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Boston Conservatory at Berklee Welcomes Cathy Young as Executive Director

Cathy Young
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Cathy Young

Her appointment marks the institution’s first female leader in its 150-year history.

Berklee College of Music has announced the appointment of Cathy Young as executive director for Boston Conservatory at Berklee—the first female leader for the 150-year-old institution. In her newly created role, effective Aug. 1, Young will oversee the Conservatory’s dance, music and theater divisions as well as all operations for the institution.

“We are a unique, inspiring and transformative school,” Young stated in a release announcing her appointment. “I will honor our history, culture and values while focusing on innovation and forward-thinking strategy to lead us into a sustainable and ever more brilliant future.”

Young joined the Conservatory in 2011 as dean of dance. Under her six-year leadership, the dance division has grown from 60 students to 150 students. The Conservatory merged with Berklee College of Music in 2016.

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“Cathy Young’s leadership has propelled Boston Conservatory’s dance program to the No. 1 ranking in contemporary dance in the U.S.,” said Berklee president Roger H. Brown in a statement. “I am enthusiastic about her vision for the Conservatory and her ability to roll up her sleeves and make it happen.”

 

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