Alan Fletcher is President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School and a respected composer. He comes to Aspen from the positions of Head of the School of Music and Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and before that from leadership and faculty positions including Provost and Senior Vice President at the New England Conservatory. He holds doctoral and masters degrees from The Juilliard School and a bachelors degree from Princeton University, and has studied with distinguished composers such as Roger Sessions, Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone, and Paul Lansky. He has won numerous composing awards and commissions, including recent commissions for the Pittsburgh Symphony and the National Gallery of Art. He lectures nationally and internationally on music and music administration, and has written Op/Ed pieces for newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Baltimore Sun. In addition, he serves on numerous boards such as those for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera, and has sat on some of the fields most prestigious committees such as The Gilmore Prize Artistic Board and Jury, on which he served with former AMFS artistic administrator Ara Guzelimian.