May 27, 2016
Barrett Artists' Mary Lynn Fixler to Retire After Nearly 60 Years in Classical Music

Mary Lynn Fixler, long-time ​s​​​enior vice president at Barrett Artists, has announced her retirement as of June 1, the 29th anniversary of her joining Herbert Barrett Management (HBM) in 1987.

Ms. Fixler began her career at Columbia Artists Management Inc (CAMI) in 1958 as assistant to Ruth M. O’Neill, working with such luminaries as Zino Francescatti, Rudolf Serkin, Robert Casadesus, Eileen Farrell and Richard Tucker. When Ms. O’Neill left CAMI, Ms. Fixler began her long association with William M. Judd. In 1968, Mr. Judd opened his own office, Judd Concert Bureau and Ms. Fixler took charge of all bookings and management of Mr. Serkin, Andre Watts and several other distinguished artists. ​

After Mr. Judd died in 1987, Mary Lynn Fixler joined HBM, adding to the roster Mr. Serkin, Earl Wild and Cecile Licad, pianists; John Aler, tenor and Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano. At Barrett, she was the personal manager of and started the young careers of Yevgeny Sudbin, Per Tengstrand​ ​and Alessio Ba​x, pianists;​ ​Vadim Gluzman​ and Dan Zhu, violinists; and Alexander Fiterstein​, clarinetist.

John A. Anderson, president of Barrett Artists, recalled his first impression of Ms. Fixler:

“I was new to the city, just out of the US Army and got my first job interview with Mr. Judd who was forming a press department at CAMI. Outside his door was this glamorous, beautifully dressed woman, very much in charge. I got the job and began my long association with Mary Lynn. Later I learned of her gift for spotting talent and her grasp of the realities of the music business. She brought all of this to HBM and has been a cherished colleague these many years.”

Ms. Fixler lives in Monroe Township, NJ.

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