The League of American Orchestras chose Rebecca Zabinski ’06 and Jennifer Barton ’10 as two of the seven orchestra administrators who will benefit from learning and mentoring opportunities offered through the Emerging Leaders Program.
Rebecca Zabinski currently serves as artistic associate at the Houston Symphony. Since joining the Houston Symphony administrative staff in 2009, she has worked on a variety of projects, including the creation of a Sound + Vision concert enhancement element partnering with the Cervantes Collection at Texas A&M University, which was featured in the Summer 2011 issue of the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony magazine; managing concert appearances of students from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music for two classical subscription opera-in-concert projects, Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and Berg’s Wozzeck; coordinating the appearances of more than 100 local student musicians and dancers for the Houston Symphony’s 100th birthday concert, televised live on Houston ABC affiliate KTRK Channel 13; and serving as the administrative support member of the Music Director Search Committee that recently named Andrés Orozco-Estrada as the Symphony’s 16th music director.
Before taking her position at the Houston Symphony, Rebecca was the operations and personnel intern at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston. A Pittsburgh-area native, she holds a BFA in vocal performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she performed lead roles in several opera and Theater-by-the-Grove productions and was a member of the IUP Chamber Singers and Chorale. She lives in Houston with her husband, Steven Brown, who is currently pursuing his doctorate in trumpet performance, and their two beloved rescue dogs.
As an arts fund-raising specialist, Jennifer Barton is the individual giving manager at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and has held positions at the Baltimore and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.
Her accomplishments at the BSO include a 9 percent increase in the Governing Members campaign during her tenure, implementation of prospect research and management protocol for the launch of a comprehensive campaign at the BSO, and creation of “Bolt for the BSO,” a running fund-raising team of more than 150 BSO staff members, musicians, and fans who raised more than $125,000 in three years.
A pianist and graduate of IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College, Jennifer attended the Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar held by the League of American Orchestras in 2011 and has served on the board of the York County (Pennsylvania) Honors Choirs.
About the Emerging Leaders Program
Seven orchestra administrators between the ages of 25 and 35 will participate in the League of American Orchestras’ newly created, two-year Emerging Leaders Program. The program participants were selected based on their potential to significantly impact the orchestra field as future leaders.
In launching the Emerging Leaders Program, the League of American Orchestras has created a program aligned with the expectations and realities of current work force needs. Identifying and developing potential leaders remains a core commitment of the league, and the new program gives participants an intensive learning and mentoring experience while enabling them to remain employed by their home orchestras.
Participants were selected based on their overall leadership potential and for their perceived capacity to make an even greater contribution to the organizations they currently serve and those they will serve in the future. They work in all areas of orchestra administration, including artistic, development, education and community engagement, and operations.
The Emerging Leaders Program will offer strong peer network-building opportunities, including frequent in-person meetings at the league’s New York City offices; the chance to jointly curate content at the league’s national conference; and a group visit to other organizations. In addition, participants will work with designated mentors, both at their home orchestras and outside the field, and will receive financial resources to address personalized professional-development needs.