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Newark School of the Arts Names Lawrence Tamburri of Maplewood as Executive Director

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Lawrence Tamburri is named the new Executive Director of the Newark School of the Arts.
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NEWARK, NJ Newark School of the Arts (NSA) has appointed Lawrence Tamburri of Maplewood as its new executive director. Tamburri, who had been serving as the school’s interim executive director, was selected after a national search led by the Arts Consulting Group.

“I look forward to building on the robust, 45-year foundation that has been created by those devoted to the Newark School of the Arts,” Tamburri said. “The range of families, board members and other volunteers, teaching artists, funders, arts partners, and community organizations, who are deeply committed to the school, speaks to the vital role the arts play in the lives of our students and their families. I’m honored to have been selected for this position.”

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Tamburri has 30 years of arts management, advocacy and fundraising experience, including knowledge of the school-wide arts integration process. Most recently, he served as President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a $30 million internationally-respected orchestra and concert hall. During his eight-years with the Orchestra, Tamburri managed an $80 million fundraising campaign.

“Larry’s extensive experience with arts education combined with his leadership and fundraising background will guide NSA into the next phase of our multi-year plan,” said Monique McRipley Ollie, who was co-chair of the Search Committee and serves on the school’s Board of Trustees.

From 1991 to 2004, Tamburri was President & CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, based at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. He initiated and led the formation of the Orchestra’s partnership with NJPAC, and was instrumental in the creation of four national television broadcasts in with WNET-TV. He also produced seven critically-acclaimed recordings by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and co-founded the Newark Early Strings Program, a music education partnership with the Newark Public Schools.

Tamburri and his wife, Elizabeth Burnett, relocated to New Jersey last June. While serving as interim Executive Director of the NSA, Tamburri has been consulting with area arts organizations and teaching in the Arts Management program at Purchase College SUNY.

Tamburri will be recognized April 23, at NSA’s annual gala, celebrating its 45th year.  That evening, NSA will honor Jacques Lacombe of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Clement A. Price of Rutgers University, and Mary Sue Sweeney Price of the Newark Museum.

The NSA is a non-profit organization founded in 1968, which provides high-level training in the performing and visual arts for everyone with an interest regardless of age, talent and financial resources. NSA delivers instruction in the performance of musical instruments, singing, music theory, drama, dance, and visual arts. The NSA has served 42,000 students since its inception, and teaches 600 students each week.

The NSA has won multiple awards over the years and was one of the first to receive Challenge grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Most recently, the school was a recipient of a multi-year grant from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts, in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts. 

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