WCO Welcomes New Executive Director

            The Board of Directors of Washington Concert Opera is pleased to announce the appointment of Caryn Kerstetter Reeves as its new Executive Director, effective August 22, 2016.  Ms. Reeves comes to WCO from The Glimmerglass Festival where she has served as Associate Director of Institutional Advancement since October 2013.

            “The Board believes Ms. Reeves brings wide-ranging skills and experience to the Executive Director position which will greatly enhance WCO’s marketing, development, artistic and business operations.  We are excited about Washington Concert Opera’s future with Ms. Reeves at the helm and look forward to her leadership in maintaining WCO’s long-held reputation for artistic excellence,” said Melissa Rhea, WCO President and chair of the Board.

             Antony Walker, WCO Artistic Director, said: "I'm looking forward to working with Caryn.  She will bring sound development experience, a thorough knowledge of opera and performing arts organizations, and a thoughtful, confident and youthful personality to WCO."

            Caryn Reeves said:  "I am greatly looking forward to my time with Washington Concert Opera, an organization I’ve long admired for its compelling musical programming and performances of the highest caliber.  It is especially exciting to join the company for its 30th Anniversary Season, and I plan to continue and expand upon the excellent work that has already been done over these past three decades.  It will be wonderful to celebrate with all of WCO's friends and supporters on September 18, which I know will be a memorable evening!"

            Prior to her work at Glimmerglass, Ms. Reeves served for two years as Development Officer for New York City Opera.  Ms. Reeves has a Master of Music in Voice Degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and holds a Graduate Diploma in Opera from the Royal College of Music in London.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Music from Eastman School of Music. 

            Ms. Reeves will succeed Ursula Kuhar as WCO’s Executive Director.  Dr. Kuhar, who is returning to academia, has provided WCO with significant growth opportunities and expanded community outreach during her tenure at WCO.  She will be leaving July 29, 2016 to return to her alma mater, Indiana University, where she has accepted the position of Lecturer of Arts Administration in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

            WCO is also pleased to announce the promotion of Adrianne Eby to the position of Chief Operating Officer, effective as of July 1, 2016.  Ms. Eby, who has been with WCO for over three years, will provide management continuity during the executive transition process.  We welcome her leadership in the commencement of WCO's 30th Anniversary Season - and Antony Walker's 15th anniversary as WCO Artistic Director - in September, and will be sorry to lose her contributions to our management team when she departs for the Boston area in the fall.

            President Melissa Rhea adds "We are excited about our 30th Anniversary Season, and honoring Antony on his 15th anniversary, and we are confident in our new management team as we move forward.”