December 27, 2016 (Nashville, TN) – ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, a nonprofit organization dedicated to an innovative repertoire, artistic excellence, and a desire to give back to the community, has named Lea Maitlen as its new executive director. Maitlen, a trained musician and former music industry executive, succeeds Heather Lefkowitz, who recently accepted an invitation to join the faculty of Vanderbilt University as a Lecturer in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Peabody College.
“After an extensive search process, the ALIAS Board is thrilled to have Lea become our Executive Director.” said Georgeann Burns, President of the ALIAS Board of Directors. “Lea’s unique blend of talents – musician, manager, educator and marketer – plus her understanding of the Nashville and national arts scenes will be enormous assets as ALIAS continues to change and grow.”
Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers said, “I am excited that Lea is joining ALIAS Chamber Ensemble as Executive Director. In addition to Lea’s strong background in business and organizational leadership, she is also a consummate musician, so she brings to ALIAS a deep understanding of its artistic goals. I am also excited for Lea to bring her vision to expanding our mission to collaborate and present creative, educational, and interesting programs for children and adults in the Nashville community.
“I am delighted to join the leadership of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble,” said Maitlen. “ALIAS has been a trailblazer in bringing new and important works of classical music to the audiences of Middle Tennessee, and its focus on giving back to the community sets it apart from other performing arts organizations in the region. I look forward to helping ALIAS continue its tradition of musical excellence, while fostering deeper ties within Nashville through its outreach programs.”
About Lea Maitlen
Lea D. Maitlen, a classically trained vocalist, was named Executive Director of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble in December 2016. Maitlen has deep roots in the classical music community of Nashville. A founding member of Nashville’s Portara Ensemble, Maitlen served as its Executive Director from 2012-2016.
As the Senior Marketing Manager of the Naxos of America marketing team until 2012, Maitlen crafted successful partnerships with organizations such as the Royal Academy of Dance and the American Choral Directors’ Association. She has also produced several commercially released recording series, and has led various successful campaigns to launch new classical music CD recordings into the American market. Her critical successes include spearheading the American releases of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble’s Grammy nominated Hilos:
Chamber Music of Gabriela Lena Frank, James Whitbourne’s Luminosity (performed by Commotio), the Elora Festival Singers’ Grammy nominated recording of the music of Eric Whitacre, and the King’s Singers acclaimed Pater Noster CD recording, in which she played an integral A&R and executive producer role. Maitlen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Music degree from Belmont University.
About ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
The Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble is a nonprofit chamber ensemble dedicated to an innovative repertoire, artistic excellence, and a desire to give back to the community. Its wide-ranging repertoire brings Nashville audiences a mix of chamber music that cannot be heard anywhere else. Its collaborations with local nonprofit service organizations raise awareness of the breadth of giving in our community.
Its 15th season marks a new chapter of ALIAS in the Community, as we embark on new connections to bring educational, informative and entertaining chamber music programs to schools that typically receive little to no arts education funding. This season we have focused on a single partner for our educational and community programming; our concert proceeds will support our efforts to develop meaningful programming for them. This new straightforward approach (a change from donating to three separate nonprofit groups each season) will allow us to deepen our impact on one site in our community. Our partner this year is Whitsitt Elementary School in Nashville and follows programs during the summer at the Nashville Freedom School. For more information about ALIAS, visit: www.aliasmusic.org