The American violinist will lead the summer training programme for 14 to 20-year-olds at the Boston University campus


Nicole Wendl

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Violinist and administrator Nicole Wendl has been appointed as the new executive director of Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). 

‘I feel a tremendous amount of pride and responsibility,’ says Wendl. ‘BUTI is such an incredibly special organisation and can have so much impact on students and on the field as a whole—it must be shepherded both with courage and delicacy. I’m looking forward to gathering the different populations that BUTI touches and working together toward what comes next.’ 

BUTI is a summer training programme for talented young musicians ages 14 to 20, in the Berkshire mountains of Lenox, Massachusetts near Tanglewood: the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Working closely with Boston University’s College of Fine Arts school of music, the students of Tanglewood receive the tutoring from internationally recognised faculty and guest artists. 

Harvey Young, dean of Boston University College of Fine Arts said: ‘Nicole Wendl has dedicated herself to uplifting, inspiring, and creating educational and career pathways for young musicians of exceptional talent. She has the vision and experience to chart the future of our world-leading institute.’ 

Wendl was formerly the programme manager of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont and co-founder and -director of the Lumino Festival in Falls Village, Connecticut.  

As a violinist Wendl was concertmaster of the Portsmouth Symphony, associate concertmaster of the Opera Neo orchestra in San Diego and was a member of the Giannini Quartet. 

‘Nicole, a classically trained violinist brings immediate artistic knowledge of all the many programmes at BUTI and their intricacies, along with the administrative side,’ Penelope Bitzas, associate professor of music at BUTI said. ‘Nicole built a terrific administrative team this past summer and has creative and business savvy ideas for moving forward this year. Her skills, musicality, and BUTI experience make her ready to jump in and start the next season!’