Vanessa Rose

Executive Director
Pronouns: she/her/hers

To contact, please reach out to Xavier Muzik, Executive Assistant
651.400.0880 |

Vanessa Rose has led American Composers Forum (ACF) since January 2019. For more than a decade, Vanessa has been working with artists and organizations dedicated to living creators, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Lark Play Development Center, The Knights collective, the American Composers Orchestra, and Arco Collaborative. She has led organizations through significant transitions: establishing new leadership positions, guiding strategic transformation, and centering racial equity. She is Board Chair of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts organizations focusing on public policy and advocacy to ensure equitable participation in the arts.

Vanessa’s past administrative experience includes positions at the Metropolitan Opera and League of American Orchestras, plus the League’s year-long Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, which included residencies with the Dallas Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and School, and San Francisco Symphony. She is a Western classical violinist and studied performance at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music (B.M.), Mannes College of Music (M.M), and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. Vanessa has two kids approaching their teenage years and is a lover of languages, travel, running, yoga, and biographies.

Photo credit: Julia Gang (Photo Credit: Hamod Abu-Eid on previous page)