PRESS RELEASE— The Opera Grand Rapids Board of Trustees has named Emilee Syrewicze the new Executive Director of Opera Grand Rapids.
Executive Director,” says Diane St. Claire, Opera Grand Rapids Board of Trustees President.
“She will bring experience, enthusiasm, great communication skills and
When Syrewicze assumes the role May 1, she will manage all day-to-day operations for West Michigan’s leading professional opera company, known for its grand opera performances and its education and community programs. Syrewicze will also lead fundraising programs, as well as
marketing and community engagement initiatives.
“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,” says Syrewicze.
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. During law school, Emilee clerked for the Center for Environmental Law & Policy in Seattle, Washington Syrewicze will oversee the remainder of the company’s 2018-19 Season, which includes the
“We have every confidence that she will bring a firm commitment to excellence, the hallmark of our company,” says James Meena, Artistic Director. “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.”
Syrewicze succeeds Interim Executive Director Win S. Irwin,
departure of Anne Berquist.