Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Names New Executive Directo…


David J. Kitto will step into the role, succeeding long-serving Executive Director Steven Ovitsky


David J. Kitto comes to the role at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from Washington, D.C., where he has been working as the Executive Director of the National Theatre Foundation. He was responsible for the organization’s financial planning, as well as operations, marketing, and outreach.

He has extensive experience in the field of arts management, having previously served as Interim President of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center/La Jolla Music Society (2018-19), as an independent consultant, as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (2001-2017), and, before that, as Director of Marketing and Ticket Operations at Carnegie Hall (1983 to 2000).

“The Festival is fortunate to welcome David Kitto as its next Executive Director,” said Ralph Craviso, President of the Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of experience in performing arts management, including extensive experience in arts marketing. I and the rest of the Board look forward to our collaboration as the Festival moves into a new era under David’s leadership.”

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity and privilege to lead the renowned Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival,” said David J. Kitto. “I look forward to working with Marc Neikrug, the Board of Trustees, and the entire staff to build upon the great successes of this revered festival’s first 50 years, as it enters its next 50.”

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