Las Vegas Philharmonic Announces New Executive Director
The Las Vegas Philharmonic is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Director, Lacey Huszcza (HOO-shuh). Huszcza will lead the organization with executive oversight on all finance, fundraising, programming and operations for the twenty-year old performing arts non-profit. She assumes the post on December 1, 2018.
Huszcza has spent her last 13 years of professional life with the esteemed Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). During her tenure at LACO, Huszcza was an integral team member and leader serving multiple departments and initiatives across fundraising, community outreach, patron engagement and strategic partnerships and programs. She also served as the organization's interim managing director for a period in 2015, utilizing her valuable skillset and institutional knowledge of the organization's many facets.
In her new role with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Huszcza will work alongside Board President Jeri Crawford as well as the board of trustees and Music Director, Donato Cabrera to lead the organization into its 21st season and beyond. Huszcza's proven track record of leadership and innovation will complement the organization's legacy while contributing an important dimension to the future for the Philharmonic.
"As we celebrate our 20th anniversary and look to the future, we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve the residents of Southern Nevada through music, culture and education," shares Jeri Crawford, president & CEO of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. "Together with our board of trustees, we recognize the opportunities for building the future of the organization and deepening the impact we have. As an industry rising star, we value the contributions that Lacey will no doubt make as we enter our third decade and are pleased to welcome her to the Las Vegas Community."
"Jeri has led the Philharmonic for 10 years, establishing the LV Phil as a pillar of the cultural community in Las Vegas, and I am so thankful to have her as a partner as she continues her role as board president," says Huszcza. "I look forward to working with her and Donato Cabrera to lead the Philharmonic together to continue building upon that strong foundation."
Huszcza holds an MBA from Pepperdine University's Graziado School of Business and Management in addition to two Bachelor's degrees in Music and Communication from University of Colorado. She currently serves on the Board for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), and just completed a term as Vice President of the Board where she helped lead the Strategic Planning process for ACSO. Huszcza also served on the board for MBA Women Los Angeles from 2012 - 2016 (President 2013-2016; Director of Professional Development 2012-2013). She and her husband are looking forward to relocating to Las Vegas and joining the community.
Huszcza adds, "I am eager to continue the Las Vegas Philharmonic tradition of Great Performances and programs that provide a gathering place for the community and celebrate the heart and people of a growing city. Las Vegas is becoming increasingly known for culture beyond the Strip and the Philharmonic has played an important role in the city's evolution. I am excited to lead a wonderful team of staff, board and musicians, to continue the growth of the organization, to enhance the artistic vitality of the orchestra, and to grow the community engagement programs. We have a lot of success to build upon with equal promise for the future."
"Lacey Huszcza is respected by stakeholders from within the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra family and across the wider L.A. arts community," says LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. "During her 13 years with LACO, Lacey held a series of leadership roles culminating in associate executive director, always exceeding expectations while helping the organization remain vital and forward-looking. We will miss her leadership, confidence, creativity and drive and have no doubt that those attributes will serve her well at the helm of the Las Vegas Philharmonic."
About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the Las Vegas Philharmonic is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of music through performances and educational experiences for our community that enhance the lives of our residents and the culture of our city.
Music education and outreach are the cornerstones of the Philharmonic's commitment to community. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 23,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Cox Communications Young Artists' Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance.
Our season of concerts showcases local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra's core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic's community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.