Jonathan Kaledin to take top post in October

A seasoned non-profit executive and passionate, professionally trained musician has been tapped to be President and CEO of Cape Arts & Entertainment, the parent organization of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory. Jonathan Kaledin, who is originally from the Boston area and summered for years on Cape Cod, will officially start on October 16, 2017.

After training both as a professional cellist/musicologist and as a lawyer, Kaledin’s career has included extensive executive management work in the non-profit arena. He has also worked as an executive in both the government, and private sectors.

“We’ve spent many months in an executive search process, guided by Arts Consulting Group, that led us to Jon,” said Douglas MacDonald, Chair of the Cape Arts & Entertainment Board of Trustees. “We believe his dual experience in executive management and professional musicianship provides for a unique perspective that will be valuable in guiding Cape Arts & Entertainment, and its two organizations, the Cape Symphony & Conservatory, to new levels.”

During his career, and while becoming one of the country’s noted public interest environmental executives, Kaledin played in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (1984-1996) and substituted in the Albany Symphony Orchestra (1996-2007) during his years in upstate New York.

“I’m looking forward to working with Jon, and fulfilling our vision for an orchestra whose mission is to bring joy and humanity to everyone,” said Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak. “Jon fully embraces this ambitious goal, and will support our team efforts moving forward.”

Kaledin currently sits on the Board of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and has been a board member of the Ausable Press, a non-profit poetry publishing company, and the Pierian Sodality – the Board of Directors of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. He also served on the board of the Albany Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters and several private sector boards.

“I am delighted and honored to be joining Cape Arts & Entertainment as President and CEO,” said Kaledin. “I hope to bring my decades of experience thinking about and running non-profit organizations to bear on the further growth and development of Cape Arts & Entertainment and the Cape Symphony & Conservatory. Both the Symphony and Conservatory are models of highly functioning, important contributors to the arts on Cape Cod. Our next goal is to determine how best to continue advancing its growth and success. In partnership with other regional and community arts and culture organizations, we will elevate the Cape as one of the country’s nationally recognized arts and culture centers.”

During his thirty-plus years as a business executive and lawyer in the environmental field, Kaledin served as the Executive Director of the Boston-based National Water Education/Funding Council, Executive Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the New York Regional Counsel for The Nature Conservancy, General Counsel of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Executive Vice President/General Counsel of Natural Systems Utilities in Princeton, New Jersey.

“The appointment of Jonathan is an important step in the story of Cape Arts & Entertainment, and Cape Symphony & Conservatory. His experience as a fellow artist and respected administrator will serve us well as we move toward a more unified future for the organization,” said Stephanie Weaver, Executive Director of the Cape Conservatory.

Kaledin received his B.A. in Music from Harvard University, and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He has three children, Clayton, Nina and Sarah, and is married to Nathalie Touze-Kaledin.

About Cape Arts & Entertainment and Cape Symphony & Conservatory

Cape Arts & Entertainment is the home of the Cape Symphony & Conservatory. Cape Cod’s very own orchestra, Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak, the Cape Symphony provides an experience like no other. Cape Conservatory’s commitment to education for all ages includes musical instruction as well as classes in dance and art at campuses in West Barnstable and Falmouth. Its Pre-School program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through MusicWorks! Everyday and other community outreach programs, Cape Conservatory brings an array of engaging programs to thousands of students on the Cape and Islands. Visit www.capesymphony.org and www.capeconservatory.org for more information.