Chamber Music America Names Mimi Hwang Chair of the Board

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nichole Knight

Mimi Hwang

Mimi Hwang

New York, NY (March 22, 2021)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the appointment of  Mimi Hwang  as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. Ms. Hwang was unanimously elected by the Board at its meeting on March 20. She succeeds Richard Kessler, Executive Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The New School and Dean of Mannes School of Music, who has served as Chair of the Board since 2014.

A member of the Executive Committee and Vice President of the Board since 2018, Ms. Hwang previously served on the CMA Board 1990-1997.

“Mimi has demonstrated great dedication and leadership as a member of the Executive Committee and will undoubtedly do a great job as Board Chair,” said Mr. Kessler. “This is an important and exciting time of transition for CMA with the search for a new CEO after Margaret Lioi’s 21-year tenure, and now the appointment of Mimi Hwang as Chair of the Board of Directors.”

Ms. Hwang is an award-winning cellist, who performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician. She was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia and was Quartet-in-Residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. She received her Master’s Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Hwang is currently an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, Co-Artistic Director of Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program, and a founding member of the Amenda Quartet. She is the Artistic Director of If Music be the Food in Rochester and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Rochester (NY) Area Community Foundation (RACF), the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester. In 2017 she was awarded the Philanthropy Award from RACF.

“I am honored to serve as Chamber Music America’s Chair of the Board and look forward to working with the new CEO to expand the ways we serve our national chamber music community,” Ms. Hwang said. “The field needs CMA now more than ever, and I’m excited to be part of the organization’s next chapter.”

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, strengthen, and support the chamber music community. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions—including western and non-western classical and contemporary, jazz, and evolving genres. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications including  Chamber Music  magazine and the weekly e-newsletter,  Accent.