Kevin Bartram, director of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, has been voted national vice president of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA). CODA is the world’s largest association for college orchestra directors, with more than 200 colleges and universities from the U.S., Canada, Europe and South and Central America.
Bartram will take office in January 2014 at the group’s national conference in Ft. Worth, Texas. He will serve as vice president for one year, and then ascend to president-elect, and finally to president in 2016. As part of his duties, he will be responsible for organizing the group’s national conference.
In his current role as national development chair, Bartram has helped CODA launch its new website and partner with its first major sponsors.
“I know that CODA will be in very good hands, and that our organization will have an even greater profile and relevancy in the world of college and university orchestras,” said Daniel Sommerville, current national president of CODA.
Bartram has led the UMW Philharmonic since 2002 and is responsible for elevating the level of the group through the creation of the William M. Anderson, Jr. Celebrity Series, its touring program, and its July 4th concerts. Each year, more than 17,000 people hear the group perform. This March, the orchestra will perform with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman.