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Jay Weigel - Director, Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans

Jay Weigel has been Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans since 1996. His responsibilities include serving as Artistic Director and as Performing Arts Director for the multidisciplinary arts center. Prior to this appointment Weigel was Music Director of the CAC for eleven years. During this time he initiated the CAC’s artist residency program for musicians, a cluster of activities that continues to provide both renowned and emerging artists opportunities to commission new works, to present performances and to serve as teachers and mentors in CAC community education activities. The music Weigel has programmed at the CAC includes contemporary chamber music, electro-acoustic music and experimental jazz.

As a composer, his work can be heard in feature films, documentaries, orchestrations, arrangements for major recording artists and over 300 commercials. Most recently, he has been working on projects for Tyler Perry, Roger Corman and American Idol. Additionally, original work has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, Louisiana Philharmonic, St. Louis Cathedral, University of Southern Mississippi Symphony, and the Acadiana Symphony to name a few.

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