Jeffrey P. Haydon has been named president and CEO of the Ravinia Festival, the longtime summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Currently the CEO of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, N.Y., Haydon replaces Welz Kauffman, who is stepping down in September after a 20-year tenure.
Don Civgin, chairman of Ravinia’s board, announced Haydon’s appointment on July 10. “Jeff’s successful career in the arts reflects Ravinia’s values and shows he can lead an organization through growth and change,” Civgin said of Haydon’s nearly 25 years in arts management, which includes a stint as individual gifts manager with the CSO.
Before coming to Caramoor in September 2012, Haydon was executive director of the Ojai (Calif.) Music Festival from 2oo3 to 2o12. After winning an Orchestra Management Fellowship from the American Symphony Orchestra League (now known as the League of American Orchestras), Haydon was director of development at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.
“Ravinia’s international artistic reputation, legendary live-music experience, beautiful park, training of the next generation of artists and local community impact with children provide an ideal opportunity to further inspire the world through music,” Haydon said in a statement. “I look forward to returning to Chicago to join the Ravinia family.”
Like Ravinia, Caramoor presents concerts in many genres each summer, and provides educational and mentoring programs throughout the year. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, both festivals have canceled their usual concert lineups this season. Ravinia is offering its Reach Teach Play education program and Steans Music Institute in virtual settings.
TOP: Jeffrey P. Haydon, via YouTube.