J.L. Nave

J.L. Nave, III


Senior Consultant


A native of Nashville, Tennessee, J.L. Nave, III joined the TRG team in fall of 2014 as a senior consultant. Prior to TRG, Nave served as president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for eight years where he oversaw a rebranding of the organization, instituted marketing programs that have increased classical subscriptions, increased their presence through new and expanded regional partnerships, and has organized two live television broadcasts of The Phil.

Previously, Nave was the president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Symphony, during which the organization experienced a complete reorganization eliminating their $1 million debt, brought regional and national accolades to the organization, saw tremendous growth in ticket and contributed revenues, and enjoyed four consecutive years of positive financial growth. Nave has also worked for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.   

In 2005, Nave was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes an up and coming orchestra manager early in their career and who shows promise for affecting change in the orchestra field. He was also named a “Top Forty Under 40” by the Baton Rouge Business Journal in 2005. Nave is a long standing member of the League of American Orchestras and serves as the Alumni Representative for the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. He currently serves on the board of PBS-39. 

A trained classical musician, Nave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Conducting from Belmont University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of Business at University of Cincinnati. He is an alumnus of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s prestigious Orchestra Management Fellowship Program.

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