Robert Whipple has been named Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival effective July 1, Arnie Malina, President of the Festival board, announced today.
Whipple’s broad background includes artistic leadership experience with both Chamber Music Northwest and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a role in program development with OPERA America.
“I am honored to have been selected for this enviable position with such an incredible and unique organization!” says Whipple. “It will be my privilege to carry forward the artistic vision of my good colleagues Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim, and I am absolutely thrilled to get to know the community that has fostered a festival of such tremendous artistic integrity. I look forward to sustaining the deep relationships that have long characterized LCCMF and to pursuing the many exciting possibilities for continued growth and inclusion of new audiences.”
Artistic Directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim say,
“After a national search, we are ecstatic that Robert will join the LCCMF family. We had the opportunity to work with him at Chamber Music Northwest and at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Robert is among the most talented young administrative leaders in our field and he has already earned the trust and respect of more established leaders. We will certainly miss Jody Woos’ incredible leadership and grace, but we feel confident that Robert will usher in an exciting era as Executive Director at the LCCMF!”
Whipple replaces Jody Woos, who is retiring as Executive Director, a position she held from 2013 to the present.
The Lake Champlain Music Festival seeks to inspire and nurture a lifelong appreciation for classical music throughout the community. With a focus on providing opportunities for enrichment to people of all ages and levels of musical experience, the Festival presents world-class performers in concert, engages a range of audiences, and provides meaningful experiences for aspiring young musicians, composers, and educators. The 2021 Summer Festival runs from August 21-29.
For more information contact Arnie Malina.