The Philadelphia Orchestra Names Dr. Michael Albaugh Director of Collaborative Learning
(Philadelphia, September 19, 2017)—The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that Dr. Michael Albaugh will serve as director of collaborative learning, effective September 11, 2017. Albaugh comes to The Philadelphia Orchestra from Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he served as director of education operations. A trained musician, composer, and a nationally recognized arts educator, Albaugh has extensive experience designing and implementing community programs at both educational and arts institutions.
As director of collaborative learning, Albaugh will help to advance the Orchestra’s commitment to community service through its HEAR initiatives focused on Health, Education, Access, and Research. He will serve as the Orchestra’s primary ambassador for partnerships with schools, social service organizations, conservatories, student and community orchestras, academic and cultural institutions, and more.
“Mike brings a deep knowledge and love of classical music as well as expertise in music education that will enable us to increase the reach and impact of our work in the community,” said President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “His commitment to finding new and creative opportunities for collaboration will be an incredible asset as we expand our portfolio of HEAR programs with our partners.”
“I am extremely excited to join the Philadelphia Orchestra team and to collaborate with our community partners,” said Albaugh. “The Philadelphia Orchestra is deeply committed to community service, and it is a true privilege to share the power of music with as many people as possible across this great city.”
In his role with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Albaugh provided leadership and operational guidance for all departmental and program decisions that integrated education with advocacy, concerts, and touring. He created the Summer Jazz Academy at Bard College, a two-week residential high school jazz program, and the Junior Jazz Academy at Juilliard, a one-week day camp for middle school students. In addition, he developed a new model for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s pre-K education program WeBop, which allowed the curriculum and certification program to be licensed by organizations across the country.
Albaugh previously served as a faculty administrator at Montclair State University and director of music at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He received the National Teacher Recognition Award in 2005 from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts on behalf of the United States Department of Education. His composition students are studying in the top music programs in the country and include two Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
Albaugh received his B.A. in music education and guitar performance from West Liberty State College. He holds an M.M. in composition with an emphasis in music technology from Bowling Green State University and a D.M.A. in composition with an emphasis in music theory from West Virginia University. A ProMusica International Grant recipient, Albaugh has conducted field research in West Africa, studying Ewe music and culture in Kopeyia, Ghana. He currently resides in Center City Philadelphia.
Amanda N. Conte
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