Music Academy of the West announces new senior administrator

Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer Tracey Scholtemeyer joins executive team in January 2019

Santa Barbara, CA — The Music Academy of the West has announced a new key senior leader. Tracey Scholtemeyer will become the Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the Music Academy in January 2019. Ms. Scholtemeyer will provide the strategic oversight and management responsibilities for the Academy’s financial accounting, investments, budgetary administration, human resources, database administration, and information technology. Ms. Scholtemeyer will oversee the Academy’s operating budget and its investment account in collaboration with the Board of Directors and President and CEO Scott Reed. Her responsibilities will also include facility operations management for the 10-acre campus and 10 buildings that have recently been enhanced through renovation of original structures and the addition of Hind Hall.

Tracey Scholtemeyer comes to the Academy from the University of California, Riverside where she is currently the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Undergraduate Education. Ms. Scholtemeyer earned a Master of Arts, Management degree from the University of Redlands School of Business where she was inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society. She received a bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance from Northern Illinois University, with a full-tuition scholarship.

Music Academy of the West President and CEO Scott Reed said, “We welcome Tracey following a competitive national search conducted by the premier executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Her background pairs professional experience in business and music. This union will greatly benefit her understanding of our organization, the community, and the unique needs of the 21st century musician.”

Thomas Orlando, Chair of the Academy’s Finance Committee, added, “Tracey Scholtemeyer’s skill in collaborative management and organizational strategy is a huge asset to the continuing growth of the Music Academy. Her ability to help communicate complex financial information to multiple constituencies will serve her well in her new role.”

Tracey Scholtemeyer’s early career includes roles as music performer, educator, and administrator, including founder and director of young musicians in San Diego. She later joined the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego as Director of Production. Within the UC system, she has been promoted four times, having now served in her current position since 2016.

“I am overjoyed and immensely honored to join the Music Academy of the West team. The Music Academy’s inspiring mission of developing great classical musicians and bringing world-class classical music to audiences and communities near and far is one that resonates with me, which is why I feel so fortunate to be a part of this prestigious institution. I am energized and eager to devote my very best efforts to the Music Academy and to contribute to its continued growth and success,” said Ms. Scholtemeyer.

About Tracey Scholtemeyer

Tracey Scholtemeyer is currently the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Having worked with a wide variety of organizations, she has over twenty-six years of professional experience, of which sixteen years have been in higher education finance and administration, as well as over 10 years in arts administration, music education, and performance.

Some of her financial duties as CFAO at UCR include, strategic financial planning, fiscal operations, day-to-day budgetary management, and long-term visioning. She also oversees pre- and post-award contract and grant administration, and manages endowment and gift funds.

Ms. Scholtemeyer’s administrative duties as CFAO include oversight of IT, facilities, and human resources. As Chief of Staff, she serves as an advisor to the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education. This Division consists of six departments with over 300 career andpart-time employees.

In addition to her tenure at UCR, Ms. Scholtemeyer was a member of the executive team of the UCPath Center where she managed the Quality and Performance Management team. Instituted by the University of California, Office of the President, the UCPath Center is a shared services center designed to serve all 10 of the University of California campuses.

Other positions throughout Ms. Scholtemeyer’s tenure with the University of California include Financial and Administrative Officer for UCR Performing Arts Administration, and the Departments of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Creative Writing (2007–2011), as well as Director of Production in the Department of Music at University of California, San Diego (2000–2003).

Prior to her years in higher education, Ms. Scholtemeyer was director of the Music Matters music program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, California. She also founded the young musicians music program in the San Diego area, bringing music to K–12 schools that lacked funding for arts programs.

Ms. Scholtemeyer was born in Chicago, Illinois, and played in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra as a senior in high school. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the School of Music at Northern Illinois University, and she earned a master’s degree in Management from the School of Business at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. She has performed as a bassoonist and contrabassoonist with various ensembles in Illinois and California.

Ms. Scholtemeyer is an avid runner and has completed several marathons, half marathons, and 5Ks.

About 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 10-acre, ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, California. Music Academy of the West’s world-renowned eight-week Summer Festival comprises more than 200 events. The Academy began a four-year partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2018 focused on education and performance on both continents. For more information, please visit

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