Achim Freyer production of Salvatore Sciarrino's opera Macbeth, 2003

Listening in the 21st Century

In touch with the world's performances

Mary Madigan

Mary Madigan has led the advancement of the arts and nonprofit management from positions at the Vermont Mozart Festival, international music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, Meet The Composer, Concert Artists Guild, The New School, and other important organizations.

She has championed artists and projects leading to high-profile performances: the American premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s opera Faustus, the Last Night at Spoleto Festival USA, the commissioning of John Luther Adams’s Sila, the Breath of the World by Washington Performing Arts and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and performances at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stanford Lively Arts, and other presenters.

Currently, Mary serves as Director of Public Programs and Communications at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she develops programs to engage the public in SAR’s body of knowledge, scholarship, and creative work.


"Mary’s dedication to new music exudes a passionate intensity, complemented by deep knowledge and insight collected over years of active personal engagement with the genre’s creators and interpreters."
Ed Harsh, Founding President and CEO of New Music USA
"Mary brings a glittering curiosity to any conversation about art. She instantly creates a sense of community and joy with those around her."
April Cleveland, Founder, EXODUS ENSEMBLE
"I think what separates Mary from many other music 'knowledgeables' is her ability to connect people, ideas, and projects, and to effortlessly pivot from deep conversations with music professionals to captivating and accessible introductions to music novices."
Joel Phillip Friedman, composer

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Past Projects

John Luther Adams Commission

Sila: The Breath Of The World, 2014

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts

U.S. Premiere of Pascal Dusapin opera Faustus, the last Night

Spoleto Festival USA, 2007

Composers Now

Secured nonprofit status, 501c3 organization, 2019