Kristin Lancino, the new president and artistic director of the La Jolla Music Society. Photo by Paul Body

The La Jolla Music Society announced Wednesday the appointment of Kristin Lancino as president and artistic director, succeeding long-time leader Christopher Beach.

Lancino has over three decades of arts experience, including roles as executive director of IMG Artists, vice president of the G. Schirmer Inc. music publishing house, interim artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and various positions over 14 years at Carnegie Hall.

“LJMS is on the cusp of exciting growth with its new concert hall, The Conrad, coming on line in the next few years. Kristin Lancino brings the experience and connections as a leader that LJMS needs to optimize this opportunity,” said Martha Dennis, chair of the music society’s board of directors.

Cho-Liang Lin, music director of the society’s popular SummerFest series, said he has worked closely with Lancino in the past and looks forward to working with her again.

“I have always admired her work and her artistic views. This is an exciting appointment,” Lin said.

Lancino praised the society’s “strong foundation” and “distinguished history of artistic excellence” in accepting the post.

“It is a privilege and an honor to be able to join LJMS at such an important time of growth for the institution,” she said.

Beach, who joined the music society in 2005, will continue to work part-time as the theater and development consultant for the $52.5 million concert hall project, seeing it through to completion in 2018.

In addition to SummerFest, the music society brings touring performances of classical, jazz, contemporary music and dance to San Diego.

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