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Erika Floreska Takes Helm at Bloomingdale School of Music

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Jul 28, 2014
New York, NY

The Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) board of directors announced this week the appointment of Erika S. Floreska as the school's next executive director. Erika began working with BSM on July 28, coordinating with interim executive director BJ Adler to effect a smooth transition.

Erika brings over twenty years of experience in senior executive leadership in the arts. She served for fourteen years as the director of education at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where she managed a comprehensive portfolio of programs and resources that annually reached more than 50,000 students, teachers, and listeners of all ages. A number of the programs initiated during her tenure are recognized national models. Erika has most recently served as executive director of the Tectonic Theater Project, where she has provided internal structure and an expanded public presence. Most importantly, Erika is a passionate advocate for music educatio and a professional musician who holds two degress in flute performance. She comes from a long line of musicians, is marrier to a former music education, and has two children, both of whom excel at multiple instruments. Erika is a fantastic fit for BSM, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary and plan for the future.

About Bloomingdale School of Music
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Bloomingdale School of Music, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, serves music students of all ages and economic levels from Manhattan and all boroughs of New York City in its three programs.  The After School and Weekend Program is Bloomingdale’s core offering of private study in one of twenty-five instruments and over twenty classes for children and adults in both classical and jazz disciplines. This program involves people of all ages from babies through seniors and all musical interests. The Music Access Project is a rigorous program of study that prepares youths from under-served urban communities for the demands of music education at a college, university, or conservatory.  Working collaboratively, Bloomingdale also provides music instruction for over 700 children in three public schools, either on-site at the school or at Bloomingdale.  The instruction is in one of three areas: class instrumental instruction in violin, flute, or clarinet; general music instruction through Orff Schulwerk; or jazz education. Finally, over 70 free concerts are presented every year.

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Pictured Above: Erika Floreska, photo by Roger Floreska

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