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Caitlin Patton

National Music Festival

Chestertown, Maryland


Caitlin Patton is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Music Festival. She is also a violinist/violist, strings instructor, choral singer, writer, and farmer. Caitlin graduated in 2010 from the Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she focused her studies in Arts and Nonprofit Administration. Her arts administration experience includes positions with Spoleto Festival USA, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at the Tanglewood Music Center), and as the first Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Her training includes a Professional Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Arts Extension Service, and the Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar at the League of American Orchestras. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Animal Care Shelter for Kent County, and as President of the Chester River Chorale. She sings soprano in the Chester River Chorale, Chester Chamber Singers, and River Voices, the Chorale’s a cappella community engagement ensemble. She served for four years on a grant review panel for the Maryland State Arts Council. Caitlin lives on Double Forte Farm in Galena, MD, with her husband, 30 goats, four cats, five dogs, three horses, three beehives, and a flock of chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, and guinea fowl. She enjoys spending time with her animals, riding, gardening, writing, and reading.