New MIM director begins work today |

New MIM director begins work today

Barry Bonifas, Music in the Mountains’ new executive director, starts today.

Bonifas was most recently the interim executive director of the Santa Cruz Symphony. Prior to that, he was managing director of the Carmel Bach Festival.

His resume includes leading the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, Mont.; coordinating campus concerts, lectures, films and special events at the University of Iowa; serving as executive director of the Arts Council of Snohomish County in Everett, Wash.; and being an assistant professor at the University of Utah’s Institute of Arts Administration.

Bonifas has a bachelor of arts degree in English from San Jose State University, and did graduate work in American studies at San Jose State and human resource management at the University of Utah.

“I’m very excited to have such an experienced person on board to help guide Music in the Mountains in the future,” said Paul Perry, artistic director of MIM.

Current interim (and original) Executive Director Terry M. Brown agreed.

“This is happening just in time for our Spring Fest of Classics that runs April 4 to 13,” Brown said. “I’ll be pleased to hand the reins over to Barry and know that we’ll be in good hands. He has the knowledge, the personality, the experience and the passion to take Music in the Mountains on to the next level.”

Brown will work at the arts organization through February to aid in the transition.

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