Story last updated at 9/30/2009 - 11:34 am
Juneau Jazz & Classics has welcomed Sandy Fortier as the new executive director of the local non-profit organization.
Fortier recently graduated from University of Oregon Eugene with a master's in Arts Administration, with a focus in Non-Profit Management. Fortier also holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley.
Fortier has relocated to Juneau from Eugene, Ore., where she coordinated the Willamette Valley Music Festival, a two-day festival drawing more than 7,000 attendees.
Fortier has been involved in the performing arts her whole life. She has taught music at a school for at-risk and abused children. As a flute player and vocalist, she has worked with bands, orchestras, choirs, theaters and arts education organizations throughout the country.
Fortier has worked at Theater Aspen in Aspen, Colo., and Jasper Mountain Center and School in Jasper, Ore. She also served on the board of Sparkplug Dance Educational Resources in Eugene, Ore.
"We are so happy to bring a young professional with a master's degree in arts management to Juneau in anticipation of our 25th festival in 2011," said Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, chair of the Juneau Jazz & Classics board, in a press release. "We thank the community of Juneau for their support."
Fortier said that she is "very excited to join a respected and community-supported festival in such a beautiful setting."
"This position allows me to explore my passion for music and to represent my personal belief that every person deserves to experience outstanding live music," she said.
In her free time, Fortier enjoys training for triathlons, photography and playing the flute.
Juneau Jazz & Classics was founded by Artistic Director Linda Rosenthal in 1987. The organization's annual festival brings professional musicians in classics, jazz and blues to Juneau every spring.
The 2010 festival will take place May 21-30.
The Juneau Jazz & Classics office is located in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 350 Whittier St.
For more information about Juneau Jazz & Classics, visit http://www.jazzandclassics.org or call 463-3378.