Drawing on twenty years of arts management experience and a lifelong love of music as both an avid audience member and musician, Jeffrey P. Haydon begins his second season at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as CEO. Since his arrival, Caramoor has launched several new artistic initiatives, including In the Garden of Sonic Delights, an immersion Fall Festival, Artist-in-Residence, community collaborations including the launches of Cultural Katonah and Caramoor@KMA, and expanded its overall programming by over 60%–all while increasing ticket sales, fundraising, and improving its financial performance.
Previously, Mr. Haydon served as Executive Director of the Ojai Music Festival (an hour north of Los Angeles), where he led the festival through a number of major transformations to further position it as one of the preeminent musical destinations for artists and audiences alike. During a time when many cultural organizations experienced declines in donations and audiences, Mr. Haydon helped the Ojai Music Festival double its budget and triple the number of artistic and education programs produced – all while improving its balance sheet. A key focus of Mr. Haydon’s work was rallying the surrounding community and Festival constituents to raise over $4 million from 2008 to 2011 to rebuild the 1,000-seat Libbey Bowl, which serves as the home for the Ojai Music Festival and many other events throughout the year.
Mr. Haydon previously held positions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Aspen Music Festival. As part of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, Mr. Haydon worked with the Baltimore Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Seattle Symphony. He has also managed the Cultural Events performing arts series in Tacoma, Washington.
A native of California, Jeffrey Haydon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration through the Business leadership honors program and a minor in music from the University of Puget Sound. He also completed the Stanford Business School’s competitive Executive Non-Profit Leaders in the Arts program in association with National Arts Strategies.