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General manager of Music Festival resigns

Aspen Times Staff Report

Edward Sweeney, general manager of the Aspen Music Festival and School, is leaving his post this month for a new position in New York.

He has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president and general manager of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. He begins his new job in early October.

St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is a group of 21 musicians who perform nationally and internationally and make up the core of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The ensemble often performs at Carnegie Hall and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s is presented by Carnegie Hall in an annual subscription series.

Robert Harth, the former president of the Music Festival and School, took a position as head of Carnegie Hall last year.

Sweeney has been a member of the Music Festival staff for 19 years. As general manager, his responsibility included operations and administration.

During his tenure, he also held the position of director of operations and was project manager during the construction of Harris Concert Hall and the Benedict Music Tent. He has also served as board chairman of the Wheeler Opera House and as a board member of Burlingame Housing Inc.

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“When I started at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 1984, it was a comparatively small summer program at a high artistic level,” Sweeney said. “The past 19 years have seen a tripling of its operating budget, a tenfold increase in its endowment, new facilities and a significantly larger professional staff. Most importantly, it has achieved all that without any compromise in its artistic excellence. I am extremely proud to have played a part in that process.”

In his new position with St. Luke’s, Sweeney will be responsible for the daily administration and operation of the organization.

“As we look forward to an era of growth for St. Luke’s in virtually all areas ? concerts, residencies, recordings and educational programs ? we are fortunate in having someone of Edward’s expertise and background in all aspects of administration,” said Marianne Lockwood, president and executive director of St. Luke’s. “I look forward to working closely with him to lead the St. Luke’s musical organization to its 30th anniversary and beyond.”

Sweeney was born and raised in Denver. He began visiting Aspen in 1966 when his parents purchased a house here. Sweeney began working seasonally at the music school in 1984 and moved to the Aspen area as a permanent resident when he began a full-time position with the festival and school in 1987.