"Augusta Read Thomas’s vision for Ear Taxi Festival channels those famous words of Daniel Burnham in his Plan of Chicago: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…Make big plans; aim high in hope and work…” The Festival is, indeed, a grand idea impeccably planned that showcases the ever-growing, boundless, and high quality creativity in new music this city is fostering."
Amy Iwano was appointed Executive Director of University of Chicago Presents in April of 2012. Ms. Iwano joins the University of Chicago on April 2, 2012 after eighteen years as executive director of the Chicago Chamber Musicians.
Ms. Iwano was appointed the position of executive director of the Chicago Chamber Musicians in 1993. Under her leadership, CCM has enjoyed a heightened presence in the Chicago arts community, as well as national recognition for its artistic excellence and organizational vitality. The organization expanded its artistic ensemble and programs and quadrupled its annual operating budget.
Prior to her position at CCM, Ms. Iwano served as executive director of the Japan America Symphony Association of Los Angeles, where she guided a chamber orchestra of 45 musicians. From 1984 to 1989, Ms. Iwano was administrator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, a 100-member summer orchestral training program.
Among numerous arts appointments Ms. Iwano has served on the board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, and a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. For Chamber Music America, she has served on the board and as a grant panelist, strategic advisor, and speaker at the annual national conferences.
She has been an active contributor to Chicago's arts scene, serving on the Chicago Chapter Advisory Board of the American Composers Forum and on the Advisory Board for the Jane Addams Hull House Center for Arts and Culture. She also served on the Program Committee of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and is a founding executive committee member of ChicagoClassicalMusic.org.
Ms. Iwano graduated with a BA from Pomona College, where she played harp in the orchestra. She also studied at the Goethe Institute in West Berlin, Germany, and the University of Paris, La Sorbonne.