As Director of Classical and New Music Programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Jamie Broumas has instigated a number of substantial and highly successful initiatives. These include “DIRECT CURRENT,” a two-week, multi-genre festival of contemporary culture; “SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras,” which represents a week-long spotlight on North American orchestras of all sizes; the Composer-In-Residence program, whose inaugural incumbent is Mason Bates; and “KC Jukebox,” an immersive new-music series that reimagines the classical concert experience. As the curator and producer of the Kennedy Center’s classical music programs, Jamie is also responsible for “Renée Fleming VOICES,” which celebrates the power of the human voice in a range of genres, and for the revered Fortas Chamber Music Concerts.
Before joining the Kennedy Center administration in 1997, Jamie Broumas was an Orchestra Management Fellow at the League of American Orchestras, where she worked with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony and Houston Symphony. A passionate advocate for new music, over the course of her career she has commissioned and programmed many new works, always with an eye to engaging new audiences. Jamie Broumas is also a gifted jazz vocalist who has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and a member of the Grammy-nominated Rare Silk vocal group. She holds a bachelor's degree in music from Vassar College.