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Last modified: Monday, March 30, 2009

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music appoints new director of development

March 30, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (March 30) that alumna Joyce Ritchie will join the school as director of development, starting in April 2009.

Over a 30-year career, Ritchie, an Indiana native, has led extensive development and public relations programs in music and the arts, as well as in social services and public media. She joins the Jacobs School after a decade at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

"The appointment of Joyce Ritchie concludes an extensive search in which we sought to identify an individual who blends the right combination of attributes with a love of our field and our school," said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School of Music. "In Joyce Ritchie, we have found the consummate professional, a perceptive and caring person, a musician and a graduate of Indiana University. Her love of IU is deep and abiding -- which, when combined with the breadth of her experience, provides us with a singular person equal to the varying expectations of our school."

At Peabody, Ritchie served as associate dean of External Relations and, during her tenure, built a comprehensive advancement program, most recently spearheading the largest campaign in Peabody's 150-year history. The campaign raised more than $45 million for a capital project that transformed the campus, increased scholarship and faculty support, and increased the endowment.

"As a graduate of the IU Jacobs School of Music, I am pleased and proud to come full circle, and to have an opportunity to partner with the visionary leadership, world-renowned faculty, outstanding students, talented colleagues and dedicated volunteers to lead development efforts to ensure the premier status of the school," said Ritchie.

Ritchie's efforts at Peabody also fostered international relationships in South Korea and Taiwan. She was part of the Peabody/Johns Hopkins leadership team that developed a collaborative relationship to establish the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music of the National University of Singapore.

Prior to joining Peabody, Ritchie directed development and public relations programs for the Kennedy Krieger Institute Family Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, the Soundprint national public radio documentary series, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Washington University Department of Music in St. Louis.

She has been a consultant in non-profit management, fundraising and public relations for various organizations, including the House of Ruth of Maryland, National Public Radio's outreach and education programs, and other music and education institutions. Ritchie has also published numerous articles on music and the arts. An avocational writer and poet, she has attended the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.

Ritchie has degrees in music education with a concentration in horn and in folklore with a concentration in ethnomusicology from IU Bloomington. She is married to Tom Ritchie, an alumnus of IU Bloomington's College of Arts and Sciences.