Henry Peyrebrune has been chosen as the first executive director of Credo Music, appointed by the Oberlin-based organization’s board on July 17.
He joins artistic director Peter Slowik, who founded Credo 18 years ago, in providing leadership as the music education nonprofit grows.
Peyrebrune has been a bassist in the Cleveland Orchestra since 1997 – a position he will retain. From 2014 to 2017, he also worked as a gift officer on the orchestra’s philanthropy and advancement team.
“Henry comes uniquely qualified to further Credo Music’s influence on the next generation of musical leaders,” said board chair Jerry Daniel. “His background as a musician, educator, fundraiser, and nonprofit leader makes him an ideal fit for the Credo team as we approach our 20th season.”
Peyrebrune holds a bachelor of music degree from New England Conservatory. Prior to joining the Cleveland Orchestra in 1997, he was principal bass of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario, and previously an active freelance musician in Boston and New England.
He served on the faculty of the Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory for 18 years. As a fundraiser for the Cleveland Orchestra for more than three years, he was responsible for major gifts from individual donors.
He has been president of NoteWorthy Federal Credit Union for 10 years, and also sits on the boards of the League of American Orchestras and The Lyceum, a Catholic college preparatory school.
Credo Music’s primary program, the Credo Summer Music Festival, has been presented annually in Oberlin since 2002.
The festival consists of three weeks of intensive musical training for 75 to 100 students ages 13 to 23, focused on chamber music performance and community service.
Students complete a rigorous schedule with 15 hours of musical coaching each week and four hours of private practice each day. The students present two free weekly concerts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
The faculty for Credo Summer Music Festival is drawn from top conservatories and orchestras nationwide. It includes faculty members from the Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony, among others.