After more than two decades in an executive role, Sarah Ballantyne steps down from her position as Early Music Vancouver’s Managing Director on October 1, 2014. Sarah’s commitment, forward vision, and administrative leadership over the last 24 years have been an essential part of Early Music Vancouver’s emergence as one of North America’s pre-eminent early music presenters. In addition, her interactions with artists, managers, funders, volunteers and audience members have placed EMV as a recognized member of local and international communities of musicians, scholars and enthusiasts. Her departure allows her to take a well-earned rest and to focus on her family and children.
Born in Montreal, Sarah completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance at McGill University before moving to Vancouver in 1989. Sarah joined the staff of Early Music Vancouver in 1990 and over the years developed a complementary relationship with EMV Artistic Director Emeritus José Verstappen which is a paragon in the arts community both for its longevity and its effectiveness. In addition to her major contributions to EMV’s growth and achievements, Sarah maintains strong ties to the local and international jazz and wider arts community.
Sarah’s experience, passion and deep knowledge of the art and science of performing arts management has played an integral role in making Early Music Vancouver the largest presenter of early music in Canada, and one of the most active and innovative organizations in its field in North America. We thank her for her many years of generous service to the music. She will be greatly missed by EMV’s board, staff, musicians, and audience members.