ADMINISTRATION

Carlene Sawyer
Executive Director
carlene@dranoff2piano.org


Carlene Sawyer is a native of South Florida, whose family members are among Miami’s pioneers.

While living in Chicago, Sawyer's work included the position Vice President of the Boys & Girls Clubs, where she directed human and financial resource development for various education and community organizations. Further, her special interest in Literacy led her to be a Public Library Trustee, the Board of Director for the Harold Washington Literary Award and the Printers Row Book Fair, and Co-Chair of the Authors Group at the Union League Club of Chicago.

After 25 years of living and working in various parts of the United States and England, Sawyer returned to Florida to join the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation as Executive Director.

Sawyer manages and oversees the funding, production and artistic integrity of Dranoff’s programs and the advancement of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition. Under her leadership, the Foundation was awarded the State of Florida’s largest artistic subsidy - the Cultural Endowment Grant. The Dranoff has developed an annual concert season of Dranoff winners and has recently expanded its programming with a special emphasis on artist development in South America and Asia.

She is also the creator and producer of Dranoff’s PIANO SLAM, the Foundation’s performance and education program, which has brought live music poetry and dance to over 60,000 teenage students in recent years.

Sawyer’s community commitments include her work to support civil rights and education initiatives in Miami Dade County.


 
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