Ojai Music Festival Announces New Board President David Nygren

For immediate release
August 27, 2014

(Ojai CA) – The Ojai Music Festival Board of Directors named David Nygren as President of the Board of Directors effective August 2014. He assumes leadership of the board after Stephen J.M. Morris, who served an extraordinary year of service as president. Morris will continue to serve on the Festival’s executive committee for a smooth transition.

Nygren, a Santa Barbara resident, has served on the Ojai board since 2011. He is the founder and CEO of Nygren Consulting LLC, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, board effectiveness, organizational strategy, and executive competency assessment. He balances Fortune 500 for profit business advising and governance development with the non-profit sector, where he works extensively with health systems, arts institutions, and foundations. Some of his clients have included IBM, Hewlitt-Packard Company, Merrill Lynch to the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and New World Symphony. Nygren was the Executive Vice President at DePaul University, where he was awarded rank and tenure in the Department of Psychology, teaching organizational theory and design, leadership, and corporate governance.

“My support of the Festival comes from a deep love of music and my belief in the power of creativity to change the face of the world. As a result, I make personal investments in organizations whose intent it is to advance the common good,” said David Nygren. “There is nothing quite like Ojai where this level of creativity is inserted in the beauty of the Ojai Valley, where the mountains and the music are in harmony. The most talented artists come together here to express their potential and give us that gift. I have traveled and visited many festivals on other continents…None compare to the experience of the Ojai Music Festival.”

The Festival also welcomes James P. Drummy and Carol Nygren as incoming board members.

James P. Drummy
James P. Drummy is a principal in the law firm of Poindexter & Doutre’, Inc. in downtown Los Angles. He received his A.B. (cum laude) from UCLA in 1970 and JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law in 1973. Drummy specializes in real estate and probate and trust law and represents a number of non-profit organizations. Since 2008, He has been a member of the board of directors of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. He and his wife Kathy are long-time subscribers and supporters of the Ojai Music Festival.

Carol Nygren
Carol Nygren (sister-in-law of David Nygren) is the senior vice president and general manager of in:ciite Media, instrumental in negotiating agreements with multiple speakers, authors, musical artists, and publishers to provide opportunities for brand building, revenue generation, live events and simulcasts. She has also served as executive vice president and managing director of Live Event Management Inc – a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing (a division of NewsCorp) and as senior vice president of Licensed Live Family Entertainment at The Walt Disney Company where she developed “Disney On Ice” and “Disney Live” into globally recognized brands.

Ojai Music Festival
From its founding in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival has created a place for groundbreaking musical experiences, bringing together innovative artists and curious audiences in an intimate, idyllic setting 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Festival presents broad-ranging programs in unusual ways, giving patrons a fresh perspective on the works they hear. The four-day festival offers an immersion experience with main concerts, free community events, symposia, film screenings, and gatherings. Considered a highlight of the summer season, Ojai remains a leader in the classical music landscape.

The Ojai Music Festival attracts the world’s greatest musical artists. Through its unique structure of the Artistic Director appointing an annual Music Director, Ojai has presented a “who’s who” of music including Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, David Robertson, eighth blackbird, George Benjamin, Dawn Upshaw, Leif Ove Andsnes, Mark Morris, and Jeremy Denk. Thomas W. Morris has served as Artistic Director since 2004.

The 69th Ojai Music Festival (June 11-14, 2015) features Steven Schick as music director. Schick and Morris have devised a unique and explosive festival focused entirely around 20th and 21st century composers, featuring Schick as collaborator, teacher, actor, conductor, and master percussionist. Highlights include the West Coast premiere of John Luther Adams’ Sila: The Breath of the World and a special pre-festival performance on June 10 of Pierre Boulez: A Portrait, a spectacular multi-media kaleidoscope production with narration, archive films clips, live music, and stage set by Frank Gehry, part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score series. Additional programming will be announced in the fall. For further details, visit OjaiFestival.org or call 805 646 2053.

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