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New Shared Executive Director for Pittsburgh Camerata and Pittsburgh Girls Choir brings fresh leadership to choral arts in Pittsburgh  

Pittsburgh, PA (February 5, 2024) – Pittsburgh’s choral music scene is getting an energetic new leader. Eden Smith will begin work as the shared Executive Director for The Pittsburgh Camerata and Pittsburgh Girls Choir on February 12, 2024. The boards of both organizations expect Ms. Smith to bring new ideas, and apply skills learned as a young administrator in her previous position, to The Pittsburgh Camerata and Pittsburgh Girls Choir, promoting the growth of both organizations and extending their reach into the city’s arts community.

In August, 2022, the organizations announced an administrative affiliation under which they share a full time Executive Director and other administrative services, while maintaining each organization’s distinct identity and nonprofit status. Since that time, the shared full-time Executive Director position has consolidated the day-to-day operations of the two organizations under one leader, while fostering creative thinking between them.

Ms. Smith is passionate about promoting the growth of choral music in the Pittsburgh area. After graduating from Geneva College with a B.A. in Music Business focused in Voice Performance, Ms. Smith earned a certificate in Business Leadership from the Pittsburgh Fellows, where she fostered her passion for supporting local nonprofits. Serving as Program Assistant with the Performing Arts department at Urban Impact (UI) Foundation, she coordinated the UI Choir, oversaw daily operations of the department, and acted as production assistant for triannual performances. Ms. Smith sang with the Pittsburgh Girls Choir as a student, returning later as an intern. Her commitment to the choir grew as she joined the Board of Directors. Ms. Smith brings her commitment to choral music and her experience in business leadership to guide the Pittsburgh Girls Choir and Camerata as the Executive Director.

“I have long wanted to work for an organization committed to teaching and performing classical music in the Pittsburgh area, and I am overjoyed to support both the Pittsburgh Girls Choir and the Pittsburgh Camerata as the new shared Executive Director,” states Ms. Smith. “As an alumna of the PGC and a frequent attendee at PC concerts, I look forward to bringing more people into the missions of these wonderful ensembles.”

Mariana Whitmer, board chair of Pittsburgh Girls Choir, said, “We are thrilled to have Eden joining us as our new Executive Director. Her previous singing experience with the Pittsburgh Girls Choir and her enthusiasm for the Pittsburgh Camerata make her a perfect fit for this collaborative position. Eden’s knowledge of and experience with nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh will benefit both organizations as well. We look forward to working with Eden!” 

Jane Potter Baumer, board chair of The Pittsburgh Camerata, stated, “We know that music changes lives. Eden’s commitment to the choral art, combined with her business experience, will provide excellent support and new ideas for us as we continue to produce moving musical experiences for our singers and our audiences, support our artists, and achieve long-term sustainability. Under Eden’s leadership, the Pittsburgh Camerata and Pittsburgh Girls Choir will be well positioned to flourish administratively, as we continue to grow and evolve in our affiliation.” 

As Executive Director, Ms. Smith will work closely with the boards of each organization as well as with Kathryn Barnard, Artistic Director and Founder of Pittsburgh Girls Choir, and Mark Anderson, Artistic Director of The Pittsburgh Camerata. 

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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN! – Pittsburgh Girls Choir’s Artistic Director, Kathryn Barnard, sits down at WQED to talk about PGC’s new administrative affiliation with Pittsburgh Camerata. She is joined by Pittsburgh Camerata’s Artistic Director, Mark Anderson, and Managing Director, Gail Luley.

CLICK HERE TO READ! – This Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s article discusses Pittsburgh Girls Choir’s new administrative affiliation with Pittsburgh Camerata.

PITTSBURGH GIRLS CHOIR AND THE PITTSBURGH CAMERATA TO SHARE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

August 4, 2021 — Pittsburgh Girls Choir and The Pittsburgh Camerata are embarking on a unique administrative affiliation to provide strategic innovation, creative growth and ongoing strength for each organization – and an energized choral arts presence for our community. The affiliation involves a shared full-time executive director and other shared administrative services while maintaining each organization’s distinct identity, mission and nonprofit status. 

Both Pittsburgh Girls Choir and The Pittsburgh Camerata are steeped in the richness and depth of choral tradition. This affiliation positions us to deepen our artistic quality through concert programming, commissioning of new music, education, and the artistic expansion of our singers and musicians. The affiliation will benefit the overall arts community as much as the individual organizations.

“I am excited because this affiliation will provide greater educational and artistic opportunities for PGC,” says Kathryn Barnard. “Camerata singers are the perfect role models, mentors and vocal coaches for our girls. In turn, this relationship offers Camerata singers the opportunity to pass on the choral art to the next generation. A shared full time executive director will accelerate our outreach to the broader community, fulfilling our commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.”

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