Carlton Ford

Carlton Ford
Major Gift Officer
The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Arts
Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
Master of Music, Voice Performance

About Carlton

Carlton Ford (IAA 01-05) partners with current and prospective donors to optimize their philanthropic giving and make a significant impact on Interlochen now and into the future. Gift conversations include unrestricted annual giving, named annual scholarships, endowed giving such as scholarships, support of special Interlochen initiatives, and planned giving.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, The Juilliard School, and Rice University in operatic studies, Ford enjoyed an international career as an Emmy and Oscar-nominated artist with many of the world's premier cultural venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Le Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), New York Philharmonic, Royal Albert Hall (London), and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Ford returned to Interlochen in 2019 after serving as Major Gift Officer and Director of Membership and Advancement Services at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. He has more than 13 years experience in not-for-profit and civic leadership, organizational behavior, and developing inclusive arts practices nationwide.

While he develops relationships with donors across the country, his primary geographic territories include Southern California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald


Founding member, Victory Hall Opera


Winner, National YoungArts Foundation

B.M., Vocal Arts - The Juilliard School


M.M., Vocal Performance - Shepherd School of Music at Rice University