Entrepreneurship and professional development expert Casey Molino Dunn joins the Music Academy of the West administration
As a Vice President, Mr. Molino Dunn will lead the Innovation Institute including Alumni Enterprise Awards, Innovation Residential, Fast Pitch Awards, and curriculum for Music Academy fellows
Santa Barbara, CA — Music Academy of the West announces the appointment of Casey Molino Dunn to the administration’s Artistic Operations department in the role of Vice President of Innovation and Program Development. His responsibility will be to oversee the execution and expansion of a year-round Innovation Institute comprised of annual Alumni Enterprise Awards, a five-day Innovation Residential, Summer School and Festival curriculum, and Fast Pitch Awards. His focus will be the creation of career-launching opportunities and professional development for all Academy fellows and alumni, as well as teaching as a faculty artist.
A familiar face to 2020 Academy fellows and faculty artists, Mr. Molino Dunn served as a co-director of the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (MARLI), along with Jennifer Bowman. MARLI was a mission-driven program providing training for the Academy’s full-scholarship fellows and artistic content available for audiences worldwide. Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk reported that, “None of our musical institutions had a more complicated program/curriculum to be converted into the virtual than the Music Academy of the West, and the brilliance of their solution — the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (MARLI) — could hardly be surpassed.” Musical America stated that MARLI “will go down as one of the most significant [seasons] ever in its 73-year history.”
As a MARLI co-director, Mr. Molino Dunn’s responsibilities included designing technology packages for all fellows, curating programming for Innovation Seminars, planning and executing the Fast Pitch Awards, and much more. He will continue to advance upon strides made this summer, expanding digital media capabilities and training for the Music Academy community, both on campus and for distance learning.
I’m excited to build on our recent success and further collaborate with the Music Academy family. It is especially energizing to work together on initiatives that strengthen artistic communities, musicians’ careers, and the future of classical music.
— Casey Molino Dunn
The Academy’s Summer Innovation Seminars bring together industry leaders and cutting-edge artists to engage fellows and audiences in discussion about the present and future state of classical music, while the annual Fast Pitch Awards allow fellows to present their entrepreneurial ideas. Alumni Enterprise Awards have provided over $220,000 in grants for forward-thinking projects in artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice, and technology. Recipients of the awards are invited to a five-day Innovation Residential. Academy alumni create careers in music and beyond and are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and academic faculties throughout the world.
Casey Molino Dunn’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship will inspire new self-made career paths for young musicians. His management and leadership of the Fast Pitch Awards in 2020 demonstrated a dedication to positive mentorship that will impact the participants long after the summer.
— Music Academy Board member and Lincoln Center Chief of Staff and Innovation Clive Chang
Mr. Molino Dunn, an accomplished professional musician, begins his new position after serving as the Director of Manhattan School of Music’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship. At Manhattan School, his key responsibilities included entrepreneurial coaching, leading career-enhancing services for students and alumni, teaching as part of the collegiate faculty, and collaboratively producing professional development workshops. Under his direction, the Center has been highlighted by Billboard and Forbes magazines.
In September, Mr. Molino Dunn will begin his new role part-time remotely and begin full-time in Santa Barbara in January 2021. Kevin Kwan Loucks served as Director of Innovation and Program Development from 2018-2020. The Artistic Operations department is managed by Chief Artistic Officer Jamie Broumas.
In the footsteps of his leadership with MARLI, we are truly thrilled to welcome Casey Molino Dunn to our team. He is both an innovator and skilled educator who will help create meaningful career-launching opportunities for Music Academy fellows and alumni. There are few professionals in our industry better poised to help young musicians create their own path than Casey.
— Music Academy Chief Artistic Officer Jamie Broumas
About Casey Molino Dunn
Casey Molino Dunn has collaborated with a range of musicians to advance their careers and entrepreneurial activities. In addition to leading Manhattan School of Music’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship, he has worked as a publicist securing diverse media coverage and producing special events for ensembles and artists including André Previn and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Mr. Molino Dunn previously coordinated the Eastman School of Music’s Office of Careers and Professional Development and was a member of The Juilliard School’s student services staff. He serves as a career advisor at the annual Chamber Music America national conference and has played key roles within the Network of Music Career Development Officers and the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education. This fall he is a guest lecturer in career classes at the Eastman School of Music and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Active as a baritone vocalist and actor, Mr. Molino Dunn’s performances range from Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in New Hampshire to Sondheim’s Passion in Miami. He is a former chorister with New York City Opera and was an ensemble member for the New York City premiere of Andrew Lippa’s theatrical oratorio I Am Harvey Milk. Also a keyboardist, he has played community performances for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s pops series and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He leads the music program at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church in Chatham, New Jersey and produces the town’s Concerts on Main, a series he launched in 2013. Casey holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
About Music Academy of the West
Founded in 1947, Music Academy of the West offers year-round programming for the local community and talented musicians from around the world. Each year, 140 fellows ages 18-34 are selected by merit-based audition from more than 2,000 applicants worldwide to participate in an eight-week Summer School and Festival to prepare them for 21st-century careers. At the Summer Festival, they receive opportunities for advanced study and frequent orchestral, chamber, recital and masterclass performances under the guidance of more than 70 internationally renowned faculty and guest artists. Each fellow receives a full scholarship for tuition, room and board. In 2018, the Music Academy began a partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) that brings LSO musicians to Santa Barbara, to teach and perform, and sends twelve Keston MAX Fellows to London for ten days of training and performance with the orchestra. Career-launching opportunities for fellows and alumni are offered through the Academy’s Innovation Institute. Summer Innovation Seminars bring together industry leaders and cutting-edge artists to engage fellows and audiences in discussion about the present and future state of classical music, while the annual Fast Pitch Awards give fellows a platform to present their entrepreneurial ideas. The Academy’s Alumni Enterprise Awards have provided more than $220,000 in grants for forward-thinking projects in artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice and technology; recipients of the awards are also invited to attend a five-day Innovation Residential. Academy alumni create careers in music and beyond and are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and academic faculties throughout the world. Music Academy of the West also provides music education locally through Sing!, a free, after-school choral initiative for seven-to-twelve-year-olds from 28 schools in Santa Barbara County. The Academy presents more than 150 public events annually in four campus venues and in sites across Santa Barbara and online. For more information, visit musicacademy.org.
photo by David Molino Dunn
Released: August 28, 2020
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