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Caramoor Announces Appointment of Kathy Schuman as Vice President, Artistic Programming and Executive Producer

kathy-schumanCaramoor – “New York’s premier summer music festival” (Huffington Post) – is delighted to name Kathy Schuman as Vice President, Artistic Programming and Executive Producer. Schuman, who launches this newly created appointment on December 1, will be a key member of Caramoor’s senior management and the leader of its programming team. She was the natural choice for the post, leaving a distinguished position as Vice President and Artistic Director of G. Schirmer/AMP, and boasting a long and extensive classical resume that includes a 15-year tenure in programming at Carnegie Hall, where she was instrumental in spearheading efforts to present genres beyond the classical mainstream, including new music, early music, jazz, world and folk. This is in perfect keeping with the philosophy of Caramoor, which balances a deep commitment to the symphonic, operatic and chamber repertoire with a passion for musical and artistic diversity.

Looking forward to the new appointment, Schuman comments:

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining Caramoor, having been captivated the first time I walked through the stunning grounds and Rosen House. I’m looking forward to working with the tremendous team here to build on the already distinguished history of extraordinary performances in this unique setting.”

Jeffrey Haydon, Chief Executive Officer of Caramoor, adds:

“We are excited to welcome Kathy to the Caramoor family. Kathy’s inspired work with artists at Carnegie Hall, the Marlboro Festival, and in Europe will enhance Caramoor’s music programming in classical, jazz, American roots, the American Songbook, and other genres, to further engage our audiences.”

In the new role, Schuman will be responsible for helping to develop, refine, and implement Caramoor’s artistic mission. Working with Haydon and the artistic team, she will lead the development of its 70-plus performance programs each year, presenting diverse and rich offerings that highlight Caramoor’s commitment to artistry, discovery, collaboration, friendliness, and integrity. In addition, she will oversee Caramoor’s mentoring and education programs, lectures, and special programming projects, working to integrate their vision. Besides developing and nurturing long-term artistic relationships, she will also work closely on programming budgets with the CEO, CFO, and artistic team. Her appointment helps fill the gap that is soon to be left by longtime Managing Director Paul Rosenblum, who announced his upcoming retirement in June.

About Kathy Schuman

Kathy Schuman has enjoyed a long and varied path in the music industry. As Vice President and Artistic Director of G. Schirmer/AMP, she managed a roster of Pulitzer, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award-winning composers. For 15 years she served as Artistic Administrator of Carnegie Hall, where she helped program its three venues in a wide variety of musical genres. During this tenure, she was closely involved in the opening of Zankel Hall, which led to significantly more presentations of new music, early music, jazz, world and folk. As the primary coordinator of Carnegie’s robust commissioning program, she oversaw approximately 200 commissions, including new works by David Lang, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Brad Mehldau, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, and Meredith Monk. She began her career in arts management at Frank Salomon Associates, where she worked for eight years, both as an artist manager and as Coordinator of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She then moved to Europe, where she was the Managing Director of the European Chamber Music Association in Bremen, Germany, before relocating to London, where she worked for the Arts Council of England as Administrator of the Contemporary Music Network touring program, and as Associate Director of Intermusica Artist Management.

About Caramoor

For more than 70 years, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts has been a leading destination for music lovers. Comprising a Mediterranean revival villa on 90 acres of gardens and serene woodlands in Westchester County, NY, the estate is just 40 miles north of Manhattan. Named by CNN as one of “8 amazing outdoor music venues” in the world, Caramoor’s summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters – the 1,508-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater, and the more intimate, romantic 470-seat Spanish Courtyard – as well as in the picturesque gardens, which include a Sense Circle for the visually impaired, Sunken Garden, Butterfly Garden, Tapestry Hedge, and Iris and Peony Garden. Audiences are invited to come early to explore the grounds, tour the historic Rosen House, enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon tea, or unwind with a pre-concert picnic. Caramoor is home to the resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Bel Canto Opera program led by scholar and conductor Will Crutchfield. Each summer Caramoor presents many guest artists, which in past years have included musical luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Audra McDonald, Emanuel Ax, Béla Fleck and Rosanne Cash. In addition to the summer season, Caramoor presents concerts all year round in the magnificent Rosen House Music Room. Through an impressive range of education programs, Caramoor serves more than 6,000 students in the New York metropolitan area, besides boasting an array of highly successful mentorship programs designed for young professionals who have completed their conservatory training. Over the past 20 years, alumni from these programs have become leaders of the next classical generation, whose accomplishments include winning a MacArthur Fellowship, becoming first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and appointment as the Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.


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