Soundstreams announced today the appointment of Susan Worthington as its Executive Director. She replaces Chris Lorway, who is leaving at the end of the summer to take on the role of Director of Programming with The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Susan Worthington as our new Executive Director,” says Bernard Schiff, Chair of the Soundstreams Board of Directors. “It is hard to imagine we could have found a person in Canada better suited to the work, the goals, and the spirit of Sounstreams. We consider it our great good fortune that she is able to join us at this time and we all look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”
Of the appointment, Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams Artistic Director, commented,“Susan is perfectly placed through experience, skill, and her passion for contemporary creation to build handsomely upon the foundation we have built over the last two years. I am confident she will play a vital role in forging even more exciting new partnerships for Soundstreams at the local, national and international levels.”
Worthington takes on the new position with more than twenty years of producing and management expertise in opera, theatre and classical music. Passionate about the work of Canadian artists in particular, she has designed and implemented artistic and administrative initiatives in a wide range of arts organizations and is skilled at building collaborative partnerships with community organizations and producing partners. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director at Soundstreams, she held positions at the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Tapestry New Opera and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. As a producer of new Canadian opera, she has brought to the stage over a dozen world premieres and remounts of Canadian operas in both traditional and alternative venues, as well as extensive provincial tours of operas for children.
“I am thrilled to be joining Soundstreams,” says Worthington. “The company’s passionate and innovative Artistic Director, devoted staff team, and Board of Directors have built a rich legacy of artistic work predicated on the values of artistic excellence and community engagement. Together we will continue this work, presenting the finest artists from Canada and around the world in performances that enthral audiences and enrich the cultural fabric of our community and beyond.”
Worthington will assume the role effective September 1, 2014.
Led by Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams is a Toronto-based music presenter that commissions, develops, and showcases the work of contemporary Canadian composers and their international counterparts. These innovative collaborations are performed by the finest artists from Canada and around the world, and arepresented in an annual concert series, our monthly Salon 21 series at The Gardiner Museum, in national and international tours, and through a variety of education and outreach activities.
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