our neighborhoods....Perryn stood apart for his vision of a more accessible COC."
London-based Maestro Arts has named Jordi Martin Mont as its new managing director. He succeeds Rachel van Walsum, who moves to the position of director and artist manager. Martin Mont has been with the company since its founding, with Ms. Van Walsum, in 2011. The agency, whose roster numbers 46, was founded as a multi-discipline enterprise.
Gillian Friedman Fox is to take on the 53rd season of the Newport Music Festival as its executive director. She arrives January 4, 2021 after five years at the Dallas Symphony, most recently as director of contemporary programming initiatives, including the three-week international Soluna Festival and the Women in Classical Music Symposium. Prior to Dallas, Friedman Fox was a booking agent for CAMI Music and, before that, for Unlimited Myles. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester.
The Curtis Institute has appointed alumna Michelle Cann to the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies, named in honor of the legendary teacher who passed away in July at age 106, after serving on Curtis’s faculty for 84 years. The position is funded by alumnus William A. Horn, M.D. (Piano ’70) and by the family of the deceased, honoring her desire to see more women on the Curtis faculty. Cann earned an artist’s diploma from the school in 2013, studying with Robert McDonald. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her new job is effective immediately and will involve individual lessons as well as chamber coachings—all remote for the nonce.
Lacey Huszcza has exited the Las Vegas Philharmonic (LVP) after two years in the job, to take the same post with the Richmond Symphony, where she is succeeding president and CEO David Fisk, who moved on after 18 years to take the top administrative job at the Charlotte (NC) Symphony. In Las Vegas, Tim Robinson, active locally as a consultant in entertainment, with a master’s degree in classical guitar performance, will serve as interim.
Robert Driver has succeeded Amy Drummond at the St. Louis Symphony as its VP and chief philanthropy officer. Drummond left last June to join EMD Consulting. Driver, a onetime member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, was most recently assistant vice chancellor of development at the University of Missouri in Columbus.
Ralph Remington, former actor and regional chief of Actors Equity Los Angeles, has been appointed as the director of cultural affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Currently deputy director for arts and culture in Tempe, AZ, Remington assumes his new role in January. As director, Remington will oversee cultural activities in all aspects of the arts citywide, including special projects, grant-making, and policy-setting. Remington will report to the 15-member Arts Commission, which is appointed by the mayor and responsible for the city’s civic art collection, civic design review, cultural equity grants, seven cultural centers and other funding, public art, and art vendors in the city.
Joe Goetz is to succeed Ryan Lohr as music director of Classical MPR. He arrives November 16 after serving for six years as music director of WFIU, the public radio station associated with Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Goetz is charged with overseeing Classical MPR’s daily programming and classical selections; he’ll also be involved with APM’s national classical music strategies. At WFIU, Goetz is credited with overseeing “wholesale changes,” including launching nationally syndicated programming and producing broadcasts of Jacobs School of Music concerts. He also produced a weekly music show hosted by soprano Sylvia McNair.
London’s Southbank Center, Europe’s largest arts complex, has hired Toks Dada as head of classical music, succeeding Ben Larpent who left in May to become director of artistic planning at the Philharmonia Orchestra. Dada will be working with Benji Unsal, head of contemporary music, both under Gillian Moore, director of music and performing arts. Dada is classical program manager at Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall. He’s also guest curator for the three-day Wonderfeel in July, said to be the Netherland’s largest outdoor classical music festival. He’s on the board of Welsh National Opera, an advisor for the U.K.’s PRS for Music foundation, and an ISPA Fellow.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas has selected Malakhi Eason as director of programming and community impact, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on November 16, 2020. Mr. Eason brings more than 15 years of arts administration experience to the Festival. Originally from Boston, he most recently served as Programming Manager at Omaha Performing Arts, where he maintained a large network of artist managers, agents, and promoters and curated the Jazz on the Green Series, a six-week summer community concert series with more than 50,000 people in attendance.
SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) has selected Evelyn A. Francis as director of programs, following a national executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will began her tenure on November 16, 2020. Ms. Francis is an innovative theater artist, educator, and administrator with more than 20 years of experience providing artistic vision, building equitable programming, and working with community-based artists on theatrical shows, fundraisers, concerts, commercials, art exhibits, parades, and festivals. Most recently, she served as producing co-executive director at The Theatre Offensive (TTO) in Boston.
Nicolas Gonzalez has recently joined the Stamford Symphony as manager of community engagement and education. In this newly created role, Nicolas will take the lead in planning and implementing the organization’s strategy to encourage patrons of all ages to participate in, and learn about, all the ways in which an orchestra can serve its community. He will work to ensure that the Stamford Symphony has meaningful and effective engagement within the Stamford and wider Fairfield County communities.
October 2020

Brian Newhouse, who for 27 years served as producer and host for Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) live broadcasts from Orchestra Hall will be the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate VP of institutional giving as of November 2. He left MPR in June, having served in a number of positions, the last of which was managing director. Along the way, he created the network’s education program, “Music for Learning,” which has served some 250,000 students and has been adopted by PBS. He also founded the 24-hour “Choral Stream” and MPR’s state-wide “Bring the Sing” program, as well as writing and hosting SymphonyCast, the national weekly broadcast series of live orchestral performances.
The Berklee College of Music has chosen Erica Muhl to serve as the school's next president, making her the first woman to lead the institution in its 75-year history. Muhl, a composer and conductor, previously led music and arts schools at the University of Southern California, where she spent 30 years. She begins at Berklee in July, replacing Roger Brown, who is stepping down after 17 years as president.
Alexander Busche is to be the new managing director of the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, as of November 1. He succeeds interim Frank Wiegelmann. Busche, 42, previously worked for Opus 3 in Berlin and before that with Sony Music A&R, also in Berlin. The orchestra simultaneously announced the extension of Artistic Director Nicholas Milton’s contract for five years.
Linda Moxley, VP of marketing and communications for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is headed to Florida, where she is to be the first-ever executive director of the Sarasota Concert Association, which, heretofore, has been run by a volunteer board of musicians, educators, and business types. Across her 30 years of experience in the field, Moxley has worked with a variety of arts groups including the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Atlanta and San Francisco symphonies. She has also had her own consulting firm for marketing, fund-raising, and PR, and served as a trustee on a number of nonprofit boards. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education and piano from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and a master's degree in arts management from the University of Cincinnati. SCA’s 76th season gets underway in January.
Miah Im, director of opera studies at Rice University and music director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, is to be head coach of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s new Opera Theater VocalARTS program. An AMFS alumna, she will assist Co-artistic Directors Renée Fleming and Patrick Summers in the new venture, which, if all goes according to plan, will launch in summer 2021.
Anna Karinsdotter is to be the new artistic and managing director of the 250-year-old Drottningholms Slottsteater as of May 2021 for a five-year period. The former artistic director of Unga på Operan at the Royal Swedish Opera, she will be succeeding Sofi Lerström, who declined to renew her contract after ten years and is expected to exit in April.
September 2020

American Composers Orchestra (ACO has named Lyndsay Werking as its acting president, effective immediately following current President Edward Yim’s departure on September 18. Werking joined ACO as director of development in 2017 and will continue that role concurrently. ACO has engaged executive search firm HC Smith Ltd to fill the position of president permanently.
San Diego Symphony has added two new senior staffers to its ranks: Myra Garcia, as vice president, institutional advancement, and Craig Hall, as vice president, marketing and communications. Garcia, who trained as a soprano, was most recently at the University of La Verne, in La Verne, CA, where she is credited with a successful $125 million capital campaign, among other accomplishments. Hall arrives after 13 years at the New World Symphony (NWS) in Miami Beach, where he worked closely with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and for which he launched an impressive media opening of the Frank Gehry designed New World Center.
The board of directors of Virginia Opera has selected Peggy Kriha Dye as the organization’s new general director and CEO, effective Oct. 18, 2020. She succeeds Russell P. Allen, who is retiring after two different stints leading the company for a total of 15 years. Born in Minnesota, Dye earned her BA in Music Education from Saint Cloud State University before pursuing graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard Opera Center. Dye started an administrative career in 2011 at Opera Columbus, all the while continuing to perform. She rose from directing education and community programming to general and artistic director and CEO in 2017, at which point she retired from the stage.
Yuval Sharon, MacArthur Fellow, darling of the avant-garde, interim artistic advisor of the Long Beach Opera, has just added another feather to his cap: The Michigan Opera Theater has tapped him as artistic director. Sharon, who has signed a five-year agreement with MOT, recently completed a three-year residency at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where productions included a new War of the Worlds and a staging of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; he also directed Lohengrin for the Bayreuth Festival last summer and The Magic Flute for the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra announced that Emily C. Socks has rejoined its administrative staff as director of development. Since 2018, Socks served as a major gift officer for Adventist HealthCare in Gaithersburg, MD. She previously served as director of advancement for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2018.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center has selected William Patti as general manager, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on November 4, 2019. An experienced arts educator specializing in acting and directing, Mr. Patti brings more than 10 years of theater management experience to his new role. Most recently, he served as the artistic director of the Highlands Playhouse in NC after two years as theater manager. In this role, Mr. Patti achieved record ticket sales, assisted with the transition into a new facility, enhanced the Children’s Theatre Program, and oversaw all daily summer operations.
August 2020

Megan Van Voorhis, CEO of Arts Cleveland for 17 years, will exit her post to become cultural and creative manager for the City of Sacramento, CA, as of September 1. In her new post, she’ll oversee grants to local artists and organizations as well as arts education, the city’s public art program, and the Sacramento Film Office. In short, she’ll serve as both advocate for and administrator of city-funded arts initiatives.
New Century Chamber Orchestra has named Richard Lonsdorf as interim executive director. He is a seasoned manager with artistic-planning experience in the major orchestras of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. In comments, Board President Mark Salkind cited his “impressive track record of designing and producing innovative and imaginative projects.” Those include the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series and the NY Philharmonic’s CONTACT! concerts, as well as its performances of Stockhausen’s Gruppen for three orchestras at the Park Avenue Amory.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has promoted its artist-educator, composer Derrick Spiva, Jr. , to the position of artistic advisor. Spiva has been with the orchestra for two years; several of his pieces have been performed by LACO. He will be working with composer-in-residence Ellen Reid and Music Director Jaime Martin on programming and the choice of guest artists; he’ll also continue his work overseeing education and community outreach.
Violist Stephanie Griffin, founding member of the Momenta Quartet, principal of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, is to be executive director of Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP), the 72-year-old organization that provides coaching and ensemble match-making services for its 2,300 international members.
Carrie-Ann Matheson is to be the new artistic director of the San Francisco Opera Center (SFOC), succeeding Sheri Greenawald, who is set to retire in December. Matheson starts in January 2021, joined by onetime IMG Artists VP and artist manager Markus Beam, who is to take the newly created position of general manager of SFOC. The pair will oversee the Center, as well as the artistic and operations pieces of the Merola Opera Program—a summer training concern that operates independently yet in partnership with SFO—and the company’s Adler Fellows, who are chosen from the Merola grads.
Lori Dimun is the new president and CEO of Chicago’s Harris Theater. She succeeds Patricia Barretto, whose three-year tenure was cut short by her death in March. Dimun joined the Harris Theater in 2011, first as director of operations and since 2017 as COO and general manager. She has been acting president and CEO since March. Her prior postings include a seven-year stint as an events manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and two years as a high school theater educator.
Marty Camino is the new executive director of the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. He succeeds David Rothman who resigned in March after a year in the job. Camino, who first relocated to Jackson Hole in 2013 to work for the Grand Teton Music Festival, has been COO of the Center since 2018 and has been serving as interim executive director since April. Camino holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Manhattan School of Music (MSM) has named Tazewell Thompson as director of opera studies in the school’s Vocal Arts Division. The Harlem native, who assumes his position immediately, is charged with developing a cohesive vision for the Opera Studies program. Thompson is a playwright, librettist, educator, and actor whose work has graced the stages of major opera houses around the world. His more than 150 directing credits include productions at Glimmerglass, New York City Opera, Teatro Real, La Scala, L’Opéra Bastille, and San Francisco Opera. His opera Blue, written with composer Jeanine Tesori, has won several awards and is a centerpiece for this season’s online Mostly Mozart Festival.
Ed Yim, president and CEO of the American Composers Orchestra, is to be the new chief content officer for New York Public Radio’s WQXR as of September 28. His responsibilities are described as overseeing all content including broadcasts, website, podcasts, community events, fund raising, operations, etc. He reports to President and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami. A native of LA, Yim holds an AB in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Tehvon Fowler-Chapman is the new executive director of the Washington Concert Opera, which presents two performances a year. He succeeds Caryn Reeves, who was in the job for four years. Fowler-Chapman, who holds an M.A. in arts administration from Indiana University, has been external affairs manager at Vocal Arts DC and company manager of the Wolf Trap Opera. He was active in the Artist Relief Tree, which helped artists with $250 grants early in the pandemic; he also was involved in the startup of Sphinx’s L.E.A.D. (Leaders in Excellence, Arts, and Diversity) program.
Scott Harrison, former executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is to serve as interim executive director and “senior strategic facilitator” for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Board President Dwight McGhee said Harrison had “a plethora of ideas to improve the LPO” and said that the new man’s “leadership style will instill confidence in our community.”
July 2020

Emma Kail, former general manager of the Kansas City Symphony, is to be the new executive director of the Grand Teton Music Festival, as of September 1. Kail is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied trumpet at the Jacobs School of Music, earning her Masters’ Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music; she also holds an artist diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, and is a graduate of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management program. In addition to her nine years in Kansas City, Kail has worked with the Grant Park Music Festival, Omaha Symphony, and served as director of artistic administration at the Alabama Symphony.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, American roots musician Rhiannon Giddens is the new artistic director of Silkroad. Ms. Giddens succeeds the triumvirate of Nicholas Cords, Jeffrey Beecher, and Shane Shanahan, who succeeded founding Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma in 2000. All three will remain with the group. Giddens has been working with Silkroad since 2016 and recently appeared on its COVID-19-necessitated Home Sessions with frequent collaborator Francesco Turrisi. “In addition to her enormous musical talent, she fosters an immense social consciousness and creates unity through her art,” said Executive Director Kathy Fletcher. “These are goals for which we consistently strive….
Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times since 2012, will step down from his post and be succeeded by COO Meredith Kopit Levien, 49, the youngest person to take the top job. She starts Sept. 8. Levien, from Virginia, arrived at The Times in 2013, as head of advertising and quickly worked her way up the ladder, as executive vice president and chief revenue officer in 2015 and then as COO in 2017.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has named a new chief financial officer, Karen Sturges, a CPA who will oversee the organization’s finances, information technology, and office administrations. She starts August 10, succeeding Alison Snowden, who retired last month. Sturges has spent most of her career in the entertainment business, most recently with Endeavor Content, where she was the senior VP and head of finance. She has also worked for Global Television Distribution at NBCUniversal, WarnerBros Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
David Fisk, executive director of the Richmond Symphony for nearly two decades, is to be the next president and CEO of the Charlotte Symphony, starting August 31. He succeeds Mary Deissler, who left a year ago after three years in the job. The orchestra’s development director has been serving as interim. A onetime member of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral Boychoir, Fisk holds a music degree from Manchester University and a postgraduate diploma in piano accompaniment from the Royal Northern College of Music. He still performs collaboratively.
Clare Burovac, recent director of artistic operations for Portland Opera, is to take over at the New Orleans Opera in September, in the meantime holding the title of general director-designate. She succeeds Robert Lyall, who moves from general and artistic director to the latter position solely, until the end of the 2020-21 season. He will have been with the company for 23 years. In her 11 years in Portland, Burovac was responsible for artistic planning, education, and community engagement, including “Opera a la Cart,” which took free outdoor performances to the Portland metro area. She is credited with producing two world-premiere recordings and the company's first bilingual opera, a Spanish/English Barber of Seville, which travelled throughout the region as part of the Portland Opera to Go program. She is said to have elevated the company’s resident artist program and has served as a judge in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions.
Charlottesville Opera has hired Christina Deaton DeMarea, recent CEO of the Chicago Children’s Chorus, which reports serving some 5000 young singers annually. DeMarea, with the CCC for 12 years, succeeds David O’Dell, who left Charlottesville in January after a year in the job. The company, which changed its name from the Ash Lawn Opera three years ago, has been in operation for over forty years, and generally mounts five productions annually. DeMarea, president of the Musician’s Club of Women of Chicago, holds an MM Vocal Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Jeffrey P. Haydon, CEO of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, is to be the next president of the Ravinia Festival as of September. He succeeds Welz Kauffman, who announced his resignation last October, after 20 years in the job. Prior to his 10-year stint at Caramoor, Haydon, 47, was executive director of the Ojai Festival; he has also held positions at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Aspen Music Festival.
Andrés Holder, recent general manager of the Washington Ballet, is the new executive director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, an organization comprising 13 choirs from 110 different Boston-area zip codes. He succeeds Anthony Trecek-King, who held the position of artistic director when he left last January, having been with BCC for 14 years. In comments, BCC Co-chair Claudia Mathis said Holder showed “a deep commitment to building community,” and that his goals aligned with BBC’s for “artistic excellence, cultural equity, and social justice.”
As of July 6, Dana Stone took over as executive director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO), which self-defines as a “champion for new music” under Music Director Matthew Kraemer. Stone succeeds Elaine Eckhart, who retired in May. Stone, who maintains a private voice studio, is the former executive director of the Anderson (IN) Symphony Orchestra and also served as administrative director of Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, MO, and of the St. Louis Women’s Chorale. She holds a BM from DePauw University and an MM from Washington University in St. Louis. ICO is in its 35th season.
JACK Quartet announced the appointment of its first managing director, Julia Bumke, a new work dramaturg and nonprofit strategist who has fostered composers, performers, and playwrights at all stages of their careers. Prior to her work with JACK Quartet, she served as development director with So Percussion, where she focused on Board growth and individual giving strategy. Bumke began her role at JACK Quartet on July 1, 2020. The managing director at JACK position was created with support from the New York State Council on the Arts' Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative.
June 2020

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO), which reports that it is currently offering small-ensemble performances throughout the state, has named a new executive director. She is Elise Brunelle, former managing director of the Cape Town Opera. Brunelle succeeds Ben Cadwallader and has been with Cape Town Opera for 16 years, serving as financial manager and fund raiser prior to her current post, which she assumed in 2018. She is credited with increasing the company’s touring and educational programs, as well as recruiting more regional talent and putting CTO on firm financial footing.
Steven Brosvik was announced as the new CEO of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO). He will succeed Paul Meecham, who left suddenly last fall. Former longtime board chair Patricia Richards has been serving as interim. Brosvik takes over in August; he was been with the Nashville Symphony Orhcestra for five years, overseeing all operations, from fund raising to recordings, one of which, Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic, won a Grammy award. He has been especially effective in creating local partnerships, including those with the Nashville Ballet, and in projects promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group, has tapped Rebecca Allen to become president of renowned British record label EMI, now rebranded from Virgin EMI; Virgin will fall under the EMI umbrella. “The appointment of Becky Allen,” noted Grainge when announcing the news, “is a testament to our longterm commitment, and our adamance that the EMI name will mean as much to a new generation of artists and fans as it did for mine.” Allen is taking charge at EMI Records after 20 years at Universal Music, the past three as president of Decca.
The Cambridge-based Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has named a successor to Alexander Van Ingen as chief executive, effective September 1. He is John McMunn, current general manager of the London period instrument and choral ensemble Gabrieli. McMunn is not a newcomer to AAM, having formerly sung in its chorus and been involved in marketing efforts. He has been with Gabrieli, founded in 1982, since 2016 and is credited with expanding its tours into Asia and Australia and developing a trademark choral training called Gabrieli Roar. Previously he as artistic director of the 2016 Cambridge Summer Music Festival.
Long Wharf Theatre has selected King Kenney as director of marketing and communications, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on April 20, 2020. Mr. Kenney has 15 years of experience directing marketing functions as a reputable insider with a unique understanding of how to tell stories that inspire action. He most recently served as marketing director at Duke Performances, Duke University’s professional performing arts presenting organization that offers an eclectic season of more than 100 performances and free public engagements spanning theatre, dance, and classical, jazz, Americana, indie rock, and international music.
Kimball Art Center has selected Aldy Milliken as executive director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on July 1, 2020. A trained artist and educator, Mr. Milliken has 30 years of international experience collaborating with artists, effectively achieving fundraising goals, and developing and implementing strategic plans. Since 2012, he has served as executive director and curator at KMAC Museum in Louisville, KY. In this role, he managed $1.3 million budget and oversaw all programs and operations.
The Phoenix Symphony has selected Kate Francis as chief development officer, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on June 1, 2020. A veteran arts administrator, Ms. Francis has held a variety of arts management and fundraising positions for nearly 20 years. She most recently served as vice president of development at the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, a privately funded united arts agency.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas has selected Shelley Quiala as executive director, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on August 1, 2020. Ms. Quiala comes to the Festival from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (Ordway) in Saint Paul, MN, where she has worked since 2003. For the past six years, she served as vice president of programming, education, and community engagement at this multifaceted organization.
May 2020

Lisa Richards Toney, a self-described consultant in arts management and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), is to be the new president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), effective July 1. She succeeds Mario Garcia Durham. Richards Toney’s last full-time affiliation was with the D.C.-based Abramson Scholarship Foundation, where she served as executive director, the organization’s sole staff member, until 2018. The Foundation’s $3 million annual budget provides financial support and mentoring to selected D.C. high school students in their transitions to college. Prior to that, Richards Toney was deputy director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Brian Cole, interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) since August of 2019, has been appointed to the position permanently. Cole succeeds Lindsay Bierman, who left in 2019 to become CEO of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina. A onetime assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and the May Festival, Cole was appointed interim chancellor last year after having served as dean of the UNCSA School of Music for three years. Prior to that he was the founding dean of academic affairs for four years at Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain.
Miah Im, who heads the music staff for the Los Angeles Opera, has joined the Houston Grand Opera as music director of the HGO Studio (its training program). She also joins the general company’s casting committee and will plan the Studio’s recital series. She succeeds Michael Heaston. Im will be working with Brian Speck, the Studio’s director. As a conductor, pianist, and prompter, Miah Im has served on the music staffs of numerous opera companies, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. In Houston, she will also be involved with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Peter Biggs, a former CEO of the advertising agency BBDO in Melbourne, is the new CEO of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; he has been serving as interim since December 2019, stepping into the position of Christopher Blake, who retired in February. Apart from the advertising realm, Biggs’s background includes serving on the boards of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the NZSO. He was chair of the Government’s Orchestral Sector Review in 2013 and was at one time the representative to The Prince of Wales' Charities in New Zealand.
Blake-Anthony Johnson, a cellist and director of community and learning for the Louisville Orchestra, is to be the next CEO of the Chicago Sinfonietta, which self-defines as “the nation’s most diverse orchestra.” He succeeds Jim Hirsch. Johnson took over on June 1. Johnson previously worked with the Cincinnati Symphony and New World Symphony, according to the Sinfonietta. His education includes the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, Cleveland State University, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Meurig Bowen, head of artistic planning at BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, is to become chief executive and artistic director of UK chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia, starting in August. Prior to the BBC, he was for 10 years director of the Cheltenham Music Festival. Sinfonia Board Chair Jerome Booth said Bowen shared the Sinfonia’s “fearless” approach to music making. “He is an experienced and adventurous programmer and a passionate advocate for reaching wider audiences.”
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, artistic director of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, is to serve in the same position at Santa Fe Pro Musica. She moves into the post over the next two years as successor to Music Director Tom O’Connor, who cofounded the organization in 1980 with Carol Redman. The latter will stay on, as conductor of the Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble.
Violinist/conductor Julian Rachlin, 45, is to be the new artistic director of the Herbstgold-Festival in Eisenstadt (Burgenland, Austria), starting in 2021. The current season runs September 9 to 20 and focuses on the Beethoven 250th anniversary, featuring such artists as Nicolas Altstaedt, András Schiff, and Fazil Say. Rachlin will oversee the resident Haydn Philharmonie and the folk and jazz series, as well as introducing some new elements.
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced that Edgar Herrera is its new executive director, following a six-month search for a successor to Patrick J. Nugent, who left in. Herrera was previously the owner of Group Luzed, a Mexico-based start-up incubator. He has also worked in a development capacity for the Pensacola and Syracuse symphonies.
April 2020

The Lucerne Festival Academy has appointed a new managing director. He is Felix Heri, 34, current managing director of the Basel Sinfonietta; he starts on June 1, succeeding Dominik Deuber and reporting to Lucerne Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger, cofounder of the Academy in 2004 with Pierre Boulez. Heri will also supervise the Academy’s alumni, a large and ever-growing group that traditionally plays a key part in the larger Festival’s activities. Wolfgang Rihm remains artistic director of the Academy; to date, the gap left by Matthias Pintscher’s abrupt exit mid-season in 2018 as the Academy Orchestra’s principal conductor has not been filled.
Charles, “Charlie” Wade is the new VP of marketing for the Philadelphia Orchestra, filling a position that had been vacant for about a year. His predecessor was Janice Hay, now director of marketing & communications for the Depaul University School of Music. Wade has been on staff with Philadelphia since January, having started as a consultant last fall. He joined the Inghilleri Consulting Group (ICG) in July of 2019 when he left the Seattle Symphony after five years as senior VP for marketing and business operations.
German-born arts administrator Florian Riem, interim secretary general of the Geneva-based World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) since last August, has been given the job, now part-time. He succeeds Benjamin Woodruffe, who left last summer after five years in what was a full-time position; Woodruffe is president of the New York-based Global Foundation for the Performing Arts, which provides career guidance to rising young artists. Riem reports to President Didier Schnorhk, self-described as “the sole executive of the federation.” Riem is CEO of South Korea’s Tongyeong International Music Foundation and of its music festival and competition.
J.C. Barker, a professional clarinetist, is to be the new executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, which self-defines as “the state’s only professional symphony orchestra.” Barker, who starts May 1, has for 13 years served as general manager and director of artistic administration of the Mobile (AL) Symphony, where was also principal clarinet.
The Evansville (IN) Philharmonic has chosen Indian-American conductor Roger Kalia to be its next music director starting next fall. Kalia holds the same position with the New Hampshire Symphony. Most recently he served as associate conductor of the Pacific (CA) Symphony, where he also was director of its youth orchestra. The conductor’s bio says he is co-founder and music director of the Lake George Music Festival.
Simon Woods, who resigned as CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic last fall, is to be the new president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras effective September 1. Woods, a Brit, is currently the interim chief of the Grand Teton Music Festival and has a wealth of experience running orchestras. He succeeds Jesse Rosen, in the job since 2008 and with the League for 22 years. Prior to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Woods was CEO of the Seattle Symphony, where he is credited with turning its fortunes around.
The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has named Professor Robert Ramirez as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Ramirez, head of the Acting program in the department, has been serving as interim chair since summer 2019. Ramirez, who joined the faculty in the UT Department of Theatre and Dance in 2014 as head of the Acting program, will be the first Latinx chair of the department. Ramirez is a graduate of the Los Angeles Theatre Academy and received his M.F.A. from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware.
Peabody Conservatory welcomes Beth Willer as director of choral studies; she will join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University as associate professor and director of choral studies in the fall 2020 semester. As founder and artistic director of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, Willer has championed new music while fulfilling Lorelei Ensemble’s mission to elevate and expand the repertoire for women’s voices, collaborating with established and emerging composers from the U.S. and abroad and leading the ensemble in more than 60 world, U.S., and regional premieres since its founding.
Prescott Park Arts Festival (PPAF) has selected Courtney Perkins as executive director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on May 15, 2020. A former attorney, Ms. Perkins dedicated her career to ensuring great art reflects the community it serves. She comes to PPAF from Chicago where she spent nearly 13 years with Chicago Sinfonietta. As the chief operating officer, she worked with the CEO managing a $2.6 million nonprofit orchestra committed to innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music.
March 2020

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has chosen Gonzalo Casals, who currently leads the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in SoHo, as the city’s new cultural affairs commissioner. Lohman, who assumes the position on April 13, replaces Tom Finkelpearl, who left the job last October after a five-year tenure. An immigrant from Argentina who identifies as queer, Lohman has led the Leslie-Lohman, an institution devoted to the L.G.B.T.Q. civil rights movement, since 2017. Prior to that, he served as deputy and then interim director at El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, and as vice president for education and community engagement at Friends of the High Line.
The Philharmonia Orchestra of London has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new chief executive, starting in September. Van Ingen is the current chief of the Academy of Ancient Music, a post he has held for three years. Before that he was executive producer for Decca Classics. The orchestra said it would be adding the post of director of artistic planning under Van Ingen.
The Washington Post has a new classical music critic as of March 9. He is Michael Brodeur, a.k.a. Michael Andor Brodeur. The Post describes him as “a writer, critic and editor who has worked most recently at the Boston Globe.” Previously he was music editor and “lead music critic” for the Boston Phoenix and editor of Boston's Weekly Dig.
David Hallberg, star principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theater, is to be the new artistic director of the Australian Ballet. He succeeds David McAllister, who exits after two decades at the end of 2020. Hallberg’s last performances as a dancer will be in 2021 with the American Ballet Theater. He starts his new job in January of that year as well.
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has named João Ribas as executive director of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), and VP of cultural partnerships, effective June 1. Now in its 17th season, REDCAT is part of the Performing Arts Center in downtown Los Angeles, along with Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, among other venues. It is operated by CalArts and is known for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary presentations.
UIA Talent announced the expansion of the Classical division with the acquisition of Francesca Condeluci to the newly created position of director of Classical. Ms. Condeluci has spent the past six years in the vocal department at Columbia Artists Management, developing and nurturing the careers of some of the most in-demand artists in the industry. Recognized for her ability to identify great talent, Francesca was a judge at the 2019 inaugural Nicola Martinucci Competition in Lucca, Italy, and will be a guest faculty member at the Potomac Vocal Institute and Drake University.
Courtney R. Rowe joined the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as associate dean for external relations on March 2. Rowe most recently served as assistant dean for advancement for the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Prior to her work at CU Boulder, Rowe held programmatic and fundraising positions in Chicago, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
February 2020

Gerald Martin Moore, artistic associate of Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio program and vocal consultant to a number of international opera companies, will join the Yale faculty next fall as director of Yale Opera and coordinator of vocal studies for the School of Music.
David Butcher, chief executive and artistic director of the Britten Sinfonia for over 25 years, is to be the new chief executive of the Hallé orchestra in Manchester as of next September. He succeeds John Summers, who retires in July.
Andrew Norman, Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year, is at the moment based in Los Angeles, but not for long. He will be relocating to New York to take on two major appointments next season: To hold the Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall and become the newest member of the Juilliard School college composition faculty. Recently he’s been the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program for high school composers.
Dave Moss, executive director of the Haymarket Opera in Chicago and a former violist with the Chicago Philharmonic and Elgin Symphony, started his new job as executive director of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra March 1. He succeeds Scott Harrison, interim since November, following the exit of Jonathan Parrish, who left after six years to take the top administrative job with the Maryland Symphony.
Matthew Herren is to be the next executive director of the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony, as of June 15. He arrives at his new post from the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, where he has been executive director since 2014. Moss succeeds Jeff Woodruff who will retire at the end of the current season.
Genevieve Macias, recent executive director of the Foundation for the Long Beach Symphony as well as its VP of development and communications, has stepped into the role of executive director of the Long Beach-based Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. The group, which serves Long Beach and Los Angeles, was founded in 1993 and performs about a dozen concerts a season. Its music director is Martin Haselböck.
Seattle Opera has hired its first scholar-in-residence, Naomi André. André is a musicologist schooled in the works of Verdi who teaches courses on 19th-century Italian opera as well as on race and gender at the University of Michigan. After a return visit in 2019 to chair Deconstructing Allure, a forum exploring representations of women and ethnic minorities in art that accompanied a production of Carmen, the Seattle Opera created the position to formalize their relationship. Now André not only provides context for the works the company presents to the public but also advises management on issues of race and gender as they impact day-to-day operations.
The Juilliard School has promoted Music Division Director Adam Meyer to the position of provost, succeeding Ara Guzelimian, who announced last year that he would be resigning from the chief academic post. Meyer, who is also deputy dean of the college, starts in his new job July 1. Because the president of the school, Damien Woetzel, has a background in dance rather than music, he has added the new position of dean of the music division to keep the school’s music bona fides strong. A search for candidates will commence soon.
Eugene Rogers, director of choirs and associate professor of conducting at the University of Michigan, is to be the next artistic director of The Washington Chorus (TWC). He starts in July, succeeding Christopher Bell, in the job two years. Rogers, 47, will maintain his academic responsibilities while overseeing TWC. Rogers is the 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence award-winner and a 2017 Musical America Mover and Shaper. He joins TWC on the eve of its 60th-anniversary season, in 2020-21.
Raff Wilson is to succeed Elena Dubinets as VP for artistic planning at the Seattle Symphony in April. Wilson served for seven years in a similar capacity for the Hong Kong Philharmonic, from 2010-17, and is credited with bringing Jaap van Zweden in as the orchestra’s music director. His most recent job was at the Sydney Symphony, where he was director of artistic planning. In his new job, Wilson will work with Seattle Music Director Thomas Dausgaard in planning the orchestra’s repertoire. He will also be responsible for all Benaroya Hall programming, including touring ensembles and artists.
Sam Jackson, senior managing editor of Global, Europe’s largest radio company, has been appointed executive VP Global Classics and Jazz for Universal Music Group (UMG). Jackson, whose current portfolio includes Classic FM, which self-defines as “the world’s largest classical radio station,” will report to Global Classics and Jazz President and CEO Dickon Stainer out of the London office. The position is a new one and involves building new audiences. Acknowledging a new “era of fan engagement,” Stainer noted the new man’s “broad and pioneering track record of success in attracting diverse audience sectors to different types of music.”
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that Jane V. Hsu has joined the firm as associate vice president to expand ACG’s executive search practice. Based in New York City, Ms. Hsu brings 20 years of experience in museum and nonprofit arts organization leadership. Her areas of expertise include large-scale project management, strategic community partnerships, integrated artist engagement, employee mentoring and evaluation, and equity, diversity, and inclusion education.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that María Muñoz-Blanco has joined the firm as vice president to expand its executive search practice. Ms. Muñoz-Blanco brings more than 25 years of experience in the arts, culture, and public sectors, specifically within arts service, venue management, and grant-making organizations. Her work in the public sector has focused on improving quality of life in diverse communities, expanding programs and services in the arts and parks, and successfully integrating diverse voices from a broad spectrum of creative organizations and artists. Ms. Muñoz-Blanco will be based in ACG’s new location in Raleigh, NC.
The Phoenix Symphony has selected Suzanne Wilson as president and CEO, following an executive search process. She began her tenure on January 21, 2020. A performing arts industry veteran with a focus on education, leadership, and organizational growth, Ms. Wilson joins The Phoenix Symphony after more than seven years as executive director of the Midori Foundation in New York. In this role, she doubled the organization’s operational budget, improved the Charity Navigator rating from one to four stars, increased earned revenue by 50 percent, and added 46 new public school partnerships.
The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts named Bob Bursey to lead Texas Performing Arts beginning Jan. 1, 2020. He comes to Austin from New York, where he served as executive director of the Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College. As director, Bursey will oversee a diverse artistic program that features more than 280 performances each year in music, theater, dance and touring Broadway productions. Texas Performing Arts manages venues that range in size from the 244-seat Brockett Theater to 2,900-seat Bass Concert Hall. With a full-time staff of 50, the organization engages with more than 200,000 audience members annually and is the home of educational initiatives that reach students across the university and throughout Central Texas.
Cincinnati Opera has selected Christopher Milligan as The Harry Fath General Director & CEO, following a national executive search proess. He began his tenure on March 2, 2020. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in arts administration and collaborative leadership, Mr. Milligan has been part of Cincinnati Opera since he first joined the organization in 1989 as a production intern. Joining Cincinnati Opera fulltime in 1997 as director of marketing, he was responsible for all marketing and community engagement programs, raised $1.5 million in annual ticket sales, and surpassed 30-year attendance records for 12 productions.
Bard College announced the appointment of Liza Parker as executive director of the Fisher Center, a leading performing arts center and hub for research and education. Previously a member of the senior leadership team at Lincoln Center, most recently as chief operating officer, Parker was responsible for overall strategy and direction, overseeing management of the campus, including Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. As executive director of the Fisher Center, she will lead senior administration, and manage operations and external relations for the Center’s professional and educational programs. The College also announces the promotion of Gideon Lester to artistic director for the Fisher Center. A curator of contemporary theater, dance, and performance, Lester has been the artistic director for theater and dance at the Fisher Center since 2012, as well as professor of theater and performance and director of the undergraduate Theater and Performance Program at Bard College.
Musiqa, the composer-led chamber music nonprofit, has selected its new executive director. Board President Pamela Horton announced this week that, as of January 13, Anthony Barilla would replace Brian Hodge in this leadership role. Mr. Barilla is a composer, musician and performer who has spent over two decades working in the arts in Houston and Europe. He has written music and songs for theaters, bands and radio programs including “This American Life.”
January 2020

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) found its new president and CEO within its own ranks, elevating Angela Elster from VP of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs to the post left vacant when Kelly Tweeddale left to become the executive director of the San Francisco Ballet. Elster will be responsible for both the orchestra and the school located in downtown Vancouver. Together they comprise the largest arts organization in western Canada. Since joining the VSO in March of 2018, Elster has created the VSO’s inaugural Day of Music celebration, welcoming over 14,000 people to 100 free performances.
The London Philharmonic has announced a restructuring that separates the position of chief executive and artistic director. For the past 17 years, Timothy Walker has held that post; a recent two-year study indicated that it should be split between executive and artistic. David Burke, the orchestra’s general manager and finance director for the past decade, will succeed him in the post of chief executive; as a search for new artistic director gets underway. Burke has been responsible for the LPO’s last three business plans, establishing strategic aims and objectives for all operational areas, and is a keen advocate for increasing diversity and access.
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) has tapped Peter Biggs as acting chief executive, succeeding Christopher Blake, who retired at the end of 2019. During his interim appointment, Biggs will step aside from his position on the NZSO Board. From 1999 to 2006 he served as chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand, and has also served on the board of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. A former advertising executive, Biggs chaired the panel advising the government on the NZ Orchestral Sector.
Gail Samuel, currently executive director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was named to the newly created post of president of the Hollywood Bowl, as well as COO of the LA Phil Association, with responsibility for the Bowl and the Ford Theater. Since 2012, she has overseen the Bowl’s programming and operations.
Cellist István Várdai is to be the artistic director of the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (FLCO), a new concept for an ensemble whose history has seen its leaders either within the group and/or with visiting soloists, a stellar collection that has included Svyatoslav Richter, Isaac Stern, Emmanuel Pahud and, more recently, Martha Argerich. The new arrangement also has the group coming onto the roster of HarrisonParrott.
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) has tapped British violinist Jack Liebeck as its new artistic director. He follows Kathryn Stott, who will step down at the conclusion of the 2020 festival. News of his appointment coincides with the announcement that he is also to become the first Émile Sauret Professor of Violin at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Liebeck also serves as the artistic director of his own Oxford May Music festival, a music, science, and arts event that celebrates culture and human achievements. He is also the AD of Hamburg’s DESY Humboldt Science and Music Series, and of Alpine Classics in Switzerland.
Longtime artist manager Stephen Wright—former joint managing director of Harold Holt, founder & managing director of IMG Artists Europe, and chairman of Wright Music Management—has “transitioned” his firm, its staff, and clients to protégée Alexandra Knight. The result is a new agency, Knight Classical, built with funds from a U.S.-based private equity company and maintaining a connection with Stephen Wright as “a long-term consultant.” Alexandra Knight, 30, studied Music at the University of Oxford, where she focused on “the psychology of musical performance and listening.” She also earned a graduate diploma in law. Her first job in the business was as an assistant artist manager at Harrison/Parrott.
Ballet BC (British Columbia) has chosen one its favorite choreographers to be its next artistic director, taking over in July 2020 in time for the company’s 2020-21 season, its 35th. He is Nederlands Dans Theater alumnus Medhi Walerski, succeeding Artistic Director Emily Molnar, who in turn will take over Walerski’s alma mater at season’s end. Walerski started with the Paris Opera Ballet before moving on as a soloist to NDT. As a choreographer he is known for trying out new directions, such as having the dancers speak, or juggle.
The Atlanta Ballet’s top fundraiser is to be the new president and CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony as of February 1. Steven Libman, Atlanta’s chief advancement officer since 2014, succeeds Jacksonville's Robert Massey, now CEO of the Louisville Orchestra. David Strickland has been serving as interim and will now go back to being chairman of the board. Prior to Atlanta, Libman, who has his own arts consulting firm, was founding president & CEO of the $175 million Carmel Center for the Performing Arts in Indiana, a post from which he resigned.
Ben Cadwallader, executive director of the Vermont Symphony since 2015, is to take the executive helm of The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra starting in March. A onetime oboe player with a degree from Mannes College at the New School, he previously worked at the Los Angeles Philharmonic as manager of education and composer fellowship programs. In Vermont, Cadwallader is credited with revitalizing the 86-year-old organization. At the time of his arrival, he told the local media that "he wanted to take risky moves [that] would tap into new audiences.”
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts has appointed an interim director in the wake of Sarah Curran’s departure in November. She is Jennifer Calienes, a Massachusetts-based arts consultant whose recent clients include Urban Bush Women, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and AXIS Dance Company. She served as interim deputy director for the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in 2028.
Soundstreams, which self-defines as “the largest global presenter of new Canadian music,” has a new executive director. He is arts consultant Menon Dwarka, whose background includes stints as music program director at the Harlem School of the Arts, social media consultant for Listen magazine, and very briefly executive director of Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble. Dwarka holds degrees from SUNY Stonybrook and the University of Toronto.
Music Teachers National Association announced the appointment of Ryan Greene as director of membership development and affiliate relations, effective February 1, 2020. In this newly created position, Greene will be responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of all membership development programs and services with an emphasis on young professional programs and digital content. In addition, Greene will serve as the liaison between the CEO and the MTNA state and local affiliates and leaders to ensure the smooth and effective integration of MTNA programs and services within the affiliates and will recommend and implement new affiliate programs and services.
Colbert Artists Management has named Martha Bonta as its new vice president and artist manager. Bonta previously worked at New York’s WQXR as an executive producer and at IMG Artists as a vice president and artist manager. Martha was also the director of artistic planning and touring at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and she spent several summers on the staff of the Marlboro Music Festival. Bonta was hired as part of a staff expansion by newly appointed Colbert Artists Management President & CEO Lee Prinz.
Old School Square has selected Shannon Eadon as president & CEO; she began her tenure on October 21, 2019. With 30 years of experience in community and corporate fundraising, marketing, and management, Ms. Eadon most recently served as director of development for Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey.
December 2019

Alain Perroux is to be the general director of Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, as of January 2020. Perroux, director of artistic administration and dramaturg of the Aix Festival since 2009, succeeds Bertrand Rossi, who has been serving as interim since the untimely death of Opéra national du Rhin General Director Eva Kleinitz in May at the age of 47. The well-connected Perroux, selected from a shortlist of four, will "promote the diversity of lyrical formats," according to the French Culture Ministry's site. At the Aix Festival he oversaw casting, worked closely with former General Director Bernard Foccroulle on programming, and coordinated the transition from Foccroulle to Pierre Audi, this year. During Foccroulle's transformative reign, he was involved with the foundation of the Mediterranean Orchestra in 2014, the expansion of the Festival Academy, and the commissioning of titles such as Written on Skin in 2012.
Scotland-based conductor Holly Mathieson takes over as music director of Symphony Nova Scotia as of January 2020 on a three-year contract. Her first performance in the new role will be next October. Born in New Zealand, she has conducted major U.K. orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Phiharmonia, the BBC Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others. Last year, she and her husband, Jon Hargreaves, founded Scotland’s Nevis Ensemble, whose primary purpose is to perform in “isolated and marginalized” communities.
In February 2020 Paul Helfrich will join the Orlando Philharmonic as executive director. He succeeds Christopher Barton, who left in March 2019. Helfrich had for eight years been president of the Dayton [Ohio] Performing Arts Alliance, the merger of the local ballet, opera, and symphony, which he helped facilitate. Prior to that he was for four years president of the Dayton Philharmonic. He holds an MA in arts administration and a BM from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
David Bazen, 55, business and media director, is to serve as interim managing director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with the orchestra since 1999. He’ll take over January 1, and the orchestra reports the new managing director won’t be in place until next summer.
The Cincinnati Opera has looked to its own and chosen Christopher Milligan, its current managing director, to be its next general director and CEO. He starts on March 2, succeeding Patricia Beggs, who announced in March 2019 that she would be retiring after 35 years with the company. She now takes the title emerita, staying on through the finale of this centennial, 2020 season (June 18-August 1, 2020). Milligan’s first job with the company was as a production intern in the summer of 1989. He joined fulltime in 1997 as director of marketing and never looked back.
The Paris Conservatory—Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP)—has named it first woman director. Émilie Delorme, current director of the Academy at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, is to succeed composer Bruno Mantovani, who left the Paris position in July and is scheduled to become music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporaine in January. Anne-Marie Le Guével has been serving as interim at the Conservatory. The 44-year-old Delorme, from Lyon, makes history by stepping into the role; the prestigious conservatory was founded in 1795.
Kendra Whitlock Ingram, executive director of the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts since 2016, is to be the new president and CEO of Milwaukee’s Marcus Performing Arts Center. The first woman to hold the job, she succeeds Paul Mathews, who announced in July that he would be leaving the 50-year-old facility after 21 years in the job. The Marcus Center is home to the Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage, community events, and the Milwaukee Symphony, which is planning to move into its own facility, the former Warner Grand Theater, in 2020.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra, which self-defines as “the oldest continuing professional performing arts organization in the state of Arizona,” has a new president and CEO in Steven P. Haines, recent CEO of The Young Americans, a performing arts college and international touring organization, and former VP of strategic growth for the San Francisco Zoo. He started his new job December 4, succeeding Kathryn R. Martin, who served as interim during the search for a successor to Thomas McKenney, in the job two years.
The South Bend (IN) Symphony Orchestra, which has about 75 musicians and 20 annual concerts, has appointed Justus Zimmerman, recent director of marketing and communications with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as executive director. He succeeds Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev, who left in August after four years with the orchestra.
The Canadian Opera Company (COC) has selected the Canadian stage director Julie McIsaac as its inaugural director/dramaturg-in-residence at the COC Academy, its professional development program. McIsaac, a seasoned stage director, dramaturg, playwright/librettist, and multi-instrumentalist, focuses her work on stories that highlight the diverse composition of Canada’s communities. She is a graduate of Carleton University and the Canadian College of Performing Arts and holds a master’s degree in theater from the University of York (U.K.).
Cecilia Bartoli is to become the first woman to run the Monte-Carlo Opera. Her appointment was announced today by Princess Caroline, who serves as chair of the board of directors. Bartoli will still be “free to continue her work as a singer,” according to the press statement, and presumably free to continue to serve as director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival as well. She takes over Monte-Carlo in 2023, succeeding Jean-Louis Grinda, who has been in the job since 2007. The company offers about 70 performances annually, most in the 500-seat Salle Garnier. The current season lists three or four performances each of seven operas between November and April.
Mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti has succeeded Jonathan Eaton as artistic director of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, which this summer runs July 10-26. Eaton, in the job since 2012, left in October. Cornetti, dubbed “world-renowned” by the company’s board president, is a native of Pittsburgh and has sung internationally. In her new job, she’s to focus on fund-raising, board development, and longterm artistic planning. Christopher Powell, also new to the company, is the PFO’s executive director.
November 2019

Yuval Sharon, MacArthur Fellow, much admired and inventive opera director, is to serve as interim artistic advisor of the Long Beach Opera, putting together the 2021 season, including all artistic personnel. He will also direct one of the company’s productions. At the same time, he'll continue as artistic director for his company, The Industry.
Longtime Metropolitan Opera Artistic Administrator Jonathan Friend will leave his job at the end of the current season. He’s to be succeeded by Michael Heaston, the former executive director of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, who left in June 2018 to become Rice University’s director of opera studies. Heaston was in turn succeeded by English National Opera Casting Director Sophie Joyce, announced in June 2018. Now, Joyce has decided to leave the Lindemann Young Artist position at the end of the current season to become casting director for the Paris Opera.Diane Zola, the Met’s assistant general manager, artistic, will assume Joyce’s job, in addition to her current duties.
Lisa Dell is the new executive director of the California Symphony; she succeeds Aubrey Bergauer who left in June. Dell has been for three years an assistant VP with the Chicago-based Silverman Group, a public relations firm and holds a BA in communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Paul Hegland, onetime development director for the Ravinia Festival, is the new executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead (ND) Symphony. He succeeds Linda Boyd, who has retired. Hegland is from Kenosha, WI, where he was chief of staff to the president of Carthage College. He holds an undergraduate degree in music education and a graduate degree in music history.
The Fayetteville [NC] Symphony Orchestra has a new executive director as of December 4. He is Jesse L. Hughes, Jr. , a professional trumpet player formerly active in the U.S. Army as a musician, instructor, and advisor. Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Wichita State University and a master’s in jazz studies from Howard University. He succeeds Christine Kastner, who resigned in June.
Abhijit Sengupta, director of artistic planning for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for just under two years, is to be the new director of artistic planning for Carnegie Hall as of January 6. He succeeds Jeremy Geffen, who left last spring to become executive and artistic director of Cal Performances at the University of California. Sengupta (known as “Ab”) holds an MM in viola performance from USC and spent four years as an orchestral fellow with the New World Symphony. His BA from Yale University is in economics.
Silkroad, the international musicians’ collective founded in 2000 by Yo-Yo Ma, has announced that Kathy Fletcher is to be its next executive director; she succeeds Eduardo A. Braniff, who left last month after two-and-a-half years. Fletcher is director of creative leadership initiatives at the Kennedy Center, a position from which she has been overseeing Turnaround Arts, a national program she co-founded in 2011 under First Lady Michelle Obama.
October 2019

The popular New York City Center series Encores! has selected a new artistic director. Lear deBessonet, currently resident director of the Tony-honored series, will assume the top slot beginning in 2021, when Jack Viertel, in the position for 20 years, retires. In addition to her role as resident director at Encores!, a position she has held since 2014, deBessonet is founder of Public Works and Resident Director at The Public Theater, a position she will retain. Public Works is a celebrated program that annually stages a new musical adaptation of a classic story with a small cast of Equity actors and over 100 amateur thespians from throughout New York’s five boroughs.
Portland (OR) Opera has elevated Sue Dixon to the post of general director; she has been external affairs director and interim GD since Christopher Mattaliano, who led the company as general director for 16 years, left in July. Mattaliano is now serving as artistic consultant. Portland has also hired outgoing Palm Beach Opera General Director Daniel Biaggias as interim artistic director. The plan is to find a permanent candidate for the job by 2022-23.
Richard Brunel, director of the Centre Dramatique national de Valence, is to be the new general director of the Opéra National de Lyon, effective September 1, 2021. In its announcement, Lyon stated that Brunel’s job would be to maintain the company’s international prestige while exploring “new creative processes that allow composers, orchestra directors, stage directors and choreographers of the new generations work alongside today's big names.”
Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts—a multi-venue complex that is home to the Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Pacific Chorale—has named Casey Reitz, current executive director of New York’s Second Stage Theater, to be its next president. That said, Reitz’s fundraising prowess has been proven in his nine years at Second Stage, during which he has nearly doubled the budget; he also won a Tony Award as producer of the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen in 2017. Previously he was director of development at the Public Theater and director of individual giving at Manhattan Theater Club.
Opéra de Québec General Artistic Director Grégoire Legendre has announced his intention to retire after 25 years at the helm. He leaves at the end of the 2019-20 season. His hand-picked successor is baritone Jean-François Lapointe, who arrives in December 2020 after a brief transition period. Lapointe has 36 years on the opera stage to his credit. Currently he teaches at Québec’s Laval University and serves as general and artistic director of the Society of Lyrical Art of the Kingdom, Saguenay.
Adrian Jones becomes the new orchestral director of the Staatskapelle Dresden as of January 2020, a capacity in which he’ll be working with Dresden Staatsoper Chief Conductor Christian Thielemann. Jones succeeds Jan Nast, who left Dresden on October 1 after 22 years. Jones is the current orchestra director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. A onetime professional cellist turned artistic manager, he worked for two years for Columbia Artists Management, Inc., out of its Berlin office before moving on to become director of artistic production at Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich.
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (TMC), one of Canada’s most highly regarded professional choirs, has named Anna Kajtar to succeed Cynthia Hawkins as executive director. Kajtar has served in an administrative capacity for a number of arts groups, including Toronto’s Groundling Theater and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, a dance organization of which she is the current general manager. Kajtar, who boasts five years as academy manager of her country’s Royal Academy of Music, starts her new job November 4.
The Los Angeles Music Center—whose resident companies include the Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angles Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic—has a new board chair in philanthropist and onetime City Council Member Cindy Miscikowski. She succeeds Lisa Specht, in the job since 2013 and credited with bringing the recent $41-million Music Center Plaza renovation to fruition.
Ara Guzelimian, who announced his departure from the Juilliard School as dean and provost last June, is to be the Ojai Festival’s artistic director as of its 75th season, June 10 to 13, 2021. He succeeds Chad Smith, named to the post 18 months ago, only to be appointed President and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on October 1, clearly a post that will require his full attention and then some. Guzelimian, whose initial appointment is for three years, is hardly a stranger to Ojai; he served as artistic director from 1992 to 1997 and as the Festival’s talks director since 2004.
The Ann Arbor Symphony will promote its director of marketing and communications, Tyler Rand, to the post of executive director in January. He succeeds Mary Steffek Blaske, who will retire in December after 25 years in the job. Rand, also a professional oboist, worked previously at Classical 90.5 WSMC-FM in Chattanooga, TN, where he oversaw programming, fundraising, marketing, and community engagement. He holds bachelor’s degree in music theory and literature from Southern Adventist University.
Kimberly Bredemeier is the new executive director of the Evansville (IL) Philharmonic Orchestra. Director of operations for the orchestra for the last 15 seasons, she’s been serving as interim position since December, having taken over from Gary Wagner. Bredemeier holds a bachelor of science in music management from the University of Evansville.
Cal Performances Katy Tucker has moved from interim director of artistic planning to director. She succeeds Rob Bailis, who left within weeks of Jeremy Geffen’s arrival after serving as interim for Geffen’s post. Tucker will be involved with senior management in creating artistic, community, and education programs for future seasons, as well as overseeing artist relationships. Tucker started out in artistic administration at the New York Philharmonic. From there she became director of promotion for G. Schirmer, Inc. and from there went to UC Berkeley, where she has been serving as concert hall manager.
Annilese Miskimmon—current director of opera at Den Norske Opera and Ballet/Norwegian National Opera & Ballet—is to be the new artistic director of the English National Opera. She succeeds Daniel Kramer, who left in August. Miskimmon starts in September 2020, although she will have artistic input starting January 1 while retaining her current job.
Stéphane Lissner, current general director of the Paris Opera, is to be the new superintendent of the Teatro San Carlo. He assumes the role in March of 2020 and will arrive in Naples on April 1. As he did at La Scala, Lissner will cover the twin roles of superintendent and artistic director. Lissner, 66, came to the Paris Opera in 2014 after nine years as general manager and artistic director at Milan's Teatro della Scala. He was the first non-Italian director in the theater's history. From 2005 to 2013, he was also musical director of the Wiener Festwochen in Austria.
The Music Academy of the West (MAW) has appointed Jamie Broumas to the newly created position of chief artistic officer. Currently director of classical and new music programs at the Kennedy Center, she will assume her new job in January. Among her many responsibilities in her new position at MAW, Broumas will guide training programs, develop partnerships and community outreach initiatives, and build new revenue streams and audience support. She will also work with contemporary composers to create new commissions.
Veteran arts administrator Cora Cahan is to be the next president and CEO of the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC); she succeeds Georgiana Pickett, who served as executive director from August 2011 to April 2019. In her new position, Cahan will be responsible for overseeing all facets of an organization that serves as a creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. Cahan brings an impressive portfolio. As founding president and CEO of The New 42nd Street for the past 29 years, she oversaw the preservation and reinvention of seven historic Broadway theaters, including the new Victory Theater and 42nd Street Studios. Previously she helped develop the Lawrence A. Wien Center (890 Broadway) and was instrumental in the creation of the Joyce Theater in her capacity as co-founder and executive director of the Feld Ballet.
Chad Smith, who first joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2002 and was named COO in 2015, is the new president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Smith succeeds Simon Woods who resigned unexpectedly in September after about 20 months in the job. Smith will add the LA Phil to his job as artistic director of the Ojai Festival, where he was named to succeed Tom Morris as of the 2020 season. He’s a board member of the New England Conservatory, from which he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory. Smith started 20 years ago at the New World Symphony, moved on to the LA Phil two years later, to the New York Phil for four years, then back to the LA Phil, initially as VP of artistic planning, then COO.
September 2019

The 92nd Street Y tapped Seth Pinsky as its new chief executive, beginning in January 2020. A former head of the Bloomberg administration’s economic development corporation, Pinsky succeeds Henry Timms, who was appointed president of Lincoln Center earlier this year. Before leaving city government in 2013 to work in private real estate, Pinsky spent five years negotiating on behalf of the city on such projects as the new Yankee Stadium, the World Trade Center, the Whitney Museum’s High Line location, and the renovation of the Kings Theater in Brooklyn as a multipurpose arts center.
Charlotte Schroeder has announced her intention to exit the presidency of Colbert Artists Management as of year’s end and tapped as her successor Lee Prinz, current senior VP for artist management and booking. Prinz arrived in 2003, she writes, “and immediately became an invaluable addition to the booking staff, rising to his current position….He has, in fact, been leading the company for the past months with his characteristic joy, enthusiasm and superb professionalism.
Francesca Campagna is the new general director for The Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO) in New York. She succeeds Jim Schaeffer, who served as artistic and general until June of 2018, when he retired after ten years in the job. Based in New York, Campagna, Italian by birth, has been active as a consultant to a number of opera companies, including the New York City Opera. Most recently she was a development consultant to Teatro Regio di Parma, where she was on staff for six years; a guest lecturer at La Scala; and consultant on international projects for Fondazione Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She also served as senior artistic manager for the Royal Opera House Muscat for a number of years and as the executive director of the International Friends of Festival Verdi.
Sony Music Entertainment has announced two key promotions from within the company ranks to replace Bogdan Rošcic as head of the Sony Music Classical business when he steps down to become artistic director of the Vienna State Opera next year. Mark Cavell, who joined SONY in 2009 and has been head of the U.S. label and senior VP of finance at Sony Music Masterworks since 2017, is set to become president of Sony Masterworks. Per Hauberwill be president of Sony Classical, which is based in Berlin. He joined the company in 2011 from Universal Music Germany as senior VP for Sony Classical International, the label’s classical repertoire center.
The Minnesota Orchestra has a new leadership model for its annual Sommerfest in July; a “Creative Partner for Summer Programming.” The first is to be pianist Jon (“Jackie”) Kimura Parker, who will work with Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the Musicians’ Artistic Advisory Committee, and artistic staff to develop programming. He will also perform and serve as host. Parker starts immediately, and the plan is to rotate the Creative Partner position for a term of two or three years.
Tanya Derksen, president of Orchestras Canada and of that country’s Regina Symphony Orchestra in Saskatchewan, will move into a new job with the Philadelphia Orchestra as of October 28. The position, which bears the title VP of Artistic Production, appears to have more to do with things operational than artistic. Derksen, a pianist with an MBA, will “oversee personnel, production, operations, and touring,” according to the orchestra.
The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales (BBC NOW) has named Lisa Tregale as its first-ever woman director. She starts in the new year, succeeding Michael Garvey, who stepped down in July to become the executive director of British violinist Nicola Benedetti’s new foundation. Tregale is the current head of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Participate, that orchestra’s deeply layered outreach and education plan. She has also been involved in strategic planning.
The Bozeman (MT) Symphony has hired one of its former musicians, Emily Paris-Martin, to be its executive director. Paris-Martin played with the orchestra from 2002-2015, before turning to the administrative side. She served as operations manager, director of marketing, director of communications, and director of business operations before assuming her current post.
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra—named for the twin cities Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI—has a new executive director. He is Brandon VanWaeyenberghe, most recently the finance director of the Charlotte (NC) Symphony. He succeeds Kevin Peterson, a violist in the orchestra who served as interim after Rebecca Peterson left in the spring of 2018, after seven years in the job. Prior to North Carolina, VanWaeyenberghe was with the Houston Symphony in fund raising and business intelligence. He holds a BS in music management from the University of Evansville, IN, and, from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA and an MA in arts administration.
John Glover, VP and director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s DiMenna Center for Classical Music, is to be the new director of artistic planning for the Kaufman Music Center, which includes Merkin Hall. It’s a new position under the Center’s new Executive Director Kate Sheeran. Glover, also a composer and artistic director of a number of new music festivals, will oversee the Kaufman Center’s presentations in Merkin Hall as well as coordinating those among its various educational programs and individual concert series.
Louise Jeffreys, artistic director of the Barbican, is to become deputy chair of English National Opera and the London Coliseum. She succeeds Nicholas Allan. In her new position on the ENO board of directors, she will serve as chair of the Artistic Committee. It’s worth noting that the position of artistic director of the ENO is currently vacant. No doubt she will be involved in the search to fill the job.
David J. Kitto, former senior VP for marketing and sales at the Kennedy Center, is the new executive director the Washington (DC)’s National Theater Corporation. He succeeded Sarah Bartlo-Chaplin, now at the State Theater New Jersey, in July. Most recently, Kitto was interim president of La Jolla Music Society, where he is credited with raising funds for and planning the opening of the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. He also was instrumental in restructuring the organization’s education programs.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that Susan E. Totten has joined the firm as senior vice president to lead and expand its contributed and earned revenue enhancement practice areas. Based in Southern California, Ms. Totten brings more than 25 years of experience in capital, operating, and endowment campaign fundraising for arts and culture, higher education, and medical institutions. She has also demonstrated success in strategic planning, board development, and mobilizing resources to advance organizational mission and vision.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center has selected Kevin Sweeney as director of marketing and communications. He began his tenure on September 16, 2019. A skilled marketer and leader with more than 20 years of experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Mr. Sweeney brings a knowledge of arts business and a passion for the arts community. Most recently, he served as the Director of Marketing for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. Over the past 10 years in this role, he oversaw the annual budget of $1.2 million, created and managed the annual marketing plan, and led the rebranding initiative for both stages.
Boise State University has selected Laura Kendall as executive director of the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. She will begin her tenure on October 7, 2019. Ms. Kendall’s years of experience have covered a variety of fields, culminating in a multitude of skills, including marketing, ticketing, arts education, outreach, artist residencies, and grant writing. Most recently, she served as the vice president, programming and education for Omaha Performing Arts in Nebraska, where she increased rental and co-promotional events by 67 percent, managed a programming budget of more than $4 million, and oversaw booking for three performance spaces, totaling over 5,000 seats.
Ballet Des Moines has selected Blaire Massa as executive. She began her tenure on September 3, 2019. Ms. Massa most recently served as director of advancement for the Concord Hill School in Chevy Chase, MD, where she oversaw the budget, led the annual fundraising campaign, directed all school events, and assisted in the design and creation of all school communications and publications. She also led the Advancement Board Committee and coordinated the annual auction, procuring more than 300 items.
August 2019

The Atlanta Opera has hired not one but two new development officers. Stepping into the newly created post of chief advancement officer is Paul Harkins, whose most recent position after 13 years at the University of Michigan was chief development and external relations officer for the School of Music, Theater, and Dance. In Atlanta, he’ll oversee fundraising and marketing. Reporting to him in Atlanta will be Jonathan Blalock, hired as individual giving officer. Blalock, who comes to the company after serving as development and patron services manager for Opera Saratoga in upstate New York.
Abigail Rollins is to be the executive director of the Berkshire (MA) Opera Festival as of September 3. She succeeds Claudia d’Alessandro, serving as interim; previously, cofounders Artistic Director Brian Garman and Director of Production Jonathon Loy handled the executive and administrative functions. Rollins has been in her current job, as managing director of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Wellesley, MA, since 2010. She also held positions at Lyric Stage Company of Boston and Trisha Brown Dance Company in NYC.
Goli Sheikholeslami, chief of Chicago Public Media, is to be the new CEO of New York Public Radio—parent of WNYC, WQXR, a number of other local affiliates, WNYC Studios, a podcast division, and Gothamist. A former executive at The Washington Post and Condé Nast, she succeeds Laura Walker, who completely transformed WNYC into a major media organization with a budget of $97 million during her 24-year tenure.
Berkshire Choral International has selected Steve Smith, for four years the executive director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, as its new president. He succeeds Debi Kennedy. In Seattle, Smith oversaw a budget of $3.5 million and is credited with increasing donations, devising a new strategic plan, and creating a middle-school residency program.
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) has a new executive director, complementing its musical direction under Steven Schick. She is Stephanie Weaver, formerly in the same position with the Cape [Cod] Symphony & Conservatory [a community music school] for over eight years. She starts at La Jolla in late September, succeeding the retiring Diane Salisbury, who exits after 20 years in the job.
Caroline Mousset started her new job as executive director of the Washington (DC) Metropolitan Philharmonic Association as of August 1. She arrived from the Phillips Collection, also in DC, where she was director of music. In her new position, she works with WMPA Artistic Director Ulysses S. James.
The Johnstown (PA) Symphony Orchestra has appointed Jessica Satava as its new executive director. Satava holds a master’s degree in voice from the Peabody Institute, where she worked for 13 years in the concert office. She is a former manager of the Aspen Chamber Symphony at the Aspen Music Festival and School and holds a certificate in management development from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has hired Tony Woodcock, former president of the New England Conservatory, onetime CEO at a number of orchestras, as interim dean of the School of Music. Woodcock left NEC after eight years in the job in 2015; he has been consulting “for higher education and the performing arts” ever since.
Gia Kourlas is to move from freelance to staff dance critic for The New York Times; she steps into Alastair Macauley’s slot, who retired in 2018 after 11 years in the job. Kourlas becomes one of two fulltime staff dance critics in the country, the other being Sarah Kaufman at The Washington Post.
The U. S. Senate confirmed Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. As acting chair, she has focused on expanding Creative Forces, an arts therapy program aimed at mitigating post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other psychological health conditions among U.S. service members and veterans. She has also sought to promote such initiatives as Shakespeare in American Communities, NEA Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, Jazz Masters, and the National Heritage Fellowships.
Ticket Philadelphia has selected Matthew Cooper as assistant vice president. He began his tenure on July 15, 2019. A professional arts management expert, ticketing specialist, and musician, Mr. Cooper joins Ticket Philadelphia after 16 years with Jacobson Consulting Applications (JCA), an independent, international nonprofit consulting firm. Most recently, he served as president and COO, where he managed an annual budget of $7.5 million, guided key clients in their longterm strategic projects, and advised leading performing arts and cultural organizations in ticketing, marketing, customer service, and development.
The Northwest Arkansas Council has selected Allyson Esposito as executive director of its new, as-yet-unnamed arts services organization in Arkansas. She began her tenure on July 22, 2019. Ms. Esposito most recently served as senior director, arts and culture program for The Boston Foundation. In this role, she created and implemented a new vision and mission for the Foundation’s arts and culture programs, improved diversity, equity, and access within Boston’s arts sector, and developed new funding partnerships and initiatives with local and regional government and philanthropies.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has appointed soprano Patricia Racette as its new artistic director of young artist programs and Damon Bristo (currently a vice president at Columbia Artists) as director of artistic administration, succeeding Paul Kilmer. Racette and Bristo, whose contracts begin in September, will collaborate with Artistic Director James Robinson and Resident Conductor and Head of Music Roberto Kalb in OTSL’s artistic planning. They make their first national audition road trip in September.
July 2019

The U.K.’s former education secretary/minister for women and equalities, Nicky Morgan, is to be the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport under new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. She succeeds Jeremy Wright, becoming the U.K.’s eighth culture secretary in nine years.
The Cleveland Institute of Music announced the appointment of Constance Skingel as its new director of development. She started in mid-July, succeeding Dan Coleman who moved into an advisory capacity last April. Skingel arrives from the Veale Foundation, for which she performed the same function, and will be a member of CIM’s senior staff. At the Foundation, she is credited with managing over $150 million in assets.
Also new at CIM as of last week is Johnnia Stigall, just former manager of the Sphinx Organization’s National Alliance for Audition Support, which aims to bring diversity to American orchestras. Her new job entails managing CIM’s Young Artist, Musical Pathway Fellowship, and Pre-College programs for the Preparatory and Continuing Education division. She’ll report to Jerrod J. Price, executive director of preparatory, enrollment, and pathway programs at CIM. The preparatory division is currently being restructured.
Alexander Neef is to succeed Stephane Lissner as director of the Paris Opera starting with the 2021-22 season. The 45-year-old Neef has been general director of the Canadian Opera Company since June 2008. He became artistic director of the Santa Fe Opera in February 2018.
The Seattle Opera (SO) has taken a step to ensure that issues of race and gender inform its programming by appointing its firsts-in-residence. Naomi André is a trained singer with a PhD in musicology from Harvard and currently a faculty member teaching Women’s Studies and Afro-American/African Studies at the University of Michigan. In her new role, André will “advise staff and leadership on matters of race and gender in opera; consult in artistic planning . . .; and participate in company panel discussions, podcast recordings . . . and contribute essays to opera programs.”
Elena Dubinets, VP of artistic planning and creative projects at the Seattle Symphony (SSO), is to move to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) next month, in the new position of chief artistic officer. Her job will be to oversee all extant concert and community programs and “lead the effort to create new streams of programming,” according to the orchestra. She’ll work with Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles and no doubt be involved in the search for the next music director, just as she was in Seattle with Morlot and his successor, Thomas Dausgaard.
Emil Kang, founding executive and artistic director of Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed program director for arts and cultural heritage by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He succeeds Ella Baff, who left in 2018. In launching Chapel Hill’s CPA, he is credited with creating one of the country’s most extensive, university-based arts presenters. According to Mellon, “Kang has driven change and growth through the arts across the University, programming thousands of artists, commissioning [50] new works, and championing new scholarship on the arts.” He starts at Mellon on October 1.
The Juilliard School has named Rosalie Contreras VP of public affairs. Contreras has been with the Seattle Symphony for 19 years, working her way up from publicity manager. Her most recent post was VP of communications. At Juilliard, in the job as of July 8, 2019, is charged with overseeing marketing, communications, editorial, and creative services, including multimedia and materials relating to recruitment for admission to the school. She will be the school’s official spokesperson and attend all board meetings.
Multi-genre presenter Performance Santa Fe, soon to launch its 83rd season, has hired a new artistic and executive director in Chad Hilligus, 37, resident producer and director of major gifts for the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA. He started July 15, succeeding Jonathan Winkle, who leaves after three years in the job.
North Carolina’s Arts & Science Council, a granting and technical support organization in Charlotte, has named producing, marketing, and public relations specialist R. Jeep Bryant as president. His most recent job was director of marketing and business development for the Broadway League. In addition to increasing sponsorship for the Tony Awards, he is credited with raising funds for and the profile of VIVA Broadway, an outreach program for Latino and Hispanic communities.
Jan Nast, current orchestra director of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, is to succeed Johannes Neubert as intendant of the Vienna Symphony. Neubert has moved to a similar post with the Orchestre National de France as of 2019-20. Nast trained as a horn player and arts administrator and is credited with making Dresden’s Staatskapelle the orchestra in residence of the Salzburg Easter Festival.
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus has selected Gavin Thrasher as artistic director following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure in September 2019. An experienced singer, conductor, and teacher, Mr. Thrasher most recently served as the Interim artistic director & conductor for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), where he shaped and refined the musicianship and sound of the ensemble, managed all educational programs, and created the concert season.
June 2019

Dramaturge and music journalist Tobias Wolff, managing director of the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, has been appointed Intendant of the Leipzig Opera (est. 1693), the third oldest opera house in Europe. According to SWR2, the job received only 29 applications. He takes up the post in the 2022-23 season, exiting his current post, where he has been since 2011, in May 2021.
The Curtis Institute of Music has appointed Christopher Mossey, until 2018 a major Juilliard School fundraiser and international administrator (co-founder of Juilliard Global Ventures and the Tianjin Juilliard School), to be its next VP for institutional advancement. He’ll oversee development, marketing, and communications as the school prepares for its centenary in 2024. Mossey succeeds Amy Burns.
Five-year-old Opera Ithaca (NY) has hired Benjamin Robinson is to be its artistic director as of next season. He will continue to hold the same position with Raylynmor Opera in Keene, NH. Robinson is a lecturer in voice at Slippery Rock University in PA and a director whose credits range from Verdi to Peter Brook. He’ll be succeeding cofounder and Artistic Director Lynn Craver, who will remain with the company as director of its apprentice program. He’ll also take on the duties that have been handled by Interim Executive Director Dan Taylor. The company will over several performances each of three traditional operas next season.
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden’s announced that Ursula Koners, 47, is the new CEO, starting next season. Her appointment follows that of Benedikt Stampa the new artistic director. Koners, 47, holds a doctorate in business administration and has been head of the Friedrichshafen Institute for Family Business (FIF) at Zeppelin University since 2011. Prior to that, she worked for Daimler AG and Ravensburger Spielwaren-Verlag.
The Göteborg Opera has tapped Henning Ruhe, 41, as its new artistic director opera/drama. Currently head of artistic administration at the Bavarian State Opera, he will succeed Stephen Langridge. Ruhe’s term begins on a part-time basis on Jan. I, 2020; he will take up the reins fulltime after the summer of 2020.
Tri-Cities Opera has named John Rozzoni its new executive director. As of July 1, he succeeds Interim Executive Director George Cummings, who took the role in September after Susan Ashbaker stepped down for a position at Westminster Choir College; Ashbaker remains TCO’s artistic director, however. Rozzoni holds a bachelor of music in vocal performance from Ithaca College. He has for the last two years served as house operations director at the Anderson Center for Performing Arts at Binghamton University.
The Orlando Philharmonic has hired David Hyslop as its interim executive director. He succeeds board president Mary Palmer and founding musician Mark Fischer, who have been serving as co-interims since April, when Christopher T. Barton resigned. He had been in the job two-and-a-half years.
Kelly Tweeddale, president of Canada’s Vancouver Symphony and its School of Music, is to be the next executive director of the San Francisco Ballet, one of the three largest ballet companies in the U.S. She starts in September and succeeds Glenn McCoy, who retires at the end of this month after 32-years with the company.
Present Music has named violinist Eric Segnitz and conductor David Bloom its new co-artistic directors, effective July 2019. Segnitz and Bloom succeed outgoing artistic director and founder of Present Music, Kevin Stalheim who retires this June.
Festival Mozaic has selected Lloyd Tanner as executive director. He began his tenure on May 23, 2019. Mr. Tanner is a nonprofit manager and fundraiser focusing on brand management, strategic planning, and business operations. He most recently served as principal of Double L Analytics and Consulting, working with clients such as LA Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure, he prepared nonprofit and performing arts organizations for financially secure futures, delving into aspects of their pricing modules, donor activity, and patron bases.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) has selected Jonathan Kaledin as vice president of development. He began his tenure on May 22, 2019. Mr. Kaledin is a lawyer and nonprofit executive with more than 30 years of experience, including work in both government and the private sector as well as the nonprofit sector. He has also worked in the environmental and conservation field and arts and culture field. He most recently served as president and CEO of Cape Arts & Entertainment in Massachusetts.
Arts Midwest has named Torrie Allen its president and CEO, effective in August. He succeeds long-time President & CEO David Fraher. Prior to joining Arts Midwest, Allen served as chief development officer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
May 2019

British violinist Nicola Benedetti has chosen Michael Garvey, director of the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, to be executive director of her new, foundation, The Benedetti Foundation, which is dedicated to providing “enrichment, inspiration, and variation” to the U.K.’s music education system and communities. Garvey, who exits his BBC post to assume his new position in July, will provide strategic management in areas of fundraising and best business practices.
The U.K. has a new minister for arts, heritage, and tourism. As part of a cabinet reshuffle, Rebecca Pow, the Conservative MP for Taunton Deane, has been tapped to replace Michael Ellis, in the job since January 2018. Ellis will now become transport minister. Pow said she was “honored and absolutely delighted” with her new responsibility. Her tenure, however, may prove short lived. May’s announcement that she will step down as prime minister on June 7 will lead to a new occupant of 10 Downing Street, who may well choose a new cabinet.
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the union that represents some 7,500 American professional opera singers, choristers, and dancers, has elected a new slate of officers. Each will serve a four-year term. The new president, elected by the full membership, is Raymond Menard, production stage manager at the Metropolitan Opera and assistant professor at Columbia University School of the Arts. Menard is a 21-year AGMA member and most recently served as its treasurer. He takes over the presidency on June 1, succeeding John Coleman. Additional officers include Treasurer J, Austin Bitner, an opera singer based in Baltimore, and Recording Secretary Louis Perry, an arranger and onetime member of the NYC Opera Chorus. Nineteen governors comprised of soloists, choristers/actors and dancers were also elected.
Longtime Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trombonist Weston Sprott is the new dean of Juilliard’s preparatory division, overseeing the school’s pre-college division and Music Advancement Program (MAP). He will also remain with the MET Orchestra. Sprott will be working with Juilliard President Damian Woetzel, Provost and Dean Ara Guzelimian, Pre-College Artistic Director Yoheved Kaplinsky, and MAP Artistic Advisor Anthony McGill.
George Hanson is the new executive director of the Alexandria (VA) Symphony Orchestra as of June 1. He succeeds Paul Frank, who died two years ago after four months in the job. Hanson arrives in the Virginia orchestra’s top administrative post after 20 years as conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He will remain part-time as director of the Tucson Desert Song Festival and continue as conductor and artistic director of Oregon’s Sunriver Music Festival, a two-week event held in August.
Michigan’s Ann Arbor Symphony, with an annual budget of $1.6 million, has announced a new president in Dr. Geoffrey Barnes, a cardiovascular physician and researcher at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; he succeeds current president Richard Hendricks.
Scott Guzielek, director of artistic operations at Palm Beach Opera since 2012, is to move into the newly created position of VP and general manager of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. He starts July 1, reporting to President and Artistic Director K. James McDowell, with responsibility for creating community partnerships and liaising with board members and donors. At the opera Guzielek oversaw artistic planning, casting, and repertoire and headed the Benenson Young Artist and Bailey Apprentice Artist programs, which expanded during his tenure. Prior to Palm Beach, he was for six years artistic administrator at Washington National Opera, a time during which Plácido Domingo served as general director.
Chad Herzog, co-executive director and programmer of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, is to become executive director of UA Presents, the presenting organization of the University of Arizona. He succeeds Chuck Tennes, who stepped down in 2014. At UA, a multi-genre presenter that honors its 25th anniversary next season, he will oversee all aspects of the operation, from marketing to fundraising to artistic programming.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG announced that Douglas R. Clayton has joined the firm. Based in Chicago, Mr. Clayton will oversee the firm’s Planning & Capacity Building areas, guiding strategic planning and community engagement, facilities and program planning, organizational benchmarking studies, board governance summits, team building retreats, and a variety of services that strengthen nonprofit organizations, universities, government agencies, and the communities they serve. With more than 20 years of experience in the arts and culture industry, specifically within opera, theater, and arts service organizations, Mr. Clayton is passionate about creating innovative business models.
The Holland Festival’s supervisory board has named Emily Ansenk its new general director as of 1 September. Like the current director, Ansenk will be responsible for the festival’s artistic and business policies. Ansenk will succeed Annet Lekkerkerker, who is leaving the festival at the end of June 2019 after ten years.
Cal Performances announced that Shariq Yosufzai, a vice chair of the Cal Performances board, has agreed to lead the organization as its interim executive director, beginning on June 15. Cal Performances Associate Director Rob Bailis will serve under Shariq as interim artistic director. Shariq has been a member of the Cal Performances board since July 2014, and has served as a vice chair since July 2016. Rob Bailis joined Cal Performances in June 2013 and was promoted to associate director soon after. He has been instrumental in shaping many defining artistic initiatives;, curating programming for dance, theater and world stages; and overseeing the fundraising, communications and marketing and education departments.
New England Conservatory (NEC) announced the appointments of Michael Sarra as vice president for communications and Elizabeth Dionne as vice president for finance. Michael Sarra will work closely with colleagues across the Conservatory to tell NEC’s story in a way that connects meaningfully and persuasively with current and prospective students, alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and peers across the arts and education landscapes. Elizabeth Dionne comes to NEC with proven strategic-leadership abilities and strong financial, managerial, technical, planning, and communication skills, all of which will enable her to ably manage finance, accounting, and budgetary administration, as well as database administration and information technology for New England Conservatory.
Yvonne Lam, violinist and Grammy-winning musician of Eighth Blackbird fame, will become the newest member of the string area faculty at the Michigan State University College of Music. As an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Blackbird Creative Lab, Ms. Lam will bring extensive experience as a performer, collaborator and educator. Her position as full-time assistant professor at the college begins this fall.
Joe Rooney has been appointed associate dean for finance and administration at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, effective May 13, 2019. Most recently serving as deputy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Rooney has previously held the roles of chief operating officer at Arts Presenters, as well as vice president for Operations at The New 42nd Street, focused on redevelopment of Times Square.
April 2019

Menon Dwarka is to be executive director of Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble (ATE) as of May 14. He succeeds David Abel, who has joined the National Arts Center as managing director, English Theater. Before returning to his native Toronto in 2013, Dwarka worked as a composer for television and as an administrator at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Harlem School of the Arts, and Greenwich House.
Vanessa Reed, chief executive of Britain’s Performing Rights Society (PRS) Foundation, is to be the new president and CEO of New Music USA, the organization formed out of the merger of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer in 2011. Reed is credited with vastly expanding the PRS Foundation’s programs and resources and has been widely feted for her efforts. She has been a particular advocate for women composers. She takes up her post in August.
The Washington Ballet announced that the former CEO of The Florida Orchestra, Michael Pastreich, is to take its top administrative post, working with Julie Kent, the company’s artistic director of three years. Not only is Pastreich credited with turning the orchestra around, he also managed to grow its endowment from $8 million to $21 million, to appease relations between the musicians and management, such that strikes were no longer a threat, and to launch a wide array of community, educational, and collaborative projects, including a cultural exchange with Cuba.
Rob Bailis, recent interim artistic director and associate director of Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, is to be artistic and executive director of California’s Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College (SMC) Performing Arts Center, as of June 1, 2019. The Broad Stage—not to be confused with The Broad, a contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles—is in its 11th season as a multi-genre presenter. It is known for its intimacy (500 seats) and yet features one of the city’s largest proscenium stages.
Festival Mozaic has named Lloyd Tanner as its next executive director, starting in May. Tanner is the recent director of business development for the Los Angeles Opera. Tanner was with the LA Opera for 14 years; previously he was assistant director of development for the Washington National Opera and before that worked in operations for the Spokane and Atlanta symphonies. He has a BM in music performance (trombone) from Southern Methodist University.
Jason Smoller, free-lance oboist and former associate director of external affairs for The New York Pops, is the new development director for the New York City Opera. He also serves as executive director of the Greenwich Village Orchestra and is a former development associate for the Morgan Library & Museum.
The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro has named Bruce D. McClung as the dean of its College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), as of July 14, 2019. UNCG’s CVPA defines itself as having “the premier, most comprehensive, and largest set of visual and performing arts programs in North Carolina.” As of 2016, it comprises the combined School of Art, School of Dance, School of Music, and the School of Theater, as well as the Arts Administration program.
Justin Brown, current manager of concert operations for the New York Philharmonic, has been appointed VP and general manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He starts June 20, succeeding Keith Elder, and reports to CEO Alan Fletcher. Brown was previously operations manager at the San Francisco Symphony, education manager for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, orchestra and operations manager for the Juilliard School, from which he holds a graduate diploma, and librarian for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Francesco Milioto is to be artistic advisor of Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera Company, marking General Director Maggie Oplinger’s first major hire since assuming the job in March. Oplinger, who succeeded William Florescu, is a former opera singer with expertise in fundraising and community engagement; Milioto will provide the requisite artistic leadership on a consulting basis. He will also help recruit young singers for the studio artist program.
George Bruell, director of communications at Glyndebourne for the last 11 years, is to join HarrisonParrott as director of creative partnerships. In his London-based post, he will oversee the firm’s consultancies and special projects. Andrea Berbegal, the current HP sponsorship and development manager, will report to him in the new title of creative partnership & development manager.
The New York Philharmonic has elected not one but two individuals to succeed Oscar S. Schafer as board chair. The orchestra reports this is the first shared chairmanship in its history. Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang, both current board members, are to be co-chair designates until September, when they move as co-chairs into the position Schafer has held since 2015. He will become chairman emeritus.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has named board president Mary Palmer and founding orchestra and staff member Mark Fischer as co-executive directors. The La Crosse (WI) Symphony Orchestra has also hired a board member to be its next executive director. The 70-member professional ensemble, led by Music Director Alexander Platt, has named Eva Marie Restel, a ceramic artist and owner of Restel & Sons, LLC. She has been on the board for six years and is an active arts community volunteer. Tucson Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Tom McKinney is to be replaced on an interim basis by Kathryn R. Martin, described by the orchestra as a “transition expert and veteran arts leader.”
The San Bernardino County Museum Association has selected Geoffrey Corbin as CEO following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group. He began his tenure on April 15, 2019. An experienced nonprofit leader and administrator of change, Mr. Corbin has focused his career on the missions of social impact and cultural organizations as well as enhancing lives through the nonprofit sector.
The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech has named Margaret Lawrence as its new director of programming, effective June 25. She will lead the center’s performance season planning, including community engagement and student learning, with a focus on diverse voices and meaningful experiences. Lawrence has served as director of programming at Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for the last 23 years.
March 2019

American soprano Susan Narucki has been named as inaugural director of arts and community engagement at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) . The Arts and Community Engagement Division has been created by UCSD with the aim of connecting students, faculty, alumni and staff with the greater community in order to foster cultural dialogue and civic engagement. Narucki will serve for two years.
Dickon Stainer, the current president and CEO of Universal Classics and Jazz, will now assume direct responsibility for the New York-based Verve Group in hopes that he can offer the label a new global focus. His new role will see him adding to his existing substantial portfolio, which includes classical music powerhouses Deutsche Grammophon and Decca.
Jennifer Turner, executive VP and managing director of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in Orange Country, CA, is to be the president and CEO of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, effective in May. She succeeds Kathleen O’Brien, who retires after 31 years at TPAC, the last 14 as its head. Prior to six years at Segerstrom, Turner was COO and general manager of the Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University. She also served as opera house manager for the Michigan Opera Theater.
Christina Scheppelmann, artistic director general of Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, is to be the next general director of the Seattle Opera; she succeeds Aidan Lang, who exits after four years to be general director of Welsh National Opera. Born in Hamburg, Scheppelman was for 11 years director of artistic operations at Washington National Opera under Plácido Domingo and is credited with creating the WNO’s American Opera Initiative, now in its eighth season. She also served as artistic administrator of the San Francisco Opera under Lotfi Mansouri. Scheppelman, 53, has been in Barcelona for four years, prior to which she was the first director general of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), the first theater of its kind in the Persian Gulf Region.
Daniel E. Beckley, VP and general manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, former chief executive of the Charleston (SC) Symphony, is to be the new executive director of the Kansas City Symphony as of July 29. He will succeed Frank Byrne, who announced last year that he would be stepping down after 19 years in the job. Beckley will oversee all the management and administrative functions of the orchestra, a $19.8 million budget operation with a full-time staff of 35; the 80-member orchestra offers up to 200 performances annually.
La Jolla Music Center has named Ted DeDee its next president and CEO. He start April 1. DeDee has run seven performing arts centers, including the $205 million Overture Center, from 2012-2018, Eastman School of Music's Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, both in Nashville.
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), founded in 1987 by members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, has a new executive director in Seb Huckle, its former marketing manager. He’ll report to Artistic Director Stephan Meier, and take on overall responsibility for the group’s busy production schedule as well as all business matters.
The Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (not to be confused with the Ensemble InterContemporain) has named French composer Bruno Mantovani, 44, to be its musical and artistic director as of January 2020. He is currently the director of the Paris Conservatory; in his new job, he’ll succeed Daniel Kawka, who founded the Lyon-based group in 1992. Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain has a core of 19 musicians that expands as necessary; it focuses on music of the 20th and 21st centuries and has a repertoire of nearly 500 works by 200 composers, including 170 premieres.
Joseph V. Melillo, a key sculptor in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s enlightened programming profile, has joined Columbia Artists in the new position of international artistic advisor. He will help the artist management firm “develop bold new opportunities for producing live performance events, international touring, co-productions and artistic collaboration,” according to Columbia.
Chicago’s MacArthur Foundation, home of the “genius grant,” has a new president—John Palfrey. An educator, author, and scholar with a focus on digital technology, Palfrey, 46, will succeed Julia Stasch, in the job since 2014. In making the announcement, MacArthur Board Chairman Dan Huttenlocher praised Palfrey as having “demonstrated a commitment to rigorous thinking, disruption, and creative solutions often made possible by technology, accessibility of information, and diversity and inclusion . . . all institutional values central to MacArthur’s identity and work.”
Christopher M. Powell, director of artistic initiatives for the Glimmerglass Festival, is to be executive director of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera as of March 12. PFO has a summer season of four or five operas. Prior to his four years with Glimmerglass, where he oversaw the production of Breaking Glass: Hyper-linking Opera and Issues, Powell was for 14 years music administrator of Pittsburgh Opera, where he acted as producer of Co-Opera 2015, a Carnegie-Mellon University project that created a one-night performance of five new one-act operas with livestream technology.
Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) has selected Julie Goodman as president and CEO; she began her tenure on March 4, 2019. Ms. Goodman has more than two decades of arts management, nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate experience. Most recently, she served as senior vice president of marketing communications for Strada Education Network in Indianapolis.
Newark Symphony Hall, operated by Newark Performing Arts Corporation (NPAC), has selected Taneshia Nash Laird as president and CEO; she began her tenure on November 1, 2018. Ms. Laird is a seasoned fundraiser and leader with decades of experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, notably as the first woman of color in this role.
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff Centre) has selected Sarah Nelems as vice president of development, she will begin her tenure on April 1, 2019. Ms. Nelems is a Canadian development expert dedicated to initiating transformative change through fundraising and philanthropy. Most recently, she served as CEO at Habitat for Humanity in Okagawan, BC, where she provided leadership on nationally led culture change and growth strategy.
February 2019

Jonathan Stafford, 38, is to be artistic director of New York City Ballet and School of America Ballet, and Wendy Whelan, 51, is to be associate artistic director. Both have long histories with both institutions, as alumni of the school and as principal dancers. Stafford has been leading the interim artistic team, with Justin Peck, Craig Hall, and Rebecca Krohn, since 2017, as well as serving as ballet master after retiring from the stage in 2014.
Composer Daniel Kellogg is to succeed founding director of Young Concert Artists, Susan Wadsworth, in July. She will step down after a 58-year tenure to become Creative Consultant and help plan YCA’s 60th anniversary. “Daniel Kellogg’s enthusiasm and energy will enable the organization to continue to thrive and meet the challenges of the 21st century, while maintaining the high musical standards for which the organization is known,” said Wadsworth in her comments.
Maggey Oplinger is to be general director of the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee, WI, company’s seventh in its 85-year history. She starts March 1, succeeding William Florescu. Oplinger comes from the Milwaukee Symphony, where she was director of community partnerships and director of shared experiences. Over her four years in the job, she is credited with doubling volunteer participation to 800 and increasing the profitability of fundraising events some 20 percent. She has also worked in sales and holds a graduate degree in nonprofit business administration.
Joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra as senior publicist is Matthew Erikson, who comes to Boston after serving as publications editor for the San Francisco Opera; before that he was the company’s communication manager. He started in Boston January 7.
Julie Goetz, former communications manager of the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), is the new director of communications at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She succeeds Liza Prijatel Thors, who left in August. RAD is “a $100 million grant-making agency,” where Goetz oversaw communications and marketing.
The MacDowell Colony has chosen Philip Himberg as its next executive director, succeeding Cheryl Young, who is retiring after 30 years. Himberg, who starts June 1, comes to the 118-year-old artists’ colony from the Sundance Institute, where for the past 23 years he has been artistic director of the theater program. In comments, MacDowell Chairman Michael Chabon noted Himberg’s passion and deep knowledge of the arts as well as his “holistic and collaborative approach to managing multiple projects.” In 1907 composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, Marian MacDowell, a pianist, founded the MacDowell Colony as a haven for artists, composers, and writers.
Robert Massey, recent CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony, is to be the new CEO of the Louisville Orchestra as of next month. He succeeds Andrew Kipe, who left in August to be director of concert and ensemble operations for the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. During his three-year tenure in Jacksonville, Massey is credited with balancing the books and working with the musicians to reach a “transformative” five-year contract in 2017 that added seven musicians, made all musicians full-time, and expanded the season.
UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music—launched in 2007 and established by UC Regents in 2016 as the 12th professional school at UCLA—has named its inaugural dean. She is Eileen Strempel, voice professor and senior VP for academic affairs at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She will start in July and succeeds Judith Smith, former executive director and founding dean of the school.
WQXR, New York City’s only locally based all-classical-music radio station, has brought Jacqui Cheng on board as the station’s first ever editor-in-chief, music. Cheng will report to Shannon Connolly, senior VP and GM, music, at New York Public Radio, and be responsible for launching editorial and digital content strategies designed to attract new, more diverse audiences. Cheng, a violinist for more than three decades, previously served as editor-in-chief of Wirecutter and as editor-at-large at Ars Technica. In her new position she will define editorial style and standards for a team of digital producers, editors, and writers, and develop stories exploring the place of classical music in contemporary culture.
Henry Timms—president and CEO of New York’s 92nd Street Y, co-author of international best-seller New Power—How Power Works in Our Hyper-connected World and How to Make it Work for You—is to be the next president of Lincoln Center. He starts in May, becoming Lincoln Center’s third new president in as many years. Lincoln Center Board Chair Katherine Farley characterized him as "a trailblazing leader," combining "collegiality, digital savvy, and transformational thinking.... Henry’s signature style is collaboration, complemented by innovation, ingenuity and enthusiasm."
The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has appointed the Gryphon Trio to direct its classical music summer programs as of 2019-20. The Trio’s tenure begins at the close of the 2019 summer season, at which time it succeeds Claire Chase and Steven Schick, who complete their three-year term as co-artistic directors. The Trio—violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist James Parker—has been together for 30 years.
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) has selected Dr. Vanda Vitali as executive director; she will begin her tenure on March 1, 2019. Dr. Vitali most recently served as the chief information officer at the International Center for Innovation and Transfer of Technology in Jiaxing, China.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has expanded the role of General Manager Kate Kammeyer to also include serving as artistic administrator, and has promoted several other LACO staff members as well. Assuming growing roles are LACO employees Taylor Lockwood, promoted to operations manager; Brandon Faber advanced to assistant director of events and sponsorships; Dina-Marie Weineck boosted to executive assistant & Board Liaison; and Alana Miles, elevated to advancement associate.
Miami City Ballet (MCB) has announced the appointment of Elena Quevedo, PhD as the its new chief development officer. She assumed her post on January 22. Quevedo brings to the ballet company more than 17 years of development and fundraising experience, including former roles with New York City Ballet, The MacDowell Colony, The Hawthorne Foundation and, most recently, as senior vice president of advancement for The New Jewish Home, Inc.
January 2019

Bass-baritone Peter Oundjian is to be the next music director of the Colorado Music Festival. He comes to the post after having served as artistic advisor last summer, an experience that he apparently found favorable. Oundjian is the former longtime music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, now conductor emeritus.
Bass-baritone Alan Held, a onetime a regular on the stages of The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Paris Opera, and others of kind, is the new artistic director of the Wichita Grand Opera. Held is director of opera studies and an associate professor of voice at Wichita State University. He also gives annual master classes at Yale University and is a guest master teacher at The Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute. Held will be responsible for planning the company’s future seasons.
David O’Dell, recent CEO of the Amarillo Opera in Texas, has been named general director of the Charlottesville Opera, formerly known as Ashville Lawn Opera. He succeeds Michelle Krisel, general director from 2010-14 and artistic director from 2015-17. The company recently honored its 40th anniversary. O’Dell is from St. Louis, MO, and started his career on the opera stage.
Hannover’s triennial Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition has put new leadership in place as it looks to its next competition in 2021. Violinists Antje Weithaas and Oliver Wille will serve as co-artistic directors, succeeding founding Artistic Director Krzysztof Wegrzyn. Weithaas, a winner of the first Joachim competition in 1991, is artistic director of the Camerata Bern and a noted soloist. She is on the faculty of the Hanns Eisler Conservatory of Music in Berlin. Oliver Wille is a founding member of the Kuss String Quartet and currently is on the chamber music teaching faculty at the Hannover University of Music. He is the artistic director of the Kammermusikgemeinde, also in Hannover.
Chicago-based WFMT, which specializes in classical content, has a new VP and general manager. He is George Preston, current general manager of Classical KCME, part of Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc. Preston is no stranger to WFMT, having hosted and produced the internationally syndicated Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts and served as afternoon drive host from 2009-2013. Prior to that, he was host and music director for WNYC. In his new job he will oversee virtually everything, from fundraising to programming, production, operations, and syndication activities.
Ashley Magnus has been named general director of the Chicago Opera Theater, a promotion from the post of general manager of strategy and development. The company’s new executive chief holds an MBA from the University of Utah and participated in the 2013 Opera America Leadership Intensive. She began her career as production coordinator for opera with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.
Víctor Garcia de Gomar will leave Barcelona's Palau de la Música to become artistic director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He succeeds Christina Scheppelmann at the start of the 2019/20 with a four-year contract and an annual salary of €120,000. Key to his selection was his strong record at the Palau de la Música, where, since assuming his role in 2011, he has built a reputation for "rich, creative and innovative" programming, comments El Mundo.
Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera has named Rosetta Cucchi as its new artistic director. As artistic director of Parma's Arturo Toscanini Foundation she put the orchestra on the map, with less traditional repertoire choices, ambitious tours, and by appointing the British conductor Alpesh Chauhan as music director. She has said she will honor the festival's traditions while doing something fresh.
Olivier Descotes has succeeded Lorella Megani as general director of the Rossini Opera Festival for the two-year period 2019-20. Descotes, 42, has been special advisor to the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports since 2016. He is a former director of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2002) and was Vivendi Universal's president and CEO from 2003 to 2005. Thereafter he served as cultural attaché at the French Embassy in Italy and secretary general of the Nuovi Mecenati Foundation (2005-09). He was subsequently appointed director of the Institut Français of Milan (2009-11), and then of the Institut Français of Athens, and counselor for cultural cooperation and action at the French Embassy in Greece (2011-15).
The Orchestre national de France announced Friday the selection of a new general manager (délégué général). Johannes Neubert, 49, will start on September 1. The orchestra, founded in 1934, is the oldest of the two orchestras of Radio France. Neubert has worked for the English National Opera, the Austrian Musical Youth (Jeunesse) in Vienna, and as personal assistant to Christoph Lieben-Seutter at the Wiener Konzerthaus. His career continued as artistic director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria between 2002 and 2010 and, from 2005 to 2010, he was managing director of the Grafenegg Festival, which he co-founded.
Jeremy Geffen, senior director and artistic advisor at Carnegie Hall, is to become executive and artistic director of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley as of April 1. He succeeds Matías Tarnopolsky, who left last summer to become president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Geffen, 44, will report directly to UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ. He is charged with overseeing all programs of Cal Performances and Student Musical Activities (SMA), including commissions and collaborations within the university and with national and international arts groups. Cal Performances has an annual budget of about $15 million.
Brooklyn-based American Opera Projects (AOP) has promoted Matt Gray to the position of general director, succeeding Charles Jarden, who steps aside after 16 years to serve as director of strategic partnerships, a new post. Gray has been serving as producing director since 2008, having started at the 30-year-old company as an office manager in 2003 and worked his way up the ladder. Succeeding him is Mila Henry, as artistic director—the company’s first since Steven Osgood held the position from 2002-2008. Henry started as an intern at AOP in 2010 and went on to a free-lance career as conductor, pianist, and vocal coach while continuing to work with AOP on selected projects.
Jennifer Teisinger, former executive director of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, is to be the new executive director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO). She takes the helm in February, in time to gear up for the orchestra’s centennial in 2022. Teisinger has a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Texas, Denton, and a master’s degree in music from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Houston, both in oboe performance.
The Conductors Guild has elected Julius Williams to succeed John Farrer as president. Williams, artistic director and conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and professor of composition at Berklee College in Boston, is the Guild’s first African-American president. Williams is also music director of New Jersey’s Trilogy: An Opera Company and a cover conductor for the Boston Pops. He is a former music director of the Washington (D.C.) Symphony.
The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) has a new chief financial officer in Steven Rosenzweig; he succeeds James Garrone who is retiring after 15 years of service. Rosenzweig arrives after filling the same function at the city's Jewish Community Center, as well as being COO, where he is credited with a financial turnaround. He is also an adjunct professor at Washington University Brown School of Social Work, where he teaches financial concepts to graduate students.
Jeffrey Duncan, former senior manager at BMG publishing and a publishing consultant to estates, artists, and law firms, is the new executive VP in charge of west coast operations for Music Sales Corp. He is based out of the company’s Santa Monica, CA, office. In his comments, Duncan points out that Music Sales has a catalog of over 400,000 works, from Dion’s “Runaround Sue” to Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Tomas Wise, Music Sales Corp. CEO, noted the new hire’s experience “in music publishing and rights acquisition” saying it would help “to grow the business.”
The Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus has hired Daniel Crupi, 29, to succeed Gregory W. Heltman as executive director. Crupi, who starts in March, has been COO of the Greensboro (NC) Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Previously, he spent three years as the orchestra’s director of development and PR. He holds an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Notre Dame.
David Schillhammer, credited with “saving” the Orlando Symphony from extinction during his 15-year tenure there, is to be the new executive director of the Brevard (FL) Philharmonic, currently in its 65th season. A native of Burlington, VT, Schillhammer graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a degree in bassoon performance; previously jobs have been with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony and San Pedro Playhouse, both in Texas.
Ignacio Barrón Viela is the new executive director of the Billings (MT) Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. A July participant in the League of American Orchestras’ management seminar and a recent MBA recipient from USC, he is a former cellist and general manager of the Heinrich Heine Orchestra in Dusseldorf. The Spanish-born Viela succeds Darren Rich, now executive director for the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. Billings Symphony performs about seven concerts a season.
The The Met has chosen Thomas Lausmann to succeed John Fisher, but in the position of director of music administration (last occupied by Fisher himself, before he was assistant GM.) Lausmann is the current head of music at the Vienna State Opera and starts at the Met next season.
The Globe Theatre has selected Jaime Boldt as executive director following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group Canada (ACG). She will begin her tenure on February 1, 2019. Ms. Boldt most recently served as acting CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS). In this role, she implemented the annual strategic plan, developed sustainable programming, and oversaw the finances and operations of four provincial branches in Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.
The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts has appointed Jessica Novak as its new director of marketing, effective Thursday, February 7. With over 14 years of success working in the performing and visual arts, Novak brings extensive experience to the McKnight Center, including tenures in leadership with the Tulsa Ballet, Multi Arts Center (now Prairie Arts Center), and Stillwater Arts Festival, plus the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance in New York City.
The Chamber Music Northwest has selected pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Soovin Kim as its next artistic directors. Chein and Kim are currently co-artistic directors of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, founded by Soovin in 2008. Gloria is also the artistic director of the String Theory chamber music series in Chattanooga, TN—which she founded in 2009—and has been director of the Chamber Music Institute of the Music@Menlo Festival since 2010. They will succeed David Shifrin who will leave the organization after its 2020 summer festival.
December 2018

The The Center for the Arts of Jackson Hole, WY, whose programming ranges across all genres and disciplines, has named David J. Rothman to the newly established post of president and CEO. He starts January 7. Rothman is the current program director/poetry concentration in the graduate creative writing program at Western State Colorado University; he is also the editor of THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Reviews.
Marc Beaudoin is a tenor in the 160-voice Washington Chorus. As of February 4, he is also the executive director. Beaudoin announced earlier in the month that he was leaving the Maryland Symphony Orchestra after just 16 months as executive director. In his brief time there, he is said to have accomplished a “significant financial turnaround,” commissioned new works, increased earned and contributed income, and helped the orchestra make its first recording, with guitarist Sharon Isbin.
Composer/conductor Tan Dun will assume the newly created position of dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music next July. Dun, whose composing and conducting accolades include Grammy awards, Oscars, and the Grawemeyer, holds a masters degree in composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, with which Bard has partnered to form the new U.S.-China Institute. His doctorate in musical arts is from Columbia University.
Alistair Mackie, London Philharmonia’s interim managing director and joint principal trumpet, is to be the new CEO of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), starting in April. Mackie’s 23-year relationship with the Philharmonia has included three terms as chairman, during one of which he hired Esa-Pekka Salonen as principal conductor and artistic advisor. As interim managing director, he is credited with developing a strategic plan in the wake of his predecessor’s retirement, and making digital communication a priority for the orchestra.
The The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has hired Ryan Lewis, VP of marketing for Opera Philadelphia as its new VP of sales and marketing. Lewis has been with Opera Philadelphia for six years, during which time the company has undergone a rebranding and a notable increase in profile. He was also involved in the creation of the annual “O” festivals. In Chicago he’ll be part of senior management, overseeing marketing, communications and design, digital content, web technologies, ticketing, and patron services.
The The Florida Orchestra has chosen the CEO of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra as its next president and CEO. Mark Cantrell, a onetime airline pilot and sled-dog racer, is to succeed Michael Pastreich, who left in July. A onetime bass trombonist with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others, Cantrell in Wisconsin is credited with increasing community involvement, fundraising, and audience size, as well as erasing the orchestra’s debt.
Benedikt Fohr is to be chief executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic as of April 1, succeeding Michael MacLeod who is retiring after eight years. Fohr, 55, has been CEO of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern (DRP) for 12 years. Previously, he was general director of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, secretary general of the Camerata Salzburg, and managing director of the Ensemble Recherche Freiburg. He is also artistic director of Luxembourg’s Festival International Echternach.
Nick Adams, executive director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Boston’s much admired “Doctor’s Orchestra,” is to be the new executive director of the city’s 55-year-old Cantata Singers. He starts in January, succeeding Jennifer Ritvo Hughes, the new executive director of the Boston Baroque.
The The Whitney Museum’s top fundraiser and deputy director has been recruited by the Juilliard School to be its new VP and chief advancement officer. The School describes Alexandra Wheeler, who started December 10th, as “a key member of the leadership team” who will work with the board of trustees to “guide the school’s philanthropy and membership programs and alumni relations.”
The The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) has promoted Membership and Development Manager Sarah Weber to succeed Mitch Menchaca as executive director. He announced in October that he would be leaving to become executive director of arts and culture for the City of Phoenix, AZ. Weber starts January 1. In the two years she has worked with ACSO, Weber is credited with growing membership, raising funds, and contributing to programming initiatives. With an MA in history and museum studies from Arizona State University, Weber previously worked at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix and the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in creating education departments.
The The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) has named Jonas Wright as dean and chief academic officer. He has been serving as interim since the departure in of Provost and Dean Kate Sheeran, now executive director of Manhattan’s Kaufman Music Center. Previously, Wright was for six years the school’s registrar and associate dean for academic affairs, posts that he filled to significant effect, including transitioning the school to online registration and grading and consolidating academic support.
Arna Einarsdóttir, managing director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (ISO), is to be the new managing director of Canada's National Arts Center Orchestra as of next spring. She succeeds Christopher Deacon, in the job for 22 years until last June, when he was promoted to president and CEO of the Center. Einarsdóttir has been in the top job at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 20013 and is credited with turning the orchestra’s finances around to the extent of posting a surplus every year since 2014.
The Bard College has scored a notable coup, with the appointment of Stephanie Blythe as the new artistic director of its Vocal Arts Program (VAP). Starting in July 2019 the renowned mezzo-soprano will succeed Dawn Upshaw, VAP’s director since she founded the program in 2006. Blythe brings an extraordinary range of experience and talent to her new position. Her repertoire reaches from Handel to Wagner, from German lieder to contemporary and classic American song. She has graced stages around the world and has sung a dizzying number of iconic roles in opera, including Carmen, Dalila, Giulio Cesare, Fricka and Waltraute in Wagner’s Ring, and Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff.
November 2018

The The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) has tapped John Fisher, assistant general manager for music administration at the Metropolitan Opera, to be the first artistic director of its new David Seligman Opera School. Fisher, says RWCMD President Carlo Rizzi, “is one of the leading figures in the world of vocal coaching and vocal expertise…. and is greatly respected throughout the world.”
Martin Sher, VP and general manager of the North Carolina Symphony, is to be the new senior VP for artistic planning and programs at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He succeeds Douglas Merilatt, in the job for 20 years until his retirement last August. Sher starts on January 1. At North Carolina, Sher, a trained violist, oversaw artistic planning, operations, and education. At New World, he'll supervise a staff of 20 and work directly with founding Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas on all productions, including the Wallcasts, late night performances, and other non-traditional formats.
Mary Tuuk, board member of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 2012, is to succeed Peter Perez, 78, who in August announced his intent to retire at the end of this year. Tuuk will resign from the board and from her position as chief compliance officer and senior vice president with Meijer Inc., a grocery-store chain. She holds business and law degrees from Indiana University and has studied music.
Johann Zietsman, a former CEO of ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts), is to be the new president and CEO of the Arsht Center in Miami. He takes over in February, succeeding John Richard, who is retiring after ten years and after righting a near sinking ship after its opening 12 years ago. Zietsman is the current CEO and president of the Arts Commons in Calgary, Alberta. His ten years there have been described as “transformative,” removing a deficit of $900,000 and, at the latest reckoning, creating a surplus of over $1.3 million.
The The Kennedy Center has added a new position: VP and Artistic Director of Social Impact. Starting January 1, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, whom the Center rightly describes as a “multi-hypenate artist” will assume the role, serving as part of the senior leadership team and helping to shape everything from programming to audience development.
The San Antonio Symphony has named Corey Cowart, current executive director of the Amarillo (TX) Symphony, as executive director, effective January 1, 2019. He steps into the role as Michael Kaiser and his deputies of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management conclude a six month period of getting the organization on an even keel. Among his responsibilities, as stated in the orchestra’s press release: “Strengthening the potency of the Symphony’s board of directors, expanding upon the current fundraising model, and enhancing marketing strategy on an institutional and programmatic level.”
Nikolaus Bachler, artistic director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2008, will take much the same responsibilities and title of the Salzburg Easter Festival, as of July 2020. He succeeds Peter Ruzicka, whose contract expires on June 30 of that year.
Cori Ellison, renowned “opera whisperer,” has been named by the Santa Fe Opera as its first full-time dramaturg. She’ll be applying her skills to new work as well as advising on community engagement programs. She’ll also continue her affiliations with Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, where she is on the faculty, and with American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program and the Ravinia Steans Music Institute's Program for Singers. Ellison remains based in New York, and will spend summers in New Mexico.
Sara Mohr-Pietsch, a BBC Radio 3 host and producer, is to succeed Joanna MacGregor OBE as artistic director of the Dartington International Summer School and Festival at the end of the 2019 edition. Mohn-Pietsch, presenter of live from Wigmore Hall concerts as well as BBC Proms and concerts from the Tate Modern, has been a participant in the annual Dartington event herself.
Meg Booth, director of dance programming at the Kennedy Center, is to be CEO of Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), effective December 1. She succeeds Leslie Nelson who has been serving as interim since June Christensen retired last June. Nelson remains the company’s CFO. SPA Board Chair Theresa Einhorn called her “a dynamic and talented leader in both the U.S. and international performing arts communities,” citing her “artistic vision, her marketing savvy and her curation and programming expertise, along with strong management skills.”
The Long Wharf Theatre has selected Jacob G. Padrón as artistic director, following an executive search process. He will begin his tenure on February 1, 2019. Mr. Padrón combines extensive industry experience¬—posts at The Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival—with a vision for what is possible and what is next.
Greg Evans has been named CelloBello's inaugural executive director. CelloBello is a newly launched educational and social media website specifically for cellists. Among many other roles, Greg served as Chamber Music America's membership director from December 2003 to June 2006.
October 2018

The The Edinburgh International Festival has a new executive director, Francesca Hegyi, recent executive director of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, said to have mounted 2,800 events across 365 days and created over 800 jobs. She is credited with securing the funding for that event, which added more than £300 million to the local economy. Small wonder she was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honors list 2018. She starts in February, returning to a city in which she has worked and studied in the past.
Vanessa Rose, a self-defined “emerging composers consultant,” is to be the new president and CEO of the St. Paul, MN-based American Composers Forum (ACF). She succeeds John Nuechterlein, who is retiring on December 31 after 15 very productive years in the job. Rose has been a board member of ACF for the last six months. Her current professional activities include working on the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot program and on violinist Jennifer Koh’s Arco Collaborative, a commissioning foundation.
Jared Oaks has assumed the role of music director of Utah’s Ballet West, having started 11 years ago as the company’s rehearsal pianist, while working on his master’s degree in choral conducting at Brigham Young University. He simultaneously served as assistant conductor to the late Terence Kern, the company’s longtime music director. Oaks starts as full-time music director when he opens Ballet West’s 55th season conducting Balanchine’s Jewels, November 2-10.
Lacey Huszcza, longtime associate executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is to be the executive director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, as of December 1. She has been in her current job for 13 years, serving for a time as interim managing director. Huszcza will be working with Jeri Crawford, who has been assuming chief executive duties in recent years.
Jennifer Kallend will leave the Curtis Institute of Music after 13 years, most recently as the managing director of communications, to join the Colburn School as VP of communications. Both schools provide free tuition to full-time students; Colburn is in the midst of a massive expansion, both of its campus and its curriculum. Other news at Colburn includes the promotion of Nate Zeisler, director of community engagement since 2010, to the position of dean for community initiatives. He will oversee the school’s new Center for Innovation and Community Impact.
The Carnegie Hall publicity associate Michael Tomcza will make a foray into the pop world, joining the year-old Sony Music Entertainment label RED MUSIC as in-house pop publicist. Among the artists he mentioned that he’ll be working with: Jewel, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, lovelytheband, and The Shadowboxers. He's been at Carnegie for five years.
Jennifer Ritvo Hughes, executive director of Boston’s Cantata Singers, is to take the same position with the Boston Baroque, as of November 26. She succeeds Miguel Rodriguez, in the job for six years and now moving into the non-profit realm.
Jennifer Rivera is the new executive director and CEO of Long Beach Opera. Rivera, a onetime mezzo-soprano soloist, has been with the company since 2017 in the position of director of development and major gifts officer. According to the LBO, since arriving she has raised over $100,000, launched a successful $1.5 million campaign, and created the Community Conversation Initiative, designed to bring speakers and performers together for free programs throughout Long Beach.
The Pacific Chorale has hired Andrew Brown, the chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, as its new president and CEO. The job description for his position indicates it involves fund raising (75 percent); administrative duties (15 percent); and budget responsibilities (10 percent). He starts in December.
The The Washington National Opera has hired the Los Angeles Opera’s Artistic Administrator Samuel Gelber as its new director of artistic planning and promoted staff member Stefanie Mercier to director of artistic and production operations. Becca Kitelinger has been named chief development officer.
September 2018

Sean Michael Gross is to join London-based artist management firm Askonas Holt Ltd. as global head of strategy and innovation, a newly created position that puts him on the six-member board of directors and sees him reporting directly to Chief Executive Donagh Collins. Askonas Holt is one of the largest agencies in the world, with a staff of 75 and a roster of 240 artists.
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County has named Tommy Phillips as its new president and artistic director beginning Oct. 1. The 34-year-old San Diego native has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in trombone performance and arts administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory.
Toronto’s Luminato Festival has tapped Naomi Campbell as its new artistic director, succeeding Josephine Ridge after just two years. Campbell has worked at Luminato since 2011, starting as company manager (2011) and successively becoming the company’s first-ever director of artistic development (2013) and the deputy artistic director (2017). She has produced some of the festival’s biggest offerings, including The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic and Apocalypsis, and helped develop Luminato’s 10-year anniversary celebration.
Bramwell Tovey is to be artistic advisor to the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School, effective this season through 2021. He leads the orchestra in his new capacity for the first time in concerts on October 19 and 20. The British-born maestro is the new head of orchestral activities at Boston University; Providence is but a stone’s throw from Boston.
The Heifetz International Music Institute, named for its founding Artistic Director Daniel (no relation to Jascha) Heifetz, has chosen violinist Nicholas Kitchen to succeed Heifetz, who becomes artistic director emeritus. The changeover is effective as of October 1. Kitchen is founder, with his wife, cellist Yeesun Kim, of the Borromeo String Quartet, in residence at the New England Conservatory and at the Heifetz Institute, which recently concluded its annual six-week summer program for young string players. The 2019 Heifetz Institute, on the campus of Mary Baldwin University, is scheduled for June 23 – August 10, 2019.
The City of Boston has a new chief of arts and culture in Kara Elliott-Ortega, a professional city planner with an interest in music. She has been serving as interim since the departure of Julie Burros at the end of June. In her job, Elliott-Ortega, who has a Masters in City Planning from MIT, will oversee the staff of the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the Boston Art Commission, Boston Cultural Council, and the Strand Theater.
Sandra Gajic, former director of Vancouver (CA) Civic Theaters, has been appointed president and CEO of the Overture Center for the Arts of Madison, WI. The Center is home to the Madison symphony, opera, and ballet, as well as the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, touring shows, and more. Opened in 2004, thanks largely to $205 million in funds from local philanthropist Jerry Frautschi, the Center houses five performance spaces, from small to large.
Aidan Lang is to leave Seattle Opera, its general director of just four years, to the Welsh National Opera (WNO). He will succeed Artistic Director David Pountney next July.
Susan Cook is the new dean of the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts. The former dean of the Royal Conservatory School at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, she succeeds Robert McAllister, who retired at the end of the school year after ten years in the job. Cook, a onetime saxophone teacher, holds a Master of Music from Northwestern University and served on the faculties of DePaul University and the Merit School of Music before joining the Royal Conservatory.
Also new to Colburn is Annie Wickert, as director of advancement. She is the previous director of partnerships and external relations at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Prior to that she held similar posts at Music@Menlo, among other organizations.
Music educator and composer Derrick Spiva, Jr. , has been appointed the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s first artist educator. He is contracted for three years from this season. Spiva has been hired to enhance the impact of LACO's education and community outreach programs, to re-shape and host LACO’s long-running Meet the Music concerts for schoolchildren, and help create substantive curriculum materials and activities presented by teaching staff in conjunction with the program. He will also assist with the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, a partnership between LACO, the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and USC Thornton School of Music that provides mentorship, training, and experience to early-career musicians from underrepresented communities.
August 2018

Dominic Domingo, grandson of Plácido Domingo, has been appointed director of administration at San Diego Opera, which has also announced that composer Daniel Catán’s widow Andrea Puente-Catán will become a Major Gifts Officer in charge of Hispanic Affairs. Domingo takes up the job in September. He will act as assistant to the general director of the company and take charge of contracting principal artists and conductors. He was previously assistant company manager for the Los Angeles Opera and associate producer for opera recitals at The Broad Stage in Los Angeles. He will continue in his role as associate producer for the Operalia Competition. Puente-Catán, a producer and lecturer, has worked in fundraising for ten years for the New York City Opera, LA Opera, and Gotham Opera and other companies.
Former general director and CEO of Dallas Opera Keith Cerny is to become president and CEO of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, effective January 11, 2019. After his seven years in Dallas he became general director and CEO at Calgary Opera in January 2018. The seat he fills in Fort Worth has been empty since former President and CEO Amy Atkins resigned in 2017.
Soprano Mary Jane Johnson has been named new general and artist director at Amarillo Opera. She currently serves on the music faculty at Amarillo College as artistic professor and will continue that position part-time. Johnson said she would like to bring people back to the opera and see more local talent involved in the productions, adding that her main focus is re-energizing Amarillo to love opera.
Booking agent and artist manager Theresa Vibberts is to take the newly formed position of vice president, North America, at CAMI Music. Since 2016 she has been national director of booking & artist manager, guiding CAMI Music's roster of artists, booking national tours, producing promotional assets and helping to build the careers of artists and ensembles in jazz, world music, classical music and more. She will continue in her role directing CAMI’s domestic booking efforts and serving as an artist manager. In the new position she will lead the development of CAMI Music’s North American business strategy.
Opus 3 Artists has promoted three staff members in its North American office. Ben Maimin is now chief revenue officer, a step up from his latest promotion, in 2015, to VP and national booking director. His latest job is newly created and sees him reporting to Opus 3 CEO David Foster, overseeing revenue generation, new business development, and the marketing and booking departments. Sarah Pelch moves up from West Coast classical booking agent to VP, classical booking, overseeing engagements for soloists, chamber and choral music, and contemporary projects. Sarah Davis, with the company since 2016 as Southeast booking agent, has been appointed VP-director of attractions booking, overseeing attractions and orchestras. She remains the contact for Southeast as well.
Bahia Ramos, recent national director of arts for the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is to be the new director of arts for the Wallace Foundation as of September 6. She succeeds Daniel Windham, who is retiring after a decade with the organization. In her new job, Ramos will oversee arts and arts education staff and programs, including interdisciplinary initiatives. Wallace funding to this area is substantial, especially with Building Audiences for Sustainability, which today allots $52 million in multi-layered funding and technical support to some 25 performing arts organizations.
Strathmore, the Maryland complex that includes a 2,000-seat concert hall, a cabaret venue, and an historic mansion, has promoted its president since 2011, Monica Jeffries Hazangeles, to president and CEO. In the latter position, she will succeed founding CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl, who retires this month after nearly four decades at the helm.
California’s five-year-old Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has promoted Rachel Fine, managing director since 2015, to executive director and chief executive officer. The former executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, to name a few past positions, she is credited with much of the Center’s rise in profile. Also announced was the appointment of Elise Yen as CFO and director of administration at Wallis Annenberg. Yen previously held a similar position with the New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA.
New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center series has promoted director Anne Kauffmann to artistic director. She succeeds Jeanine Tesori, who founded the series in 2013 with the mission of reviving, in semi-staged and abridged versions, musicals that pushed creative boundaries when they were first produced.
Stephen Langridge, artistic director opera/drama at the Gothenburg Opera for the last five years, is to take the new position of artistic director at Glyndebourne, leaving Gothenburg in late spring 2019 to return his homeland. In the new post, Langridge will oversee all matters artistic, working alongside Managing Director Sarah Hopwood, who looks after business and financial matters. Both report to Executive Chairman Gus Christie, acting interim artistic director.
San Diego Opera (SDO) and the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance have announced a shared appointment: Alan E. Hicks, whose stage directing credits range from Michigan Opera Theater to New York City Opera, is to be the director of opera theater at SDSU, a full-time, faculty position. At the same time he will serve as assistant director for SDO’s mainstage spring productions. In other San Diego Opera news, the company has named a new CFO, one Jeannie Posner, who reports directly to the board of directors, rather than to the general director. She succeeds Michael Lowry.
Larry Alan Smith is back as dean at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He (re)starts his tenure as of August 16. Smith returns to the post he held from 1990 to 1997. He has remained affiliated with the school ever since, having seen a number of his successors come and go. Smith, composer, conductor, pianist, is professor of music composition and curator of the School’s Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series. He holds a DMA from Juilliard, where he has been on the faculty, and has also served as dean of the School of Music at the North Carolina School of the Arts and president of the School of American Ballet in New York City.
Oberlin Conservatory of Music Dean Andrea Kalyn is to be the next president of the New England Conservatory, starting in January. She arrives on the heels of the 150th anniversary of NEC, which lays claim to being the oldest independent school of music in the U.S. Kalyn will be the 17th president and the first woman in the job; she succeeds Provost and Dean Tom Novak, who has been serving as interim during the three-year search for a successor to Tony Woodcock, in the job eight years.
Bass Matthew Rose will be working for the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program as artistic consultant, starting next fall. He joins the program’s new Director Sophie Joyce and will provide master classes, group coaching, and one-on-one sessions. Also new at the Met is Michael Solomon as senior press manager; he succeeds Michelle Zelman, who left about seven months ago. Solomon arrives from the Austin Opera, where he was director of audience experience; before that he was senior press representative at the Kennedy Center for nearly seven years.
July 2018

Former San Antonio Symphony interim executive director Karina Bharne, credited with stabilizing that orchestra’s operational issues, is to be the new executive director of Symphony Tacoma (WA) as of September. Tacoma is entering its 70th season. Bhame holds a BFA in trombone performance and an MA in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kimberly Dimond, former director of symphonic programs for the Midland (MI) Center of the Arts, is the new executive director of the Carmel (IN) Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her time in Midland, Dimond was corporate relations manager for the Detroit Symphony. She has degrees in public relations, French horn, and arts administration.
Greg Weber is stepping down as general director and CEO of the Tulsa Opera “to pursue personal interests.” He has been in the job for four years. Chief Administrative Officer Ken McConnell, also a four-year staffer, will serve as interim.
The Tateuchi Center in Bellevue, WA, slated to break ground next fall and open in 2021, has appointed Ray Cullom as CEO. The former senior VP for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment will oversee the construction of the $195 million facility, whch encompasses two spaces, a 2,000-seat concert hall and a smaller black box theater. Cullom claims 20 years of experience in non-profit arts groups; he has been with Nederlander for three years. Prior to that he oversaw the construction of the Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts in Istanbul, functioning as its executive director.
Susan Danis, general director and CEO of the Florida Grand Opera, is to be the next president and CEO of California’s La Jolla Music Society, starting October 1. She succeeds Kristin Lancino, except that Lancino also functioned as artistic director. Danis’s new job will involve running the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad), a 49,000-square foot-facility with a 513-seat concert hall, set to open in April 2019.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has named a new executive director whose background reflects the group’s evolution into a broader sphere of influence and activity. As of September 1, Rebecca Sigel, former manager of social innovation for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is to succeed current executive director William McDaniel, a pianist and founding member of the group. Sigel, whose background includes being a business planning consultant for the National Park Service, holds a B.A. in music from Brown University and a master’s in public policy from the Goldman School UC Berkeley, where her thesis focused on Racial Equity in Artist Compensation and Support.
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, & Dance has a new dean, effective October 1. David A. Gier, professor and director of the University of Iowa School of Music, is to succeed Aaron Dworkin, who stepped down last August. Gier is a UM alumnus, having earned his Bachelor of Music there in 1983, with high distinction. He went on to earn master’s and doctorate degrees at the Yale University School of Music. Gier is a professional trombonist, a member of the Iowa Brass Quartet, and principal of the Quad City Symphony.
Jane Chu has been hired by PBS as an arts adviser. Chu was President Barrack Obama’s choice to run the National Endowment for the Arts, a post she held from 2014 until her resignation in June. Having travelled to all 50 states during her tenure, visiting arts groups large and small, Chu will help the broadcaster identify new and representational developments in the field. Her fund-raising prowess is also an asset, as realized during her eight-year tenure as CEO of the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO, of which she oversaw the planning, funding, construction, and opening in 2011.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s dazzling new $30 million, 30,000-square foot Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI), slated to open next year on the BSO’s sprawling summer campus, has a new director. She is Sue Elliott, most recently of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Her official title at the BSO: the Judith and Stewart Colton Director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Her charge is delivering on the BSO’s plans for the four-building facility as a center of onsite and distance learning, for Tanglewood students and patrons during the summer, and during the year, in its climate-controlled venues, for use by the BSO and the surrounding community, including local arts groups.
Michael M. Kaiser, the Mr. Fix-it of the performing arts, is to serve as interim executive director of the San Antonio Symphony through the end of the year. By that time, goes the plan, the orchestra will have appointed a permanent executive director and be well on the path to fiscal health—historically a much eluded state for this orchestra.
Lukas Krohn-Grimberghe, founder and CEO of U.K.-based Grammofy, a classical music streaming service that closed down and then re-launched under Spotify, is to join WQXR as of August 13. He will keep his current job, but relocate to New York to be WQXR’s director of music products, a new position, from which he will oversee the “design, development, and distribution of WQXR’s digital products,” according to a statement from the station.
Jennifer Boomgarden, executive director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO), is to be the new president and CEO of the Omaha Symphony as of September 4. She will succeed David Hyslop, who has been serving as interim since James Johnson left in April to become CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony. She is credited with bringing financial stability to the SDSO, retiring its debt, introducing new community initiatives, and, with Music Director Delta David Gier, updating the programming.
Southbank Sinfonia has just named William Norris managing director. He succeeds James Murphy, new chief executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Norris was with Tafelmusik for three years, during which time he is credited with the appointment of Elisa Citterio as music director; increasing the orchestra’s appeal to audiences under 35 with the creation of the multi-genre Haus Musik series; establishing a chamber series; and offering free pre-concert talks to ticketholders. The orchestra for the last two seasons has had surplus budgets and received its largest touring grant ever from the Canada Council.
June 2018

Tanya Bannister, entrepreneur and onetime concert pianist, is to be the new president of Concert Artists Guild, effective July 1. She succeeds Richard S. Weinert, who exits after 18 years in the job. Bannister is a 2003 CAG competition winner and in addition to concertizing, is a founding co-artist director of Alpenkammermusik, an annual two-week chamber music festival for musicians of all levels in the south of Austria. She also founded an organization called RoadMaps, a grass-roots cooperative that brings together artists and scholars for several days a year to concentrate on a particular topic. The most recent edition, in 2017, focused on Syria.
Wang Ning, vice mayor of Beijing, cultural advocate, former Olympic bureaucrat, is the new president of the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA). He succeeds founding President Chen Ping, who is retiring after running the biggest performing arts complex in mainland China for more than a decade. Zhang Yi, a conductor long associated with China National Ballet, is the new president of China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO); he succeeds the retiring Guan Xia, a composer who has been at the helm of CNSO since 2004.
The Taiwan Philharmonic, a.k.a. the National Symphony Orchestra (Music Director Lü Shao-chia), has appointed Kuo Wen-chen as chief executive. Kuo previously worked for the Taiwan National Performing Arts Center and the Taishin Bank Culture and Arts Foundation. She was also deputy director of Taipei Symphony. Kuo succeeds Joyce Chiou, with the orchestra since 2006, who has relocated to Taichung, the second largest city in Taiwan, to be artistic and executive director of the National Taichung Theater.
Nathan Medd, managing director of English theater at the National Arts Center in Ottawa for the last five years, is to become managing director of performing arts at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. He arrives in Alberta on August 27 and reports to Janice Price, CEO of the Banff Center. His job will be presiding over all educational programs and residencies at the 85-year-old center, including theater, dance, opera, classical, jazz, and contemporary music.
The Music Academy of the West (MAW) has created the position of director of innovation and program development. First to fill it, as of August 20, will be Kevin Kwan Loucks, a professional pianist and chamber musician with experience in arts administration. According to MAW President and CEO Scott Reed, the new hire will “help us increase our programmatic offerings” beyond the summer activities, as well as administrate MAW’s alumni awards programs. He’ll also oversee a community choral program, set to launch in fall, working in conjunction with artistic operations.
Kate Sheeran, provost and dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2015, is to become executive director of Manhattan’s Kaufman Music Center in August. She succeeds Lydia Kontos, who announced her intent to retire last fall. Prior to San Francisco, Sheeran served as assistant dean at Mannes School of Music at The New School; she holds a BM in horn and an MM from Yale University.
The Miami City Ballet has appointed Tania Castroverde Moskalenko to be its next executive director. She arrives on August 7 and will work in conjunction with Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. Castroverde Moskalenko, who immigrated 30 years ago to Miami as a political refugee from Cuba, succeeds Michael Tiknis, who stepped in as interim after Michael Scolamiero left in the fall to take the helm of Ballet West. Castroverde Moskalenko is the current CEO of Chicago’s Auditorium Theater, whose finances and programming she is credited with improving on a vast scale.
Yaron Kohlberg, a professional pianist currently based in China, is to succeed Pierre van der Westhuizen as president and CEO of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Van der Westhuizen succeeded Daniel Gustin as director of The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards. Born in Israel, Kohlberg won second prize in the 2007 Cleveland Competition and has a thriving career as a pianist; he speaks six languages.
Seattle Symphony has named current RSNO chief Krishna Thiagarajan to succeed Simon Woods. Thiagarajan starts September 1. Prior to joining RSNO in 2015, Thiagarajan was executive director for two years of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, where he is credited with stabilizing the group’s finances. Before that he served as president of New Jersey’s Symphony in C ¬and director of artistic operations for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Christopher Deacon, longtime managing director of the National Arts Center Orchestra, has risen in rank to president and CEO of the center, whose bilingual stages also present theater, dance, and a wide array of various entertainments. Deacon, 59, succeeds Peter Herndorf, who exited two weeks ago after 18 years in the job. Deacon himself has been with the orchestra for 22 years; his appointment represents the first time the NAC has promoted one of its own to the top job.
Sophie Joyce, former English National Opera director of casting and director of its young artist program, is to succeed Michael Heaston as director of the Met Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Joyce will report to Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and to Diane Zola, incoming assistant general manager, artistic.
Emma Griffin, professor of opera stage direction at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, is to be the managing artistic director of the Mannes Opera. She succeeds Joseph Colaneri who resigned as artistic director in June after 20 years in the post. Griffin will oversee all artistic and administrative matters of the Mannes Opera, which traces its origins back 80 years. As an associate professor of music, she’ll also guide the curriculum for teaching the artform’s various components, as well as move the school further into the realm of musical theater.
Lea Slusher is to be VP for artistic administration and audience development at the San Diego Symphony, starting August 1. Slusher will report directly to orchestra President and CEO Martha Gilmer. Slusher is the current director of artistic projects for Carnegie Hall, where she has been employed since 1994.
The New York Philharmonic has named Gary A. Padmore to be its director of education and community engagement, reporting to External Affairs Vice President Adam Crane. Padmore has held a similar position with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the last three years. Prior to that he was associate director of programs at Midori & Friends, which provides music instruction and enrichment programming to New York City public schools. He’s also been education director with the (late) Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Stanley E. Romanstein has been announced as the new dean of the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, his alma mater. Romanstein, 62, holds the title of professor of practice/music and the arts at the newly opened Georgia State University’s Creative Media Institute. He is also a consultant with BLJackson Associates.
British writer, violinist, and broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill is to become the first creative director, music & arts for classical radio station WQXR in September. As the host of BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast Show, Burton-Hill has earned a place as one of the U.K.’s most important arts and music broadcasters. She has also presented live concerts such as the Last Night of the Proms, a weekly broadcast from Wigmore Hall, the New Generation Artists strand, and hosted the Royal Opera House’s live global broadcasts.
Cal Performances UC Berkeley has appointed the vice chair of its board of trustees, S. Shariq Yosufzai, to take over on as interim chief. Helping him out will be Rob Bailis, who moves from his current status as associate director to interim artistic director of the presenting series. Yosufzai, who is also president of the board of the Berkeley Symphony and on the executive committee of the San Francisco Opera, retired in 2018 after 43 years with the Chevron Corporation, most recently as VP of global diversity.
Diane Zola, director of artistic administration at the Houston Grand Opera, is to succeed the late Robert Rattray as assistant general manager, artistic, at the Metropolitan Opera, starting in July. Mr. Rattray died in January after suffering a stroke. Zola will be working directly with General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in overseeing all matters artistic, including planning, scheduling, and casting its more than 200 performances; managing all music and artistic staff members; scheduling rehearsals, performances, and auditions; and working with all artists and their representatives.
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) has selected Gram Slaton as executive director. Beginning his tenure on July 16, 2018, he will be responsible for overseeing the programming, administration, fundraising, strategic planning, and overall operation of WHBPAC.
Allyson Fleck has been named executive director of Midsummer's Music. Fleck has played viola with the festival since 2006 and has served as its assistant artistic director since 2014. She succeeds Russ Warren who will continue working with Midsummer’s Music on marketing materials.
Da Camera's board of directors has announced a new leadership structure effective July 1. Toni Capra has been named to the newly created role of executive director. Sarah Rothenberg, who has held the dual position of artistic and general director since 2011, will remain artistic director.
The board of directors of Chamber Music Sedona has named cellist Nicholas Canellakis the organization's new artistic director. Canellakis has served as co-artistic director for the organization's Sedona Winter Music Festival since 2014 and is currently an artist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He succeeds Bert Harclerode.
The Network for New Music has named composer and guitarist Thomas Schuttenhelm its new artistic director. He succeeds the organization's co-founder Linda Reichert who steps down after 33 years with the organization.
Maria Mathieson, has been named the new director of the Peabody Preparatory following a national search. As director, she will lead the continued growth of the community school for the performing arts, overseeing all aspects of operations and instruction for about 2,000 students. Mathieson comes to Peabody from Levine Music in Washington, D.C., where she has served as head of music education since 2011. Her tenure at Peabody begins on July 16, 2018.
May 2018

Amy Seiwert is the new artistic director of the Sacramento Ballet. A company member for eight years in the 1990s, Seiwert replaces co-artistic directors Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda, a husband-and-wife team in the position for 30 years. She starts July 1.
James Ross, director of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra—USA and of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Spain, is to be the new music director of the Alexandria (VA) Symphony Orchestra. He starts next fall, launching the symphony’s 75th-anniversary season. A firm believer in shaking up the U.S. orchestral landscape, Ross has appeared on numerous podiums as a guest and is known for some path-breaking collaborations with the likes of choreographer MacArthur Fellow Liz Lerman, designer-director Doug Fitch, and video artist Tim McLoraine.
Scotland’s Edinburgh International Festival (August 3-27) has announced that Aidan Oliver, current director of music at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, is to direct its Festival Chorus. He starts next fall, succeeding Christopher Bell. Oliver is the founder of the Philharmonia Voices, the professional choir of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has worked with the BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, Huddersfield Choral Society, and the Chorus of English National Opera.
Daniel Hyde, organist and director of music at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue, is to become director of music at Kings College, Cambridge, whose choir is among the highest profile in the world. In addition to training, touring, and recording with the group, he will oversee choral and organ scholars, the latter of which he was himself in 2006. He’ll also work with the dean in his oversight of all music activities in the chapel. Hyde takes over in October 2019, succeeding Stephen Cleobury, who announced in February that he would be retiring in September 2019 after 37 years.
Choreographer Paul Taylor, 87, has named a successor. He is Michael Novak, 35, a “much admired” member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. As of July 1, Novak becomes artistic director-designate of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, which includes the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Taylor 2, the Taylor archives, and the Taylor School.
Mieko Hatano is to be the new executive director of the Oakland Symphony starting June 4 and succeeding Christine Kelly, a marketing and development consultant who took over as interim when Steven Payne resigned last year. Hatano has been executive director of Music in the Mountains in Nevada City, CA, and before that of the Augusta (GA) Symphony. She holds a DMA and Master of Music from USC Los Angeles and a BM from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The Bravo! Vail Music Festival has named another new executive director: Caitlin Murray, its onetime VP of development, is to succeed Jennifer Teisinger, in the job just two years. Murray, current director of leadership gifts for Colorado Public Radio, starts her new job in September, after the upcoming festival, which runs June 21-August 2.
The Curtis Institute of Music has announced not one but two individuals to run its voice and opera program starting in 2019-20: Curtis alumnus Eric Owens and his onetime collaborator, pianist and longtime vocal coach Danielle Orlando, will succeed Miakel Eliasen when he exits at the end of next season after 30 years. The two will join Eliasen for 2019-20 auditions and be responsible for that season’s artistic and educational programming.
San Diego Opera’s loss will be Minnesota Opera’s gain when Priti Gandhi joins the latter company in the newly created position of chief artistic officer in July. A native of Mumbai, India, Gandhi was a key member of a team that revitalized the San Diego company after its near-death experience in 2014. Working closely with current General Director David Bennett, she has assisted with casting and artistic budgeting, and oversees all artistic contracting and management.
April 2018

The Toronto Symphony has appointed Matthew Loden to be its new CEO. Loden has been serving as interim co-president with Ryan Fleur of the Philadelphia Orchestra since January; previously he was that orchestra’s executive VP for institutional advancement. One of Loden’s key tasks, apart from righting the TSO’s $23 million annual budget, will be to find a music director. He starts in Toronto in July.
Kasper Holten, director of opera at the Royal Opera House from 2011-2017, has returned to his previous place of employ, the Royal Danish Theater. He is to become its general manager, overseeing all activity including opera, theater, and dance. Previously he was artistic director of opera. The Royal Danish has been in search of a new director since January, when Morten Hesseldahl left.
Pianist and chamber music guru Wu Han is to serve as artistic advisor to Wolf Trap’s “Chamber Music at the Barns,” an October-May series at the Wolf Trap Foundation in Vienna, VA. She will hold the post for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and occasionally perform in the rustic, 380-seat venue. The upcoming programs will be announced in August.
Lorna Aizlewood is the new COO of HarrisonParrott, effective immediately. The former COO and general counsel of IMG Artists will be based in HP’s London office. She reports directly to Executive Chairman Jasper Parrott. Aizlewood left IMG Artists in December of 2016 after two years in the job; prior to that she had her own law firm and, before that, had been VP of legal and business affairs for EMI Classics from 2006, deputy head of rights at BBC Worldwide, and a partner in a London firm that specialized in media and entertainment law.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Executive VP for Institutional Advancement and COO Michelle Miller Burns is to be the Minnesota Orchestra’s president and CEO as of September 1. She will succeed Kevin Smith, who will retire August 31. Burn’s initial contract is for five years.
Alicia Graf Mack, former dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has been named director of the Juilliard Dance Division. She starts July 1, succeeding Lawrence (“Larry”) Rhodes. Mack, who has danced with the likes of Beyonce and Alicia Keys, graduated magna cum laude with honors in history from Columbia University and holds an MA in nonprofit management from Washington University. She is a recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence.
The Atlanta Symphony has a new general manager and a new VP of development. The new GM is Sameed Afghani, former manager of audio media and operations for the Chicago Symphony. He is a trumpet player with a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Florida. The new VP of development, which the orchestra says is a new position, is Grace Sipusic, former director of individual support and Miami fundraising for the Cleveland Orchestra. She holds a master’s degree in history from Cleveland State University.
John Grew, artistic director and cofounder of the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) is to be succeeded by Jean-Willy Kunz, organist-in-residence of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (its first, in fact) and organ professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Grew will continue on the CIOC board of directors and hold the title artistic director emeritus.
Andrew Jorgensen, director of artistic planning and operations at the Washington National Opera (WNO), is to be the new general director of the Opera Theater of Saint Louis (OTSL). He succeeds Timothy O’Leary, who leaves in July to be general director of WNO; Jorgensen has been serving as the D.C. Company’s interim executive director.
The Royal Philharmonic Society has appointed James Murphy, current managing director of Southbank Sinfonia, to succeed Rosemary Johnson as chief executive. “James comes to the Royal Philharmonic Society with impeccable musical, charity, and fundraising credentials,” commented RPS Chairman John Gilhooly, “and his experience of working with young music professionals and commitment to quality music making for the widest possible audience chimes with the RPS’s own long-standing work in these areas.”
Filling the void left at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra by Adam Crane’s departure for the New York Philharmonic will be not one but two individuals, both insiders. Crane oversaw external affairs and education, so St. Louis has split the difference and promoted individuals to run each of those areas separately. They’ve even split his title, Senior Vice President, into Senior Director and, simply, Vice President. Maureen Byrne takes the former title, to oversee education and community partnerships, while Viki Boutwell moves up to the post of VP of communications.
The Dallas Opera has announced that Ian Derrer, current general director of the Kentucky Opera, is to become its general director and CEO as of July. Derrer was the company’s artistic administrator from 2014 to 2016 and is impeccably steeped in the artform. He also interned for the company as a voice performance major at Southern Methodist University; he served as an assistant to stage director John Copley.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has selected Angela Elster as vice president of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs, following an international executive search process. She began the newly created position on March 26, 2018 on a part-time basis and will assume her full-time duties on June 3, 2018.
Concert Artists Guild has announced the appointment of pianist Tanya Bannister as president effective July 1, 2018. She succeeds Richard S. Weinert who is stepping down after 18 years leading the organization. Born in Hong Kong, Ms. Bannister holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York’s Mannes School of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode. In addition to mastering the traditional repertoire, she has a deep affinity for contemporary music and has premiered numerous works written for her, including three commissioned by CAG.
Chamber Music America has hired Geysa Castro as its new membership manager. Castro trained and danced professionally in both New York and her native Brazil, and worked with artists as a partner at the Brazilian culture and exchange company, Ginga P. Culture Business.
March 2018

Susan Madden is to leave the post of VP of development at the New York Philharmonic and be replaced, as of April 9, by Marita Altman, who holds the same post at Opera Philadelphia. Altman has ten years of experience raising money for the Metropolitan Opera, most recently as director of major gifts. She beings the job on April 9.
Julian Wachner, director of music and the arts at Trinity Wall Street and a widely recognized Baroque specialist, has been appointed artistic director of the biennial Grand Rapids Bach Festival. The Festival, founded in 1997, has been since 2013 an affiliate of the Grand Rapids Symphony, whose Music Director Laureate Keith Lockington has been serving as its artistic overseer.
Matías Tarnopolsky, head of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley since 2009, is to be the new CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, starting in August. He moves from a relatively small-budget organization (about $15 million) to a large-budget one with a recent history of financial troubles. His appointment is for five years. His track record at Cal Performances has been as stellar for forming new alliances with established ensembles as it has for new and innovative programming.
David Hyslop, godfather of American orchestras, has just added another interim CEO position to his long list. He is to serve in the position for the Omaha Symphony as it goes through its search for a successor to James M. Johnson, recently named CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Hyslop recently served for five months as senior advisor to the Houston Symphony executive committee; prior to that he was for three months interim CEO of the Fort Worth Symphony, interim managing director of Dallas Summer Musicals, and of the Sun Valley Summer and Stockton (CA) symphonies.
Chad Smith has added another job to his current one, as COOof the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is to succeed Thomas W. Morris as artistic director of the Ojai Festival, thereby becoming music programmer supreme of the El Ay area. He starts his initial, three-year tenure with Ojai with the 2020 festival, of which Matthias Pintscher has already been announced as music director.
Trey Devey, president of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, has made two key hires, both women: Camille Colatosti, founding dean of the Berklee College of Music Graduate Studies program, is to serve as provost; Katharine Laidlaw, chief marketing officer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will serve as VP of strategic communications and engagement. Both are new positions.
The Juilliard School has hired Obie-award winning stage director and Yale School of Drama professor Evan Yionoulis as its Richard Rodgers Director of Drama starting with the 2018-19 season. Yionoulis has been on the Yale faculty for the past 20 years and was Lloyd Richards Professor and Chair of Acting from 1998 to 2003. The Obie-award winner succeeds James Houghton, who headed the Juilliard Drama Division from 2006 until his death from cancer in 2016.
English National Opera has announced that television guru Stuart Murphy is to succeed Cressida Pollock as chief executive. Murphy, former director of Sky Entertainment Channels, takes over on April 3, joining artistic and music directors Daniel Kramer and Martyn Brabbins to form the ENO leadership team. Murphy has overseen all entertainment channels at Sky since 2013, including Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Arts, and Sky Atlantic. Under his tenure Sky won its first Emmy Awards and Oscar nominations as well as multiple British Comedy Awards and Royal Television Society Awards.
The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association President Peter Holland announced the appointment of Carmen Creel as its executive director. Ms. Creel will begin her new post on July 1, 2018. Carmen Creel joins the Fischoff from Union Bands (Union High School: Tulsa, Oklahoma), where she has served as a private clarinet instructor and chamber music coach, since 2016. Prior to her position with Union Bands, Ms. Creel served as the Director, Principal Gift Recognition at the University of Chicago, and spent a decade as arts administrator with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) in San Francisco, and at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.
Pilchuck Glass School has selected Christopher (Chris) Taylor as executive director, following an executive search. He will begin his tenure on April 9, 2018. Since 2011, Mr. Taylor has served as president of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for significant organizational growth, audience expansion efforts, and unprecedented fundraising successes.
Camerata Pacifica has selected Dr. Amy Williams to serve as its first managing director, effective March 1. Dr. Williams previously served as director of artistic administration and education for the Santa Barbara Symphony.
The Jazz Institute of Chicago has announced the appointment of Heather Ireland Robinson as executive director, effective March 1. She succeeds Lauren Deutsch who stepped down after 21 years of leadership to take on the new role of director of artistic collaborations. Ireland Robinson brings a wealth of nonprofit experience as well as knowledge of Chicago’s jazz scene and the Jazz Institute, in particular, having worked as its Education and Community Coordinator from 2002-04. Ireland Robinson helped develop the foundation for what has become the Jazz Links Education and Artist Development programs which connect teachers and students to Chicago’s jazz legacy.
February 2018

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has hired Omaha Symphony President and CEO James M. Johnson to succeed Gary Ginstling as CEO. Johnson’s new bosses point to his major successes in Omaha, including increased attendance from a film series he introduced, budget surpluses, endowment growth, and a “ground-breaking” contract agreement with musicians.
The performing arts center at the World Trade Center is beginning to take shape. Last year, Ronald Perelman gave $75 million for its naming rights; last week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a signed agreement with the Port Authority for a 99-year-lease on the complex. It is estimated to cost about $363 million, $295 of which has already been raised, according to its principals. Within a day of the Cuomo announcement, the Center named Bill Rauch as artistic director, a position he currently holds with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). He arrives in New York after OSF’s season in 2019.
Martin Wittenberg, 39, has joined Columbia Artists as an artist representative and tour specialist under R. Douglas Sheldon who, together with Senior VP Stefana Atlas, runs the Sheldon-Atlas office. Wittenberg, a native of Germany, was for 15 years a professional trombonist, playing in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus as well as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
David Robertson is to be the new director of conducting studies, distinguished visiting faculty, at the Juilliard School, starting next fall. He is currently in his final year as music director of the St. Louis Symphony and his fifth at the artistic helm of the Sydney Symphony.
Santa Fe Opera has promoted its director of external affairs, Robert K. Meya, to the position of general director. The appointment of a businessman to the helm has necessitated a new leadership model, with the company now adding the position of artistic director, a post that will be taken up by Alexander Neef, who will continue as the Canadian Opera Company’s general director as well. Harry Bicket, Santa Fe’s chief conductor since 2013, moves to the position of music director.
Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is to succeed Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin as music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, effective in 2019, the festival’s first season at the The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, currently under construction. In addition to overseeing all programming and artistic personnel, Barnatan will audition and bring conservatory students and pre-formed string quartets and piano trios to participate in La Jolla Music Society’s Fellowship Artist Program.
David Binder, performing arts producer best known of late for bringing Hedwig and the Angry Inch to Broadway, is to be artistic director of The Brooklyn Academy of Music, effective in January of 2019. Binder, 50, is a Los Angeles native who has been in New York since 1990, producing an array of festivals, benefits, award shows, etc. His first exposure to BAM was John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer; he’s been a disciple of the Fort Greene aesthetic ever since.
Washington Performing Arts, D.C.’s other major music and dance presenter, has announced two new hires: Lorenzo Evans, as director of finance and COO, effective March 5, and Nicholas Alexander Brown, in the new position of director of special productions and initiatives, starting February 20. Evans, former director of finance and administration at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, from which he holds an MBA, will oversee all matters non-artistic, including finance, HR, and technology. Brown, who identifies as a conductor and “Honduran-American arts producer,” will help put together new productions and city-wide collaborations. A former principal horn with the Army Band while serving in the National Guard, he arrives from the Library of Congress’s office of special events and public programs.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the only full-time, professional symphonic ensemble in the state according to the Birmingham Business Journal, has promoted Cheryle Caplinger, its interim executive director to the position permanently. Caplinger, previously the orchestra’s VP of marketing and communications, moved into the position on an interim basis six months ago when then chief exec Curt Long was named president and CEO of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic.
The Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) has selected Annie Houston as executive director, following an executive search process. She began her tenure on January 22, 2018. A Vermont native, Ms. Houston most recently served as program officer at Boston’s Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Lacey Huszcza and Kate Kammeyer, two Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) senior staff members, have been promoted to key new positions, further expanding and strengthening the Orchestra’s leadership structure, according to LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. Huszcza was named associate executive director, and Kammeyer was promoted to general manager. New to LACO’s staff is Julia Paras, appointed director of advancement and leadership giving. Assuming growing roles in new full-time posts are previously part-time LACO employees Marika Suzuki, who has become a full-time marketing assistant, and Alana Miles, who takes on a full-time role as marketing & events assistant.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has selected Dion Brown as president, following an executive search process. He will began his tenure on February 26, 2018. Mr. Brown brings a wealth of museum, management, and branding experience to the Freedom Center, serving most recently as the founding executive director of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have elected Elizabeth Alexander to be the Foundation’s next president, effective March 2018. Over the course of a distinguished academic and artistic career, she has developed a number of complex, multi-arts and multi-disciplinary teams, departments and partnerships, and dedicated herself consistently to creating, building and sustaining highly successful institutions.
Music for All has named Sarah Loughery controller of the organization, based in its downtown Indianapolis headquarters. As controller, Loughery is responsible for the oversight and management of all finance and accounting functions, ensuring proper procedures and systems are in place to support effective planning, program implementation, audits, and internal controls that directly support Music for All’s programming.
Music for All has promoted Emily Ambriz to marketing coordinator; her responsibilities include email and social media campaigns; web, digital, and print, design; and marketing projects.
Music for All has welcomed Conlon Griesmer to its Events team as an event coordinator. Griesmer is responsible for assisting with the planning of all events, coordinating the volunteer program, managing vendor relations, event supplies and materials, and serves as the liaison for the “SWAG Team” of volunteers at the Music for All Summer Symposium.
January 2018

The L2 Artists, named for husband and wife Jeffrey and Jessica Larson (he was formerly with CAMI), has hired a new artist manager and a managerial assistant. Filling the former role is Aaron Grant, formerly with Opus 3 Artists and recent assistant director of artistic operations at Music Academy of the West. Ricky McWain takes the latter position; he is a onetime operations and production manager at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and current artistic personnel manager at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Rebekah Heller will move from being the bassoonist and director of individual giving for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to being the bassoonist and co-artistic director. Her appointment is in keeping with ICE’s model, which is to rotate artistic directors every few years to keep the group’s outlook and music-making fresh and innovative.
The Sony Music Entertainment has promoted Sarah Thwaites, its marketing manager in the UK, to head Sony Masterworks UK, which comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, deutsche harmonia mundi, and Masterworks Broadway. She succeeds Liam Toner, who moves to Sony Masterworks International, where he’ll be responsible for new product development with global appeal.
John Magnum, president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, is to be the new executive director & CEO of the Houston Symphony, effective April 16. He succeeds Mark C. Hanson, who left in July to succeed Brent Assink as executive director of the San Francisco Symphony. Prior to Orange County, Mangum was director of artistic planning with the San Francisco Symphony from 2011-2014; before that, he was in artistic administration with the New York Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he started as program annotator and designer in 2002.
Nate Bachhuber is to be director of artistic planning and administration for the Cincinnati Symphony and its annual choral partner, the Cincinnati May Festival. In the former context he’ll work with Music Director Louis Langrée, in the latter, under Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena. The Wisconsin native holds Bachelor of Vocal Performance and Master of Opera degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His starts in Ohio March 1.
Gretchen Nielsen, VP of Education Initiatives at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is to be the new executive director of NPR’s From the Top, the popular showcase for young musicians hosted by Christopher O’Riley. Nielsen, credited with the launch and nurturing of YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles), comes into what is being described as a new position at NPR, succeeding Co-Founders/CEOs Gerald Slavet and Jennifer Hurley-Wales, who announced their intent to step aside in 2016.
Jonathan Bradley has been appointed executive director at The Crossing. Most recently, as chief marketing and financial officer at Primephonic, Jonathan was responsible for launching and developing the marketing strategy, partnerships and US operations for an all-classical HD music streaming service.
December 2017

Christina Baker has joined Opus 3 Artists with the title of manager of artists & attractions. She arrives from Baker Artists, LLC, which she founded in 2013 after having been with Columbia Artists as its West Coast and subsequently Southeast representative, from 2007. Her arrival at Opus 3 represents something of a homecoming, since she was with the company from 2003 to 2007, before, during, and after it evolved from ICM Artists to Opus 3 in 2006.
The New York City Ballet has appointed an interim team to oversee the artistic management of the company during an investigation into a sexual harassment accusation against longtime leader Peter Martins. City Ballet’s board of directors said Saturday the interim artistic management team will be led by Jonathan Stafford, a ballet master at the school and a former principal dancer with the company. He’ll be assisted by soloist Justin Peck and ballet masters Craig Hall and Rebecca Krohn.
Elizabeth Hurley, vice president for development and public affairs at the Juilliard School since 2013, is to become chief development officer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, effective March 1. She succeeds Mary Ladish Selander, who announced in June that she would be leaving to start her own firm. Prior to Juilliard, Hurley was for two years VP for museum development at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its centennial in the 2014-15 season, has appointed Brian Baxter COO of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, as its next executive director, starting at the end of February. He succeeds Michael Harring, a retired attorney who has been serving as interim in the wake of Ben Loeb’s resignation in June. Loeb, 51, has told the local media that he was “forced out” after four-and-a-half years on the job. Both sides report an amicable parting, however.
Trumpet player Alison Balsom, 39, is to be the artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival, which in 2018 runs July 4-15, one of the four events of the Cheltenham Festival, which also focusses on jazz (in May), Science (June), and Literature (October). The festival was launched in 1945 with three concerts and today offers nearly 1,000 events and sells over 215,000 tickets annually.
Keith Cerny, CEO and general director of the Dallas Opera, is to be the new general director of the Calgary Opera, effective next month. He succeeds Bob McPhee, who retired as CEO in June and has been serving as an advisor in the interim. Cerny’s seven years in Dallas have been impressive, ranging from balancing the budgets for the last five years and signing Emmanuel Villaume as music director and Nicole Paiement as principal guest to launching the acclaimed Institute for Women Conductors and hosting the 2017 Opera America national conference.
Kristin Sakoda, deputy general counsel for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, is to be the new executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, whose $9 million grant program funds some 350 arts groups in the county. Sakoda starts February 15. One of her primary mandates is a so-called Inclusions Initiative recently established by the Commission.
Stefan Herheim, the acclaimed Norwegian opera director, will become the next Intendant of Theater an der Wien beginning with the 2022/2023 season. Since the theater was rededicated as a full-time opera house in January 2006 it has been under the leadership of Roland Geyer. Geyer’s most recent contract, extended several times, was set to expire in 2020. He will now stay at the helm till Herheim takes over. Among Herheim’s most notable productions are the now-legendary Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival, on view every summer from 2008 through 2012, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the 2013 Salzburg Festival, a coproduction among several opera houses. Die Meistersinger caused an uproar when the Metropolitan Opera had to cancel what would have been Herhein’s highly-anticipated American debut due to alterations made to the set to fit another theater.
BlackRock Center for the Arts has named Alyona Ushe its new executive director. She succeeds Krista Bradley, who is now director of programs and resources at APAP.
November 2017
The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) has named Sophie Lewis managing director, taking over from Carrie Sage, who steps down at the end of this year. Lewis has been chief executive of Welsh chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru since 2006, overseeing significant growth across all areas of its work. On her watch the orchestra became the first and only revenue-funded chamber orchestra in Wales.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, est. 1964 by Roger Wagner, has brought on Elizabeth Greenway as chief advancement officer, effective November 28. She succeeds Patrick Morrow, now with the Gloria Kaufman School of Dance at USC. Greenway is the current director of institutional giving and development operations at the Sundance Institute in Los Angeles, where she began in 2010. Prior to that she was with the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Simon Woods, president and CEO of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) since 2011, is to succeed Deborah Borda with the same title at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, effective on January 22. Gail Samuel, who has been serving as interim in the job, will go back to being executive director. Woods, a Brit who has worked in the past with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony, and who was CEO of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra before turning the SSO’s fortunes around, may be one of the few orchestra administrators in the country who can step comfortably into Borda’s shoes.
When Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore exits at the end of this year, she will be succeeded on an interim basis by two deputies, Executive Vice Presidents Ryan Fleur and Matthew Loden, acting as co-presidents. The orchestra announced in June that Vulgamore would not be renewing her contract when it expires on December 31.
Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will promote George Steel, visiting curator for performing arts since March, to curator, effective in January. Steel, general manager of the New York City Opera from 2009 until it declared bankruptcy in 2013 (it has since been revived), will oversee performance programming, including the Sunday classical music series, the RISE rock, pop, hip hop concerts, and other initiatives.
Kim Noltemy, chief operating and communications office of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is to be the new president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony, effective January 12. She succeeds Michelle Miller Burns, who has been acting as interim while concurrently being executive VP for institutional advancement and COO. The orchestra’s previous president, Jonathan Martin, left after five years to take the top administrative job at the Cincinnati Symphony, as of last September.
New York Philharmonic President & CEO Deborah Borda announced that Adam Crane, a former colleague at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will move into the newly created post of vice president of external affairs, overseeing all communications, community relations, and education. Crane arrives in January after nine years with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, where his most recent post was senior VP of external affairs and strategic initiatives.
Also announced today is the appointment of Susan Madden as VP for development at the Philharmonic; Madden knows the New York fund-raising scene well, having worked most recently as senior VP for development at The Paley Center for Media and, before that, the Museum of the City of New York. At the latter, she is credited with a successful $100 million capital campaign, among other initiatives. Also on her CV are development jobs with Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project and the Guggenheim Museum.
The Association of British Orchestras (ABO), the U.K.’s equivalent of the League of American Orchestras, has elected a new chairman in Gavin Reid, current chief executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He succeeds Kathryn McDowell CBE, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra and at the ABO helm since 2014. Reid has served on the ABO board of directors for six years.
The Yakima Valley Museum has selected Peter Stephen Arnold as executive director, following an executive search process. He began his tenure on November 13, 2017. For nearly 10 years, Mr. Arnold served as president & chief executive officer at the Genesee County Village & Museum in Mumford, New York.
Opening Nights, Florida State University's performing arts program, has named Michael Blachly its new director, effective November 2017. Blachly, a former CMA board member, most recently served as vice president and senior adviser for The Arts Consulting Group. .
October 2017

The Santa Ensemble intercontemporain, has a new general manager. The Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, announced the appointment of Olivier Leymarie to be effective on December 18. Leymarie is currently general manager of the historically informed music ensemble, the Insula Orchestra and their chorus, Accentus, both under the music direction of Laurence Equilbey and currently the resident orchestra of the dramatic new complex, La Seine Musicale, on an island in the Seine. He will replace current general manager Hervé Boutry who was appointed by EIC founder Pierre Boulez in 1995.
Denise Rehg, former VP of development for the Columbus [Ohio] Association of Performing Arts, or CAPA, has been appointed executive director of one of CAPA’s organizations, the Santa Columbus Symphony. Rehg, with CAPA since 2013, will work “with” CAPA CEO and President Chad Whittington as well as with the orchestra’s music director, Rossen Milanov. Prior to CAPA, Rehg was senior assistant vice president of leadership and major gifts for the United Way of Central Ohio. She also worked in fundraising for Dayton’s Victoria Theater Association and Dayton Opera and in marketing.
Maryland Lyric Opera (MDLO) has announced a new head of voice faculty, William Stone. Stone, a celebrated baritone whose career has taken him to the major international opera houses, is professor emeritus of voice and opera at Temple University and currently on the voice faculty at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
Cape (MA) Arts & Entertainment has a new CEO in Jonathan Kaledin, a summer resident and former executive VP and general counsel of New Jersey-based Natural Systems Utilities, LLC. Kaledin, 59, is a professional cellist with a BA from Harvard and a law degree from NYU. He played as a substitute in the Boston Philharmonic until 1996 and then in the Albany Symphony through 2017. Much of his work as an executive and lawyer has been involved with the environment.
San Diego Symphony has named a new director of artistic planning and a new VP of education and community engagement. In the former role, Clement So leaves the 92nd Street Y after ten years as director of artistic planning; he’ll be working under San Diego’s artistic planning advisor Aurelie Desmarais, former director of artistic planning for the Houston Symphony. The community engagement VP, which is a new position, is Maria Cecilia Araujo, most recently a teaching artist with the Miami Music Project. Before that she was president and CEO of Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas and before that VP of education and community engagement for the New Jersey Symphony.
Springfield (MA) Symphony has named Susan Beaudry, the SSO’s development director and former fundraiser for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, its interim executive director following the retirement of Peter T. Salerno, who has been in the position since 2015.
Seattle’s Classical KING FM has a new CEO coming on board as of January 8, 2018. She is Brenda Pennell Barnes, current president of the University of Southern California Radio Group in Los Angeles, which owns Classical KUSC in Los Angeles and Classical KDFC in San Francisco. She succeeds KING’s general manager of 19 years, Jennifer Ridewood. Barnes is also credited with growing her stations’ respective membership and revenue, and served as an adviser to the KING FM transition from a commercial to a nonprofit organization in 2011.
Russell Jones, director of major gifts at the New York Philharmonic, is to be the new president and CEO of the Stamford (CT) Symphony. He succeeds Barbara Smith-Soroca, who is retiring after 39 years at the helm.
Mark Riggleman, recent director of education for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is to be the new executive director of the city’s International Music Foundation (IMF), which offers concert series in schools and to the public, all mostly free. IMF merged one year ago with another local presenter called Rush Hour Concerts. IMF series include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Rush Hour Concerts, Make Music Chicago, Do-It-Yourself Messiah, and Live Music Now!
Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) has selected Bonnie Butkas as executive director following an executive search. She began her tenure in fall 2017. Ms. Butkas joins MRT from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she served as senior director of foundation relations.
Music for All, one of the nation’s largest organizations in support of active music-making, has promoted Erin Fortune to director of sponsorships as of October 2017. Fortune takes on the position of director of sponsorships after working in Music for All’s marketing department since 2012, most recently as marketing manager. Fortune helped create and manage Music for All’s award-winning social media presence, which led to stronger content and increased traffic to the website, new media opportunities that showcase the organization’s programs and events, and creation and deployment of effective e-marketing initiatives and campaigns.
September 2017

Pierre van der Westhuizen, CEO of the Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) since 2011, is to succeed Daniel Gustin as director of The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards as of January 2. Gustin, in the job for 18 seasons, announced in April that he would retire next year. An effective fundraiser, Van der Westhuizen has vastly expanded the CIPC, creating a large number of events that complement the biennial competition, including the CIPC Young Artists Competition, the CIPC Concert Series, and ArtsConnect Community Outreach. He has also doubled the competition’s revenues and increased the prize monies, among many other accomplishments.
Gayletha Nichols, executive director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is to be the new director of the Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice program, effective next May. She will succeed David Holloway, affiliated with the company since 2005, the new artistic director of the El Paso Opera. Until that time, Nichols holds the position of designate and will accompany Santa Fe Opera’s Head of Music Robert Tweten on this fall’s audition tour. Kathleen Clawson, affiliated with the program since 2014, will remain associate director.
Chicago’s Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the city’s primary fine arts venue beyond the Lyric’s Civic Opera Building and the Symphony Center, has appointed Patricia Barretto as its new president and CEO, a position endowed by Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols. Barretto has been interim CEO since June, taking over from Paul Organisak, who had been serving as interim since February 2017. Effective immediately, Barretto moves from the being executive VP of external affairs, overseeing fundraising, community engagement, and marketing, to CEO.
Timothy O’Leary, general director of the Opera Theater of St. Louis, is to take that post with the Washington National Opera as of July 1, 2018. He succeeds Michael Mael, who exited in June 2017 after nine years as executive director. He will report directly to the board of directors, “in collaboration with” Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, according to the WNO statement. O’Leary, who is also chairman of OPERA America, is among the brightest lights in the business. His eight years at the helm of OSL have been the company’s strongest, marked particularly by the way it has introduced new and often controversial work to the community with rare sensitivity and intelligence, resulting more often than not in success at the box office.
Michael Albaugh, until recently the director of education operations for Jazz at Lincoln Center, is the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new director of collaborative learning, overseeing community and educational outreach. He succeeds Dan Berkowitz, who left last February to become chief strategy officer for the Neubauer Family Foundation. Albaugh, who will report to VP of Artistic Planning Jeremy Rothman, will be the orchestra’s chief liaison to local community and academic organizations.
Karen Brookes, onetime assistant to Christopher Hogwood and manager of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, has been appointed executive director of the Pittsburgh-based Early Music America. Brookes arrives from Early Music Seattle, where she has been director of development since 2015; prior to that she was with Northwest Boychoir and Pacific MusicWorks.
Micah Fortson, a litigator for the Houston-based firm of Fortson, Frazer & Siegrist P.C., has been named the Atlanta Opera’s managing director, a relatively new position. He is charged with overseeing all financial and managerial matters, while reporting to General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. Previous to becoming a lawyer, Fortson worked in production with the Steppenwolf Theater and San Francisco Opera, among others, and served as director of production for New Orleans Opera.
David Chambers, chief development officer for the Houston Symphony Orchestra, is to be the Chicago Symphony’s new VP of development as of October 23. He succeeds Karen Lewis Alexander, who left late last year to join the Muscular Dystrophy Association as chief revenue officer. She had been with the orchestra for nearly five years. Chambers, 47, is a native of Australia; he started with Houston since 2011 and is credited with significantly increasing contributions to annual operating support and growing the orchestra’s planned giving society by 70 percent.
Mayor of Pesaro and president of the Rossini Opera Festival Matteo Ricci announced Ernesto Palacio as its new superintendant. Palacio has been artistic director of ROF since 2015; previously he was an artist manager with a client roster including Juan Diego Florez, whom he still manages. Prior to his management career, he was an internationally successful tenor known particularly for his way with Rossini and Mozart.
Baris Toker, managing director and co-owner of Astrid Schoerke artist management in Hannover, has left that firm to join Opus 3 Artists as an artist manager, operating out of the Berlin office. He had been with Schoerke for six years, prior to which he played flute with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. He holds a master’s degree in music from Bilkent University.
The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, or CAPA, has concluded its eight-month search for a president and CEO by elevating the nearly year-long interim to the post permanently. Chad Whittington, who began with the organization part-time in 1998 as a member of the cleaning and operations staff, took over as interim last fall when William Conner died and has apparently proven his merit.
Following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has selected Lieven Bertels as director of the Momentary, an innovative arts venue under development in Bentonville, AR. Supported by the Walton Family Foundation, the venue is an adaptive reuse project that will transform a decommissioned Kraft Foods plant into a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts and an artist-in-residency program. Mr. Bertels began his tenure in late September 2017, with a goal of opening the facility in early 2020.
Community Music Center of Boston (the Music Center) named Lecolion Washington executive director, effective September 2017. The bassoonist and CMA board member previously served as executive director of the PRIZM Ensemble and director of in-schools programs for the Memphis Music Initiative. He succeeds David Lapin, who served in the position for 34 years.
August 2017

The Gilmore, which presents multiple keyboard festivals and awards, has announced two new key staff members. Curtis Cunningham is to be the new director of marketing and PR, succeeding Mary McCormick, and Anders Dahlberg takes the post of director of operations, occupied previously by Maria Schneider. Cunningham is former VP of a film, video, and audio production company and claims 25 years in marketing and PR with such firms as Rose Records and Windham Hill Records. Dahlberg was senior underwriter and marketing manager at WMUK radio and artistic director for the Bullock Performance Institute at the Western Michigan University School of Music. He is also assistant principal bass of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, a position he’ll continue, and holds a DMA in performance.
The League of American Orchestras has a new chairman in Douglas M. Hagerman, former chair of the Milwaukee Symphony. He succeeds Patricia A. Richards, who steps down after three years in the post. Hagerman is a retired senior VP and general counsel for Rockwell Automation. He’s been on the League’s board since 2014.
Emma Dunch is to be the new managing director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, place of her first job in the business, as a publicist. She succeeds Rory Jeffes, who announced in April that he would leave this summer after eight years in the position to become the new CEO of Opera Australia. Dunch is the president of an eponymously named New York-based consulting firm, specializing in fundraising, recruitment, and strategic planning. She launched the company in 2008 and has had reportedly great success.
As the San Antonio Symphony morphs into Symphonic Music for San Antonio (SMSA), the new nonprofit organization that will take over the orchestra, Thomas A. Stephenson has emerged as the new executive director of SMSA. Stevenson retired as publisher and CEO of the Houston Chronicle just last year. The plan is for staff consolidation with other arts groups within the Tobin Center, where Stephenson, incidentally, is and will remain a trustee. Tobin Center for the Arts Founding Chairman J. Bruce Bugg Jr. will serve as chairman of the three-member SMSA board of directors.
Matthew Anderson is the new European culture editor of the New York Times, based in London and reporting to Times Culture Editor Danielle Mattoon and Europe Editor Jim Yardley. He started last month, succeeding Peter Sigal, who left as international culture editor in January. In other changes in culture, Reggie Ugwu starts after Labor Day as a pop culture reporter covering film, television, and music. He arrives from BuzzFeed, where his focus was pop music, “and the cultural, economic and technological forces that shape it,” according to his introductory memo. Parul Sehgal, a senior editor and columnist at the New York Times Book Review, moves to the position of book critic.
The Metropolitan Opera has a new press director. Tim McKeough [pronounced Mick-KEY-oh] arrived late last month from Australia, where he has been public relations manager for the Sydney Theater Company for much of the last decade. McKeough joins a department that now includes Communications and Press Manager Michelle Zelman, Director of Communications Lee Abrahamian, and Gillian Brierley, assistant general manager for marketing and communications. The Sydney Theater Company is Australia’s largest, with 16 productions and 693 performances in four venues per season, along with national and international tours, including, most recently on Broadway, Chekov’s The Present.
Uzan International Artists welcomes Amy O’Connell to its UIA management ranks as associate artist manager, while Heather DeAngelo moves within the company from administrative assistant to marketing and media associate for UIA Presents, the booking subsidiary branch of the company.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) announced that Cindy Grzanowski will join the firm on September 11, 2017. As vice president, Ms. Grzanowski will open ACG’s Minneapolis office and lead its Earned Revenue Enhancement practice area. Ms. Grzanowski brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing high-profile arts, cultural, and entertainment institutions to ACG.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has selected Wiley Hausam as managing director of performance facilities, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on August 1, 2017.
The Bach Society of Minnesota has named pianist Yunyue Liu its new executive director. While maintaining an active performance schedule, she also provided administrative and artistic support for Minnesota Bach Ensemble and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. She will work towards expanding the Bach Society’s impact in the community while maintaining an active performance schedule.
Grantmakers in the Arts has announced the appointment of Edwin Torres as president and CEO. Torres currently serves as deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He succeeds Janet Brown. Prior to joining the NYC Cultural Affairs office, he was an associate director with The Rockefeller Foundation and director of external partnerships for Parsons School of Design at The New School. He served on the GIA board of directors from 2011 through 2016. He has also served on the arts and culture team at Ford Foundation as well as on the staff of Bronx Council on the Arts. He holds a master of arts in art history from Hunter College and a master of science in management from The New School.
July 2017

Curtis Long, president of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, is to be the new president and CEO of the Rochester Philharmonic, starting Sept. 1 and succeeding Ralph Craviso. Long has been with Alabama since 2008 and is credited with widening the audience, stabilizing finances, and increasing ticket revenues by more than 70 per cent.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has hired Jill Elder, a key fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, as VP and chief development officer. In her previous post Elder oversaw a staff of 44; she is credited with raising more than $23 million for the North Central region of the American Cancer Society from her position as VP of the Corporate and Distinguished Partners firm.
Lincoln Center has announced the appointment of Bret Silver as chief strategy and external relations officer. Silver is the current vice president for development, alumnae relations, and career development at Barnard College. He will report directly to the president, overseeing fundraising, marketing, communications, government relations, and international outreach, all areas that that are fully staffed in Lincoln Center’s senior management team as listed on its website.
New York Editor-in-chief Adam Moss announced on July 13th that Sara Holdren would be the new lead theater critic for the magazine and its entertainment site Vulture. Holdren, not a journalist by trade, holds a BA in theater from Yale University and an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama, and was a 2016 Drama League Fellow.
Jerrod Price is to leave his job as director of admissions and financial aid for Interlochen Center for the Arts to become associate dean of admissions & enrollment management at the Cleveland Institute of Music, effective August 16th. President & CEO Paul W. Hogle cited Price’s accomplishments, "particularly at Interlochen where he developed relationships to expand the diversity of the student body,” calling his new hire “a creative, forward-looking leader who can make a real difference for us.’’
Michael (Mikhail) Fichtenholz, director of opera of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and artistic director of the Karlsruhe International Handel Festival (both since 2014), is to be the new director of opera at the Zurich Opera, starting with the 2018-19 season. He succeeds Sophie de Lint and will work closely with Generalmusikdirektor Fabio Luisi. Zurich Opera’s Intendant Andreas Homoki comments: “We had known and valued Mr. Fichtenholz since his years at the Bolshoi, where he proved himself as a renowned expert in opera singing. Based on his vast knowledge in opera and extensive international connections we are sure that we found in him an ideal successor to Sophie de Lint.”
Fort Worth Opera has named a new general director: Tuomas Hiltunen, 45, a lecturer in Finnish studies at Columbia University, from which he also serves as director of administration and management of the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA. FWO also announced that Joe Illick, the company’s music director of 15 years, will move to the position of artistic director.
Hiltunen will focus on setting the company’s financials in order. Illick, 58, has said he will continue to promote adventurous work, one of Woods's calling cards and why he is credited with putting the company on the map artistically.
Mark C. Hanson has been announced the new executive director of the San Francisco Symphony from September 1, succeeding Brent Assink, who stepped down in March 2017 after 18 years as the orchestra’s chief administrator. Hanson currently is executive director and CEO of the Houston Symphony, where he has served since 2010.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has named Linda Moxley vice president of marketing and Communications, effective August 21. Moxley has been in arts management for more than 30 years and currently is executive director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
After 14 years on the staff of Houston Grand Opera (HGO), most recently as general manager, Molly Dill has been appointed to the newly created position of producing director. One of her first acts in the new role was to hire Paul Spittle as technical director, starting in August.
Community Music Center of Boston (the Music Center) has selected Lecolion Washington as executive director, following an executive search process. He will begin his tenure in September 2017, succeeding David Lapin. An advocate for music as a means for social change, Mr. Washington currently serves as co-founder and executive director of the PRIZM Ensemble, a Memphis-based organization that builds a diverse community through chamber music education, youth development, and performance.
Powers Music School, located in Belmont, MA, has selected Gavin Farrell as executive director. He will begin his tenure in August 2017, succeeding current executive director Helen Clapp Stevenson, who announced her retirement last fall.
Madeline Island Chamber Music (MICM) has announced the appointment of Susan T. Chandler as executive director. Chandler succeeds MICM Founder Thomas George, who has served in that position since the organization’s inception in 1985. Chandler joins MICM from Arts Midwest, where she has served as vice president since 2012. She joined Arts Midwest in 1986 and has held increasingly senior positions throughout her tenure.
June 2017

Salzburg Mozart Week has named Rolando Villazón the new artistic director from this July 1. His contract initially runs until 2023, to include five Mozart Weeks. The first week entirely programmed by the opera singer, stage director and author will take place in 2019. "That this happens in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace and the city that has had such a wonderful impact on my life and career makes this adventure even more special. Viva Mozart!”
Fort Worth Symphony has reached out to David Hyslop as interim CEO. Hyslop’s last job was as interim managing director of Dallas Summer Musicals; before that, he served as acting CEO of Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony. He’s left a train of successful interim-ships, including with the Lousiville Orchestra, in 2013, and the Dallas Symphony, in 2011, both of which he managed to pull out of financial turmoil, not to mention labor troubles, and guide toward stability.
Mary Ladish Selander, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s longtime director of development, is to move into the role of consultant, taking the title “senior philanthropic advisor.” A search for her replacement is soon to be under way; she will continue her current work until a successor is found. “I'm starting my own business, and Lyric is my first client," Ladish Selander explained in an email. "After having had the privilege of achieving a cumulative total of $403 million in annual campaigns, over $200 million in special/capital campaigns, and having increased the endowment by over $100 million, it is time to transition into an advisory capacity.”
Jonathan Martin, president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony, is to take that job with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He succeeds Trey Devey, who was named president of the Interlochen Center for the Arts last fall. Martin, 60, has been with Dallas since 2012 and is credited with maintaining financial stability as well as expanding artistic and community initiatives.
Elizabeth Warshawer, interim executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra, is to take the same post with the Pennsylvania Ballet, now that the NSO has named a permanent staffer. She starts with the ballet July 1 and will continue to consult for the NSO occasionally. Warshawer is the former executive VP and COO of the Curtis Institute of Music.
The Newport (RI) Music Festival, which traces its origins to the summer of 1953 when 60 members of the New York Philharmonic formed the festival orchestra, has a new executive director in Pamela A. Pantos. She is a VP with the Arts Consulting Group and onetime executive director of New Hampshire’s Opera North. Prior to Opera North, where Pantos is credited with balancing the budget and increasing ticket sales, Pantos worked in finance for W.R. Grace. Her early career saw her on various European concert stages as a professional singer.
Gary Ginstling, CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony, is to be the new executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra. He’ll succeed Rita Shapiro who left last December after 15 years, and report directly to the NSO board of directors. Ginstling’s credits as CEO include raising earned income by 44 percent and contributed income by 40 percent, balancing the budget, securing a $10 million contribution, and introducing a variety of new formats, including lunchtime, neighborhood, and dedicated contemporary music concerts.
American Pianists Association has announced that Joanne Bennett joined the organization in the role of general manager on June 1, 2017, taking the place of longtime staffer Kim Lewis. Bennett has had over 20 years’ experience with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, making her way from the president’s assistant to her most recent position as director of operations and facilities. In her tenure, she was responsible for arts production and the concert experience, and managed an annual production budget of $2.5 million.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) has selected Samuel Scott as executive director; he began his tenure on June 15, 2017. Succeeding BMFI Founder and Executive Director Juliet Goodfriend, Mr. Scott has served as the organization’s chair of the board of directors for the past seven years.
Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (CCSA) has selected Dr. Ryan Garrison as artistic director. The second artistic director in the organization’s 34-year history, Dr. Garrison has vast experience as a professional choral singer, conductor, and educator. He will begin his tenure in July 2017.
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) has selected Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio as president; she will begin her tenure in August 2017, succeeding current President Anthony Spiridigloizzi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Since 2012, Ms. D’Ambrosio has served as Museum of Art director and chief curator at MWPAI.
Kaufman Music Center announced that Amy Roberts Frawley has joined the staff as managing director of Merkin Concert Hall. She steps into this role with experience in artist management, not-for-profit administration, development, marketing, curation and event production. Her most recent positions have been those as curator of performing arts at Wave Hill, program director of Composers Now and executive vice president of Concert Artists Guild.
Mount Tremper Arts (MTA) has named Crystal Wei as its new executive director. Wei will be responsible for strategic planning and the overall management of MTA as it moves from a founder-led organization into the next phase of its institutional life. Most recently, she served as the director of development for Orchestra of St. Luke’s, where she was responsible for the organization’s comprehensive fundraising, including helping to strategize and launch a capital campaign. Wei has also held development positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has been a guest speaker on best practices in development and marketing at numerous conferences.
May 2017

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) announced that Erik Finley, who has been serving as a consultant in artistic administration with the orchestra, will step into the VP for orchestra operations and facilities post. Finley has been in a similar position with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Florida Orchestra, among others. Also moving up in the SLSO’s world is Adam Crane, from VP to Senior VP of external affairs and strategic initiatives. And Amy Drummond, who joined the orchestra last year after development jobs at Washington University and the St. Louis Art Museum, has been promoted to the position of VP of philanthropy, overseeing fundraising, stewardship and events, and sponsorship.
Aviel Cahn, artistic director of the Flanders Opera, is to be the next head of the Grand Theater of Geneva, the umbrella organization of the Geneva Opera, Ballet, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. As of 2019-20, he will succeed Tobias Richter, in the job since 2009. "I have known the Grand Theater since my childhood, in the time of Hugues Gall,” said Cahn, indicating that he was ‘‘very conscious of the importance of the tradition of the house…. Geneva has the biggest theater in Switzerland….[It] has an international influence and needs an opera that marks the world. "The opera must reach out and use the power of art as a leverage towards the universal.”
The New York Philharmonic has named Cincinnati Symphony Director of Artistic Administration Isaac Thompson as VP, artistic administration. Thompson, with Cincinnati for two years, succeeds Edward Yim at the Philharmonic. Thompson will work with Van Zweden and Borda in programming, planning, and contracting guest artists.
Anna Kuwabara, VP for orchestra operations and facilities at the St. Louis Symphony, is to be the new executive director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, effective July 3. She succeeds Lawrence J. Fried, who left in early 2015 after only nine months in the position.
Finnish National Opera and Ballet has named Gita Kadambi, general manager of the Helsinki Philharmonic, to be its next general director, as of January 2018. She succeeds Päivi Kärkkäinen, who is retiring. Kadambi, 45, will oversee the entire operation, with the artistic directors of both divisions reporting directly to her.
Bass-baritone Eric Owens, Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year, has taken on the role of artistic adviser to the Glimmerglass Festival. He has long been allied to the festival, having made his debut there in 2001 in The Rape of Lucretia and returning several times thereafter. He is also chairman of the company’s artistic advisory board. He calls his new role “a natural progression” from that job. In addition to working with young artists as well as Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello and Music Director Joseph Colaneri, Owens will perform during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The National Symphony Orchestra has named Ben Folds, a singer/songwriter, artistic adviser through its 2019-20 season. His primary job will be to “curate” the NSO Declassifed series, which are pop/drive-by-classical, hour-long concerts launched 15 months ago and aimed at a younger generation.
The Niedersächsische Staatsstheater Hannover GmbH, or Lower Saxony State Theater, has appointed a new director of opera and dance in Laura Berman, who was director of opera at Theater Basel, where she has been since 2015. Berman, an American, holds a master’s degree in music-theater directing from what is now called the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She also studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Also appointed in Hannover is Sonja Anders, as director of theater. She is currently chief dramatist and deputy director of the German theater in Berlin. The two take over in 2019-20 season.
American Composers Orchestra has two new appointments under its new president, Edward Yim: Vanessa Rose succeeds Cindi Hubbard as manager of EarShot, a program that links emerging composers to orchestras in the U.S. Rose, 40, will serve as liaison and coordinate with the program’s collaborators, which include New Music USA, League of American Orchestras, and the Composers Forum. Previously she was executive director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and managing director of orchestra collective The Knights. Also new is Lyndsay Werking, coming on staff as development director; ACO had previously used an outside firm. She is the former managing director of the American Lyric Theater, an incubator and presenter of new opera.
Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, longtime principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, is to become the next president of the Juilliard School. He succeeds Joseph W. Polisi, who announced last fall that he would step down at the end of June, 2018. Woetzel is described by Juilliard as "an independent director, choreographer, and producer." He holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. In 2015 he received the Harvard Arts Medal. He will serve as president designate in 2017-18.
Valérie Gross has been appointed A&R director, vocal & opera productions at Deutsche Grammophon, effective May 2017. She will be operating out of the Berlin office. Gross comes to DG from Sony Classical, where she has been for the last eight years. In her new job she will focus on vocal and opera productions, having in the past produced recordings by the likes of Anna Netrebko, Lang Lang, and Jonas Kaufmann. In addition to shepherding Big Names, she is charged with identifying new talent.
Rebecca (“Becky”) Allen has been promoted to president of Decca Records Group UK, reporting to Universal Music UK Chairman & CEO David Joseph. Allen has been with Universal for 17 years, working her way up from director of media through general manager, managing director, and now president.
La Scala Ballet Intendant Alexander Pereira has named Frederic Olivieri its new director, representing a homecoming on a number of fronts. Olivieri was the company’s director from 2002 to 2007, before moving over to run the ballet school. He was then succeeded by Makhar Vaziev of the Mariinsky, who left, suddenly, to take over the Bolshoi Ballet.
Pacific Symphony has hired a writer in residence, former Orange County Register music critic, Tim Mangan. Mangan will be a collaborative partner in engaging current and new culture-seekers in innovative ways,” said Symphony President John Forsyte.
Jacksonville Symphony has selected JoLynne Jensen as vice president & chief development officer. She began her tenure on April 28, 2017, leading the fund development department and spearheading the Vision 2020 campaign, a $50 million effort that will ensure Jacksonville Symphony’s artistic excellence, financial stability, and community engagement.
Grand Performances has selected Mari Riddle as executive director. She began her tenure on May 22, 2017, replacing Michael Alexander, who retired after nearly 30 years of service. Ms. Riddle has more than 25 years of executive management experience at nonprofit performing arts and social service organizations.
The Handel + Haydn Society has selected Sally Bradford as vice president of marketing and communication. She begins her tenure on June 5, 2017. Ms. Bradford joins the Handel + Haydn Society after spending the past five years as marketing communications manager at Hemenway & Barnes in Boston.
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) has selected Susan Lape as executive director. Succeeding former Executive Director Joshua Simonds, her appointment comes as CYSO celebrates its 70th anniversary this season. She began her tenure on March, 1, 2017.
The City of San Antonio has selected Debbie Racca-Sittre as director of the Department of Arts & Culture. She began her tenure in February 2017. Ms. Racca-Sittre has 16 years of experience with the City of San Antonio, most recently serving as Interim Director of the Department for Arts & Culture since April 2016.
The City of Carlsbad Library & Cultural Arts Department has selected Richard L. Schultz as cultural arts manager. He began his tenure on February 1, 2017. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Schultz has served as an arts administrator, stage director, and playwright.
Tulsa Opera has announced Sandra Willmann will be its new director of development. Tulsa Opera General Director Greg Weber said, “She exudes all of the great things about Tulsa, and brings to us two decades of success built upon planning and stewardship. She brings to the opera an excitement and community connection certain to catapult the organization forward.”
Mary Lou Aleskie has become the Howard L. Gilman ’44 director of Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts. Aleskie served as executive director of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas 2005 until earlier this year.
April 2017

David Rubeo, who since October has been associate director of individual giving for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is the new executive director of the American Lyric Theater, an incubator of new opera founded in 2005 by its artistic director, Lawrence Edelson. ALT has given life to such operas as JFK, The Golden Ticket, and The Poe Project.
Jacob Yarrow, a onetime education director for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), is to be the new executive director for the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. He succeeds Zarin Mehta, who announced in February that he would be stepping down after four years of doing the job part-time from Chicago. Yarrow, 45, was most recently programming director of the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, planning a multi-disciplinary season of up to 40 artists a year and countless education events. His involvement in marketing and management will serve him well as he takes on the duties of Mehta’s co-executive director Stan Nosek, who handled administrative and financial matters.
Rory Jeffes, managing director of the Sydney Symphony, is to be the new CEO of Opera Australia as of July 31. He succeeds Craig Hassall, who left in February to become CEO of London’s Royal Albert Hall. OA Chairman David Mortimer noted Jeffes’s “strong background in the not-for-profit sector, along with his exceptional analytical and administrative capabilities.”
The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has named Judy Iwata Bundra, recent interim dean of the DePaul University School of Music, as its new chief academic officer and dean, effective July 17. As dean, she succeeds Adrian Daly, who left in June 2015 and is now provost of the Colburn School. The chief academic officer role is a new one, instituted in June 2016 at the arrival of Paul W. Hogle as CEO. Hogle’s background is primarily in orchestra management and fund raising, rather than academia.
Sophie de Lint, artistic director of the Zurich Opera, is to take the same post with the Dutch National Opera next season. She’ll succeed Pierre Audi, who is moving on to take Bernard Foccroulle’s position as general director of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. De Lint has been in her current job with Zurich since 2012, having arrived two years prior after nearly a decade as an artist manager based in Vienna and then Zurich specializing in singers.
Elizabeth Weisser Helgeson, recent president and violist with the Talea Ensemble, a new-music group, is the new director of artistic planning and administration for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. She succeeds Valerie Guy, who left in March for a similar position with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Helgeson's work with Talea has included fund-raising and she has a substantial career as a performer, appearing at international venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Wiener Konzerthaus. Known as a champion of new music, she performs in a duo known as Viola Monsters and is a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, TN.
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) has a new managing director in Amy Gibbs, formerly of the Houston Arts Alliance. ROCO is a 40-piece professional chamber orchestra founded in 2005 by artistic director and principal oboist Alecia Lawyer. Gibbs will oversee board governance, fundraising, communications, marketing, and daily operations. Prior to the Arts Alliance, she worked with AMS Planning and Research, an arts management consulting firm. She is the co-chair of Emerging Arts Leaders: Houston, and has been involved with Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative and Texans for the Arts.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has named Stacie Frank as VP and chief financial officer, succeeding Isabelle Goossen who retired last month after 16 years in the job. Frank, 42, comes to the CSO after a long career with power/energy firm Exelon Corp., most recently as senior VP and treasurer. In Chicago, where she'll report to orchestra President Jeff Alexander, Frank will oversee finance, investments, and information technology and will serve on the board of directors as assistant treasurer.
Lincoln Center has hired a new director of communications, who will oversee public relations and social media. She is Isabel Sinistore, most recently a senior account supervisor for Resnicow and Associates, a large New York-based communications/public relations firm. Sinistore’s clients have ranged from Rolex philanthropy to the Public Theater, the Park Avenue Armory, and the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her public relations responsibilities, Sinistore, who started April 24, succeeds Eileen McMahon, who left in August after 20 years in the job.
Christophe Ghristi, former director of theater for Opéra National de Paris, is to be the new artistic director of Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, France, effective in September. His appointment represents a homecoming of sorts, having worked previously for the company, from 1995-2009, also as director of theater. Ghristi, 49, will oversee the ballet, opera, and chorus; the orchestra, which plays with the resident companies as well as having its own series, will remain under the purview of Tugan Sokhiev. The director of the Capitoline Ballet is Kader Belarbi and Alfonso Caïani directs the chorus.
Southbank Center has named Elaine Bedell to succeed Alan Bishop as chief executive. Bedell, director of entertainment and comedy at ITV for the last seven years and a former BBC entertainment controller, becomes the first woman in the Center’s 66-year history to take the top position. She starts in May, the third member of an all-woman management team that includes Southbank’s Chair Susan Gilchrist and its Artistic Director Jude Kelly.
David Frego, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has been appointed director of the Penn State School of Music, effective July 1. Frego, a specialist in elementary music education and Dalcroze Eurhythmics, succeeds Sue Haug, in the job since 2005. Huag will remain on the faculty of Penn State as a collaborative pianist. Frego is president of the American Eurhythmics Society and a board member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Òscar Colomina i Bosch has been appointed director of music at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, UK, succeeding Malcolm Singer, who is his former teacher. Colomina i Bosch is a Spanish composer and conductor and has taught at the Menuhin School since 2006. He has guest conducted and lectured on orchestration at the Royal Conservatory of Music, London, the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, and is part of the teaching faculty of the Akoesticum Talent Program in Holland.
The New England Conservatory has named cellist Merry Peckham chair of its chamber music department, effective this fall. Peckham, a founding member of the Cavani Quartet, succeeds Lucy Chapman in the position.
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has selected Lourdes Ramos, PhD as president and CEO. Beginning her tenure on May 1, 2017, she will be the first Latina to hold this position in the museum’s 20-year history. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Ramos has led the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, one of the largest and most prominent Latin American cultural institutions.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has selected Theresa Colvin as executive director; she will begin her tenure on May 1, 2017. For the past 16 years, Ms. Colvin served as executive director at Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), first joining the organization as the program director for community arts development and dusic before being appointed as executive director in 2001.
Music from Angel Fire has named Mary Kay Robinson its new executive director. Robinson, principal flute in the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, currently serves on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) announced the appointment of Katie Nicely as vice president of advancement. Nicely, an established fundraising figure in the nonprofit and arts communities, comes to SFCM from United Way Bay Area where she most recently served as hief development officer. She started her position on Monday, April 24.
March 2017

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.”
February 2017

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.
January 2017

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.
December 2016

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.
November 2016

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.
October 2016

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 "" 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.
September 2016

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."
August 2016

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.
July 2016

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.
June 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’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’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.

May 2016
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.

April 2016
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.

March 2016
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.

February 2016
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'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.

January 2016
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.

December 2015
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.

November 2015
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
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.

October 2015
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.

September 2015
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.

August 2015
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.

July 2015
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.

June 2015
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.

May 2015
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.

April 2015
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.

March 2015
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.

February 2015
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.

January 2015
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.

December 2014
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.

November 2014
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.

October 2014
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.

September 2014
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.

August 2014
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.


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