Judy Drucker, B.M., '48

Judy Drucker, B.M., '48Impressaria Judy Drucker, B.M. ‘48 was named University of Miami Frost School of Music 1986 Distinguished Alumna. She is responsible for establishing the Concert Association of Florida as one of the state’s most formidable artistic presenting organizations. For four decades under her leadership, the Concert Association of Florida never wavered in its mission to present world-class orchestras, classical artists, and dance in South Florida.

Drucker founded the “Great Artists Series,” presenting a host of internationally eminent classical musicians that included Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Zubin Mehta, Beverly Sills, Cecilia Bartoli, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, among others. She brought in renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Israel Philharmonic. A pioneer in bringing world-class dance companies to South Florida, Drucker presented the American Ballet Theatre, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet of Covent Garden, and the Joffrey Ballet, among others.

Drucker frequently arranged master classes and performances for young people in the community, working with such artists as Twyla Tharp, James Galway, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and André Watts. She joined the Florida Grand Opera in 2009 as Senior Artistic Advisor to present their Superstar Concert Series.

Drucker is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts and serves on the Florida Fine Arts Council. A musician herself, she studied piano at the New York College of Music, as well as voice at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. Drucker performed on Broadway and with the Greater Miami-Dade Opera (now Florida Grand Opera).