Ayden Adler holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), the Juilliard School (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (M.A., D.M.A., Ph.D.), her professional background and experience encompasses music performance, scholarship, teaching, and administrative positions at some of the nation’s most esteemed music institutions.
In her previous role as dean of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, Adler redesigned the academic program to address 21st-century needs of music students by providing high-level training in audience engagement, community engagement, and digital engagement, musician health and wellness, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. She also oversaw the creation of NWS’s multi-million dollar digital arm, MUSAIC (www.musaic.nws.edu). This 24/7 online resource shares the insight, artistry, and instruction of leading classical musicians with a global community of musicians and classical music aficionados. Launched in the fall of 2014, MUSAIC has been viewed by over 500,000 music students of all ages and their teachers worldwide.
Adler served as Executive Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City. As the public face of this fiercely democratic organization where musicians work collaboratively to make artistic decisions, she provided direction and leadership towards the achievement of Orpheus’ artistic and administrative goals. During her tenure, she raised over $9M through individual, corporate, foundation, and government gifts and grants. With support from the Mellon Foundation, she expanded the Orpheus Institute, through which Orpheus musicians mentor the next generation of musicians and business leaders in shared leadership, entrepreneurship, and communication. Dr. Adler has also served as Director of Education and Community Partnerships for the Philadelphia Orchestra and as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Director for Learning Development.
As an orchestral musician, Adler performed in many countries under esteemed conductors, including Loren Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Alan Gilbert. She served as a member of the horn sections of the Jerusalem Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for over a decade. As a chamber musician, she performed with Christoph Eschenbach, Ricardo Morales, Klaus Thunemann, and Mark Inouye, among others. She has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi label and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards).
While in Rochester, Adler taught horn, natural horn, music history, and arts leadership at the Eastman School of Music. Her academic research focuses on the history of orchestral institutions and the role of classical music in society. As a thought-leader in the field, she regularly gives presentations at national and international conferences that address issues of civic and economic relevance, diversity, entrepreneurship, and new technologies in the context of historic and current business practices at arts institutions. She is currently writing a book for the University of Illinois Press entitled, “Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music”: Serge Koussevitzky, Arthur Fielder, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.