Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Rachel S. Moore, the CEO of New York City’s American Ballet Theatre, was named Thursday president and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center, with her start date scheduled for Oct. 5.

Moore has served as CEO of American Ballet Theatre, which was recognized by the U.S. Congress in 2005 as “America’s National Ballet Company,” since 2012 and as its executive director since 2004. She danced with the dance company between 1984 and 1988.

“Moving into its next 50 years, The Music Center needs an experienced and visionary executive who not only has the managerial expertise and strategic insights necessary to manage a great performing arts center, but also the creativity and vision to move us forward,” said Lisa Specht, chair of The Music Center’s board of directors.

“Rachel is a gifted administrator with a commitment to artistic excellence and proven leadership in building an arts institution. Couple that with her deep experience in dance … and Rachel is the ideal candidate to lead The Music Center.”

The Board of Directors selected Moore after an extensive international search that began in January 2015.  She will replace Stephen Rountree, who resigned in December, ending a 13-year tenure.

Howard Sherman, who has been serving as interim president and CEO, will resume his position as COO of The Music Center following Moore’s arrival.

“I am honored to serve the County of Los Angeles as The Music Center’s next president and CEO,” Moore said.  “The Music Center’s contributions to the arts are unparalleled both on its campus and in Grand Park, with its support for four world-class resident companies — LA Opera, LA Phil, Center Theatre Group and the Los Angeles Master Chorale …

“This is an exciting time for performing arts institutions, and The Music Center has the opportunity to be a leader by establishing itself as the premiere destination in the Western United States for world-class, highly innovative experiences in the performing arts that are also sensitive to the needs and interests of a broader audience,” Moore said.

—City News Service

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