Santa Fe Pro Musica selects pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as next artistic director

Posted on: May 7, 2020

“ ‘We took a moonshot, and we got lucky.’ That’s how Thomas O’Connor, Santa Fe Pro Musica’s co-founder and music director, describes the selection of renowned pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as the group’s artistic director designate,” writes Mark Tiarks in Friday’s (5/1) Pasatiempo (Santa Fe, NM). “In 2017, O’Connor announced his decision to eventually step down from his role as music director to the company’s board of directors, and the search for a successor began…. Her appointment, along with that of Mary G. Madigan three months ago as the group’s executive director, means Pro Musica is the first major performing arts organization in Santa Fe with all-female leadership… McDermott will take over the artistic reins in a three-year, phased-in process. She typically plays about 100 performances each year, while also serving as artistic director of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, a six-week summer festival.… In addition, she’s the artistic director of the one-week Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival in the Florida Keys and the weeklong chamber music festival at McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University. She serves as curator of Mainly Mozart’s chamber music series in San Diego.”