ProMusica’s Janet Chen aims to take ensemble to the next level

Posted on: December 7, 2015

In Monday’s (12/7) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Nancy Gilson interviews Janet Chen, executive director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. “Chen, 39, has become the heart and soul of the 37-year-old chamber orchestra. She arrived at ProMusica in 2003 as education/operations manager and, since 2006, has been executive director, a position parallel to [David] Danzmayr’s [as music director]. ‘She’s both an accomplished artist and an excellent administrator,’ said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. ‘That’s a rare and formidable combination…. Under her watch, there’s been improvement in educational and outreach programs, increased revenue, and increased national and international recognition for the orchestra.’ … During the economic downturn beginning in 2008—a time when many central Ohio arts organizations suffered deficits and downsizing — ProMusica remained financially stable…. During its 2014-15 season, the orchestra saw a 30 percent bump in single-ticket sales; this season, it has added more than 100 new subscribers…. ‘We want to be one of the top chamber orchestras in the country,’ [Chen] said. ‘It’s time for ProMusica to go to the next level, and I want to be part of that.’ ”

Posted December 7, 2015