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Lisa French

Organization: Nashville Ballet
Title: Executive Director, Nashville Ballet
Program Graduation: BM, ALP Certificate 2003
Musical Studies: Business, Clarinet, Music Teaching & Learning
Musical Specialties: Higher Education, Large Ensemble
Non-Musical Specialties: Leadership, Operations


Lisa Dixon French is the Executive Director of Nashville Ballet. Ms. French moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015 following a successful tenure as Executive Director of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. Ms. French went to Portland from her role as the Chief Operating Officer of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Ms. French is also a graduate of an executive level orchestra leadership program through the League of American Orchestras. This intensive one-year fellowship program included residencies with the Boston Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. French received her MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music in clarinet performance and music education and received an Arts Leadership Program Certificate. Ms. French is a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in Eastman School of Music’s Music Leadership program.