Aspen Festival Appoints President

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Alan Fletcher has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Aspen Music Festival and School, effective March 1.

Fletcher is a composer and administrator whose experience includes working as professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University and senior vice president at the New England Conservatory.

He has doctorate and master's degrees from Juilliard and a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, and has studied with composers Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. Recent commissions have come from the Pittsburgh Symphony and the National Gallery of Art.

Fletcher succeeds Don Roth, who served from 2001 to 2005, and will work alongside music director David Zinman, who was a member of the search committee.

The 57-year-old Aspen Music Festival and School offers training and performance opportunities to young musicians. Its summer festival presents more than 350 musical events in nine weeks. The 2006 summer season runs from June 21 to August 20 and highlights Zinman's 70th birthday and the 250th and 100th birthdays, respectively, of Mozart and Shostakovich.

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