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Tafelmusik Bids Fond Farewell to Managing Director Tricia Baldwin

Saturday, September 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Managing Director Tricia Baldwin will be leaving Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Managing Director Tricia Baldwin will be leaving Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir to become the Director of the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

 “Her sharp intelligence, vision, dedication, wisdom, integrity and perseverance have served Tafelmusik terrifically for the past 14 years. Tricia is every Music Director's dream come true. One only needs to have an idea and Tricia finds a way to make it a reality,” said Tafelmusik’s Music Director Jeanne Lamon

Below is the media release distributed by Tafelmusik on September 24, 2014


 Tafelmusik Board Chair Andy Kenins announced today that Managing Director Tricia Baldwin will be leaving Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir to become the Director of the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, effective December 8, 2014.

“After 14 extraordinary years as Managing Director, Tricia Baldwin leaves Tafelmusik in excellent shape, with building blocks in place for a vibrant future for many years to come. Thanks to her vision and persistence, Tafelmusik now has a world-class home venue, its own record label, and an international reputation that is the envy of orchestras around the globe. Queen’s University has also recognized Tricia’s accomplishments and talent, and we are thrilled for her. But we will miss her passionate commitment to Tafelmusik,” said Andy Kenins. “We are very grateful that Jeanne Lamon will provide leadership continuity in her role as Chief Artistic Advisor in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, as Tafelmusik has very exciting projects coming up that we all look forward to realizing.”

Tricia Baldwin became Managing Director of Tafelmusik in July, 2000. Under her leadership and in collaboration with Music Director Jeanne Lamon and the Tafelmusik Board, staff and artistic team, Tafelmusik has experienced tremendous growth. During Ms. Baldwin’s tenure, Tafelmusik has enjoyed a prolific and prestigious period on the world stage including 60 provincial, national and international tours. In 2012, Tricia Baldwin was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ John Hobday Award in Arts Management and a full scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto and KPMG to attend Harvard University’s course in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

Baldwin is currently celebrating her 15th season with Tafelmusik. During her tenure, the organization has seen the development of future audiences and artists through the expansion and diversification of Tafelmusik’s venue programmes in Toronto to include Koerner Hall and the George Weston Recital Hall, and the realization of major education, outreach and artist training initiatives including the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute created by Chief Artistic Advisor Jeanne Lamon and harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger. Since 2000, Tafelmusik has doubled its operating revenues, eliminated its deficit, enjoyed 14 successive surplus budgets, increased its endowment from $314,000 to $5 MM, and has built balance sheet funds to more than $800,000.

“I have had the time of my life at Tafelmusik, and we have achieved so much together,” said Tricia Baldwin. “Working with Jeanne Lamon during her years as Music Director has been a life-changing experience. She is a remarkable person, and I have so appreciated her wisdom, partnership and friendship. It has been such a privilege to work with our outstanding staff team with such excellent leadership: our talented Director of Marketing Alexandra Skoczylas, Director of Artistic Administration and Operations Beth Anderson, Director of Development Angela Nelson-Heesch, and Controller John Hurst, and their amazing teams. Artistically, this has been an incredibly creative period — what an honour it has been to work with Jeanne Lamon, Charlotte Nediger and Ivars Taurins, as well as all of the amazingly talented orchestra and choir members. It has been very inspiring to collaborate behind the scenes with Alison Mackay on her extraordinary projects that have reinvented the concert experience. Partnering with Marshall Pynkoski, Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, and Patricia Barretto at Opera Atelier has been a complete joy, and I will never forget the performances with Bruno Weil. Our Board led by Chair Andy Kenins has been a great source of leadership, wisdom, and support in focusing the organization on major leaps forward while ensuring fiscal success through great governance and leadership in philanthropy.”

Baldwin and the Tafelmusik team spearheaded the recent $3.2 MM renovation of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall in 2013 and 2014. She also headed up the recent creation of Tafelmusik’s own recording label, Tafelmusik Media, in 2012 with the great help of Randy Barnard, Stefan Piendl, Myriam Rohleder and Rick Dunlop. She inspired the establishment of Tafelmusik’s own digital concert hall created by Réjean Tremblay, and has organized numerous international recording, film and television projects that have garnered many awards and nominations, as well as frequent international broadcasts. Tafelmusik became the first orchestra to be awarded the top $50,000 Lieutenant Governor’s Award (2003) for maintaining a high level of artistic excellence while demonstrating exceptional private sector and community support. Tafelmusik also earned the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor’s Award in 2002.

After 14 remarkable years as Managing Director, Baldwin leaves an organization that is thriving: Phase Two of the ambitious $3 million revitalization of Tafelmusik’s home venue at Trinity-St. Paul’s is about to be unveiled; prestigious international candidates for the position of Tafelmusik’s next Music Director have been selected and will be performing with the orchestra this season and next, with the successful candidate expected to be in place for the 2016/2017 season; Tafelmusik’s presence on the national and international scene continues to be reinforced by major tours this season to Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Eastern Canada; and Tafelmusik’s reach has extended further than ever before thanks to the Tafelmusik Media record label, which sold more than 13,000 CDs and DVDs worldwide in its first year of operation. All of these initiatives were achieved against the backdrop of 14 consecutive operating surpluses under Baldwin’s tenure.

“Tricia Baldwin will be sorely missed by all those who worked with her,” said Jeanne Lamon. “Her sharp intelligence, vision, dedication, wisdom, integrity and perseverance have served Tafelmusik terrifically for the past 14 years. Tricia is every Music Director's dream come true. One only needs to have an idea and Tricia finds a way to make it a reality. I have learned a great deal working with Tricia and will never be able to thank her enough for all her wonderfulness, her humour, her friendship and her hard work. She leaves a legacy that includes many important initiatives such as artist training programmes, our own recording label and a fine ‘new’ concert hall. We all wish her well in her new endeavour and have no doubt that successes will continue to follow her.”

Baldwin received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and her MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Prior to Tafelmusik, she was the Executive Director of Ballet British Columbia and General Manager of the Kingston Symphony.

Andy Kenins also announced today that Tafelmusik will immediately form a search committee and engage a search consultant to begin the process of appointing the Tafelmusik’s next Managing Director. Tafelmusik’s Board will appoint current Director of Marketing Alexandra Skoczylas as Interim Managing Director in December 2014 until the new managing director is appointed. Tafelmusik’s Director of Artistic Administration and Operations Beth Anderson will assume an increased leadership role in the senior leadership cabinet, managing Tafelmusik’s extensive Toronto season and international touring activities. Jeanne Lamon continues her role as Chief Artistic Advisor heading up all artistic decision-making and season planning.


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