Executive Placements

Ian Derrer The Dallas Opera General Director and CEO TDO

The Dallas Opera Names Ian Derrer as General Director and CEO

16:40 17 April in Executive Placements

The Dallas Opera (TDO) has selected Ian Derrer as its eighth General Director and CEO, following an executive search process supported by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure in July 2018. A lifelong opera lover, he has worked professionally as a singer, Assistant Stage Manager, Stage Manager, and Director at influential regional and national companies, including Santa Fe Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Pacific, and Washington National Opera. Mr. Derrer obtained international experience at the Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, before taking on his first administrative position at New York City Opera in 2004. He later accepted a position as Rehearsal Administrator for Lyric Opera in Chicago. During his eight-year tenure, he rose through the ranks to serve as Director of Production and Head of the Rehearsal Department. For two years, Mr. Derrer served as TDO’s Artistic Administrator, where he worked on casting, production,...

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Angela Elster Vice President of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Announces Angela Elster as Vice President of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs

17:37 06 April in Executive Placements

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has selected Angela Elster as Vice President of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs, following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group Canada (ACG). She began the newly created position on March 26, 2018 on a part-time basis and will assume her full-time duties on June 3, 2018. With more than 20 years of experience in music and arts education, research, and learning, Ms. Elster has succeeded in significantly expanding music programs and advocacy. Recognized as an expert in the field of music education, she has become a vital resource for expanding the impact, relevance, and effectiveness of music and arts programs across Canada. Ms. Elster most recently served as Interim Executive Director at the Coalition for Music Education Canada (CMEC), where she was charged with leading and expanding the reach of signature programs, such as Music Monday and Youth 4...

Pilchuck Glass School Names Christopher Taylor as Executive Director

20:17 13 March in Executive Placements

Pilchuck Glass School has selected Christopher (Chris) Taylor as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on April 9, 2018. Since 2011, Mr. Taylor has served as President of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for significant organizational growth, audience expansion efforts, and unprecedented fundraising successes. While leading the organization, The Clay Studio was featured in the Wallace Foundation report Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences, which highlighted its audience engagement efforts. Mr. Taylor has also held positions as Executive Director of the Holter Museum, a contemporary art museum in Montana; Associate Director of Three Rivers Arts Festival, a major arts festival in Pittsburgh; and Director of Community and Cultural Programs for the Center on Halsted, a community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ people of...

Highland Center for the Arts Annie Houston Executive Director

Highland Center for the Arts Appoints Annie Houston as Executive Director

18:17 05 February in Executive Placements

The Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) has selected Annie Houston as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on January 22, 2018. A Vermont native, Ms. Houston most recently served as Program Officer at Boston’s Massachusetts Cultural Council. Since starting this role in 2011, she has created annual spending plans and timelines for programs and created cross-program initiatives to boost the organization’s efficacy while fostering relationships between the state’s 43 designated cultural districts, municipal government, and local stakeholders. She also helped design and facilitate a cultural district designation renewal process, built local parent support networks statewide for arts education advocacy, and represented programs and agencies at local, regional, and national meetings. Additionally, Ms. Houston has held the roles as General Manager at The Boston Camerata and as Administrative Director, Youth Chamber Program at Craftsbury Chamber Players. She holds a bachelor of...

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Dion Brown President

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Announces Dion Brown as President

17:21 05 February in Executive Placements

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Freedom Center) has selected Dion Brown as President, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on February 26, 2018. Mr. Brown steps in following the 2017 retirement of former President and current board member Dr. Clarence G. Newsome. Mr. Brown brings a wealth of museum, management, and branding experience to the Freedom Center, serving most recently as the founding Executive Director of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Recognized by CNN, National Geographic, and the New York Post as a must-see museum, Mr. Brown helped the new start-up flourish since its founding in 2015. Under his leadership, he has helped raise funds, balance the budget, and expand museum programming, tours, and attendance. Prior to his leadership at the National Blues Museum, he held roles as Executive Director of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in...

Peter Stephen Arnold Executive Director Yakima Valley Museum

Yakima Valley Museum Appoints Peter Stephen Arnold as Executive Director

17:27 20 November in Executive Placements

The Yakima Valley Museum has selected Peter Stephen Arnold as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on November 13, 2017. For nearly 10 years, Mr. Arnold served as President & Chief Executive Officer at the Genesee County Village & Museum in Mumford, New York. During his time there, he was responsible for all aspects of site management, developing a strategic master plan to guide the museum’s future development, and creating new entrepreneurial programs and revenue producing strategies. He also successfully orchestrated fundraising activities and solicited the largest gift in the museum’s history. From 2001 to 2007, he was Director of Old World Wisconsin, the largest living-history museum in the Midwest, where he oversaw all operations and budgeting. Mr. Arnold has also held roles as Director of the Fort Myers Historical Museum, Director of the Burroughs Home and The Imaginarium Science...

Jonathan Kaledin President and CEO Cape Arts & Entertainment Cape Symphony Cape Conservatory Cape Symphony & Conservatory

Cape Arts & Entertainment Names Jonathan Kaledin as President and CEO

12:00 12 October in Executive Placements

Cape Arts & Entertainment, home of the Cape Symphony and the Cape Conservatory, has selected Jonathan Kaledin as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on October 16, 2017. Mr. Kaledin is a lawyer and seasoned nonprofit executive with more than 30 years of extensive experience working in both government and the private sector. During his illustrious career, he has become one of the country’s noted public interest environmental executives. His leadership roles include Executive Director of the National Water Education/Funding Council, Executive Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, and Executive Vice President/General Counsel of Natural Systems Utilities. He has also served as New York Regional Counsel for The Nature Conservancy and General Counsel of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A professionally trained cellist and musicologist, Mr. Kaledin played in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston-based...

Bonnie Butkas Merrimack Repertory Theatre Executive Director

Merrimack Repertory Theatre Selects Bonnie Butkas as Executive Director

17:12 02 October in Executive Placements

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) has selected Bonnie Butkas as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure in Fall 2017. Ms. Butkas joins MRT from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she served as Senior Director of Foundation Relations. In this role, she was responsible for leading the university’s strategic efforts to secure funding from private and family foundations. Under her guidance, RIT secured its first significant gifts from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Prior to her time at RIT, she served as the Director of Development at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. During her tenure, Ms. Butkas oversaw five years of unprecedented growth in the company’s contributed income. She played a key role in a successful $10 million capital campaign to renovate the building and grow...

Lieven Bertels Director The Momentary Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Names Lieven Bertels as Director of the Momentary

19:30 07 September in Executive Placements

Following an international executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has selected Lieven Bertels as Director of the Momentary, an innovative arts venue under development in Bentonville, Arkansas. Supported by the Walton Family Foundation, the venue is an adaptive reuse project that will transform a decommissioned Kraft Foods plant into a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts and an artist-in-residency program. Mr. Bertels will begin his tenure in late September 2017, with a goal of opening the facility in early 2020. A Belgian musicologist, Mr. Bertels hails from Amsterdam, where he was CEO and Cultural Director of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 European Capital of Culture, a year-long arts festival in the Netherlands focusing on the arts in a rural context. He has also held positions at the Sydney Festival, Concertgebouw Brugge, and the Holland Festival. The Sydney Festival in Australia garnered acclaim for its...

Wiley Hausam University of North Carolina School of the Arts Managing Director of Performance Facilities Executive Search Arts Consulting Group

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Announces Wiley Hausam as Managing Director of Performance Facilities

15:19 14 August in Executive Placements

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has selected Wiley Hausam as Managing Director of Performance Facilities, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on August 1, 2017. Most recently, Mr. Hausam served as Senior Artistic Advisor and Artistic & Executive Director at The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, where he presented an acclaimed West End staging of Orwell’s 1984, the Knights, Aaron Neville, Rosanne Cash, Chita Rivera, and Matthew Morrison. He has previously served as Executive Director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, Executive Director of The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College (State University of New York), and Executive Director of the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University. From 1999 to 2010, he worked as an independent producer, artist manager, and consultant, leading Wiley Hausam Associates LLC and...

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