Jennifer Barlament joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in January 2016 as Executive Director. Together with Music Director Robert Spano, Jennifer will continue to define and execute the strategic vision for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, both artistically and financially, while engaging key audiences to make that vision a reality.
Jennifer has more than 15 years of experience leading orchestras across the country, most recently as General Manager of the Cleveland Orchestra, where she has served since 2013. In Cleveland, she managed the operations of the Orchestra and its two performance venues, Severance Hall and the Blossom Music Center.
A lifelong musician, Jennifer previously served as Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and General Manager of the Omaha Symphony. In 1998, Jennifer was accepted into the highly competitive Orchestra Management Fellowship Program of the League of American Orchestras. She worked in all aspects of orchestra management during Fellowship assignments with the San Francisco Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony. Following the Fellowship, she returned to the Detroit Symphony as Director of Special Projects and was then appointed Concert Manager of the Baltimore Symphony.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in music with a minor in physics at Emory University, where she received awards for both music and academic performance. She earned a Master’s degree in clarinet performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she also founded the New Eastman Symphony. In 2013, Jennifer was the recipient of the League of American Orchestras’ prestigious Helen M. Thompson Award, given every two years to an early-career executive director. Jennifer resides in the Midtown area with her husband Kenneth Potsic, a bassoon repair and restoration specialist, and their son David.