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New Members Join the Boards of Trustees and Overseers

The Curtis Institute of Music welcomes new members to the board of trustees and overseers. Joining the board of trustees are faculty member David Ludwig, artistic chair of performance studies at Curtis, and Baroness Nina von Maltzahn, founder and president of Fundación el Retoño in Uruguay.

The board of overseers adds four members: Paul Arnold, violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of; Stephanie W. Naidoff, former city representative and director of commerce for the City of Philadelphia; and Allison Vulgamore, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The board of overseers uses its knowledge of music education and arts administration to enhance Curtis’s mission, operations, and resources, in addition to supporting the board of trustees in its mission.

Four trustees emeriti were named in gratitude for their many years of service to Curtis: Luther W. Brady, Bobby Ellen Kimbel, Bong S. Lee, and Amanda Smoot.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world’s leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school’s founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.


David Ludwig’s compositions have been performed internationally by leading musicians of today in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. His music—which has been called “entrancing”—“promises to speak for the sorrows of this generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer). It has gained further recognition for its “expressive directness” (New York Times).

He has received awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, American Composers Forum, and the Theodore Presser and Independence foundations. He holds residencies with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New York Summer Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, and the Vermont Symphony, where he is a Meet the Composer ‘Music Alive!’ resident composer. Other residencies have included the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies and the Marlboro Music School.

Dr. Ludwig holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Nina von Maltzahn is a trustee of the American Academy in Berlin, an institution dedicated to strengthening the relationship between the United States and Germany by promoting intellectual and cultural exchange. She helped forge a continuing relationship between the American Academy and Curtis, arranging for yearly Curtis On Tour performances. She is the founder and president of Fundación el Retoño, a nonprofit organization which works to develop better opportunities for children at social risk in Uruguay, and is on the board of the Singakademie Berlin in Germany. She has served as a Curtis overseer since 2008.



Violinist Paul Arnold has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for twenty-three years and is a familiar personality in the Philadelphia classical music scene. He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician with such diverse personalities as Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Tan Dun, Keith Jarrett, the New Arts Trio, and the Emerson Quartet. Mr. Arnold has appeared numerous times in the Saratoga Chamber Series directed by Chantal Juillet, where he has worked beside Gil Shaham, Truls Mørk, and Sarah Chang. Mr. Arnold has also been featured over twenty times in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s chamber music series, performing widely contrasting repertoire.

Mr. Arnold gives master classes around the country. He has most recently given classes and performed at Cornell University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Bucknell University. Before joining the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was principal second violin of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he made numerous solo appearances. He is a founding member of both the Society Hill Quintet and the widely touring Dalihapa Ensemble.

Mr. Arnold is an active lecturer on subjects musical and has given scores of preconcert talks for the Philadelphia Orchestra. His series “I Have a Friend in the Orchestra” has delighted concertgoers and has endeavored to break down barriers and enhance the audience’s full enjoyment of the musical experience. He is also an avid photographer—his work has been exhibited at the Arts Center at Saratoga Springs and hangs in the homes of several collectors.

Douglas McLennan is an arts journalist and critic and the founder and editor of, the leading aggregator of arts journalism on the internet. Each day ArtsJournal features an array of links to stories from more than two hundred publications worldwide.

Prior to starting ArtsJournal, he was arts columnist and music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, arts writer for the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., and music critic and arts reporter for Seattle Weekly. Mr. McLennan earned a master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School in New York and has performed in Asia, Europe, and North America. He has lived and worked in Italy and in China, where he spent a year as artist-in-residence at the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

He has won several awards for arts criticism and reporting, including a National Arts Journalism Program fellowship at Columbia University and a Deems Taylor/ASCAP Award for music journalism. He was named one of the hundred outstanding graduates of the Juilliard School for the school’s centennial.

Stephanie W. Naidoff served as Philadelphia’s director of commerce and city representative from 2004 to 2008. In this position, she was the city’s chief economic development officer and its official representative for cultural programs and special events. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Naidoff was the founding president of the Kimmel Center, where she served for four years.

Ms. Naidoff had a long career as a lawyer, starting with public service. She served for fourteen years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ultimately becoming the chief counsel for the Mid-Atlantic states. From 1981 to 1994 she served as general counsel for Thomas Jefferson University. Following that she joined the internationally known law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius where she was a corporate lawyer focusing on the restructuring of health care organizations.

Mrs. Naidoff serves on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), Free Library of Philadelphia, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Aspen Public Radio. She has held leadership positions in many Philadelphia organizations, including the William Penn Foundation, Wachovia Regional Foundation, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mann Center, Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation, and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 2008 in recognition of her extensive community leadership.

An innovative and dynamic leader in the classical music field, Allison Vulgamore comes to the Philadelphia Orchestra Association from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where she served for seventeen years. From 1993 to 2008 she was president and managing director; in 2008 she was named president and CEO in recognition of her outstanding leadership of the orchestra.

Known for her visionary leadership, Ms. Vulgamore transformed the Atlanta Symphony during her tenure, doubling the endowment, tripling its budget, expanding audiences, and significantly increasing artistic initiatives and education programs in the community. She oversaw the opening of the twelve thousand-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in 2008 and initiated and led planning for a new Symphony Hall, raising $114 million in pledges toward the venture.

Ms. Vulgamore is a seasoned veteran in the music industry. Prior to her arrival at the Atlanta Symphony, she was general manager of the New York Philharmonic, where she also served as acting managing director and orchestra manager, and was artistic administrator and general manager of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., for five years. A trained musician and student of voice, she began her orchestra career in 1980 as a member of the inaugural class of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. Today she is a leading mentor of a next generation of orchestra leadership.

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