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CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
March 9, 2016
Executive Director Chase Maggiano Announces Final Season with Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW)
Washington, D.C. – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC Executive Director, Chase Maggiano announces that he will be leaving GMCW in June of 2016. Maggiano has accepted the position of Executive Director at The Washington Chorus, from which longtime Executive Director Dianne Peterson announced her retirement last year. Maggiano has served GMCW since 2013 and will complete this season celebrating GMCW’s 35th Anniversary.
“Chase has helped us expand the inclusivity and mission of our programming,” says GMCW Board Chair Rob Hall. “Under his leadership, we started Washington’s first LGBTQ and allied youth chorus, resolved our lingering debt issues, and forged relationships with local and international presenters including an historic concert tour of Cuba.”
“I will feel the loss in leaving the GMCW family, and I am grateful to know that the chorus rests in the exceptional hands of my colleague and friend, Dr. Thea Kano,” says Maggiano. During his tenure, GMCW completed a national search resulting in the appointment of Dr. Thea Kano as Artistic Director. “With GMCW in such a good place, I look forward to returning to my classical roots with The Washington Chorus,” reflects Maggiano, who is also a classically trained violinist.
GMCW Artistic Director, Dr. Thea Kano, reflects, “We have grown to be a greater, more professional arts organization under Chase’s leadership. We will miss him tremendously, but we are very happy for him and know that he will do great things for The Washington Chorus and for the arts community in Washington.” Kano is completing her second season as artistic director of GMCW, and holds the same position with the New York City Master Chorale. The two organizations are joining forces and partnering with Brooklyn-based Gallim Dance to present a reimagined version of Carmina Burana at Alice Tully Hall in New York City and The Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, DC later this season.
GMCW will soon launch a national search for Maggiano’s successor. The organization intends to have a new Executive Director in place on or before July 1, 2016, to allow for a smooth leadership transition.