FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- New York, NY, February 3, 2006: The Board of Directors of Third Street Music School Settlement
, the nation's oldest community music school, has announced the appointment of Lee Edward Koonce as the School's new Executive Director, effective upon the retirement of Barbara Field
in June 2006.
...With Lee, we begin a new era at Third Street after 21 years of extraordinary accomplishments under Barbara Field's leadership.
...Mr. Koonce succeeds Barbara Field, who has been Executive Director of Third Street Music School Settlement since 1985 after a term as President of the School's Board of Directors.
...During that period, Ms. Field has led Third Street on a steady course of growth, financial stabilization and singular artistic and educational excellence.
has meant everything to me," she
said, "and I look back with gratitude and pride at how much we all -- my colleagues, the parents, and especially the students -- have accomplished together.