After nearly seven years running Stanford Lively Arts, Jenny Bilfield is moving to Washington, D.C., to become president and chief executive officer of the Washington Performing Arts Society. That organization presents top-tier performers in classical music, predominantly, but also in jazz, world music, gospel and dance.

As artistic and executive director at Stanford Lively Arts -- the university's arts-presenting group, recently renamed Stanford Live -- Bilfield oversaw and expanded a similar programming mix.

Photo by Toni Gauthier.Jenny Bilfield, Artistic Director at Stanford Live since 2007, has announced she will leave to become President and CEO of
Photo by Toni Gauthier. Jenny Bilfield, Artistic Director at Stanford Live since 2007, has announced she will leave to become President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts Society in Washington, D.C. ( Photo by Toni Gauthier )

With a background in contemporary classical music, she also oversaw the commissioning of new works for performance at Stanford by major composers and artists, including Philip Glass, John Adams, Steve Reich and Leonard Cohen. And she was part of the core team who supervised the planning and construction of the $112-million Bing Concert Hall, which opened Jan. 11 with a gala event featuring the San Francisco Symphony.

The first season at Bing bears her mark, with premieres coming this spring from Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, Reich and Stanford composer Jonathan Berger.

Before coming to Stanford in 2006, Bilfield lived in New York for 21 years, 12 of which she spent with music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, where she spent three years as president. While at Boosey, she spearheaded arts world celebrations of Reich, Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland.


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