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 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Shelton G. Stanfill assumes his post today as Music Center president, a position he was elected to by the Music Center's board of governors on Sept. 20, 1993, following a nationwide search.
 As president, Stanfill will oversee the Music Center's fundraising efforts, including the newly launched Capital Campaign to raise funds for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Ahmanson Theatre reconfiguration and the annual Unified Fund campaign which provides ongoing financial support to the center's resident companies -- the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Music Center Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale -- as well as the Music Center Education Division and community programs.
 In addition to his primary responsibility to oversee fundraising activities, Stanfill will direct the activities of the Music Center Education Division and Community Access Program and work with resident company and Music Center Operating Co. leaders to support and plan future programs. He will also act as chief spokesperson for the center, lead a team of 7,000 business and community-based volunteers, and manage the operational aspects of the contractual relationships of the center's resident companies.
 "The Music Center is at an exciting crossroads, as is its surrounding community. There is much work to be done, but there also exists tremendous potential," said Stanfill.
 "As we prepare for the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the newly renovated Ahmanson Theatre, I see our challenge being one of ensuring that the Music Center continues to broaden its reach and appeal to the entire community."
 Stanfill most recently served as president and chief executive officer of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va., near Washington, D.C. The nation's only national park dedicated to the performing arts, Wolf Trap annually presents more than 200 performances in the areas of opera, dance, symphony, theater, jazz, blues, folk and others. The Foundation also includes the Wolf Trap Early Institute for Learning through the Arts, a national education program, and the Wolf Trap Opera Company.
 "The Music Center and Southern California have gained an exceptional arts leader with experience in developing educational and community programs, as well as in the important area of fundraising," stated Robert B. Egelston, chairman of the Music Center's board of governors.
 A nationally recognized leader in the arts community, Stanfill's election as president was lauded by the Music Center's resident company directors. Ernest Fleischmann, executive vice president and managing director of the L.A. Philharmonic, said, "Stanfill is not only passionate about the arts but seems to understand the unique problems and challenges facing the arts in Los Angeles. I am confident that he will be able to help us make great things happen at the Music Center."
 Peter Hemmings, executive director of the L.A. Opera, added, "It has been a pleasure to get to know Stanfill. During our meetings over the last few months, he has displayed energy, intelligence and creativity -- traits that will serve him well in this challenging position. We look forward to working closely with him."
 An arts manager for more than 25 years, Stanfill has served as executive director for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, director of cultural programs at Colorado State University, director of the National Arts Festival for the 12th Winter Olympics and as a partner with the arts consulting firm of Brown, Stanfill & Brown.
 Stanfill was unanimously selected to serve as president of the Music Center by a Search Committee comprised of community leaders and representatives from the four resident companies, the Music Center Education Division, the Music Center Community Access Program, the Music Center Operating Co., and the Music Center Foundation. The search was conducted by Korn/Ferry International.
 The Music Center serves more than 4 million people every year with award-winning artistic performances, innovative education programs, and extensive community programs that bring the best of music, theatre and opera to Southern California.
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