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January 7–10, 2016
Westin New York at Times Square


2016 National Conference Keynotes

January 8, 9 & 10, 10:30–11:45AM

Friday, January 8: Becoming Who You Are Not... Yet with Cathy Salit

Angela Myles Beeching

The rewards for the hard work of creating, performing, and presenting small ensemble music are many—satisfaction, growth, and artistic fulfillment, to name a few. What if we could use some of our artistry and creativity to improve how we present ourselves, how we work with others, how we communicate, and how we promote our art form?

In this special interactive keynote presentation you'll discover that we can. Cathy Rose Salit, an actor, singer, improviser and CEO of the innovative consulting firm Performance of a Lifetime, will share her unique learning and development approach, blending theater and improvisation with the human development sciences to help artists and non-artists alike achieve breakthrough performances off the stage.

Cathy Salit is a speaker, facilitator, executive coach, instructional designer, social entrepreneur, and the author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work (Hachette Books, forthcoming 2016). She is the CEO of Performance of a Lifetime, the innovative consulting firm that helps leaders, teams, and organizations close the gap between the status quo and their desired future state by using the art and science of performance. Her method, The Becoming Principle, enables people to simultaneously discover, create, and act on new and uncharted possibilities. She is, additionally, an artistic associate at the award-winning Castillo Theatre. She is known to sing jazz and R&B on any stage she can find or create.

Saturday, January 9: General Session with Donna Walker-Kuhne

Angela Myles Beeching

Donna Walker-Kuhne currently serves as vice president, community engagement for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is also the founder of Walker International Communications Group, a boutique marketing, press, and audience development consulting agency. She has generated over $20 million in earned income promoting the arts to multicultural communities and is the author of Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community (2005), a top-selling, widely-recognized resource for non-profit arts marketers, producers, and students. She is a lecturer on the topic of community engagement and has presented keynote addresses in Australia, South Africa, Berlin, and Moscow, and throughout the United States.

Sunday, January 10: A Conversation with Kenneth Fischer

Kenneth C. Fischer

With Aaron P. Dworkin, dean and Paul Boylan collegiate professor of music, School of Music, Theater & Dance, University of Michigan

As president of the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Kenneth C. Fischer has guided that organization’s multi-disciplinary performing arts activities for 28 years. An ardent chamber music supporter—he played French horn in brass and wind ensembles from the age of 12 at Interlochen through graduate school at University of Michigan and beyond—Ken has nurtured and expanded the UMS’s chamber music series by presenting more than 250 ensembles. In addition to being named to receive CMA’s 2016 Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Ken has also been honored with ISPA’s Patrick Hayes Award and APAP’s Fan Taylor Award for his career achievements. A former chair of Chamber Music America’s board of directors, Ken is a founding member of Music Accord, a coalition of university presenters that has commissioned numerous new works for small ensemble.


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