Newark School of the Arts Announces New Executive Director

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Lawrence Tamburri Brings 30 Years of Arts Management, Advocacy and Fundraising Skills to the Newark School of the Arts.

Newark School of the Arts names Lawrence Tamburri as Executive Director.

Newark School of the Arts names Lawrence Tamburri as Executive Director.

Newark School of the Arts (NSA), a non-profit organization providing a rich array of arts experiences for students in northern New Jersey, today announced the appointment of Lawrence Tamburri as executive director. Tamburri, who had been serving as the school’s interim executive director, was selected at the conclusion of a national search led by the Arts Consulting Group.

“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 serves on the school’s Board of Trustees and was co-chair of the Search Committee.

Tamburri, of Maplewood, NJ, brings 30 years of arts management, advocacy and fundraising experience, including extensive knowledge of all aspects of a school-wide arts integration process. Most recently he served as President & CEO of the internationally-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a $30 million orchestra and concert hall. During his eight-year tenure at the Orchestra, Tamburri successfully implemented an $80 million fundraising campaign.

From 1991 to 2004, Tamburri served as President & CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, based at the NJPAC in Newark. He initiated and led the partnership with NJPAC, was instrumental in the creation of four national television broadcasts in association with WNET-TV, and produced seven critically-acclaimed recordings by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Tamburri co-founded the Newark Early Strings Program in partnership with the Newark Public Schools.

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

Tamburri will be recognized April 23, when NSA holds its annual gala to celebrate 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 at Tomorrow’s Stars Tonight, beginning 6 p.m. at NJPAC.

“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.”

The NSA search committee, co-chaired by Ollie and board member Charles Smith, included representatives from the School’s Board of Directors, faculty and staff.

About the Newark School for the Arts:

The NSA provides high-level training in the performing and visual arts. Since 1968, the School has offered instruction for everyone with an interest in the arts 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 is a family and community oriented school that has served 42,000 individuals since its inception, and provides education for 600 students each week.

The NSA has won multiple awards and has been widely recognized over the years as an outstanding arts institution. The school 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.

About Arts Consulting Group:

Arts Consulting Group is a leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, fundraising & marketing consulting, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. With offices in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago, ACG consultants are also located in other communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. For more information, visit

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