NEW HAVEN, CT, (May 23, 2011)– The NHSO Board of Directors announced Friday that Elaine C. Carroll, Director of Development for the NHSO, has been appointed Interim Executive Director effective June 1, 2011.
Elaine C. Carroll has nearly 20 years of management experience and a proven track record of increasing revenues and balancing budgets. She was previously the General Manager of the Stamford Symphony and Executive Director of the Westchester Philharmonic. Ms. Carroll has secured grants from many major foundations including the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of Education. She volunteers as a Director of the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, West Haven Child Development Center, and West Haven Council on the Arts. Elaine earned her Masters of Performing Arts Administration from New York University and Bachelors from UNC-Chapel Hill. She continues to be active as a flutist and vocalist. She lives with her husband, John, and daughter, Cecilia, in West Haven.
“The Board enthusiastically appointed Elaine to this position based upon her proven track record as Development Director over the past year. We look forward to working closely with her during this time,” said Burton Alter, President of the Board of Directors.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to lead our nation’s fourth oldest orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, through the transition ahead. The NHSO’s musicians, Board of Directors and staff are working together to fulfill our mission: creating live performances that exceed expectations, unite communities, challenge, delight, and inspire. We are all grateful to Natalie Forbes, who crafted a vision for the NHSO that will serve the entire community in the years ahead. We wish her the very best,” said Ms. Carroll.
Ms. Carroll will serve as Interim Executive Director until a permanent successor is named. The appointment comes after Executive Director Natalie Forbes announced her resignation from the symphony in February. The Board of Directors will continue its work with a search firm to find a permanent replacement.