New Education Director at Guild Hall in East Hampton
Guild Hall has announced the appointment of Anthony Madonna as the Patti Kenner Fellow in Arts Education, a new position made possible by Ms. Kenner, a longtime trustee of Guild Hall and an advocate for arts education, women in politics, Holocaust survivors, and other social causes.
Mr. Madonna is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and administrator with a B.A. in music education and vocal performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and an M.A. in music leadership from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
He is a composer and performer of experimental vocal works, a conductor of choral music, a concert and festival producer, a collaborative installation artist, and a leader of workshops of original music and theater pieces among diverse age groups. He has worked with the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, the Juilliard School in New York City, and the Barbican Centre in London.
“I am thrilled that this newly created position will support arts education for youth through high quality, inventive, and pioneering educational offerings,” Ms. Kenner said in a release. “I look forward to watching Guild Hall’s connection to area schools become even more vital.”
Mr. Madonna strives as an educator to construct experiences that challenge the standards and social norms imposed on students by modern society. In a statement on his teaching philosophy, he said, “Combining a transformative education with the emotional experiences of music, we have the ability to change our students, introducing them to an artful life where as a community of people they are free to explore their emotional selves becoming aware of their thoughts and passions.”