Nominees of the coveted award were judged on five parameters, including the leader’s reputation, educational background, professional experience, creative thinking, and decisive leadership.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ, April 26, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Peter H. Gistelinck, Executive Director at the Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts in Berkeley Heights, NJ, was awarded the “Outstanding Leadership Award” at the Education 2.0 Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, NV during its 2022 Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 7.

In the assessment report of the Education 2.0 Awards Committee, Mr. Gistelinck was praised for 1) his combining influence, commitment to ethical practices, overall reputation, and the extent to which he is perceived as a trailblazer and role model in the industry, 2) his professional experience referring to the years of industry experience, knowledge gained within public, private, or institutional sectors in various roles, projects undertaken, and work achievements, and 3) his long-range vision in crucial management, governance, and senior leadership and the ability to make time-sensitive, well-informed decisions while guiding employees.

Said Peter H. Gistelinck; “I’m extremely honored and humbled to receive the “Outstanding Leadership Award” from the Education 2.0 Conference and at the same time very grateful to the Wharton Institute of the Performing Arts Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to bring the organization to the next level over the coming 5 years as it relates to its strategic plan.”

About Peter H. Gistelinck
Mr. Gistelinck is the Executive Director of the renowned Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Prior to joining Wharton Arts in 2019, he served as the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s President & CEO (2014-2019) and Executive Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (2006-2014). Prior, before immigrating to the USA in 2006, Mr. Gistelinck was Director of Sales and Marketing and Co-Artistic Director for the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra in Belgium, and General Manager of Business Affairs of the famed French-Baroque orchestra Le Concert Spirituel in Paris, France.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Gistelinck has made a difference within the music entertainment industry, not only as a seasoned arts administrator and turnaround professional, but also as an accomplished music producer, composer and arranger. He has numerous credits to his name, having worked as Executive and Artistic Producer on many recording projects and concert productions including for Le Concert Spirituel, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand, Alberto Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, Phil Ramone, Philip Webb, J. Mark McVey, Jessye Norman, Gamble & Huff, Paul Shaffer, All-4-One, Kevin Cole and on behalf of various major record labels like Sony Classical, EMI Classics, Philips Classics, RCA/Ariola (BMG), Universal Music, Deutsche Grammophon, and Reader’s Digest World Music Services, amongst many others. A highlight in Mr. Gistelinck’s early artistic career was a commission by the Royal Palace of Belgium to compose, arrange, and produce The King’s Ballet, a children’s ballet that commemorated the 60th birthday and 40th anniversary on the throne for King Baldwin I, former King of Belgium. Mr. Gistelinck has also published works for music education, including Great Songs from Musicals and Romantic Latin, each by De Haske Publications in the Netherlands and Hal Leonard in the USA.

As a graduate of the State University of Ghent, Belgium, Mr. Gistelinck earned a M.A. in Musicology and a B.A. in History of Arts, respectively. Prior to earning his degrees, he graduated from the Royal Music Conservatory of Ghent. Mr. Gistelinck also holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership from the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University and the Business of Change Certificate from Columbia Business School. He speaks Flemish/Dutch, French, English, and German.

Mr. Gistelinck currently serves as a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, CA; International Academy of Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA; International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), New York, NY; and American Film Institute (AFI), Los Angeles, CA. He is also a Co-Founding Board Member of the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards, New York, NY in addition to his affiliations with several music publishing and author rights organizations. In his spare time, Mr. Gistelinck stages as Chef at the renowned two-starred Michelin restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, under the guidance of Founding Chef Dan Barber and Executive Chefs Nick Hukezalie, Kylie Millar, and Bastien Guillochon.

About the Education 2.0 Conference
Gathering the most renowned educationists, EdTech innovators, policymakers, and researchers, the Education 2.0 Conference reimagines the education space and looks for innovative solutions to the most pressing problems impacting learning and teaching on a global level. It aspires to offer its stage to education leaders with inspiring stories, journeys and perspectives and promote networking and collaboration between like-minded peers. The conference also spotlights disruptive technologies, tools and practices that have the potential to reshape the future of learning as we know it. Given the critical role of education in empowering young minds, raising the quality of lives of millions around the world and creating a better, brighter tomorrow, we fuel dialogue and drive change in this sector at our much-awaited education event.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to offer accessible, high quality performing arts education that sparks personal growth and builds inclusive communities.

Wharton Arts is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.

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