Between the Chords
- Santa Monica, California, USA
- June 07
- Annette Simons is an arts management professional with more than two decades of experience working with performing arts organizations large and small. Her background combines knowledge of classical music, all types of theatre, ballet/modern dance, family programming, and K-12 arts education. With a successful track record that includes experience in New York and Los Angeles, Annette offers a sophisticated viewpoint on arts administration issues.
During her 20-year career at the Los Angeles Music Center, Annette successfully developed, wrote, and solicited hundreds of proposals for grant awards ranging into millions of dollars for arts education, family programming, and capital projects. In her nearly ten years as Managing Director of the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, she produced sold-out chamber music concert series in professional venues (including The Getty Center, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, and Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School) as well as art galleries, private homes, and non-traditional performance spaces. Other affiliations include Calliope Media, with music scholar/pianist/media author Robert Winter. Annette's pro bono work includes eight years on the Santa Monica Arts Commission with two years as chair. She has served on peer panels for the California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.
An honors graduate of the prestigious Performing Arts Management M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College (City University of New York), Annette completed her internships and residency for her degree working in the Development Department of New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts with honors from Loyola Marymount University. She also spent a summer in England studying writing at Oxford University.
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To borrow from the iconic work of artist Barbara Kruger, “I shop therefore I am.” I am not ashamed of being a shopaholic.
First, while I have infinite lust for shopping, I exercise substantial control in buying. This discipline keeps me from drowning in de… Read full post »
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My grandmother lied about her age. She had just turned 106 when she passed away in 2003, but we thought she was only 103. She would have been 113 this month.
Her birth year is listed as 1900 on her death certificate as well as the crypt that holds… Read full post »
February 2010 has come and gone and another Valentine’s Day is history. I have not had much success in the romance department, so each year I make silly jokes about this holiday. I tell friends I’ll be wearing a black arm band. I buy myself a rose, a… Read full post »
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 contains a great mystery. The second of the work’s three movements is just one measure of notation, consisting of only two chords. Each time I hear this piece, I find myself reflecting on its second movement as a… Read full post »
“You should write something” is such a constant refrain among the people I know that it merits a musical score. Friends and colleagues often encourage me to devote my writing skills to something other than promoting arts organizations – the source of my livelihoo… Read full post »