Aspen Music Fest appoints new VP

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Patrick Chamberlain (Coutesy Aspen Music Festival and School)

The Aspen Music Festival and School has hired Patrick Chamberlain as its new vice president of arts administration, the Music Fest announced Tuesday.

Chamberlain comes to Aspen from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, where he had led artistic planning for nearly six years. A graduate of Cornell University, Chamberlain worked closely with New Jersey Music Director Xian Zhang and commissioned works from Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Steven Mackey and Chen Yi during his tenure, also leading efforts on an embrace of diversity, equity across the institution. and inclusion. Before that he was with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he went immediately after a summer working in the artistic department of the Aspen Music Fest.

“When I was in Aspen as an Artist Liaison, I fell in love with the work of Arts Administration and have never looked back,” Chamberlain said in an announcement.



Chamberlain will join Music Fest’s senior management and work closely with President and CEO Alan Fletcher, Music Director Robert Spano, Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS Co-Artistic Directors Patrick Summers and Renée Fleming and l artist-faculty on all aspects of programming.

“I’ve known Patrick since his undergraduate days when, as president of Cornell Glee Club, he was already a talented arts administrator,” Fletcher said. “He combines a deep intellectual understanding of repertoire with a deep emotional understanding of the importance of music and a deep commitment to the educational process.”



Chamberlain will take up his new role on April 12. He replaces longtime artistic director Asadour Santourian, who left for a position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in January after 18 years in Aspen.

“While AMFS has an incredible history and prestige, it is its commitment to the future of our art form that most draws me to this opportunity,” Chamberlain said. “Commissioning initiatives, multi-disciplinary events, a buy-in to the digital transformation of our industry and an inspiring commitment to nurturing the next generation of great artists, this is truly a special time for AMFS and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to add my voice to the team as it continues to blaze a trail to present and teach great music in this country and in our world.