Opera Grand Rapids Announces a new Executive Director, Emilee Syrewicze

Opera Grand Rapids is excited to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Emilee Syrewicze.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emilee as our new Executive Director. She will bring experience, enthusiasm, great communication skills, and a fresh air to our organization. We feel very lucky to have found her and look forward to a successful and invigorating season with her at the helm.”         

– Diane St. Claire, Opera Grand Rapids Board of Trustees President

Syrewicze currently serves as the Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior, she was Executive Director of the Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing (NMSH) in Traverse City, Michigan. Syrewicze, a classically trained pianist, earned a B.A. at Alma College, Alma, Michigan, in Political Science with concentrations in chemistry and music and a J.D. with a focus on nonprofit and environmental law/policy at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.

“As a native of West Michigan, I consider Opera Grand Rapids my home opera company. I’m thrilled to lead one of Michigan’s most elite performing arts organizations and help bring this complex and beautiful art form to a broader audience.”

– Emilee Syrewicze

Emilee will join the company on May 1, 2019 and will oversee the remainder of the company’s 2018-19 Season, including the Night with the Opera Gala on May 10 and Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, June 14th -15th.

“We have every confidence that she will bring a firm commitment to excellence, the hallmark of our company. Opera Grand Rapids continues to move forward as a vibrant and important regional cultural institution, and with our new Executive Director in place, the company can excel for the benefit of our entire community for years to come.”

Maestro James Meena, Artistic Director

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