NewAm announces Emily Bookwalter as New Executive Director

New Amsterdam announces Emily Bookwalter as New Executive Director at
Inaugural New Works Benefit

New Amsterdam is excited to announce Emily Bookwalter as its new Executive Director at its inaugural New Works Benefit on November 2.

In celebration of this exciting development and to extend the opportunity to meet Ms. Bookwalter, the afterparty for New Amsterdam’s November 2 new works benefit is now free and open to the public. New Amsterdam invites the entire community to attend the afterparty with a guest DJ set by Dawn of Midi at 9:30pm on Monday, November 2 at National Sawdust to commemorate this new chapter for the organization. Attendees are encouraged but not required to make a small donation at the door to support the opera and the New Amsterdam Presents mission.

Ms. Bookwalter comes to New Amsterdam from a committed background of non-profit and leadership experience in the national new music community. As the former Grantmaking and Community Manager of New Music USA, a national service organization committed to the advocacy and support of artists of our time, she played an integral role in the successful design, development, and implementation of its programs and marketing strategies, having helped transition New Music USA through the 2011 merger of its two legacy organizations, Meet the Composer and American Music Center. She is the current Director of External Affairs for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, a close-knit and dedicated ensemble that brings adventurous and unique music to the borough of Brooklyn at low costs. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Ms. Bookwalter looks forward to deepening the ongoing projects New Amsterdam has in Indianapolis and other cities around the country. She is a graduate of Vassar College.

An active performer in addition to her leadership experience, Ms. Bookwalter is the current principal violist for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, served as artist-in-residence at the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Ground Floor Residency Lab with Brian Carpenter’s Beat Circus, toured with Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, performed with the band Beirut, played numerous times as The Moth’s mainstage musician, is featured on multiple independent albums, and plays in some of NYC’s favorite venues including Roulette, SubCulture, Carnegie Hall, the new Whitney Museum, and more.

We are thrilled to hire Emily Bookwalter as Executive Director of New Amsterdam Presents. She brings to the position a strong sense of organizational vision, extensive experience in the field, and a clear capacity to get things done. This move represents a tremendous leap forward for New Amsterdam and, by extension, for the artists we represent, “ says William Brittelle, New Amsterdam co-founder and co-artistic director.

Of her new position, Ms. Bookwalter says, “my coming on board is a natural partnership and extension of my work in new music; I believe unwaveringly in the mission of New Amsterdam and the vital role it plays for musical creators across the country. I can’t wait to help grow the budding legacy of this unparalleled institution and the artists it represents on a national and international level.

To spend more time with Ms. Bookwalter and the entire New Amsterdam team, join the New Works Benefit featuring the opera A Marvelous Order, next Monday at National Sawdust.