Young Musicians & Artists (YMA) Board Co-Chairs Laura Moen and Diana Kerman today announced the appointment of Sarah Tiedemann as the organization’s new Executive Director. Tiedemann is scheduled to begin Feb. 8, 2016, taking the helm as the camp embarks upon its 51st year.
“Young Musicians and Artists is delighted to welcome Sarah as our new Executive Director,” Kerman states. “She brings a broad knowledge of the Portland arts community, as well as enthusiasm for young people as they pursue their interest and love of the arts.”
Tiedemann is a flutist, arts administrator, and educator who received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory, with additional studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She comes to YMA from positions as Administrative and Communications Coordinator of Third Angle New Music and Instructor of Flute at Willamette University, and previously served as Communications & Marketing Director for Chamber Music Northwest. In addition, she has spent five summers as a member of the YMA faculty and looks forward to continuing and expanding upon YMA’s legacy both as the Northwest’s premier visual and performing arts residential summer program, and as an open, accepting environment where students learn life and leadership skills.
“With the recent Congressional endorsement of STEM to STEAM, this is an incredibly exciting time in arts education,” Tiedemann states. “With the support of our enthusiastic board, faculty, students, and extensive alumni network, I’m confident that we will continue to strengthen YMA’s role within the community. I look forward to working with everyone on this dedicated team to bring the organization to the next level.”
Tiedemann enters the position following previous Executive Director Quinland Porter’s departure last summer. “We’re grateful for Quinland’s eight years of leadership and delighted by how camp flourished during her tenure,” says Moen. “We’re now focusing on a smooth transition—one that preserves YMA’s culture and traditions while positioning the camp for even higher levels of enrollment and success.”
YMA’s 2016 camp sessions take place from June 19 – July 1 (music) and July 3 – 15 (visual arts, digital photography, theatre, musical theatre, creative writing, dance, and songwriting). For more information, visit www.ymainc.org.
Since 1965, Young Musicians & Artists (YMA) has provided a high-quality residential summer performing and visual arts program. Students who have completed grades 4 through 12 receive professional instruction in dance, instrumental music, photography, creative writing, piano, musical theatre, songwriting, composition, theatre, visual arts, and vocal music. Over its 50 year history, YMA has grown steadily from a one-week summer camp of 50 string students to the Northwest’s premier visual and performing arts residential summer program, with two, two-week sessions. Since 1974, YMA has been housed at Willamette University, which offers outstanding facilities and an environment that is perfectly suited to the appreciation of the arts.
Today, 50 artist/instructors, 20 guest artists, and 40 student-counselors work with approximately 250 students each summer to provide excellent arts instruction, to expose students to first-class artistic work by professional artists, to foster a love and appreciation of creative expression, and to build confidence and self-esteem in young artists.
Superb instruction, creative environment, camaraderie, and lasting friendships bring former students, parents, and friends back year after year to relive that “YMA magic.”