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Hancher's Hurtig becomes officer of Chamber Music America

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Judith Hurtig, marketing director of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, has been elected secretary of Chamber Music America (CMA), the nation's most important support and advocacy organization for chamber music. This official post makes Hurtig a member of the executive committee of CMA's board of directors. Hurtig will begin her one-year, renewable term July 1.

An active member of CMA for several years and a member of the CMA board since 1994, Hurtig is currently the chair of board's marketing committee, and she is an ex-officio member of the CMA conference committee. She was conference chair of the 1997 CMA national conference, which was held in New York in January. She served on the program committee for CMA's 1994 national conference, and she has chaired or participated in several CMA-sponsored regional conferences and panels.

Hurtig's involvement in CMA represents not only her professional responsibilities at Hancher Auditorium but also her life-long love of chamber music. For example, she has been a regular audience member at Music at Marlboro, America's most prominent summer festival of chamber music for 25 years.

At Hancher, where she has been a staff member since 1986, Hurtig has spearheaded grant funding through CMA. Through this funding CMA has played an important role in Hancher's presentation of chamber music. The CMA Presenter-Community Residency program, funded by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, has supported Hancher residencies by the Ying Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, the Uptown String Quartet and the Muir Quartet. Through its commissioning program, CMA helped Hancher commission composer Joan Tower's "Night Fields," which was given its world premiere in Hancher by the Cleveland Quartet.

Hancher received the ASCAP/CMA Award for adventurous programming of contemporary music in the 1989-90 season.

CMA was founded in 1978 as a service organization to promote chamber music as a vital part of American cultural life. The organization acts as an advocate for funding by government agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals, and it has created grant programs for both chamber music ensembles and presenting organizations.