Caitlin Patton Rosenberg is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Music Festival, an orchestral training festival for college and graduate level musicians, and its sister organization, The Phanos Project. She is a member of the violin and viola section of the Union Symphony Orchestra and is also a published freelance writer and a Lecturer at Washington College.
Caitlin graduated in May 2010 from the Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she focused her studies in Arts and Nonprofit Administration. Upon her graduation, she was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public administration honor society, and received the MPA program’s Outstanding Student Award in recognition of her 4.0 cumulative GPA and involvement in the MPA community.
Caitlin grew up on Maryland’s Eastern shore where she developed a passion for reading, writing, and music as well as animal rescue and equestrian pursuits. Homeschooled from 5th grade on, she was admitted to Washington College at the age of 15 and graduated magna cum laude four years later with majors in Humanities and Music and minors in Creative Writing and English.
Both during and after college, she taught violin and horseback-riding lessons, and trained horses professionally. Her arts administration experience includes positions with Spoleto Festival USA, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at the Tanglewood Music Center), and as the first Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Her training includes a Professional Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Arts Extension Service, and the Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar at the League of American Orchestras. In 2008 she was a finalist in the League’s Orchestra Management Fellowship Program.
While studying for her master’s degree, she was active in the Charleston community in her role as the Community Service Chair for the College of Charleston Master of Public Administration Student Association, and also through her volunteer work for Lowcountry Animal Rescue. In the spring of 2010 she was a semi-finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Competition, one of 60 semi-finalists selected from a pool of 700 entrants.
Now back in her hometown of Chestertown, MD, Caitlin is a member of the Chester River Chorale and teaches violin and viola.