- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 25, 2005

The McLean Orchestra has hired a leader whose experience ranges from a childhood full of classical music to a stint as a children’s book author and producer of an Emmy-award winning public television program.

Nicole Fauteux started her job as executive director of the McLean Orchestra, a nonprofit group of semiprofessional musicians, last week.

“It’s kind of a jack of all trades,” Ms. Fauteux said of her new position at the organization, which has three employees and a board of directors. “I’m responsible for assisting in all areas: development, marketing, administration and to some extent, coordinate with programming.”

The McLean Orchestra is made up of musicians who play part time for the orchestra but are still paid, making it a cross between community volunteer groups and full-time professional orchestras.

The organization performs five concerts per year for its members, in addition to summer concerts and a free family concert scheduled for Oct. 2 this year.

The group was looking for someone to market the orchestra, its professionalism and artistic quality, said Ken Nunnenkamp, president of the orchestra’s board of directors.

“Ms. Fauteux has the ideal skill set for our orchestra at this point in our history,” Mr. Nunnenkamp said.

Ms. Fauteux hopes to raise the orchestra’s recognition.

“I see my primary job is getting the word out about the orchestra that has attracted a number of superb musicians to the orchestra ranks,” she said. “It’s come a long way from its community roots … but it’s still truly accessible.”

Ms. Fauteux said she shares the struggles of nonprofit organizations that want to do a lot, such as increase the orchestra’s offerings, with little resources.

“There’s always so much more we’d like to do. A very important part of my job is to grow [our] resources, to grow the mission and expand what we offer,” she said.

She’s eager to incorporate her childhood of listening to classical music and playing the piano into her job.

“I really love music and the arts, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join an organization whose work is very strong in communicating and promoting what it’s doing,” she said.

Her recent professional experience includes freelance work with nonprofit organizations and a brief foray writing children’s books. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked on independent and documentary film projects for public television, for which she won an Emmy Award.

Ms. Fauteux lives in Fairfax with her husband, Robert Simon, and sons Joel, 12, and Benjamin, 10.

Jen Haberkorn

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