Music Academy of the West names Jamie Broumas as Chief Artistic Officer

Music Academy of the West Names Jamie Broumas as Chief Artistic Officer

The Music Academy of the West is delighted to announce the appointment of Jamie Broumas to the newly created position of Chief Artistic Officer. Now serving as Director of Classical and New Music Programs at Washington’s Kennedy Center, Ms. Broumas takes up the new post in January, when she looks forward to working with administration and faculty to further promote the Academy’s artistic vision. She will guide its training programs, foster a culture of consultation and collaboration, develop partnerships and community outreach initiatives, oversee the year-round program of innovative activities and events, and build new revenue streams and audience support. In addition, she will incorporate multi-disciplinary events into the Academy’s programming and build relationships with contemporary composers to create new commissions. She will also focus on mentoring Academy fellows to become change agents in their industry and communities.

We are thrilled to have a highly experienced and creative leader joining our team. Jamie Broumas will help strategize and direct the artistic vision that creates career-launching opportunities for our fellows and alumni. Her deep commitment to the arts will undoubtedly strengthen the training for our fellows and the public’s engagement with classical music.

— Scott Reed, Music Academy of the West President and CEO

I am very excited about the prospect of working in an educational and training environment to help foster the careers and wellbeing of emerging musicians. I am also intrigued by the challenge of creating programs that serve Academy fellows, while providing opportunities for meaningful outreach to the Santa Barbara community and its creative ecosystem. The Academy is clearly a vibrant and forward-thinking organization.

— Jamie Broumas

About Jamie Broumas

As Director of Classical and New Music Programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Ms. Broumas has instigated a number of substantial and highly successful initiatives. These include “DIRECT CURRENT,” a two-week, multi-genre festival of contemporary culture; “SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras,” which represents a week-long spotlight on North American orchestras of all sizes; the Composer-In-Residence program, whose inaugural incumbent is Mason Bates; and “KC Jukebox,” an immersive new-music series that reimagines the classical concert experience. As the curator and producer of the Kennedy Center’s classical music programs, Ms. Broumas is also responsible for “Renée Fleming VOICES,” which celebrates the power of the human voice in a range of genres, and for the revered Fortas Chamber Music Concerts.

Before joining the Kennedy Center administration in 1997, Jamie Broumas was an Orchestra Management Fellow at the League of American Orchestras, where she worked with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony and Houston Symphony. A passionate advocate for new music, over the course of her career she has commissioned and programmed many new works, always with an eye to engaging new audiences. Ms. Broumas is also a gifted jazz vocalist who has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and a member of the Grammy-nominated Rare Silk vocal group. She holds a B.A. in Music from Vassar College.

About the Music Academy of the West

The Music Academy of the West advances the development of 21st-century, classically trained musicians and cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences. Founded in 1947, the Academy operates on a ten-acre, oceanside campus in Santa Barbara, California, where its world-renowned eight-week Summer Festival comprises more than 200 events. Programs comprise voice, vocal piano, collaborative piano, instrumental, and solo piano. In 2018, the Academy launched a four-year partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, focusing on education and performance on both sides of the Atlantic. For more information, please visit

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Glenn Petry, 21C Media Group: [email protected]; 212-625-2038

Kate Oberjat, Music Academy of the West, Director of Marketing and Communications: [email protected]; 805‐695-7908


Broumas photo by Moshe Zusman Photography