The leader of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra was named Wednesday the new executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Ben Cadwallader has been the executive director of the VSO since 2015, but he previously served as education programs manager for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and worked with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.
He will assume his new position March 9, taking over for Scott Harrison, who left the post to focus on his work as a founding board member of the international music leadership-development nonprofit BLUME Haiti.
“Ben Cadwallader is one of classical music’s rising leaders,” LACO Board Chair Leslie Lassiter said in a statement. “His infectious energy, passion for classical music, innovative strategies and exceptional leadership abilities will help propel LACO’s continuing growth and excellence. The search committee was highly impressed by the variety of Ben’s experience working in both administrative and production areas as well as developing novel educational programs in cities ranging from Los Angeles to New York.”
In a statement released by LACO, Cadwallader said he has “long admired LACO’s steadfast commitment to musical excellence and new music as well as its ability to experiment and adapt within a changing media landscape.”
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