The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has hired three new staff members in preparation for the upcoming season. The society, which presents visiting classical-music artists and stages its own concerts, has undergone a bit of restructuring as it looks to position itself for the future.
The new employees will work on the Society's programming, education, and crucially audience development. The new staff members are: Zac Alfson, patron-engagement manager; Dan Flick, program and education manager; and Hope Forconi, executive assistant.
At the Bach Festival Society, Alfson will oversee the Society's communications efforts to meet its audience growth goals. As the former marketing and grants manager for Mad Cow Theatre, Alfson worked on increasing ticket sales and subscriptions, developed outreach programs, and assisted in the design, fundraising and construction of Mad Cow's new two-theater facility in downtown Orlando. He was recognized as an Emerging Leader by Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project for his work with Mad Cow.
Flick, who has played in numerous orchestras including the Bach Festival Orchestra, will be responsible for the implementation of the Society's five-year artistic and educational plan. He earned a master's degree in music from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he studied with members of the Takács Quartet. An active and passionate arts educator, he has written a variety of interdisciplinary music programs for youth audiences. Flick recently completed a course on arts integration presented by the Kennedy Center.
Forconi will manage the Society's database and support box office, development and governance functions. She has a bachelor's degree in music performance from Rollins College and has completed internships at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Bach Festival, where she worked closely with the staff on a variety of marketing and program-related tasks. Before joining the Bach Festival Society, she served as the membership coordinator at the Orlando Science Center.
For more information on the Bach Festival Society, call 407-646-2182 or go to BachFestivalFlorida.orgCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun