Madeline Island Chamber Music invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director. MICM’s visionary founder, Thomas George, has announced that 2017 will be his last season as Executive Director. In the fall of 2017, the Board of Directors will celebrate Thomas George’s thirty-two years of leadership and will welcome MICM’s next Executive Director.
Madeline Island Chamber Music offers a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young string players and wind players from across the country and the world to gather each summer in an idyllic setting to focus on the study and performance of chamber music.
The program was launched in 1985 with a one-week retreat on the largest of the Apostle Islands, just off the south shore of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. It soon grew to encompass its current five-week string quartet program for 48 high school and college-aged students, and a one-week ensemble program for 25 wind players. Each of the string program’s weeks exposes students to a different professional string quartet at the peak of their professional careers. With these professional quartets as faculty, the students work intensively in daily classes, private lessons, ensemble coaching, master classes, and seminars. The 2016 string faculty roster included the Arianna, Brentano, Dover, and Pacifica Quartets; Prairie Winds, founders of the wind program, made up the wind faculty. The 2017 season, which runs from mid-June to late July, will feature the Arianna, American, Shanghai, and Brooklyn Rider Quartets.
In 2011, MICM launched an advanced fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate musicians. The program enables four quartets to study with one of the professional ensembles and to perform side-by-side with them and other faculty during the fourth and fifth weeks of the summer session. Following the camp, one or more Fellowship Quartets are invited to the Twin Cities for an Artist Residency, where they have the opportunity to teach, coach, and perform for audiences in a variety of settings and venues.
MICM was originally called Madeline Island Music Camp. The name was changed to Madeline Island Chamber Music to reflect the organization’s dual emphasis on musical studies and public performance. The program immerses students in the culture, values, dynamics, and repertoire of the quartet format, and grounds them in the continuous improvement and exploration that are necessary to achieve musical excellence. MICM also offers opportunities Madeline Island
Chamber Music to engage with the Madeline Island community through performances in private homes and other area venues.
MICM owns a 10-acre campus on Madeline Island, where the annual summer program takes place. Surrounded by birch forests, the campus consists of three student dormitories, a wing with individual and ensemble practice rooms, a student lodge and central gathering place, and administrative center that houses staff offices, a music library, dining facilities, and a student lounge. Nearby, the Clubhouse with its spectacular lake views is the setting for weekly faculty and student performances. When the summer program is not in session, MICM’s offices are located in downtown Minneapolis.
MICM’s emphasis on collaboration and collegial teamwork carries over to operations as a whole. The organization is governed by an active and engaged 23-member Board of Directors. The staff includes the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Director of Operations, and several contract personnel and part-time employees. Critically acclaimed violinist and pedagogue Jonathan Swartz is MICM’s Artistic Director. The operating budget is just under $1 million.
The next Executive Director will join a successful organization that has achieved wide recognition for its superb education program in pursuit of its unique mission. MICM’s high artistic standards combined with a strong balance sheet clearly position the organization for growth. An award-winning campus offers opportunities for program expansion in the summer; a year-round presence in the artistically vibrant Twin Cities provides additional opportunities for collaboration and community engagement. The Board of Directors and Artistic Director Jonathan Swartz will welcome a partner with the leadership, vision, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit to build on a great legacy, continue the momentum, and realize a shared vision for MICM’s future.
Working with the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides the leadership and vision that allows MICM to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals for excellence in all aspects of operations. The Executive Director provides impetus, guidance, and support to the work of the Board. S/he fosters a working environment that allows the Artistic Director, faculty, and student musicians to do their finest work.
Since nearly 70 percent of MICM’s annual operating budget is funded through contributions, the Executive Director’s principal responsibility is fund raising and cultivating the wide variety of relationships that make fund raising successful.
The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of MICM. S/he manages staff and oversees the organization’s facilities, budget, and overall operations. She develops short- and long-term strategic and operating plans to guide program growth and development. S/he actively seeks opportunities to develop partnerships and collaboration with arts, education, and community organizations in the Greater Twin Cities and throughout the country.
The Executive Director is the principal spokesperson and advocate for MICM in the Twin Cities, on Madeline Island, and with the broader chamber music community both nationally and internationally.
The Executive Director will be a full-time resident of the Greater Twin Cities and will be in residence on Madeline Island when the music program is in session. MICM provides housing for the Executive Director on Madeline Island.