President & CEO
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Vanessa Rose became President & CEO of the American Composers Forum in 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, the American Composers Orchestra, and Arco Collaborative. She has led organizations through significant transitions: establishing new leadership positions, building effective planning strategies, clarifying mission-driven priorities, and strengthening racial equity work. Currently, Vanessa serves as Board Secretary for the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts advocates.
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.
A Western classical violinist, she 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 loves travel, studying people and places, yoga, and running. She has two kids, a cat, and musician husband, Patrick.