SARASOTA, FL – La Musica International Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce Joan L. Sussman as its new executive director. Sussman is an accomplished arts marketing professional with multi-discipline experience, extensive knowledge of the performing arts, and a successful fundraising record.
Sally Faron, president of La Musica, stated, “Our friends at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recommended we speak with Joan Sussman. WuHan and David Finckel have worked with her for many years in their annual residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upper New York State. Bruno Giuranna, Derek Han and I find Joan’s abilities and experience in the performing arts fit our needs perfectly and we welcome her with great pleasure.”
Sussman said, “La Musica is a little gem in the crown of Sarasota’s performing arts. The annual festival offers opportunities to learn about and enjoy chamber music, which makes these programs accessible for everyone. It’s energizing to work with these fine musicians and with this talented and dedicated board.”
She continued, “I want to especially recognize our documentary series, La Musica at Home, because it’s an example of an idea generated and executed by board members. The videos are remarkable and for many it’s a gateway into the upcoming season. We’re thrilled with the response.”
Most recently, Sussman held the position of house manager for Opera Saratoga and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She was the vice president of marketing for Orlando Ballet, vice president of marketing and public relations for Charlotte Symphony, director of marketing for The Phoenix Symphony, and director of marketing and public relations for New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She served on the Arizona Commission for the Arts grants review committee, and has been a guest lecturer at New York University, Hunter College, and Marymount College.
La Musica’s 35th festival season will take place in April. For more information, visit LaMusicaFestival.org. ### La Musica’s mission is to bring together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present exciting programs of familiar and unusual chamber music, communicating a joy in performance to enthusiastic audiences. A major goal is to reach out to the community to draw people into the creative process through special performances and daily open rehearsals. For more information about La Musica, visit www.lamusicafestival.org.