Boston University Tanglewood Institute Names Hilary Field Respass as Executive Director

in BUTI, CFA, Music
September 3rd, 2014

Bringing twenty years of demonstrated excellence as an arts leader, Respass to build upon the strong foundation and prior success of BU’s premiere summer music training program in the Berkshires

Boston, MA – The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is pleased to name Hilary Field Respass as its new Executive Director. In this role, Respass is tasked to build upon the incredible foundation laid by Phyllis Hoffman (CFA ‘61, ‘67), the longtime Executive and Artistic Director of BUTI. Respass comes to Boston University from Hartford, CT, where she served as Director of The Hartt School’s Community Division at the University of Hartford.

“An extraordinary program for gifted high school musicians, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016,” says Benjamín Juárez, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, which operates the summer satellite program. “CFA is confident that the University’s commitment to the future of the program coupled with Ms. Respass’ demonstrated excellence as an arts leader will create a sustainable path to the next glorious fifty years of BUTI.”

A graduate of New England Conservatory and the University of Michigan, Respass is a trained clarinetist, with degrees in music education and performance. She brings more than twenty years of professional experience working in the arts in various capacities. Much of her career has been spent in Boston. Prior to her most recent role at Hartt, where she has been since 2010, Respass served as Executive Director for Preparatory and Continuing Education at New England Conservatory (NEC). She also served there as Head of Operations and Institutional Planning (2007–2009), spearheading the institution’s most recent strategic planning process; as Manager of Performance Services (1995–1998), during which she was heavily involved in the restoration and re-opening of NEC’s Jordan Hall; as Budget Director and Assistant to the Provost (1993–94); and just after graduate school, as Office Manager of what is now called Preparatory and Continuing Education. Early in her career, Respass was Managing Director of the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva (1991–1993).

From 1999 to 2001, Respass served as Director of Operations at the Aspen Music Festival and School and was heavily involved in construction and opening of the then new Benedict Music Tent and the Burlingame Housing Project. From 2002–2006, Respass served as Director of Artistic and Management Services for the American Symphony Orchestra League (now named the League of American Orchestras). In that capacity, she managed the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, the Ford Made in America commissioning project for 65 regional orchestras across the country, the Mentors Program, and the Music Alive composer-in-residence program.

“I am honored to take on this magnificent challenge of preserving, sustaining, and growing the potent legacy that BUTI represents for the field,” says Hilary Field Respass, Executive Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. “I look forward to working closely in the months and years ahead with those many individuals who are connected with this powerful program, and are so vital to envisioning, solidifying, and implementing an even more extraordinary future for it.”