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Astrid Baumgardner

Astrid Baumgardner brings her experience as a lawyer, nonprofit executive and consultant, orchestra board chair, and career and life coach to her work at the Yale School of Music, where she teaches career entrepreneurship and serves as Coordinator of Career Strategies.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Rutgers Newark School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, Ms. Baumgardner practiced law in New York City for twenty-five years. She then combined her professional skills with her love of the arts and served as the deputy executive director of the French Institute Alliance Française of New York. She subsequently became an independent consultant to nonprofit arts boards before starting her coaching business. A lifelong amateur pianist and champion of new music, she is co-chair and past chair of the Board of the American Composers Orchestra.

As president of Astrid Baumgardner Coaching + Training, she coaches musicians, lawyers, and creative professionals on professional and personal development. She also guest lectures at conservatories including the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, has provided professional development workshops for music faculty at Stetson University, and conducts leadership training workshops at Opera America and major New York City law firms.