Juneau Jazz & Classics’ new executive director is a familiar face.
Sandy Fortier was announced as executive director, following the departure of former executive director Reggie Schapp.
This is Fortier’s second time working with Juneau Jazz & Classics. She served as director from 2009-2011, working alongside former Artistic Director Linda Rosenthal during its 25th anniversary season.
Since then, Fortier has contracted with local performing arts groups, including the Juneau Symphony, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Orpheus Project and Juneau Dance Theatre, to assist with fundraising and grant writing. Fortier is also a well-known performer and music teacher in Juneau.
“We are thrilled to have Sandy back and are looking forward to taking advantage of her depth of experience, not only with Jazz & Classics, but with the performing arts community in Juneau,” said JJ&C President Vicki Van Fleet in a press release. “Her experience, both as an administrator and music educator, is invaluable.”
Fortier is a flutist and vocalist and is a founding member of the local flute quartet Flutatious. When she is not performing, teaching and championing the arts, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke Fortier, and their two young daughters.
Fortier grew up in Colorado and lived in Oregon before moving to Alaska. She earned a bachelor of music education from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s in arts administration with a performing arts focus and a nonprofit certificate from the University of Oregon.