July 20, 2017
 
Community Music Center of Boston Names New Exec. Dir.

Lecolion Washington
June 16, 2017 — Community Music Center of Boston, a nonprofit music school based in Boston that provides instruction to students of all backgrounds and all ages, recently announced that it has named Lecolion Washington as its next executive director following a national search.

Washington succeeds David Lapin who has been executive director of the Community Music Center of Boston for a record-breaking 34 years.

Mary Carney, board president of the Music Center, speaking of Washington, said, “We are confident that this gifted musician and longtime teacher will build on David Lapin’s legacy and will affirm the Music Center’s dynamic position in Boston’s burgeoning arts education environment.”

Washington, who will assume his new role in September, is currently executive director of the PRIZM Ensemble, which he co-founded, an organization whose mission is to build a diverse community through chamber music education, youth development, and performance, and director of In--Schools Programs for the Memphis Music Initiative.

“I am extremely honored that the board of Community Music Center of Boston has selected me as the incoming executive director.” said Washington. “After meeting with the board and spending time with the senior staff, I feel like I was born to be part of the work that the Music Center is doing in Boston."

At PRIZM, he created community engagement and youth development programs the PRIZM in the Schools Program, and the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival.

Washington was invited to serve as the Director of In--School Programs for the Memphis Music Initiative (MMI) after having served for several months on an advisory council and as a consultant for the MMI. He led a team that created and implemented a teaching artist program, led teacher/principal professional developments, and fostered partnerships between schools and local music nonprofits. In 2015, he was named by the Memphis Business Journal as one of the Top 40 under 40.

As a performer, Washington served on the faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa from 2006--‐2013.

In addition, he has coached chamber music and taught masterclasses along with distinguished faculty from all over the world, including principal players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the National Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony.

Washington, a bassoonist, studied at the University of Texas at Austin, the Manhattan School of Music, and Southern Methodist University.

Founded in 1910, Community Music Center of Boston is the product of two historic settlement schools that worked primarily with immigrant children – the former Boston Music School Settlement and the South End Music School, which merged in 1968. Today, it serves more than 5,500 individuals each week, and collaborates with nearly 35 Boston Public schools, community centers, nursing homes, and hospitals.

For the year ending June 30, 2015, the Music Center reported $2.63 million in revenue, of which $1.25 million came from contributions and grants, and $2.63 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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