As some of our supporters may know, for the past six months CYSO has been conducting a national search for our new Executive Director. As the nation’s premier youth orchestra, it was no surprise that we received applications from many talented and qualified leaders in arts administration.
Following a national search conducted by Arts Consulting Group, we are pleased to share that the CYSO Board of Directors unanimously supported the appointment of Susan Lape as the Executive Director of CYSO.
Susan has built an impressive career in arts management through positions with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera, and the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts. For the past four years, Susan has served as Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra in Lake Forest, IL. In 2014, Lape was named “Executive Director of the Year” by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
Susan’s introduction to CYSO supporters will take place at the CYSO 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Four Seasons Chicago. She officially begins her position on March 1, 2017.