Following a nationwide search, LACO’s Board of Directors named Ben Cadwallader as LACO’s new Executive Director. Cadwallader will begin his duties on March 9.

Cadwallader will work closely with Music Director Jaime Martín in support of LACO’s artistic vision and will oversee all aspects of strategic planning and operations, provide administrative oversight and collaborate with the Board of Directors to optimize fiscal growth. A devoted advocate for classical music, Cadwallader has served as Executive Director at Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 2015.

His extensive experience also includes leadership positions with the L.A. Phil, where he served as Education Programs Manager from 2012 to 2015, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. At the L.A. Phil, he managed the unique Composer Fellowship Program and worked with sought-after, contemporary composers long associated with LACO, including Andrew Norman, Sarah Gibson and Christopher Rountree.

Cadwallader was also one of nine arts administrators from across the country selected in 2017 by the League of American Orchestras for its prestigious Emerging Leaders Program.

“I have long admired LACO’s steadfast commitment to musical excellence and new music as well as its ability to experiment and adapt within a changing media landscape,” says Cadwallader. “I’ve been captivated by the pure beam of effervescent and profoundly charismatic musical brilliance that is Jaime Martín, with whom I share a passion for inclusion, education and innovation.”

Read about it in the L.A. Times.

Read the official press release.

Read Ben Cadwallader’s bio on the LACO website.