The Music School of Delaware Names New President & CEO

By David Salazar

The Music School of Delaware has announced that Stephen Beaudoin will be its new President & CEO. Beaudoin will take over the position starting in February 2024, taking over for Kate Ransom, who is retiring.

With his experience as the Executive Director of such organizations as The Washington Chorus, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, South Orange Performing Arts Center, and PHAME, Beaudoin was recognized by Music America magazine as one of the music industry’s “Top Movers and Shapers.” He has also been a publicly elected school board member and has served on the boards of such organizations as  TEDxPortland, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and Oregon Humanities, among others. He also performed as a tenor with such organizations as  Pink Martini, the Portland Cello Project, Trinity Consort, Fear No Music, and Opera Boston, among others.

“I’m incredibly humbled and very excited to step forward as The Music School of Delaware’s next President and CEO,” Beaudoin said in an official press statement issued by the company. “This opportunity feels very alive to me, and very aligned with my values and the kind of impact I hope to make in the world today: leveraging music and creativity to connect communities and support people in realizing their fullest potential. I look forward to working with the entire community – Music School faculty, board, staff, supporters, and community partners, as well as all the new friends we’ll make in the months and years to come – to help steward the Music School into its next century of positive impact.”

Ransom served as President & CEO for over 24 years. She will continue her professional activities as a violin performing artist and as Artistic Faculty with the institution.