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Heath Marlow

  • Chair, Center for Professional Development and Performing Arts Leadership

Heath Marlow, chair of the Center for Professional Development and Performing Arts Leadership, previously directed NEC's Sistema Fellows Program and Sistema Fellowship Resource Center. He has taught two courses, Building a Community-Based Residency and El Sistema Survey: Investigating Music Education for Social Change, through the School of Continuing Education. His recent #MusiciansAtWork activities include a workshop series, summer institutes, and consultations with NEC alumni. Heath is a member of NEC's Music in 2050 task force, a schoolwide initiative dedicated to exploring the role of music, musician, and conservatory in a drastically changing world.

In addition to supporting the career development of the Sistema Fellows, Heath has provided guidance to numerous musicians and musician-led initiatives, including musiConnects, Music Haven, Newport String Project, Little Opera, Tetra String Quartet, Trio Cleonice, A Far Cry, Palaver Strings, Thread Ensemble, Emissary Quartet, Castle of our Skins, Kithara Project, Guitars in the Classroom, West Campus Music Project, and the Rhode Island Fiddle Project. He has served as a grant review panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and as a mentor for National Arts Strategies' Creative Community Fellows Program. He is the president of the board of directors of musiConnects, a Mattapan-based organization with a mission "to model and teach self-expression, peer leadership and community development through the transformative power of chamber music."

Heath was a member of the founding group of musicians that built Community MusicWorks—a community-based organization nationally recognized for “creating rewarding musical experiences for often-forgotten populations and forging a new, multi-faceted role beyond the concert hall for the 21st century musician” (MacArthur Foundation). Heath played multiple roles for Community MusicWorks over ten years, including teaching artist, artistic program administrator, director of development, and managing director.

As a cellist, Heath has been a member of the Oakland Symphony and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and performed as a regular substitute in the Rhode Island Philharmonic. A chamber music enthusiast, Heath considers himself very fortunate to have spent many summers making music while in residence in such bucolic locations as Banff, Blue Hill, Boscawen, and the Berkshires.

B.M., Rice University; graduate studies, Boston University