Amy Roberts Frawley is the Director of Merkin Hall. Among her responsibilities are: producing all Merkin Hall presentations and co-presentations; working closely with current curators, including Judd Greenstein for the Ecstatic Music Festival; creating innovative new presentations that shape the Hall’s vision and place within the larger cultural landscape of New York City (her series ‘Only at Merkin with Terrance McKnight’ launches in the 18 – 19 season); expanding the diversity of its music offerings (as exemplified by a 5-show run of Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera ‘As One’ in collaboration with New York City Opera and American Opera Projects in June 2019) and incorporating other art forms and culturally relevant dialogues, while raising its awareness with the public and the press; supervising the rental operations of Merkin Hall, Ann Goodman Concert Hall, the Ackerman Space (upper lobby) and recording studio and increasing rentals through new strategies to attract clients in music and from other industries; ensuring smooth day-to-day operations of all these spaces; collaborating with the marketing staff on branding/messaging and with the development staff to increase giving from government, foundation, corporate supporters and individuals; maintaining an awareness of developments in the field; attending events at other venues and forging relationships with colleagues to benefit Merkin Hall; working closely with Merkin Advisory Board and the development and marketing departments to achieve these goals and enhance the mission of Merkin Hall and of the Center as a whole.
In her prior position with Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center, she curated and produced a 10-concert indoor season, a 7-concert outdoor season and music and spoken word programs that complemented visual art shows in the galleries. While at Wave Hill, she created and ran the 'Gardens Project' a commission for composer/pianist Michael Brown and chamber music colleagues that fostered a new work in collaboration with a number of gardens across the country. As program director for Composers Now, Ms. Frawley ran the annual Festival, multiple residency programs for composers in association with the Pocantico Arts Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Civitella Raneiri Foundation in Italy and produced events at Tenri Cultural Institute, the Cutting Room and the DiMenna Center. As executive vice president at Concert Artists Guild, Amy produced concerts and galas at venues including Weill and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, the Rubin Museum and the Hudson Theatre and she curated numerous seasons of classical music in association with Olivier Bernier at Barbès Bar and Club and shows at LPR.
As a volunteer, she serves on the board of directors of Claire Chase's Pnea Foundation and Look & Listen and the advisory board of American Opera Projects. With Look & Listen her role includes choosing galleries and producing festivals of new music in art spaces.