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Manchester Music Festival's New Administration

The Manchester Music Festival (MMF) has recently made two significant appointments, selecting violinist Philip Setzer as the Artistic Director and pianist Jenny Lin as the Executive Director. This announcement marks an exciting new chapter for the festival as it approaches its 50th Anniversary in 2024.

Philip Setzer is widely recognized as a distinguished musician and a founding member of the esteemed Emerson String Quartet. His exceptional talent and expertise in the field of classical chamber music make him an ideal choice for the role of Artistic Director. Setzer expressed his profound gratitude and enthusiasm upon his appointment, stating, "It is a great honor and privilege to be appointed the new Artistic Director of Manchester Music Festival. The fact that MMF is approaching its 50th Anniversary is an impressive achievement in itself. I am dedicated to upholding its vision of bringing exceptional classical chamber music to the beautiful area of Vermont."

Joining Setzer is the accomplished pianist Jenny Lin, who will assume the position of Executive Director beginning on October 1, 2023. As a Steinway Artist with a vast repertoire of over 50 recordings, Lin has established herself as a highly regarded musician, renowned for her close collaboration with conductor Phillip Glass. Lin's deep passion for music and extensive experience make her a perfect fit for the role. She expressed her deep honor in accepting the position, remarking, "I am deeply honored to accept the role of Executive Director for the Manchester Music Festival, especially as we approach such a monumental milestone. Music has been an integral part of my life, and leading this esteemed festival represents both a personal and professional pinnacle for me. As the festival celebrates its golden anniversary, I am excited to work alongside Philip Setzer, one of the greatest artists of our time, to support his vision of creating unforgettable musical experiences and inspiring the next generation of musicians. I eagerly anticipate building upon the festival's rich legacy and exploring new avenues to expand its reach and impact."

With Setzer and Lin at the helm, the Manchester Music Festival is poised to enter its 50th year with renewed energy and a commitment to excellence. Their combined expertise, artistic vision, and dedication to music will undoubtedly shape the festival's future, ensuring the continuation of its legacy and the delivery of exceptional performances to music enthusiasts in Vermont and beyond.


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