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June 16, 2009

Jacob Yarrow is named programming director for UI Hancher Auditorium

Jacob Yarrow, executive director of the Garth Newel Music Center in rural Bath County, Va., has been named programming director for the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. Yarrow will begin his duties with Hancher Aug. 17.

"I am pleased that Jacob Yarrow has accepted the position of programming director for Hancher Auditorium," UI President Sally Mason said. "In the wake of last year's flooding, the university remains committed to maintaining Hancher's position as one of the top presenting auditoriums in the country. Yarrow's experience at Garth Newel has prepared him to lead Hancher through the challenges that lay ahead, and I have utmost confidence that his vision and commitment will be an asset to the university and to the arts community."

"I am absolutely thrilled to be part of Hancher Auditorium and the University of Iowa," Yarrow said. "Hancher is a world-renowned institution and I've followed their programming for years. I am honored to have the opportunity to make a contribution to Hancher and the entire community."

Yarrow succeeds Judith Hurtig, who retires as Hancher's artistic director June 30.

Yarrow served as executive director of the Garth Newel Music Center and managed the music center's resident ensemble, the Garth Newel Piano Quartet. He was previously education director for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington, D.C. In that position he ran professional development seminars for arts professionals throughout the United States, with topics including general non-profit management, audience development and career development for artists.

Yarrow is a classical and jazz saxophonist who doubles on clarinet and flute. He toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and did community-based residency programs with the classical saxophone quartet Resounding Winds. He has also taught instrumental and general music at the junior high level. He earned a bachelor's degree in performance from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in performance from the University of North Texas.

The Garth Newel Music Center is located on 114 acres on the side of Warm Springs Mountain and presents 60 concerts each year. The music center has a resident chef who serves gourmet meals after many of the concerts, and an old farmhouse on the grounds has been converted to a comfortable country inn. Yarrow is the founder and producer of the Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival, which is held the second weekend of June at Garth Newel.

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