Breckenridge Music Festival retains director |

Breckenridge Music Festival retains director

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) has renewed its employment agreement with executive director Jeff Baum. Baum has been directing the affairs of the Breckenridge Music Institute and festival for the past four years. The BMF orchestra, which presents concerts throughout the year in Summit County, are professional musicians from orchestras and universities nationwide. This year, the Breckenridge Music Institute celebrates its 25th silver anniversary. “The festival, throughout Jeff’s tenure, has seen successive increases in attendance at its classical concerts of 5 percent or more in each of those years,” said Tracy Schwartz, BMF spokesperson. The renewed agreement will keep Baum at the helm for another three years.”Baum brings a wealth of entertainment experience to the festival as he has worked in virtually every aspect of the entertainment industry since beginning his career in the early 70s with the Jefferson Airplane/Starship,” Schwartz said. Baum’s career has taken him across the country and abroad as he has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London and Cincinnati where he oversaw 120 sold-out performances of “Phantom of the Opera” as the manager of the Taft Theater. Originally a Colorado native, Baum’s family has been active in Summit County since the early 1940s. His father, Harry L. Baum, Jr., owned Breckenridge Ski Resort from 1966 to 1971, and Baum spent most of his teenage years in the county. He graduated from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and attended the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in pursuit of a master of arts administration degree.To contact the BMF, call (970) 453-9142 or e-mail

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