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Jenny Bilfield – President & CEO of Washington Performing Arts / Women, Leadership, & the Arts | BU Arts Initiative

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Date(s) - 03/15/2016
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Conference Auditorium, George Sherman Union

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Conference Auditorium, George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor

Join the BU Arts Initiative for this special event featuring music from women composers performed by CFA students Laura Randall — flute and Fangfei Chen — piano.

Jenny Bilfield was appointed Washington Performing Arts’ President and CEO in April 2013. The organization is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts and, most recently, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. Bilfield has broadened Washington Performing Arts’ organizational capacity through re-branding, numerous partnerships (including the SHIFT Festival with the Kennedy Center, and the 11th Street Bridge Park/Building Bridges Across the River), launching the Mars Urban Arts Initiative, commissioning numerous new works, and producing the landmark concert, Of Thee We Sing, at Constitution Hall to honor Marian Anderson. She has been recognized among the “30 Key Influencers in the Arts: Movers and Shakers” by Musical America and as twice by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Washington.”

Jenny Bilfield was appointed Washington Performing Arts’ President and CEO in April 2013. The organization is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts and, most recently, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. Bilfield has broadened Washington Performing Arts’ organizational capacity through re-branding, numerous partnerships (including the SHIFT Festival with the Kennedy Center, and the 11th Street Bridge Park/Building Bridges Across the River), launching the Mars Urban Arts Initiative, commissioning numerous new works, and producing the landmark concert, Of Thee We Sing, at Constitution Hall to honor Marian Anderson. She has been recognized among the “30 Key Influencers in the Arts: Movers and Shakers” by Musical America and as twice by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Washington.”

Previously, Bilfield was Artistic & Executive Director of Stanford Lively Arts and Artistic Director of Stanford Live at Stanford University where she as part of the 7-member core team to plan, program, and open Bing Concert Hall. Bilfield received accolades for her programming, including the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of top 10 Notable Classical Music Developments of the Decade. Her active role in the Silicon Valley community was recognized with the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award, and with a Proclamation from the Mayor and City Council of Palo Alto, CA.

Bilfield has held numerous leadership roles in the arts, including the Presidency of music publisher Boosey & Hawkes. As Executive Director of the National Orchestral Association and founder of the New Music Orchestral Project, Bilfield received an Adventuresome Programming award from ASCAP, and the Helen M. Thompson Orchestra Leadership award from the League of American Orchestras. She is a member of the Federal City Council in Washington, and on the Steering Committee for ArtsActionDC.

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