Catherine French Group Finds Leader for New Spire Arts

Daniel Phoenix Singhleader New Spire Arts

January 30, 2018 – Following an extensive national search, Daniel Phoenix Singh, a dancer and arts leader, has been selected to lead New Spire Arts in Frederick, MD. The search was led by Catherine French Group, a specialist in the performing arts sector located in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Singh “is excited to be working with New Spire Arts and will be announcing the inaugural 2018-2019 performing season in spring 2018,” said the organization in a statement. In his new role, Mr. Singh will lead a $1 million capital campaign that is already underway for the completion of New Spire Stages, a new performing arts center. He will also serve as chief fundraising officer and is expected to build on the momentum provided by the initial support from the Ausherman Family Foundation.

Mr. Singh is currently the artistic director and president of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Working from a broad palette of styles such as Bharata Natyam, Modern Dance, and Social dance forms, he creates vibrant dances that mirror the communities that inspire him. He is also on the faculty at Maryland Youth Ballet, and often guest teaches at schools and universities. In addition, Mr. Singh is affiliated with KhushDC, a Washington, D.C., organization serving the South Asian LGBT community and its friends.

New Spire Arts is a performing arts organization headquartered in downtown Frederick that provides performing arts programming and education, inspiring creative engagement from all facets of the community.

Formed in 1998, the Catherine French Group works with symphony orchestras, opera companies, music presenters, festivals, schools of music and other not-for-profit music organizations as they recruit executive leadership, senior management and artistic personnel. Founder Catherine French has been associated with classical music and music management for more than 40 years. Prior to starting the firm, she spent more than 15 years as CEO of American Symphony Orchestra League (now League of American Orchestras), the national service organization for orchestras.

Turning to Executive Search Firms

Other performing arts organizations have also been turning to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Isaacson, Miller is currently seeking to fill the president and CEO roles for both the Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras. “The searches came about as a result of our previous work in arts and culture, music conservatories and performing arts schools as well as other orchestra CEO searches,” said John Isaacson, chairman of Isaacson, Miller.

Alexander Whitehead Executive Search placed Ashlie Corcoran as the new artistic director at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theater Company. Ms. Corcoran has directed theater and opera across Canada and internationally and most recently served as artistic director of Ontario’s Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Coleman Lew + Associates recruited Alli Celebron-Brown as the president and CEO of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC, after a national search. A 14-year veteran of non-profit leadership, Ms. Celebron-Brown comes to McColl Center from the Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, where she served as vice president and director of community programs.

Alford Executive Search recently placed Mark Riggleman as executive director of the International Music Foundation (IMF) in Chicago. Most recently, Mr. Riggleman served as the director of education at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he led education initiatives, reaching more than 100,000 Chicago-area children and adults annually.

Arts Consulting Group (ACG) placed Jonathan Kaledin as president and CEO of Cape Arts & Entertainment. ACG president Bruce D. Thibodeau led the search. Mr. Kaledin’s leadership roles include executive director of the National Water Education/Funding Council, executive director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and executive VP/general counsel of Natural Systems Utilities.

AlbertHall&Associates recruited David Ivers as the artistic director of the Arizona Theater Company (ATC). Mr. Ivers served as artistic director at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for seven years. He helped lead a $40 million facilities expansion that included two new theaters, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop and administrative offices.

Isaacson, Miller has placed Damian Woetzel as the seventh president of The Juilliard School. For the last 32 years, Joseph Polisi has served as the organization’s president. Isaacson, Miller chairman John Isaacson led the search with vice president Sheryl Ash and associates Katie Rockman and Cortney Tunis.

Schall Executive Search recruited Mark Nerenhausen as president and CEO of the Hennepin Theater Trust. Hennepin Theater Trust is a non-profit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. 

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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