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Los Angeles Master Chorale names Terry Knowles as president and CEO

April 7, 2011 |  5:11 pm

Knowles_terry_09 by_Steve_Rogers The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced Thursday that Terry Knowles has been named as the organization's new president and chief executive officer. Knowles has served as the Master Chorale's executive director since 2000.

The Master Chorale's board of directors voted unanimously  to promote Knowles into the new position, Chairman Mark Foster said. Prior to the promotion, Foster also served as CEO, with board member Scott Sanford serving as president. Sanford stepped down from the board about two years ago and the post was then left vacant. The organization later restructured to create the  position of president and CEO.

During Knowles' tenure as executive director, the Master Chorale said it has increased its operating budget by 75%, to $3.7 million.

In 2010, the group kicked off a partnership with the recording label Decca, with a new Nico Muhly album. "A Good Understanding" was released in September. In November, the Master Chorale extended its contract with music director Grant Gershon through the 2014-15 season. The organization will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2013-14 season.

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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Terry Knowles. Credit: Steve Rogers

Photo (bottom): Violinist Jennifer Koh and conductor Grant Gershon with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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