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Jarrod Hartzler selected to lead OAAE

Jarrod Hartzler selected to lead OAAE
Aug 12, 2019

Jarrod S. Hartzler, executive and artistic director of Tuesday Musical in Akron since 2013, is leaving that post to become executive director of Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) on September 4.

Tuesday Musical, founded in 1887, is an anchor arts organization in Akron. Now entering its 132nd season, Tuesday Musical presents concerts by world-acclaimed musicians, such as violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Yo Yo Ma, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and the Imani Winds.

Tuesday Musical also presents education and community engagement programs throughout northeast Ohio.

“We are immensely grateful for Jarrod’s excellent leadership, especially his vision to expand Tuesday Musical’s reach and relevance with such programs as our quartet-in-residence, Myers Foundation New Music Fund, and Decompression Chamber,” said Paul Filon, president of Tuesday Musical’s board and an attorney with Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs in Akron.

“These programs reach more than 5,000 people of all ages every season,” said Filon, “and have become integral to Tuesday Musical’s commitment to expand access to world-class musicians for students and adults — in the concert hall and throughout the community.”

Tuesday Musical’s board is exploring leadership transition options, added Filon.

“Working with the board and staff of Tuesday Musical, as well as the entire Akron community, has been extremely rewarding,” said Hartzler. “I’m proud of the work Tuesday Musical has done to prepare the organization for the next 130 years of service to northeast Ohio. My work with arts education throughout the state will keep me in close contact with many projects in Akron, including the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program.”

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a statewide arts service organization that works to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Hartzler has served on the organization’s board since 2008.

Prior to Tuesday Musical, Hartzler served as senior staff for two Ohio community arts centers in Wooster and Delaware as well as the Wooster Chamber Music Series and the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. He also completed an Arts Management Fellowship with The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Hartzler serves on the board of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts and chairs its Arts Day planning committee, and also is a panel member for the Ohio Arts Council. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in arts history.