MARC THAYER has been named executive director of the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival starting in the summer of 2018. Ron Schwizer, executive director of the Hancock, Maine-based organization since 2006, will retire at the conclusion of the 2018 festival. Thayer is currently executive director of Symphony NH in Nashua, New Hampshire, a position which he will retain. Previously Thayer was deputy director of the Association of American Voices, a cultural diplomacy organization with which he has performed and taught internationally. Thayer co-managed the American Music Abroad Program for the U.S. Department of State and served as cultural envoy in Liberia in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 Thayer taught and coached with the El Sistema program with MusAid in San Salvador, and was on the faculty of the Guadalquivir Festival with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia from 2006 to 2007. Thayer was previously vice president for education and community partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and director of community engagement with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He was a member of the New World Symphony from 1995 to 1998. Thayer received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music.
Posted May 7, 2018