Katie Hagen to Join SFEMS Staff

SFEMS welcomes our newest staff member, Katie Hagen, who will be taking on two important roles, as the Society’s Workshop Administrator and as Assistant Directormanwalk180Full for the 2014 Berkeley Festival. Katie—who has a background in both arts administration and performance, playing modern viola and recently baroque violin—will be involved in what she calls the nitty gritty of administration. For our Summer Workshops, that will mean working with each of the directors on everything from budgets to marketing to facilitating enrollments. For next June’s Festival, it will involve PR and marketing work, logistical planning, helping performers juggle space and time for rehearsals, and much more.

Katie earned a Masters of Music in Viola Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music last year and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Case Western University. She became interested in early music during college, when friends took her to hear the baroque ensemble Apollo’s Fire. Their performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number 3 impressed her deeply. She was struck not only by the clarity the smaller ensemble could achieve, but by what she called the “naturalness” of their playing, a freedom from stuffiness, and the way she felt the music could breathe. During graduate work at Eastman, she was able to pursue her growing interest in early music by studying baroque violin, a doubly interesting experience for her, since it also has been her introduction to playing any kind of violin.

A native of Berkeley, who moved to Oregon at age 5, Katie is excited about working for SFEMS and returning to such a vibrant community and the center of so much early music activity. “San Francisco’s diverse culture and high-profile arts scene are captivating,” she said. “I have family members and friends still living in the area. I recently began playing baroque violin, and the Bay Area is one of the American regions richest in opportunities to study and listen to early music.”

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