BMC Leadership

Mark Weinstein, President and CEO

Keith Lockhart, Artistic Director

Mark Weinstein, President and CEO

Mark Weinstein has devoted his professional career to music having previously served as Executive Director of the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, General Director of the Pittsburgh Opera, Executive Director of the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas. Mark has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His wife, Susanne Marsee, was the leading Mezzo-Soprano soloist at New York City Opera at Lincoln Center for over 20 years.

Keith Lockhart, Artistic Director

In 2007, Keith Lockhart succeeded David Effron as Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival. Lockhart's appointment solidified an already special relationship with BMC; having attended as a teenager for two summers (1974, 1975), Lockhart was first featured as a guest conductor in 1996 and had since returned numerous times. He continues to serve as the Conductor of The Boston Pops Orchestra, and is Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, having served for eight years as its Principal Conductor.

In February 1995, Lockhart was named the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885, succeeding John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. Now in his 25th season, he has conducted over 2000 concerts with that organization and made 80 television shows, including 38 new programs for PBS's Evening at Pops, and the annual July Fourth Spectacular, now broadcast globally on Bloomberg Media platforms.

Keith Lockhart has conducted nearly every major orchestra in North America, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In October 2012, he made his London Philharmonic debut in Royal Albert Hall. In the opera pit, Maestro Lockhart has conducted productions with the Atlanta Opera, Washington Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Utah Opera. Recent highlights included debut appearances with the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Vienna Radio Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, as well as debuts in France and Norway. Upcoming engagements include an ongoing relationship with the Czech Philharmonic, and returns to orchestras in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He also recently completed a recording of the Bernstein Serenade with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Maestro Lockhart began his musical studies on piano at the age of 7, and holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and also holds honorary doctorates from the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Northeastern University, Furman University, and Carnegie Mellon University, among others. He was the 2006 recipient of the Bob Hope Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and was a recipient of the 2017 Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts' highest cultural honor.

Board of Trustees

Martha Coursey, Chair
Atlanta, GA

Betsy Barefoot
Brevard, NC

Bruce Berryhill
Cashiers, NC

Thomas C. Bolton
Asheville, NC

Charlotte Cameron
McLean, VA

John S. Candler
Brevard, NC

Marcia Chaplin
Vienna, VA

T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Spartanburg, SC

Preston Davitt
Asheville, NC

Jerusha Fadial
Charlotte, NC

Charles Goldsmith
Boca Raton, FL

Bill Hackney
Atlanta, GA

Falls Harris
Greenville, SC

Sue Henderson
Winston Salem, NC

Rich Jacobs
St. Simons Island, GA

Phillip Jerome
Pisgah Forest, NC

Katie Loeb-Schwab
Marco Island, FL

Ruby Morgan
Greenville, SC

Doug Ombres
Tequesta, FL

Mary Owen
Asheville, NC

Helen C. Peery
Charlotte, NC

Robby Russell
Arden, NC

Linda Thompson
Pisgah Forest, NC

Susan Toscani
Brevard, NC

Charles Weiss
Palm Coast, FL

M. Beattie Wood
Atlanta, GA

Elisha Zander
Nashville, TN

Trustees Emeriti

Doug Booth
Charlotte, NC

Wilbur Boswell III
Hendersonville, NC

Dr. Robert H. Dowdeswell
Flat Rock, NC

Mitchell Watson
West Palm Beach, FL

Kurt Zimmerli
Spartanburg, SC