Jennifer Barlament on her path to orchestra management—and the Atlanta Symphony

Posted on: June 6, 2022

“It’s no surprise that the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s [Executive Director] Jennifer Barlament had a music-filled childhood, studying clarinet for years and playing violin with the Savannah Symphony Youth Orchestra,” writes Lisa Mowry in Wednesday’s (6/1) Atlanta Magazine. “She … pursued a double-major in physics along with music at Emory University…. A graduate course in orchestra management at Eastman School of Music set her on a new path. ‘A group of students started an orchestra there, and I got hooked,’ Barlament says…. ‘When I was managing the orchestra, I felt a sense of satisfaction about helping make the whole thing happen.’ … [Barlament] joined the ASO in 2016 and has helped the symphony thrive… Under her leadership, the ASO had a record seven years of balanced budgets…. During the height of Covid-19, ASO’s Behind the Curtain series allowed subscribers and single-ticket holders to enjoy full concerts via streaming…. Recently, her historic hiring of Nathalie Stutzmann as ASO’s [first female] music director caught the attention of leading news outlets…. [Barlament] has been mentored by other women in her life and loves being a mentor herself. ‘Being the voice that encourages them to say “yes!” is one of my favorite things to do.’ ”