When Carrie Blanding steps down as Executive Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) on June 15, she will be succeeded by Rozella Floranz Kennedy. Her appointment was announced by SFCMP yesterday, May 29. Kennedy will come to San Francisco from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she has lived for the last twelve years and where she co-founded Santa Fe New Music (SFNM) with her husband, composer and conductor John Kennedy. SFNM has become a community pillar organization providing the Santa Fe area with 100 performances of a repertoire that has included nine major commissions, 39 world premieres, and five American premieres. In addition she helped establish both Creative Santa Fe and the New Mexico Centennial Commemoration.
Upon announcement of her appointment, Kennedy issued the following statement:
I am honored to receive the trust of this internationally recognized new music organization, and look forward to helping steward the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players over the coming years. New music is an important expression of and response to our contemporary life and times. I am excited to be working with Steven Schick, the Players, the Board, staff, and the community at large as we create and share new opportunities for enjoying this vital art form together.
Schick returned the favor with his own statement:
I am thrilled that Rozie will be joining us as Executive Director. She’ll bring tons of administrative excellence, but beyond that she has a real passion to wed the music we believe in to the community we live in. It’s going to be very exciting!
Kennedy holds degrees from Tufts University and the Université de Paris and has accumulated over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management with the American Civil Liberties Union as well as arts and cultural organizations.