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NPR veteran Ben Roe to be executive director of Heifetz Institute

The Heifetz International Music Institute, a summer training program founded by violinist and Ellicott City resident Daniel Heifetz, has named public radio veteran Benjamin K. Roe executive director.

The 18-year-old institute, which was based for a time in Annapolis and then in New Hampshire, relocated in 2012 to the campus of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. There, 80 students chosen among applicants from around the world spend six weeks in lessons, performances and honing of communication skills.

Disclosure: I've written about, and been a guest at, the festival, which I think does terrific work, offering a great deal more than the honing of technical ability. 

Further disclosure: Back in the 1990s, when he was running "Performance Today" at NPR, Ben Roe engaged me to do occasional record reviews. Naturally, I think he's terrific, too.

Roe, a Grammy and Peabody Award winner, has been serving as managing producer of music and performance at one of the country's flagship broadcast organizations, WGBH Television and Radio in Boston. His two decades with NPR in Washington included the post of director of music and music initiatives. 

His wife, Jennifer Bangley Roe, who originally hails from Staunton and has been working at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, will become general manager of the Heifetz Institute.


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