Kelly Tweeddale to Depart as VSO President

The following is excerpted from a release issued by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Outgoing VSO and VSO School of Music president Kelly Tweeddale. | Image: Chung Chow, Business in Vancouver.

Outgoing VSO and VSO School of Music president Kelly Tweeddale. | Image: Chung Chow, Business in Vancouver.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) announced today that current Vancouver Symphony Society and VSO School of Music Society President Kelly Tweeddale is taking a new role as Executive Director of the San Francisco Ballet effective September 3, 2019. Click here to read the San Francisco Ballet Association’s announcement.

Commenting on the announcement, VSO Music Director Maestro Otto Tausk remarked, “Kelly Tweeddale has made a huge impact in moving the orchestra forward. She has been such a great inspiration for the organization and me personally. Kelly has assembled a very strong senior management team and because of her vision and leadership the VSO and VSO School of Music can look forward to the future with great confidence. We celebrate her years with the VSO and we are proud Kelly is moving on to one of the great arts organizations in the world.”

Tweeddale said, “It has been a distinct privilege to work with our dedicated musicians, staff, and volunteers. Together we have increased our service to the community and will reach a record attendance of over 280,000 people this season. We have planned and are celebrating our centennial season with collaborative and open events, such as Day of Music and Symphony at Sunset Beach. Over the last three and a half years, we embarked on two Canadian tours – one provincial, one national – while honouring Maestro Tovey and his tenure and we introduced Music Director Otto Tausk and his joyful approach to music making. The orchestra has never sounded better. Community programs such as ‘Women’s Voices’ and the innovative VSO School of Music are thriving, and the Society’s financial condition is strong and stable. This is an orchestra that I am incredibly proud to have been a part of and I know both its ambition and connections with the community will continue to position it as a leader in its class. Vancouver deserves no less.”

The VSO is approaching the end of its 100th Anniversary Season and has announced the program for its 101st Season. For full 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Season concert listings, please click here.

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