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Anne Hagan
215.545.5451 x22
ahagan@chamberorchestra.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 4, 2019) The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia announces the appointment of Anne Hagan as its new Executive Director, after a five-month national search.

A voice graduate of Indiana University who first came to Philadelphia to study at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Hagan has had a long and distinguished career in not-for-profit executive leadership and development, including significant experience in music and education. Her arts leadership experience includes seven years as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Boys Choir, where her tenure fortified the financial stability of the organization, expanded its educational outreach, and oversaw the addition of the Philadelphia Girls Choir. She has also worked in support of institutional advancement for the Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as educational institutions like Temple, Rowan, and Drexel, to secure funding for scholarships, capital projects, and other institutional programs. She holds a graduate degree in arts management from Drexel University.

Said Hagan, “As someone deeply rooted in this region for decades, I have been a long-time admirer of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for its consistently high artistic quality and its commitment to making a distinctive contribution to the musical life of our community. It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to lead this organization and help shape its destiny.”

Hagan will be working closely with Music Director, Sir Dirk Brossé, and the COP Board of Directors in advancing the mission of the organization: delivering an intimate orchestral music experience unique to an ensemble of its scale and artistic excellence. COP programming is inspired by a desire to help secure the future of our classical repertoire, placing it in a broader context enriched by contemporary works (including new commissions) and the contributions of other musical genres. Creative collaborations with other major arts institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Clef Club of Jazz, and the Annenberg Center, are a key focus of those ambitions.

“It’s a stroke of good fortune that, after looking around the country for new leadership, we were lucky enough to find a candidate who suited the bill so well right here in our own backyard,” noted Susan Schwartz McDonald, the President of the COP Board. “Anne has the skill and experience to run a performing arts organization – a challenge that requires not just organizational leadership but also tenacity and fresh thinking. And Anne is a natural champion who never flags. Arts management is not for the faint of heart!”

The COP was able to operate smoothly during the search process thanks to interim leadership from Mitchell Krieger, a highly experienced, Philadelphia-based consultant who had recently retired as Executive Director of the Victoria Symphony.

Said Hagan, “Everything I love about this orchestra is reflected in the current season, which integrates string instruments from other musical cultures beautifully with our own traditions, thanks to Maestro Brossé’s exciting repertoire choices and the artistic excellence of our performers.”

Adds Brossé, “As we plan for 2019-20, I am excited to be working with Anne, whose personal passion for the job adds new energy to the room. She has good instincts and great judgment. And her commitment to audience and donor engagement is exactly what we need.”

“I love rallying people and dollars behind great causes – but especially great music,” said Hagan. “It’s my job to make sure we continue to build on the engagement of one of the city’s most committed audiences and secure the financial support our ensemble truly deserves. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has given me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

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