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.
“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.”