By Chris Ruel
Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) has announced the appointment of Nicole Wendl as BU Tanglewood Institute’s (BUTI) new executive director.
Wendl, a professional violinist and administrator, will helm the prestigious summer training program for young musicians ages 14-20. The program takes place on a 64-acre campus in western Massachusetts’ Berkshire mountains, close to Tanglewood.
For the past three years, Wendl has served as BUTI’s Director of Education and Programming, during which she worked directly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s senior leadership to include BUTI in Tanglewood and BSO events. She also expanded donor relations and implemented action plans for equity and Inclusion program growth.
As BUTI’s new executive director, Wendl will work to install a team poised to manage the organization through the next academic year, including roles that oversee recruiting, enrollment, education, and communications. She will also look to build a strong relationship with the Advisory Council.
In a press statement, Cynthia Curme, BUTI Advisory Council Chair, said, “Nicole is exactly the executive director BUTI needs at this moment. She understands every operational detail and has the energy, passion, and stamina to perform it with care, generosity, and sensitivity. Her passion for the transformational power of a music education is always beautifully articulated and she will be a fantastic advocate for the program. I really look forward to working with her!”