Director of Schubert Club moves to Florida philharmonic

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Kathleen van Bergen

Kathleen van Bergen has been named CEO of the The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida.

Since January 2008, van Bergen has served as the Executive Director of the Schubert Club, replacing it’s founder, Bruce Carlson.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the philharmonic is a rising regional star:

The Naples Philharmonic is the youngest of Florida’s four major regional orchestras, yet in less than 30 years its annual budget has become roughly comparable to those of the 62-year-old Sarasota Orchestra, the 61-year-old Jacksonville Symphony and the 42-year-old Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay….”The Phil” opened its doors in 1989, added the 30,000-square-foot Naples Museum of Art to its complex in 2000, and now presents about 450 events annually in music, theater, dance and education. It also established a youth orchestra and two chorales.

34-year-old Van Bergen starts her new job on September 1. Among her first duties will be the selection of a music director for the Naples Philharmonic to succeed current director Jorge Mester, who steps down at the end of the 2011-12 season, and the hiring of a museum director.

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