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Our Director: Tricia Baldwin

[Tricia Baldwin]
Tricia Baldwin. (Photo by Kevin Van Paassen)

Tricia Baldwin became the Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in December 2014. Ms. Baldwin received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and her MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

In 2012, Tricia Baldwin was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ John Hobday Award in Arts Management and a full scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto and KPMG to attend Harvard University’s course in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

Prior to The Isabel, Tricia Baldwin was the Managing Director of Tafelmusik from 2000 to 2014.  During Ms. Baldwin’s tenure, Tafelmusik enjoyed a prolific and prestigious period on the world stage, including 57 provincial, national and international tours. Her tenure has also seen the development of audiences and artists through the renovation of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre by ERA Architects and acoustician Bob Essert, and the expansion of programming into Koerner Hall and the George Weston Recital Hall.

During this period, Tafelmusik built its operating budget from $2.7MM to $5.4MM, eliminated its deficit, enjoyed 14 successive surplus budgets, increased its endowment from $314k to $5MM and built balance sheet funds to $800k while launching major education, outreach and artist training initiatives including the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Baldwin spearheaded the creation of Tafelmusik’s own recording label, Tafelmusik Media in 2012, inspired the establishment of Tafelmusik’s own digital concert hall, and organized numerous international recording, film and television projects that have garnered numerous awards and nominations, as well as frequent international broadcasts.

Prior to Tafelmusik, she was the Executive Director of Ballet British Columbia and General Manager of the Kingston Symphony.

Baldwin has served on juries and panels for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the City of Toronto and the City of Barrie.

She is a past Board Member of Creative Trust and Orchestras Canada, was part of the Cultural Career Council of Ontario’s mentor programme, currently serves on the Advisory Board of York University’s MBA Arts and Media programme at the Schulich School of Business, and has written a case study on recording for this graduate programme.