Director, Interlochen Presents
Christopher Gruits began his career with the Seattle Symphony as assistant operations manager. He later joined Carnegie Hall as artistic projects manager where he was responsible for the creation and execution of production schedules, negotiations with artists, artist management, technical crews, and backstage operations for the opening of Zankel Hall, a performance space at Carnegie Hall that is designed to serve the changing audience mix in New York City. He also worked in London for Dilettanete Music, an online company dedicated to building new audiences for classical music through social networking. Most recently, Gruits returned to Carnegie Hall in 2010 to serve as the first director of e-strategy, creating Carnegie Hall's first digital strategy to communicate and engage audiences locally and worldwide.
He has a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary humanities with a concentration in arts management from Michigan State University, and a master's in business administration with a focus on strategy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.