JEAN DAVIDSON is the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall and one of four resident companies at The Music Center alongside the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, and Center Theatre Group. Led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, the Master Chorale is the nation’s largest professional choir and strives to be a leader in the choral field with bold programming and a commitment to showcasing and celebrating the voices of L.A. through its concerts and community outreach.
Previously Davidson served as the Chief Executive of New York Live Arts where she oversaw the institution’s $6.8 million budget and 20,000 square foot facility. From 2009-2011, Davidson was instrumental in leading the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company through its merger with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts. She held a six-year term as Executive Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Davidson has also held positions at the American Conservatory Theater and the Theater and Dance Program at Oberlin College.
She was the founding Managing Director of the Silk Road Project, a not-for-profit music organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. During her tenure the Project commissioned 25 works, launched a worldwide tour, released three recordings, created a significant educational initiative, and co-produced the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival which drew a record 4.5 million visitors and featured over 400 artists from 26 countries. As a freelancer lighting designer early in her career, she lit national and international classical music and dance tours.
Davidson is an Oberlin College alumna. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) and as an Associate Consultant for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management's Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, a two-year six-city initiative serving 262 cultural organizations in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.
She lives in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles with her husband, musician and composer Kojiro Umezaki, where they continue to enthusiastically explore the local culinary and visual arts scenes.