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Deborah Lewis Named New Executive Director of LA Children's Chorus

Deborah Lewis Named New Executive Director of LA Children's Chorus

Deborah Lewis, an exceptional and highly regarded arts administrator with three decades of experience, has been appointed Executive Director of the renowned Los Angeles Children's Chorus (LACC) effective April 21, 2014, following a nationwide search, it was announced by LACC Board Chair Jennifer Terry. Lewis previously served as Executive Director of Angels Gate Cultural Center, the acclaimed visual and performing arts organization located San Pedro heralded for its broad reach throughout Southern California and beyond. Prior to that she was the executive director of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, for which she administered its national grant and scholarship programs and also provided arts organizations with key technical assistance in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"We are very excited to welcome Deborah to the Los Angeles Children's Chorus," says Terry. "She has an outstanding track record of more than 30 years in arts administration as an engaging team builder with wide-ranging community ties who brings people together, a proven fundraiser with an enviable record, and an extremely effective management style praised by artists, donors, community partners and staff alike. Her strong skills and deep passion for music will help propel the Los Angeles Children's to a new level of growth and esteem as it heads into its third decade."

"It is an honor to serve in this vital leadership capacity with the Los Angeles Children's Chorus," states Lewis. "A musical jewel, the chorus has a superlative reputation for its exceptional artistry, highly developed training program for young singers and successful community partnerships. I look forward to working with all of LACC's constituents to ensure that the chorus reaches new heights artistically and administratively."

During Lewis's tenure at Angels Gate Cultural Center, she oversaw 50 studio artists who participate in multi-year on-site studio residencies, four art galleries that present exhibitions by local and international artists, as well as an extensive array of community arts classes and in-depth visual and performing arts classroom residency programs throughout the harbor region. She was also responsible for the planning and implementation of the center's short-term programs and long-term planning while successfully leading expanded fundraising efforts.

In her previous post with the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation (ELA), Lewis provided ADA consultancies to the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Art Museum, Pasadena Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre and LA Stage Alliance, among other organizations. Additionally, she has provided audio description training and consultation to the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service for the Rose Parade, the Center Theatre Group, the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities conference through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is a founding member of the Audio Description Coalition and the California Audio Describers Alliance. Lewis joined the ELA Foundation after 15 years of work at Special Audiences in Atlanta, Georgia, where she brought the arts to over 100,000 disabled and disadvantaged people annually. As senior writer with Audio Description Solutions, she has also provided audio description for the Visitors Centers of such National Parks as Mesa Verde, Mammoth Cave, James Garfield, Keneewaw, New River Gorge and Pinnacles as well as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

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