Bobby Pape Appointed Executive Director of Blue Heron

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Liz Linder

Gramophone Award-winning chamber music ensemble, Blue Heron announced its appointment of Bobby Pape as Executive Director.

Pape has worked as a nonprofit arts executive for over fifteen years, striving to promoting lesser-heard music and underrepresented creators. Most recently, Pape was Director of Development and Marketing of the Grammy Award-winning Albany Symphony. He has also served as the Executive Director of Boston Musica Viva, directed fundraising for Boston’s Cantata Singers, served in various marketing and development roles with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has consulted for organizations including the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society, and the Longwood Symphony.

Pape beings his tenure on October 10. He is charged with leading the organization into its 25th anniversary season. Pape will take on the multi-year project to perform the complete works of the great 15th-century composer Johannes Ockeghem, in  “Ockeghem@600.”

“We are very lucky to be welcoming Bobby Pape back to Boston to join Blue Heron as our Executive Director,” says Artistic Director Scott Metcalfe in an official press release. “Bobby was a well-known presence in the city’s musical scene for many years as the Executive Director of Boston Musica Viva, and his experience co-leading a new music ensemble, advocacy for unknown and unheard music, success in building new audiences, and superlative development skills make him a perfect fit to succeed Sarah Radcliffe-Marrs and partner with the ensemble in building our future, as Blue Heron embarks on its 25th season.”