Caitlin Patton – Executive Director of National Music Festival

Creative Lives Lecture Series, IV

Tuesday, May 12
5-6 p.m.
Main Gallery

Cost: $15 Members; $20 Nonmembers

Caitlin Patton is the co-founder and Executive Director of OuterArts, Inc., the nonprofit organization that operates the National Music Festival, The Phanos Project, and the Fiddlesticks! Youth Strings Program. A violinist/violist as well as an arts administrator, she also teaches in the Fiddlesticks! Program. Caitlin is also a published freelance writer.

She grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she developed a passion for reading, writing and music as well as animal rescue and equestrian pursuits. Homeschooled from 5th grade on, she was admitted to Washington College at the age of 15, where she majored in Humanities and Music and minored in Creative Writing and English.

Graduate studies took her to Charleston, South Carolina, where she graduated in May 2010 from the Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston. While there, she focused her studies in Arts and Nonprofit Administration. She was active in the Charleston community in her role as the Community Service Chair for the College of Charleston Master of Public Administration Student Association, and also through her volunteer work for Lowcountry Animal Rescue.

Both during and after college, Caitlin taught violin and horseback riding lessons and trained horses professionally.  Her arts administration experience includes positions with Spoleto Festival USA, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at the Tanglewood Music Center), and as the first Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Her training includes a Professional Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Arts Extension Service, and the Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar at the League of American Orchestras.

Caitlin is a member of the Chester River Chorale and serves on the Board of the Humane Society of Kent County. Her wide-ranging interests include Double Forte Farm, her small farm in Galena, where she lives with her husband (Richard Rosenberg, Artistic Director of the National Music Festival), three dogs, four cats, three horses and an ever-changing flock of chickens, turkeys, ducks, guinea fowl and geese.

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