Educational center leader, music educator and pianist takes the helm at the conservatory
The Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory of Music & Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has appointed Stephanie Weaver as the new Managing Director of its subsidiary, the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Arts (CCCMA), which merged with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra on September 1, 2010.
Weaver joins the CCCMA from the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts (AASPA), one of 800 educational centers across the nation affiliated with the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, where she served as the Executive Director for eight years. In addition to operating and fundraising responsibilities at AASPA, Weaver created and instituted viable course offerings, facilitated all community outreach programs and, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Public Schools, campaigned for a collaborative, need-based scholarship program that tripled in size after its third year.
She also implemented a popular Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series, which featured performances by AASPA faculty members and prominent, local professional musicians. For adults, she designed classes for beginners in piano, strings and voice, an intermediate level string chamber orchestra and a jazz ensemble.
Weaver has served on the faculties of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University and Concordia University. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and literature from the University of Western Ontario and her Doctor of Musical Arts, also in piano performance and literature, from Michigan State University. Weaver regularly performs as a concert pianist. In addition to her musical pursuits, she is an avid hockey player and currently plays on a women's team based in Ann Arbor.
"We couldn't have asked for a better candidate," says Warren Marsh, chairperson of the Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory of Music & Arts' Board of Trustees. "She shares our vision of creating a world class educational facility that provides instruction and performance opportunities for students of all ages-and the proven expertise to make it happen."
"I am thrilled to be working with the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Arts and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra," says Weaver. "A powerful synergy clearly exists between these two organizations. That energy, combined with the strong desire to create high quality, accessible artistic programming for residents and visitors of all ages and stages, resonates strongly with my passion and experience as an educator and musician."
"Stephanie has the skills and experience to create a Conservatory that will be a new and unprecedented model for how relevant and important an arts institution can be to a community and its children," adds Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory of Music & Arts. "We share a passion for both education and the performing arts, putting theory into practice in the most fun and accessible ways. It's going to be another exciting chapter in the cultural life of the Cape."
Weaver will replace Kevin Howard, who was elected President of the Conservatory's Board of Governors in 2008, then assumed the Executive Director role during a transitional period in the organization prior to the merger with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. "In both roles, I had two imperatives: to raise the visibility and caliber of the school and its programs and to help ensure the school's long-term-sustainability. Now, I am looking forward to returning to a board role where I can help shape the vision for the combined organizations."
"Kevin stepped in at a critical point in the Conservatory's history and has done a superb job advancing the Conservatory's mission," says Jerome Karter, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory of Music & Arts. "His past involvement with the Conservatory and his position in the community will provide valuable insight on the Board," adds Karter.
"We're delighted about Stephanie's appointment and excited about the future," Karter concludes. Weaver will relocate to Cape Cod from Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband Troy Davies. Her appointment will become active on January 3, 2011.