After a terrific career with CMW that dates back to teaching cello lessons at the West End Community Center in 1999, Heath Marlow will be leaving this fall to become Program Director of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory. As you may know, CMW has enjoyed a partnership with NEC as it has developed this fellowship program over the past three years, including a year of "cross-training" for CMW's and NEC's Fellows this past year. The important common theme in our respective work is creating careers for musicians that combine music and social action in the USA.
Pretending to listen intently during a recent Fellowship Seminar (June 2012)
We are thrilled for Heath that the next phase of his career will still find him working on the important question of how musicians can have significant social impact. Needless to say, we'll be sad to lose him as a daily colleague and indefatigable leader. During Heath's tenure at CMW, he has established many critical partnerships that have brought CMW press, funding opportunities, guest musicians, and public acclaim, to say nothing of his work producing and performing in inspired concerts during CMW's growth over the last decade.
Discussing logistics during the Borromeo String Quartet's residency (May 2003)
The work of preparing a new generation of musicians for entrepreneurial careers will be nothing new for Heath, since he has already been an important mentor to CMW's Fellows as they have planned new programs, to colleague organizations (such as Music Haven and musiConnects) in their early years of organization-building, and to participants in our Institutes for Musicianship and Public Service.
Presenting about CMW's development practices at an IMPS (November 2009)
In dreaming, planning, and executing all manner of innovations and projects at CMW, Heath has been an invaluable partner to me. I am glad that we will be able to continue to work together over the next three months as this transition unfolds.
-Sebastian Ruth, Founder & Artistic Director
[Editor: View the press release regarding Heath's new position at NEC's website.]