Joseph Volpe To Deliver Inaugural Lecture At Purchase College
Purchase, NY - President Thomas J. Schwarz of Purchase College is pleased to welcome Mr. Joseph Volpe, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera from 1990 to 2006, as the inaugural speaker in the Jandon Business of the Arts Distinguished Lecture Series at Purchase College.
The lecture will take place on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 pm in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, followed by a reception.
This public event is free of charge.
The Cecil family created the Jandon Business of the Arts Distinguished Lecture Series at Purchase College in celebration of Donald Cecil’s 85th birthday. This endowed lecture series will enhance the B.A. Arts Management program and be presented annually at Purchase College free and open to the public. Also as a part of the series, a Purchase College student in the Arts Management B.A. program will receive the Jandon Business of the Arts Student Achievement Award.
President Schwarz notes, “We are grateful to the Cecil family for their generosity in establishing the Jandon Business of the Arts Distinguished Lecture Series. This endowment celebrates Don’s lifelong commitment to excellence in education, leadership in business, and passion for the arts.”
Known for their tireless efforts to bring educational and cultural opportunities to disadvantaged young people, Jane and Donald Cecil have been an extraordinary force in improving the quality of life for families throughout the New York metropolitan region. Among their many philanthropic contributions, the Cecils started the Jandon Scholars program, which provides educational funding for low-income, high-achieving students in Westchester County. They also established the Jandon Foundation Scholarship in Acting and the Jandon Theatre Production Fund at Purchase College and created the Writing Through the Arts Program at the Neuberger Museum of Art.
Joseph Volpe, the featured inaugural speaker, has had a long and distinguished career in the world of the performing arts, where he is best known for being General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera from 1990 to 2006. He spent 42 years working at the Met in various capacities, rising rapidly from apprentice carpenter to managerial positions to eventually becoming the first head of the Met Opera from the in-house ranks of the company.
As General Manager, Volpe expanded the breadth and length of the Met’s repertory season, as well as introducing various technological innovations. Sound fiscal management and customer service initiatives characterized Volpe’s tenure. He strengthened the Met's administration and initiated the use of new marketing and fundraising software.
According to Volpe, “The business of the arts requires real-world solutions by the next generation of arts leaders. I look forward to participating in the SUNY Purchase Jandon Business of the Arts Lecture Series to encourage students to take on the challenges of the present and future for a life in the arts."
In 2010, Volpe returned to represent the Met in its ongoing negotiations with its 16 labor unions, which Mr. Volpe continues to do today. Volpe has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, the Wharton School of Business, Georgetown, SUNY Purchase, Harvard and Oxford University. He taught an arts management course at New York University's Stern School of Business. He has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Fordham University, and Hamilton College. His memoir is entitled The Toughest Show on Earth, My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera.
The Purchase College Arts Management program has been a growing and successful academic program over the last several years. The B.A. program in Arts Management prepares a new generation of engaged managers by emphasizing critical inquiry, creative thinking, and the core skills to produce, promote and support the arts and entertainment industry.
For further information, please contact Kristina Bicher at Purchase College at 914-251-4456.