New Staff Members

The Savannah Music Festival is pleased to announce the hire of two new staff members.



New job title: Development Director

Duties: Beddia is responsible for all aspects of SMF’s development, donor services and corporate sponsorship activities.

Related work experience: Beddia joined the SMF team after spending eight years working with Coastal Community Foundation. She held positions in development, donor services and as director of marketing and communications.

Education: Beddia holds a B.S. in merchandising from Philadelphia University and a master’s of public and nonprofit administration with an arts management concentration from College of Charleston.



New job title: Education director

Duties: Woodruff will be in charge of educational programming, production and planning, including artist residencies, in-school performances, the Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition and Workshop and the Acoustic Music Seminar.

Related work experience: Woodruff was an assistant professor of music at Bates College in Lewiston. She has also worked as tour actor and director for Missoula Children’s Theatre and held administrative positions at the Durham, N.C., Arts Council and Aucocisco School.

Education: Woodruff holds a Ph.D. in musicology and ethnomusicology, M.A. in performance practice from Duke University and a bachelor of music in vocal performance from Converse College.