The Music Academy is delighted to announce the appointment of Shauna Quill, current Executive Director of the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), as its new President and CEO beginning November 1. Quill succeeds Scott Reed, who served in that capacity for 12 years.
Quill joined NYYS as Executive Director in the fall of 2011, and leaves behind an enviable roster of accomplishments from her time with that institution. These include a GRAMMY Award for Best Orchestral Performance for the NYYS’s first professional recording; an international touring program; and launching, expanding and developing several new programs, including Musical Theater Songwriting and the Crescendo orchestral program for NYC students ages 10-18. She also built community partnerships and fellowships for NYYS with Interlochen Center for the Arts, Harmony Program, Harlem School of the Arts, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, in addition to significantly raising the national profile of the organization with performances on CBS Sunday Morning, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and CNN.
Trained as a flutist, Quill was Executive Director of the University of Chicago Presents prior to being named Executive Director of the New York Youth Symphony and has held senior leadership positions at the Aspen Music Festival and School, La Jolla Music Society, and the Herbert Breslin Agency in New York.
Quill’s appointment also has a personal significance: NancyBell Coe, who preceded Scott Reed as Music Academy President and CEO, is a longtime mentor Quill once worked under at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She adds: “The symmetry of having an opportunity to build on the manifold achievements of NancyBell, Scott, and the MA community is an aspect of the new post I find particularly gratifying.”
Located in Santa Barbara, the Music Academy creates a space where exceptional talent can thrive by encouraging artists to stretch, experiment, improvise, and play. We give artists the tools they need to become not just great musicians but great leaders.
The Music Academy’s programs are: Sing!, a children’s choir free of charge for all participants that performs with local, national, and international partners; the annual eight-week Summer School & Festival which trains up to 140 fellows ages 18-34 and presents more than 120 performances and events, competitions, and a fully staged opera; the MAX (Music Academy Exchange) partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra; the Innovation Institute’s Alumni Enterprise Awards; and the Mariposa Series of concerts by Academy-affiliated artists. For more information, visit musicacademy.org
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