The Vermont Symphony Orchestra has turned to a Vermont native for leadership. The Governing Board of Directors announced Monday that the Orchestra's next Executive Director will be Benjamin Cadwallader, currently Education Programs Manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Previously, he had worked in New York City and San Antonio, Texas in senior administrative positions.
Charles Smith has been acting Executive Director since May. Cadwallader said in a statement that he was looking forward to working with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jaime Laredo. He called the orchestra “the brightest example of a Vermont cultural gem.”
"Growing up in South Burlington, the VSO has been part of my musical life from an early age and had a profound impact on my steps to a life-long career in music. Returning to my beloved home state to work for an orchestra committed to sharing world-class concerts with the entire State of Vermont is inspiring. My decision to join the VSO was further confirmed by the Board's commitment to inventing the institution's future, the passion and dedication of the outstanding staff and impressive family of volunteers throughout the state, and the truly exceptional artistic leadership of Jaime Laredo and Anthony Princiotti," Cadwallader shared. "I look forward to building on the legacy of musical excellence, commitment to community, and financial strength. My Vermont pride runs deep, and the opportunity to call this beautiful state home once again is, of course, the icing on the cake."
In announcing the appointment, Board president Victoria Young noted, “We are thrilled that Benjamin has chosen to return to his home state to lead this marvelous organization. Benjamin’s experience in educational programming and new initiatives will be invaluable as the VSO moves forward.”
The VSO Board is grateful to the Search Committee, which included past Board member Ed Colodny, marketing committee chair Toby Knox and members of Board, staff, and orchestra. “Benjamin has been working tirelessly and effectively in arts management for many years. Beginning his musical career in his home state of Vermont was a definitely a factor in our decision to hire him,” explained Colodny.
“I am delighted with the choice of Ben. I couldn’t be happier. He and I are going to be great partners,” remarked music director Jaime Laredo. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra looks forward to introducing Cadwallader to the communities of Vermont. He plans to be fully “on board” in November.