Chamber Orchestra Names New Executive Director
Effective Monday, July 14, 2014, Janelle McCoy will assume the position of Executive Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a resident company of the Kimmel Center, now poised to enter its 50th Anniversary Season. She was most recently Executive Director of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, one of the nation's oldest and most respected independent choruses. In addition to her extensive experience in arts management, Ms. McCoy has also enjoyed a distinguished career as a mezzo-soprano, performing with leading orchestras such as the Atlanta Symphony, and under the baton of celebrated conductors like Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, and the late Robert Shaw.
Susan Schwartz McDonald, President of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia commented, "We are thrilled to have Janelle assume the executive leadership position at the Chamber Orchestra. The depth of her resume and the strength of her organizational vision make her the clear choice to lead us at this milestone moment in the orchestra's history," Added McDonald, "Janelle's diverse skill set gives us the managerial discipline we need to operate effectively, along with the perspective to think expansively about our role in the Philadelphia arts community. We want to broaden our impact on audiences in the region and beyond."
Dirk Brossé, Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, underscored the value of McCoy's dual executive and artistic credentials, noting, "I am absolutely delighted to have Janelle as a colleague and collaborator. She will be an ideal partner in setting the course toward even greater achievement for this orchestra. The organization is in excellent hands."
During her tenure with the Mendelssohn Club, McCoy quadrupled the group's income and was instrumental in securing grants from major arts funding organizations. Her leadership produced initiatives that sponsored new works and helped develop creative programming that met with consistently enthusiastic audience response.