Jennifer Barlament has been announced as the new Executive Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Barlament, currently the General Manager of the Cleveland Orchestra, will begin in January 2016.
“Jennifer’s demonstrated success at the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the most respected orchestras in the world, along with her ability to innovate and develop connections within the community made her the ideal candidate for this position,” said ASO Board Chair Kirk Jamieson. “She possesses both the dedication to the art and the exemplary business and management skills to elevate the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to the next level.”
Barlament, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Emory University, emphasized that “it is especially poignant for me to come home to Georgia to serve a city and an Orchestra that I love, working with Robert Spano, one of the great original thinkers in American classical music.” Barlament, who also holds a master’s degree in clarinet performance from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York (where she founded the New Eastman Symphony), was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the League of American Orchestras in 2013.