The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) has selected Jonathan Kaledin as Vice President of Development, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on May 22, 2019.
Mr. Kaledin is a lawyer and seasoned nonprofit executive with more than 30 years of experience, including work in both government and the private sector as well as the nonprofit sector. His illustrious career has also involved work in the environmental and conservation field and arts and culture field. He most recently served as President and CEO of Cape Arts & Entertainment in Massachusetts, managing the $4.4 million organization. His other leadership roles have included Executive Vice President/General Counsel of Natural Systems Utilities, Executive Director of the National Water Education/Funding Council, New York Regional Counsel for The Nature Conservancy, and General Counsel of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
A professionally trained cellist and musicologist, Mr. Kaledin played in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston-based Copley String Quartet. He has also substituted in the Albany Symphony Orchestra and performed at the Monadnock Chamber Music Festival, Nantucket Chamber Music Festival, and International Music Festival of Nice. Mr. Kaledin has given guest lectures at universities and conferences nationally and internationally and his published articles have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including USA Today, The Boston Globe, and The American Prospect. He has served on nonprofit and private sector boards and currently serves as a board member of the Lexington Chamber Music Center. Mr. Kaledin holds a bachelor of arts in music, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, and a juris doctor from the New York University School of Law.
In making the announcement, NJSO President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst said, “We are tremendously excited for Jonathan to be joining the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra family. Jonathan’s unrivaled passion for classical music along with his diverse and extensive experience in the nonprofit world lends him perfectly to the orchestra as we build towards the NJSO’s 100th anniversary in 2022.”
“I am delighted to be joining the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as its Vice President of Development, and as the organization heads toward its centennial in 2022,” said Mr. Kaledin. “I hope to make a contribution to the NJSO that helps ensure its next 100 years are as full of accomplishment, excitement, community building, and wonder and joy about music as its first 100 years have been. Under the leadership of Music Director Xian Zhang and President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst, and through the guidance and support of its wonderful board and the work of its dedicated and talented staff, the NJSO is heading into the future full-speed ahead. I am honored to be joining the NJSO as it does so.”
“Congratulations to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on selecting Jonathan Kaledin as Vice President of Development,” said ACG President Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau. “It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with the NJSO’s dedicated search committee. Jonathan’s knowledge and experience as an esteemed nonprofit leader and musician, as well as his deep commitment to the community, will prove invaluable as the NJSO prepares for its 100th anniversary.”