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Vermont Mozart Festival has big plans for the future

BURLINGTON A recent leadership and organizational change has set the Vermont Mozart Festival on a strong road to the future. Timothy Riddle, former director of development and public relations for the Festival, has been promoted to the position of executive director. He will lead an expanded office staff which has been reorganized to more effectively prepare the upcoming and future seasons. The new position of operations assistant will coordinate all administrative and operational matters. With the summer 2007 season upon us, the office staff will expand to include a full-time marketing manager plus three full-time intern positions that will coordinate box office sales, site operations, and musicians affairs. Soon, a search will be undertaken to find a grant writer who will further the festivals fundraising capability. This reorganization by the board of directors is the result of a careful study of the workflow in the office and will make the festivals processes more efficient. John Hammer, president of the board, has played a major role in the reorganization and continues to be very involved in the process. Riddle has had long experience in development work and his two years at the festival give him a solid base on which to lead the organization into an exciting future. His new position will combine his previous duties with those of managing the new and enlarged staff organization. This summers schedule of nineteen concerts in eleven exciting locations throughout the northern Vermont incorporates a wealth of musical variety, from the Ying Quartet in a program together with the Appalachian instrumentalist and singer, Mike Seeger to the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra featuring three violin virtuosi in concerti by Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Bach. Such thematic concentrations have always been an element of each Vermont Mozart Festival season, allowing for a richness and depth found in no other Vermont musical experience. For information visit http://www.vtmozart.org or contact VTMozartFestival@aol.com, 802-862-7352.

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