Caitlin Patton is the co-founder and Executive Director of OuterArts Maryland, a nonprofit organization that operates the National Music Festival (an orchestral training festival for college and graduate level musicians), The Phanos Project (which promotes and performs the music of Cypriot composer Phanos Dymiotis), and the Fiddlesticks! Youth Strings Program (which provides free string instrument lessons to local children). She is also a published freelance writer, farmer, musician and animal rescuer.
Caitlin graduated in May 2010 from the Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she focused her studies in Arts and Nonprofit Administration. Upon her graduation, she was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public administration honor society, and received the MPA program’s Outstanding Student Award in recognition of her 4.0 cumulative GPA and involvement in the MPA community.
Caitlin grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she developed a passion for reading, writing and music as well as animal rescue and equestrian pursuits. Homeschooled from 5th grade on, she was admitted to Washington College at the age of 15 and graduated magna cum laude four years later with majors in Humanities and Music and minors in Creative Writing and English.
Both during and after college, she taught violin and horseback riding lessons and trained horses professionally. Her arts administration experience includes positions with Spoleto Festival USA, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at the Tanglewood Music Center), and as the first Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Her training includes a Professional Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Arts Extension Service, and the Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar at the League of American Orchestras. In 2008 she was a finalist in the League’s Orchestra Management Fellowship Program.
While studying for her master’s degree, she was active in the Charleston community in her role as the Community Service Chair for the College of Charleston Master of Public Administration Student Association, and also through her volunteer work for Lowcountry Animal Rescue. In the spring of 2010 she was a semi-finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Competition, one of 60 semi-finalists selected from a pool of 700 entrants.
Now back in her hometown of Chestertown, MD, Caitlin sings in the Chester River Chorale and Chester Chamber Singers and teaches violin, viola and cello lessons. In the fall of 2012 she taught Introduction to Arts Leadership at Washington College. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Chester River Chorale and the Humane Society of Kent County.
Animals are an important part of her life, and she is pictured bottle-feeding Galahad (left), riding RH Karnak in competition (above, left), and with WH Casidy Bey (above, right). She raises heritage poultry and fosters horses for the Arabian Rescue Mission. She and her husband, National Music Festival Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg, live on Double Forte Farm, a small farm in Galena, MD. Their menagerie includes four cats, four dogs, two goats, four horses, a beehive, and a variety of chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, and geese.