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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Women in Business: Debbie Chinn, Executive Director, Carmel Bach Festival

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"Debbie Chinn currently serves as Executive Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, which celebrates the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year" according to Laura Dunn, graduate of Cardiff University, completing a BA in Journalism and a MA in Political Communications.

Over the past 20 years, Debbie has held executive leadership positions at CENTERSTAGE (the State Theater of Maryland), California Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, and the San Francisco Symphony.

She began her career at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), University of San Francisco, and Center Theatre Group of the Music Center of Los Angeles where she specialized in volunteer event management and institutional fundraising. She served as a consultant for the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, providing strategic guidance towards the implementation of the Philadelphia Orchestra's China Residency program, which launched in May 2012 with a five-city concert Tour of China, and served as the kick-off to the 40th anniversary of President's Nixon's historic visit to China.

Debbie specializes in organizational assessment, strategic planning, fundraising, program planning, volunteer management, board and staff development, and special events.
She serves as Board President of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), the statewide organization providing resources to classical music producers and presenters. She also sits on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a national coalition of ensembles created by and for artists. Her past board affiliations include Theatre Communications Group (the national consortium for professional nonprofit theaters in the United States), Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, California Arts Advocates, and George Soros' Open Society Institute's Leadership Council.


Source: Huffington Post

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