Caitlin Patton is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Music Festival, an orchestral training festival for college and graduate level musicians, and its sister organization, The Phanos Project.
She is also a published freelance writer and a Lecturer at Washington College.
Caitlin holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she focused her studies in Arts and Nonprofit Administration. Upon her graduation, she was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public administration honor society, and received the MPA program’s Outstanding Student Award in recognition of her 4.0 cumulative GPA and involvement in the MPA community.
Caitlin grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she developed a passion for reading, writing, and music as well as animal rescue and equestrian pursuits. Homeschooled from 5th grade on, she was admitted to Washington College at the age of 15 and graduated magna cum laude four years later with majors in Humanities and Music and minors in Creative Writing and English. During her time at Washington College, she founded the Washington College Equestrian Team and represented the College in national competition.
Her arts administration experience includes positions with Spoleto Festival USA, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at the Tanglewood Music Center), and as the first Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
Now back in her hometown of Chestertown, Caitlin is a member of the Chester River Chorale and teaches violin and viola. She is an experienced animal rescue volunteer, and currently fosters dogs for the Kent County Humane Society.
Lecturer in Drama
- B.A., Washington College, 2005
- M.P.A., College of Charleston, 2010