Susan Lape has served as Executive Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2017. She previously served as Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony in Northern Illinois from 2012-2017. She has built her career in arts management through positions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera, and the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts.
In 2016-2017, Susan was one of nine participants in the League of American Orchestra’s Emerging Leaders Program. In 2014, the Lake Forest Symphony and the WFMT Radio Network produced a radio documentary titled “The Search” about the orchestra’s search for a new Music Director, which is currently available for national and international syndication. In 2014, she was also named “Executive Director of the Year” by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
Susan serves on several non-profit boards in Chicago including the International Music Foundation, the Musicians Club of Women, and Beyond this Point Performing Arts Association. She also serves as president of the Illinois Council of Orchestras, and previously served on the executive committee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Overture Council.
She received her undergraduate degree in music from Stanford University, and her master’s degree in musicology from the University of Oxford.