MA, Arts Management
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A little about me:
Catherine Starek holds a bachelor’s degree in music education (instrumental) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She performed in the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra for five years, later pursuing an internship with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra in artistic operations. She then became a member of the League of American Orchestra’s Orchestra Leadership Academy, Class of 2011. Discovering a new passion and means of contributing to the performing arts, she moved to Washington, D.C. to begin her master’s degree in arts management at American University. As an emerging arts manager, she believes in the value of the arts in society and to its contribution to our health and happiness.
She has completed several cultural arts internships during her academic and emerging professional career. Catherine’s experience ranges from her work with The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in international conference management, to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in fundraising and development, and The Smithsonian Associates in e-marketing. She currently works as the Graduate Assistant in Publicity and Marketing for the Arts at American University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and as a DC Fellow and RocketHub Project Leader for ART CART: Saving the Legacy with the Research Center for Arts and Culture. Catherine also serves on the Graduate Student Council as Marketing Chair and Associate Organizer.
Catherine has earned a master’s degree in Arts Management at American University, and completed her graduate research project Millennial engagement in the performing arts. She focuses on Millennial generation audiences and donors, as well as effective development and marketing strategies to improve engagement with U.S. symphony orchestras’ classical concert experiences.
In her free time, Catherine likes to play and teach flute, practice yoga, try new recipes, and explore local culture and events. She also enjoys working on her blog mezzaphonicallyspeaking, as well as writing for GenYHub and their Millennial Magazine as the Classical Music Contributor.