Astrid Baumgardner is the Coordinator of Career Strategies and Lecturer in Careers in Music. Ms. Baumgardner is a certified professional career coach and lawyer who works with professional musicians to help them create successful careers in the arts. She is a regular lecturer on career development at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and a frequent guest lecturer at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Baumgardner also presents career and leadership workshops at leading NYC law firms.
A life-long amateur pianist and champion of new music, Ms. Baumgardner is Co-Chair and past Chair of the Board of the American Composers Orchestra. She also serves on the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Advisory Board.
Ms. Baumgardner graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and from Rutgers Newark School of Law where she was on the law review. She practiced law in New York City for 25 years and then combined her professional skills with her love of the arts to serve as the Deputy Executive Director of the French Institute Alliance Française of New York. She subsequently became an independent consultant to non-profit arts boards before starting her coaching company, Astrid Baumgardner Coaching + Training.