Keynote Speakers for EALS 2015



Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 


Appointed this past June as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu has an extensive background in executive management and fundraising for the arts. Previous to her position at the NEA, Jane Chu was the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and oversaw the $413 million campaign to build the center. She holds bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Southern Methodist University, a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University, and a PhD in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. We’re so excited for Jane Chu to be a keynote speaker at the symposium in March. To hold us all over until then, listen to Jane Chu speak about her plans for the NEA and the importance of art in her life here

Howard Herring, President/CEO of the 
New World Symphony


Howard Herring is a native of Oklahoma, a pianist by training, and now President and CEO of the New World Symphony. In 1986, he became Executive Director of the Caramoor Music Festival. Mr. Herring led that institution’s development of the Rising Stars program for young instrumentalists, Bel Canto at Caramoor for young singers, and a curriculum-based arts program integrating music and visual art into K-12 studies. Mr. Herring assumed leadership at the New World Symphony in 2001 with the charge of revitalizing the institution’s national and international profile and developing a new building designed to explore its unique experiential curriculum and cutting edge internet work.  Under his leadership, the New World Symphony has been in residence at Carnegie Hall three times, once at the Kennedy Center, and once at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.  In July 2004, New World Symphony embarked on development of a new campus, a 21st century laboratory for generating new ideas about the way music is taught, presented, and experienced. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the campus encourages new forms of audience engagement and invites exploration of new performance formats. The building was completed on time and on budget and opened to national and international acclaim in January 2011. Watch Howard Herring discuss his love for his organization and its connection to the pulse of Miami here.

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Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

c/o Sherburne Laughlin

Katzen Arts Center at American University, Room 215

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016


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