REBECCA SIGEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Prior to joining the International Contemporary Ensemble, Rebecca Sigel was the LA Phil’s Manager of Social Innovation, served as a Business Planning Consultant for the National Parks Service, and completed BA (Brown University – Music) and Master in Public Policy (UC Berkeley) degrees.
As Manager of Social Innovation at the LA Phil, Sigel oversaw El Sistema-Inspired Initiatives: Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) and Take a Stand (the LA Phil’s national network of support for teachers and administrators of El Sistema-Inspired programs). During Rebecca’s tenure, the LA Phil initiated a residential summer camp for its year-round YOLA students, piloted The National Take a Stand Festival (a summer music festival for students from El Sistema-inspired programs across the United States), and facilitated YOLA students’ collaborations with ensembles as far-reaching as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), El Sistema Japan, and Coldplay (Super Bowl Halftime Show). Much of Sigel's lens while with YOLA focused on integrating theories and curricula of outdoor leadership programs with the classical music learning environment.
As a Masters in Public Policy student at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School, she focused on the mechanisms that perpetuate racial and economic inequalities in the US. Her capstone thesis – conducted in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission – focused on Racial Equity in Artist Compensation and Support.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Sigel looks forward to New York winters after many years’ living in sunny California. She has a small, rugged dog with whom she has walked many miles, including a month spent backpacking Vermont’s Long Trail.