The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Announces Karen Paquin as the Development Director

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Announces Karen Paquin as the Development Director

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is proud to announce and welcome Karen Paquin as the Development Director. Paquin will be responsible for the VSO's development activities, building relationships, organizational support and developing strategic and innovative approaches to achieving fundraising goals.

She joins the VSO team from the Jera Institute, a business services consulting company located in Montreal QC. At the Jera Institute she served as Executive Director, writer and editor. She also has directed development activities for several non-profits. During her successful work in in the non-profit sector, she directed individual giving, capital/endowment and challenge grant campaigns. Ms. Paquin holds an M.S. in Geography, Planning and Environment from Concordia University in Montreal, QC and a B.A in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.

Paquin comments, "joining the VSO means returning to a long career of helping organizations whose missions I appreciate and understand. Although much of my past work was with social and environmental organizations, I know firsthand the ways that music can enrich our lives." She is intrigued by the VSO for two reasons. "First, I like that it exists solely for the people of Vermont, and second, I enjoy working for smaller organizations, because I believe my efforts have a bigger impact.

Alan Jordan, VSO Executive Director states, "we are very much looking forward to Karen joining our team and bringing her wealth of experience, ideas, and enthusiasm. The not-for-profit development world-like most business environments-is in constant flux, and we know Karen will help the VSO share its unique story and services with an ever-increasing population of Vermont residents and visitors."

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the only professional statewide orchestra providing live musical experiences for listeners in Vermont. It is a state-supported non-profit institution founded in 1935 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music.