Reba Cafarelli

Published November 19, 2019 by Edwin Carter      |      Share this post!



Reba Cafarelli was recently named General Manager of Third Coast Percussion after serving for 4 years as the organization’s Managing Director. As a result of her work to help the organization navigate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was named a 2022 Top Professional of the Year by Musical America. She previously served as Manager of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago, and assistant to world-renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas. She was Manager of the 2016 Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music and Executive Director of Ensemble Dal Niente in addition to working extensively in the Chicago area as a freelance project manager with an array of arts organizations including the Chinese Fine Arts Society, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Shattered Globe Theatre Company. Reba was the Director of Production and Education for University of Chicago Presents from 2007–2013, where she produced classical, jazz, and contemporary music performances and managed a range of educational programs. She led the organization as Interim Executive Director in its 2011–2012 season. She holds degrees in Bassoon Performance from the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music, and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before launching her arts administration career at the Grant Park Music Festival in 2005.