KATONAH, N.Y. – Edward J. Lewis III, an skilled performing arts chief and achieved musician, has been appointed president and chief govt officer of Caramoor Heart for Music and the Arts.
He’ll succeed interim CEO Nina Curley on Saturday, Might 1.
As a violinist, Lewis has been a member of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Chamber orchestras. He involves Caramoor from the College of North Carolina Faculty of the Arts, the place he presently serves as vice chancellor for development.
“I need to thank the Board of Trustees for the respect of serving as the following president and CEO of Caramoor,” Lewis mentioned in a press launch. “I’m excited concerning the alternative to carry collectively all of my experiences as a music scholar, skilled musician, arts college member and humanities administrator, in addition to my passions for nature and historical past.”
On the College of North Carolina Faculty of the Arts, the nation’s first state-supported arts college, Lewis is a member of the chief group that charts the course for future development, addressing rising points, long-range planning, organizational construction, policy-making and institutional budgeting.
Lewis’s earlier positions embrace serving as senior director of improvement on the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Heart on the College of Maryland, Faculty Park, the place he offered strategic path for a complete fundraising program.
He holds a bachelor of music from Northwestern College and a grasp of music from the College of Michigan. Lewis additionally attended the College of Maryland Faculty of Music, the place he studied chamber music with the Guarneri String Quartet. As an expert violist, he’s a founding member of Baltimore’s Soulful Symphony and a former member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Professional Musica, Sphinx Symphony, and Toledo Symphony.
Accomplished early final yr, Caramoor’s “Encourage” capital marketing campaign raised greater than $40 million, quadrupling its endowment and enabling main investments within the historic 80-acre Katonah property.
“Caramoor has a storied legacy of presenting famend artists and nurturing generations of rising chamber music and vocal artists,” Lewis mentioned. “With the latest success and influence of its Encourage marketing campaign, Caramoor is in a robust monetary place to be much more forward-thinking in charting its course for the following 75 years.
“I’m thrilled to collaborate with a group of achieved arts professionals and passionate advocates to construct on Caramoor’s celebrated historical past,” he continued. “Collectively, we’ll give attention to enhancing its distinctive setting and world-class performances to make sure that Caramoor is a spot that displays a broad and inclusive sense of group and that delights each artists and audiences.”
Caramoor Chairman James A. Attwood Jr. mentioned he excited to have Lewis on the helm.
“In the case of fundraising and administration within the arts, his degree of expertise and experience is outstanding,” Attwood mentioned. “What’s extra, his ardour for excellence, innovation, inclusivity and viewers improvement aligns completely with ours. I believe I converse for all of us at Caramoor once I say we now have by no means been extra optimistic as we glance in the direction of the long run.”