Andrew T. Sudol Appointed Executive Director for Chamber Music Monterey Bay


Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s Board President Anne R. Fitzpatrick announced today that Andrew T. Sudol has been appointed the new executive director of the fifty-one year-young chamber music presenting organization. Andy replaces Monta Potter, who has served as interim executive director since August. The Board would like to thank Monta for invaluable contributions she made during her tenure.

“We are thrilled with Andy’s appointment,” said Anne Fitzpatrick. “He brings to our organization his personal charm, energy, imagination, fundraising expertise, administrative skills, and passion for music and education.”

Andy comes to CMMB with a rich history of relationship building and fundraising in the arts, having served as the development director for Stanford University’s performing arts program, Stanford Live (formerly Stanford Lively Arts). Previously he was the chief development officer at the iconic Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also been a leader in development at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and the University of California, Los Angeles, his alma mater. Mr. Sudol also worked for Warner Bros. in Burbank, California and Warsaw, Poland, the United Nations Secretariat in New York, and taught English at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

“It’s a great honor to be given the opportunity to lead such an established presenter of chamber music in beautiful Carmel”, stated Sudol. “The intimacy of chamber music is a perfect fit for this uniquely picturesque community.  I look forward to working with the board of directors and Erica Horn, CMMB’s talented artistic director, spectacular artists, generous donors, and, of course, appreciative audiences. Please join us at the Sunset Center on Saturday, January 13, 2018, when we present the acclaimed Claremont Trio and a magnificent program featuring Beethoven’s Archduke Trio as well as a composition by California’s own Gabriela Lena Frank. I look forward to seeing you there and at other performances in the future.”

In addition to his professional experience, Sudol enjoys singing, tennis, yoga and meditation. He serves on the board of Carmel High School Padre Parents and has volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association, Carmel Bach Festival, Pt. Lobos Foundation, and the International Association for Human Values. He earned a BA degree at UCLA double majoring in Political Science and Russian Civilization. He resides in sunny Carmel Valley Village with his wife, their two children, and their five rescued pets.

Chamber Music Monterey Bay exists to preserve the tradition of live classical chamber music performance and to explore creatively the evolution of the art form.

We present 5 concerts in a nine-month annual Season, October-May, featuring world-renowned artists at the Sunset Cultural Center – a world-class 718-seat destination venue in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

We feature exciting and innovative programming – from the best loved masterworks, to lesser known gems and brand new compositions. This is what distinguishes us from other local presenters. The ensembles we bring to the area love to present unusual, provocative programs to their listeners. And our audiences (especially appreciated, we’re told, for a uniquely engaging attentiveness by our guest musicians) love to hear them.

Founded in 1966, Chamber Music Monterey Bay has its roots in an organization begun by Hazel Watrous and Dene Denny – two pioneers of early California history who brought music performances to the Monterey Peninsula in the mid 1920s (often featuring new works by local composers.)

We have a long, 49-year history. Here are some of our artistic highlights:


Chamber Music Monterey Bay was one of only twenty presenting organizations nationwide to participate in the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (KLRITA), 2002-2012. The biennial KLRITA was the first piano trio award in the world of classical music and was created to encourage and enhance the careers of accomplished and extraordinarily promising young piano trios (piano-violin-cello). The four KLRITA winners appeared on our series to huge critical acclaim.


Chamber Music Monterey Bay achieved a major artistic milestone by commissioning a chamber work for the first time. Credo, a string quartet written by internationally-acclaimed composer Kevin Puts and performed by the Miró Quartet, had its World Premiere in Carmel in October 2007. The work was later recorded (2009) and is being performed around the world, a new favorite among the the world’s most renowned presenters.


We launched our first multi-event residency program with the nationally-acclaimed Cypress String Quartet. As a result, more than tripled its annual number of outreach activities in local schools, with the artists working closely with area teachers to augment their music curricula. This program continues today as CMMB’s “Visiting Artist Outreach” Program, through which our visiting ensembles visit K-12 classrooms in Monterey County and provide interactive music activities. In addition, as time allows, our ensembles make occasional visits to Senior Residences for people who cannot attend live performances in Carmel.


Chamber Music Monterey Bay presented “Te Amo Argentina” –  a program of vibrant works, by Argentine composers, accented by Tango dance and photographic images of the diverse Argentine landscape  – a pulsating and inspiring homage to classic Argentina. Featuring music from the Latin Grammy Award-winning album “Antonio Lysy at the Broad – Music from Argentina”, this was a hugely exciting event;  our  audience even joined the dancers following the performance for some unscheduled tango lessons!


We presented “Portals”, a multi-media exploration of longing and connection in the digital age conceived by virtuoso violinist Tim Fain, producer & creative director. Co-producer and film direction by Kate Hackett, choreography and dance films directed by Benjamin Millepied, text by Leonard Cohen, and lighting and production design by Roderick Murray.

The program included music by: Philip Glass, Kevin Puts, Aaron Jay Kernis, William Bolcom, Nico Muhly, and Lev Zhurbin.


Our most recent artistic achievement, the four-part Arc of Life commissioning project, features the work of four acclaimed American composers: Kevin Puts, Chris Theofanidis, George Tsontakis, and Joan Tower. World Premières of each of the four commissioned works were the highlight of four consecutive Chamber Music Monterey Bay concert seasons – featuring  the Daedalus String Quartet, Trio Solisti with clarinetist Jon Manasse, the St. Lawrence String Quartet with soprano Jessica Rivera, and the Miró Strinq Quartet.


In our 2015-2015 season,  the Jasper String Quartet performed a new work by Aaron Jay Kernis – co-commissioned by Chamber Music Monterey Bay in consortium with  Caramoor, Carnegie Hall, Classic Chamber Concerts (Naples, Florida), Chamber Music Northwest, and Wigmore Hall.

We plan to continue commissioning new works in partnership with presenter consortia, thus carrying out our Mission to present music composed over the past four centuries and its contemporary international expressions – exploring creatively chamber music’s on-going evolution.

Anne R. Fitzpatrick – President

Janet Brennan – Treasurer

Ruth Rachel – Secretary

Amy Anderson – President Emeritus

Tammee Le

Carol Mollman (on Sabbatical)

Priscilla (Pris) Walton

Elizabeth Winchester

Erica Horn – Artistic Director

Andy Sudol- Executive Director

Stephanie Rosenbaumm – Administrative Coordinator


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  • peter thorp

    Andy, Please let me have your e-mail address at CMMB


    Peter Thorp

    2017-12-15 at 1:33 pm

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