ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Zachary Blutner of Roselle Park has been named Executive Director of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra (NJFO).

Blutner comes to NJFO with nearly 20 years of experience in both non-profit and for-profit institutions in the tourism and hospitality industries.

 “Zach joins us with a very impressive resume, great enthusiasm, and a hunger to grow NJFO both financially and visibly in Westfield and Morris County,” said NJFO Board President Keith S. Hertell. “We are very fortunate to have a fully professional, award-winning orchestra right on our doorstep and we’re thrilled to welcome Zach who will bring his management talents as our new Executive Director to carry the organization forward.”

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Prior to joining the NJFO, Blutner worked for Artechouse, New York, where, as General Manager, he directed all aspects of Budgeting, Sales, Marketing and Events. He also previously worked as Director of Operations and Guest Experience at One World Observatory in New York City, where, under his leadership, One World Observatory earned its place atop the most visited tourist attractions in New York City. 

“I’m excited to bring my tourism and hospitality management experience to New Jersey Festival Orchestra and help lead the organization toward a strong and lasting future in central New Jersey and beyond,” said Blutner.

Blutner will oversee all administrative aspects of the NJFO organization, from finance to fundraising, marketing, operations, and long-range planning as well as helping to develop the orchestra’s critical outreach and education programs.  He will work closely with NJFO Music Director and Conductor David Wroe, who is currently in his 24th season of providing leadership for the artistic vision of the organization.

Blutner will partner with Maestro Wroe to explore multiple new and exciting options to reconfigure the NJFO 2020-2021 season in the face of the current performance challenges due to Covid-19. He notes plans for outdoor ensemble concerts, live-streamed and recorded events and expanding the orchestra’s presence on social media and beyond.

“I am looking to build on NJFO growth and success in recent years and help develop innovative ways for NJFO to engage with the community and navigate through the pandemic. Safety, of course, will guide our decisions and I look forward to announcing the re-imagined season and new delivery systems in the very near future,” said Blutner.

“I’m extremely excited to partner with Zach as our new Executive Director to expand the positive impact our organization can have on our community,” said Wroe. “We at NJFO remain committed to delivering on our mission to make extraordinary music and bring the joy of world-class musical experiences to audiences in New Jersey.  We look forward to our new season. NJFO will be back – as strong and as vibrant as ever.”