Keynote Speaker 2010

Thomas Wolf - Brave New World: Presenting Performances in the 21st Century

Wolf’s talk focus on the major trends that will impact the work of presenters in the years ahead.  Drawing on a lifetime of experience and offering entertaining anecdotes, he will suggest how we can build on the best of the past while being ready for the challenges and opportunities in a changing world around us.  There will be ample time for questions in what should be a lively give and take with one of the most entertaining presenters in the business.      

Thomas Wolf has had a distinguished career as musician, educator, consultant, author, and administrator.  A soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of sixteen, he spent sixteen seasons as the principal flutist and company manager of his Uncle Boris Goldovsky’s touring opera company.  The founder of Bay Chamber Concerts, a music festival in Rockport, Maine, he continues to serve as its Artistic Director in this, its 50th year.  He has served as the Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and established one of the leading consulting firms in the uited States in 1983 to assist arts organizations, foundations, government agencies, and corporate giving programs.  He and his associates have worked in throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe, and Great Britain.

Thomas Wolf holds the Ed.D. degree from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard and Boston Universities.  He is the author of many books including: Managing A Nonprofit Organization in the 21st Century; Presenting Performances; And the Band Stopped Playing; The Search for Shining Eyes; and, with Dennie Wolf, The Arts Go to School and Academic Preparation in the Arts.  Wolf serves as an Overseer of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Musicians.