|“We eagerly welcome Rauli Garcia to Curtis. His years of management experience at leading performing arts institutions, paired with his expertise in financial matters and strategic planning, will be a great asset to the school,” said Curtis President Roberto Díaz. “He will be a key part of the team that helps Curtis grow as we share our music with audiences around the world, prepare our students for 21st-century careers, and pursue new programmatic opportunities, while maintaining our solid financial footing and historic tuition-free policy.”
“It is an honor to be invited to join the Curtis Institute of Music, with Roberto Díaz and the Curtis team, as the school embraces a global community and implements a new strategic direction,” said Mr. Garcia. “I am excited to contribute to the development and evolution of some of the world’s top musical talent, and I look forward to combining my experience over the last fifteen years with my passion for leadership, development, and enabling success, to further the mission of the school. I am grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
In addition to administrative and finance matters, Mr. Garcia’s role at Curtis encompasses oversight of cross-departmental projects and initiatives, managing relationships with other cultural organizations and partners, and tracking and reporting on strategic direction initiatives. He is also a key liaison with the board of trustees and various board committees.
ABOUT RAULI GARCIA
Mr. Garcia served as CFO of Houston Grand Opera from 2008 to 2013, and from 2003 to 2008 was a vice president with investment advisor Paul Comstock Partners, where he oversaw the institutional client portfolio and client development and relationships, with a particular emphasis on foundation and endowment portfolio management, estate planning, charitable trusts, and wealth management. He has also worked for Frontier Investment Management in Dallas and Charles Schwab in Denver and Austin. He has held a Certified Financial Planner certificate and an American Humanics certificate in nonprofit management.
Mr. Garcia earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he was elected class representative for two years and earned the Jones Citizenship award. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston.
Mr. Garcia continues to be actively involved with Rice University, where he serves as a member of the board for the Jones Partners at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and also acts as a student candidate interviewer. He is a member of the Rice University Alumni Association.
ABOUT THE CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
A busy schedule of performances, including more than 200 a year in Philadelphia and around the world, is at the heart of Curtis’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach. Dedicated to a tradition of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1924, Curtis is looking toward its centenary in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to engage global communities and prepare artist-citizens for the musical landscape of today, as well as to anticipate the landscape to come.
# # #