Toronto, November 13, 2018 … David Kilburn, Chair of the Board of Directors of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Kehoe to the position of Executive Director. Ms. Kehoe is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of management experience at senior levels, most recently as the Executive Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, where she led the organization through an impressive financial turnaround. Carol came to Tafelmusik in August as Interim Executive Director and will transition to her permanent role immediately.
“We are delighted to have Carol join Tafelmusik as its new Executive Director. She has a proven record as a highly capable and strategic manager. We also believe that her broad leadership experience in a variety of performing arts and media organizations will prove to be useful as Tafelmusik continues to grow its domestic and international audiences and expands its community involvement,” said Mr. Kilburn. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Board Member Victor D’Souza and the rest of the Search Committee for their dedicated work as we navigated through the selection process.”
During Carol’s tenure at the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO), the organization experienced a 22% increase in subscriptions sales over three seasons and was able to stabilize annual revenues and expenditures. Under Carol’s leadership, the HPO also increased the number of corporate sponsors and donors it attracted.
Carol has demonstrated experience in relationship and operations management across the public and private sectors, having held senior marketing and development positions in several professional arts and culture organizations, including Museum London and The Grand Theatre. In her role as Vice President, Operations at Mark IV in Mississauga, Carol was responsible for the leadership and management of the operations team, and was integral to the process of establishing the corporation’s strategic direction.
Carol is the 2016 recipient of Work in Culture’s Robert Johnston Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated strength in nurturing and supporting people through their careers. She holds a bachelor of education and a master of arts in journalism from Western University.
“I am thrilled to join the Tafelmusik family. It’s a privilege and honour to serve this extraordinary orchestra and the Toronto community, working together to ensure a rich and robust appreciation and love for this wonderful art form,” said Ms. Kehoe.
More than 15 years in the media sector culminated in Carol’s role as Director of Marketing for the London Free Press before she launched a consulting practice offering strategic and communications planning for clients including Labatt Breweries Ontario, Investing in Children and Middlesex-London Health Unit. She spent eight years as an instructor in the Arts Management Diploma Program at Western University, and has volunteered for many public and non-profit organizations including the Loran Scholars Foundation, Hamilton Arts Council, Museum London, the London Arts Council, the Creative City Task Force, City of London, and the Music Strategy Task Force, City of Hamilton.
“On behalf of the orchestra and choir, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Carol. Many of us have already had the pleasure of working with her over the past two months and have noted her enthusiasm and impressive leadership qualities. We look forward to collaborating with Carol as Tafelmusik embarks on this very exciting stage of its life,” said Elisa Citterio, Music Director.