BSO Appoints Director of New Tanglewood Learning Institute
LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed Sue Elliott as the inaugural Judith and Stewart Colton director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.
A new concept in cultural education that launches in summer 2019, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will bring together musicians, artists, academics and patrons, in person and through online technology and distance learning, to engage in compelling programming that relates to and deepens the experience of Tanglewood concerts and classical music.
Elliott's wide-ranging background — she has held high level creative, administrative and academic positions at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, Seattle Opera and Houston Grand Opera — includes decades of experience in the fields of music education, community engagement, creative program building, and distance learning, making her an ideal person to take on the role of director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Elliott will work directly with Anthony Fogg, the William I. Bernell BSO artistic administrator and director of Tanglewood.
Though full program details about the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute won't be announced until early 2019, the first season will revolve around four different carefully structured and curated weekend programs to include all or any combination of the following: talks and lectures, film presentations, panel discussions, master class and rehearsal access, musical demonstrations, and workshops, as well as other related activities drawing upon the themes of the weekend’s musical performances, including concerts by the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras taking place in the Shed.
The programs of the Tanglewood Learning Institute will take place in a major new four-building Center for Music and Learning opening in 2019; these new buildings will also support the many performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's acclaimed academy for advanced musical training. Located on the Tanglewood grounds in close proximity to Ozawa Hall, these new highly sustainable climate-controlled buildings will be the first Tanglewood venues to be available for year-round use to accommodate events and concerts by the BSO and its cultural partners, as well as others in the Berkshire community, throughout Tanglewood’s off-season.
An accomplished clarinetist and pianist, Elliott holds a master of music performance degree from the
University of Southern California, an artist diploma from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor of
music performance degree from McGill University.