Lourdes Starr Demers
LOURDES STARR DEMERS began her administrative career in the classical music industry over 20 years ago with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC and later with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President of Artistic Operations at the Curtis Institute of Music. While with the National Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Starr Demers contributed to the success of a range of high profile occasions such as annual live televised broadcasts “National Memorial Day Concert” and “A Capitol Fourth”, several orchestra residency tours, as well as a White House state dinner for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin. At the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Starr Demers played key roles in the planning and execution of a wide variety of national and international orchestral tours and events including the Philadelphia Orchestra’s departure from the Academy of Music and move to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a live televised opening concert of Verizon Hall, farewell celebrations for Wolfgang Sawallisch and Christoph Eschenbach, welcoming events for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the illustrious 150th Anniversary Gala of the Academy of Music which welcomed HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
During her time at the Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Starr Demers has been instrumental in the opening of Lenfest Hall, the ongoing production of Curtis’ highly popular massive open online courses, and the design, development and success of Curtis Summerfest, now approaching its’ seventh year. As a member of the senior team at Curtis, Ms. Starr Demers shares her passion of bringing musical excellence to the greater global music community. She has presented on topics in music education and arts administration at national conferences such as Sphinx Connect (2018) and as part of an ALAANA network for the League of American Orchestras (2018).
In addition to her service on the board of Network for New Music since 2003, her board leadership roles include other non-profit organizations such as Feed My Starving Children and Markeim Arts Center. She has also served in education board leadership roles at the Greene Towne Montessori School in Philadelphia, Tatem Elementary School in Haddonfield and the Haddonfield Middle School. Originally from Chicago, she currently resides in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband and two children. Ms. Starr Demers is a member of the Greater South Jersey Chorus and has earned degrees in flute performance and music composition from DePaul University in Chicago.