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New Isabel director appointed

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison announced today that Tricia Baldwin has been appointed as the new director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, effective Dec. 8, 2014.

During the 14 seasons that Ms. Baldwin has served as Managing Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir in Toronto, the organization has experienced tremendous growth. Under Ms. Baldwin’s leadership Tafelmusik has expanded its venue programs, developed future artists and realized major outreach, education and artist training initiatives.

“We’re excited to welcome Ms. Baldwin to her new role at the Isabel and we’re confident the Centre will thrive under her leadership,” says Dr. Harrison. “She’s had an impressive record of success with Tafelmusik and we look forward to enjoying the benefit of the expertise she’ll bring to the position.”

Ms. Baldwin’s hiring follows the announcement that Jerry Doiron, the Isabel’s current director, will be stepping down due to health reasons.

“Jerry’s to be commended for the wonderful grand opening the Isabel had this past weekend and for organizing a performance season that’s befitting this world-class venue,” Dr. Harrison says.

While with Tafelmusik, Ms. Baldwin worked as project manager on the recent $3.2 million renovation of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, the organization’s primary performance venue. She’s also organized numerous international recording, film and television projects and overseen the creation of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. She leaves Tafelmusik in good standing, after 14 consecutive years of operating surpluses. Prior to her role at Tafelmusik, Ms. Baldwin served as executive director of Ballet British Columbia, General Manager of the Kingston Symphony and has professional associations with many more arts organizations.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Kingston in my new role as director of the Isabel and being part of Kingston’s vibrant arts community,” says Ms. Baldwin. “The Isabel is a world-class centre and I look forward to creating outstanding experiences with and for the students, faculty and community and in working with outstanding guest artists from Canada and beyond.”

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts was made possible by a transformational gift from Alfred Bader (Sc’45, Arts’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) and his wife Isabel (LLD’07) as well as the financial backing of the federal and provincial governments, the City of Kingston and additional philanthropic support. The Isabel is a hub for artistic study, creation, exhibition and performance at Queen’s. It is home to the Department of Film and Media and also provides learning and working space for the university’s other creative arts disciplines.