VSO names opera exec as new leader - Times Argus


A South African with a strong background in opera has been named executive director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

"Elise Brunelle takes over for Ben Cadwallader, who stepped down in February to take a similar post with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra announced Saturday. The Burlington-based orchestra said she was chosen by a six-person committee comprised of board members, staff and musicians. She's expected to start sometime in mid-August or early September. Barbara Wessel, who chairs the orchestra's board, said Brunelle is a proven manager with a strong background in fundraising and financial management."

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