January 21, 2019
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Longtime Monteux School executive director to retire

Community Author: Phil Devenish
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HANCOCK, Maine – Ron Schwizer, executive director of the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival for the past 12 years, is retiring this summer. He has been associated with the school founded by famed conductor Pierre Monteux for more than 25 years, serving as a board member and treasurer before being named executive director in 2006.

“We are deeply indebted to Ron for his leadership and many years of support of the School’s mission to provide world-class training to aspiring symphony musicians and conductors,” said Philip Devenish, chair of the board of trustees. “We are a stronger, more vital organization today thanks to Ron’s tireless efforts.”

The Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival, founded as a conducting school in 1943 by the world-renowned Monteux, who led symphony orchestras in Boston, San Francisco, Paris and London, is celebrating its 75th anniversary season this year. Music students from around the world come to the school’s Forest Studio each summer for intensive study and participation a series of symphonic, chamber and children’s concerts, including popular Sunday afternoon performances led by student conductors.

“When I was appointed to the executive director position in 2006 I had no way of knowing how much of my life this position would occupy, and how much joy and satisfaction this work would bring me,” Schwizer said. “My life has been greatly enriched by the many hundreds of musicians, concertgoers and alumni I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the years.”

Devenish said a search committee of trustees has been working for the past several months to recruit a new executive director and an announcement of Schwizer’s successor will be made before the start of the new season in June.

About the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival

Founded as a conducting school in 1943 by renowned conductor Pierre Monteux, the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival in Hancock, Maine, aspires to be the finest summer training program and festival of its kind. The school offers an intensive, supportive environment based on Monteux’s belief that conductors should play in the orchestra while observing the lessons of their colleagues, thus learning from both sides of the podium.

The school actively recruits exceptional students through enduring relationships with a global network of distinguished conservatories, universities and alumni.  Its goals are to reward the talent, commitment and promise of students by steadily increasing scholarship support, and to serve the local communities by offering a series of symphonic, chamber and children’s concerts each summer.