Rachel Fine’s 17-year career in music administration has been distinguished by her rare commitment to classical music as an art form, an important educational tool and a catalyst for positive change. A professional and passionate classical musician, as well as well-rounded and imaginative administrator, Fine has developed a reputation as a visionary and informed arts leader, skilled consensus-builder and creative fundraiser.
Fine joined Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as executive director in November 2010. Previously, she served in leadership positions for several prominent music institutions, including the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, The Juilliard School, Santa Fe Opera and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as the renowned San Francisco-based period ensemble Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
As one of six American Management Fellows in 2001-02 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Fine underwent a one-year comprehensive training program for arts leaders, overseen directly by Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, her most influential mentor. The program, now based at the Devos Institute for Arts Management, included intensive training in strategic planning, development, marketing, public relations and finance. Fine was hand-picked to participate in the 2012 Leadership L.A. program, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s prestigious 2008-09 Arts Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the 2007-08 Wells Fargo New Executive Director’s Institute of Southern California’s Executive Service Corps. She is a founding mentor of the Los Angeles Emerging Arts Leaders’ mentorship program and serves as a consultant to the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management. In May 2010, Pasadena’s THE Magazine named her one of “50 Women of Influence” in the Pasadena Foothills region.
An accomplished pianist, Fine spent her undergraduate years at the Eastman School of Music and the University of California, Irvine, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in music. She is a proud alumna of Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, Music Academy of the West and Interlochen Arts Academy’s summer music program. She attended graduate school in musicology at Yale University. Fine served on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras for six years and recently joined the USC Thornton School of Music’s Board of Councilors.
She resides in Pasadena with her husband Christopher Hawthorne, the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, and their two children.