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Eastern Music Festival (EMF) is pleased to announce that Kelly Swindell, a veteran communications and audience development specialist, will become the organization’s new Media and Communications Director. In this role, which begins December 3, 2018, Swindell will cultivate and maintain the Festival’s multi-faceted communications and media strategies. She joins EMF’s leadership team and will work closely with Executive Director Chris Williams.

“We are so excited to welcome Kelly as she brings a depth of experience and passion to this important position,” said EMF Executive Director Chris Williams. “She will be a vital part of extending the EMF story to current and new audiences and strengthening connections with our existing patrons and partners. This is a dynamic addition to the Festival, with her extensive background in communications and audience development, and her enthusiasm and interest in the performing arts on the local, regional, and national level,” added Williams.

“I am thrilled and honored to join the EMF family,” said Swindell. “The opportunity to work with an esteemed performing arts organization such as EMF is something I have always wanted to do,” added Swindell. “This music festival is a regional gem that offers excellent classical music performances and training right here in the Triad. I look forward to partnering with the EMF leadership and artists to share the experiences of live music performances in coming seasons.”

Ms. Swindell brings to EMF years of experience in communications and marketing in both the nonprofit and commercial business sectors. She is also personally invested in the local performing arts as a trustee and performer with the Van Dyke Dance Group and as a board member at Dance Project, both based in Greensboro, NC. Her recent professional experience includes Greensboro-based Biscuitville FRESH SOUTHERN, Triad Stage, and Triad-based advertising and public relations firms MullenLowe, Trone Brand Energy, and Feisty PR. She received a M.F.A. in Performing Arts Management from UNC School of the Arts and a B.A. in History from UNC-Greensboro.

New Year-Round Position is an Investment in Festival’s Vision for Expanded Visibility in the Triad

For almost six decades, Eastern Music Festival has been produced each summer on the campus of Guilford College, UNCG and other venues in the Greensboro area. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned visiting artists. A powerful teaching institution, EMF provides encouragement and guidance to over 225 young musicians from across the country and around the globe as they take their first steps towards careers in the performing arts. During EMF’s five-week annual festival, the festival presents more than 65 concerts under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. In addition, 30-plus outreach performances are performed throughout the region.

EMF provides more than $350,000 in annual scholarship support to deserving and talented students each year, employs more than 100 musicians and support staff each season, and enlivens the Greensboro and Triad community through its performances and outreach activities.

About Eastern Music Festival (EMF)

Eastern Music Festival is an outstanding educational experience for talented, dedicated, young artists between the ages of 14 and 23. The faculty/musicians are teaching artists of the highest order – and the annual student population of 200+ is extraordinary. This coming season, Eastern Music Festival will celebrate 57 years of providing unmatched educational experiences and great performances. The festival begins on June 16 the EMF Chamber Crawl and ends on July 28 with the Festival Orchestra Series.

For more information, please call (336) 333-7450 or visit www.easternmusicfestival.org.

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