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Deschere to Lead Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts

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Jun 07, 2012
New York, NY

Karen Deschere will be leaving her current position as the president and CEO of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (Milwaukee, WI) at the end of June 2012 to assume her new position as director of the Harbor Conservatory of the Performing Arts (New York, NY).

Deschere joined the Wisconsin Conservatory in July 2004 and has since increased enrollment by over 30 percent. She has stabilized the organization and increased its impact in the greater Milwaukee area, especially the Conservatory Connections program which currently serves 9,000 students in 49 public, private and charter school programs. She also oversaw the development of a developmentally-appropriate early childhood music program that serves 350 children each year in the Conservatory’s branch locations and an equal number in six program sites throughout the community. While Wisconsin Conservatory director, Deschere was co-chair of the Western Great Lakes Regional Chapter. She will continue to serve on the Guild’s Members Council as a representative of Harbor Conservatory. The executive committee of the Wisconsin Conservatory’s board has contracted with the Catherine French Group to manage a national search for her successor.

About the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is a division of Boys and Girls Harbor.  Our mission is to provide students with a complete education in music, dance and theater in a challenging, caring and encouraging environment that fosters positive self-image, an appreciation of the arts and an understanding of cultural diversity.  Located in El Barrio, Harbor Conservatory is acclaimed for its Latin music curriculum. All three disciplines offered at the school -- music, dance and theater -- celebrate the cultural contributions of our dynamic, diverse East Harlem community to the American performing arts canon.

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About the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Founded in 1899, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is the oldest and largest non-profit independent music school in the state serving more than 6,000 students each year. We provide the finest musical education and performance opportunities to the aspiring professional musician, as well as to children and adults who desire cultural enrichment and self-fulfillment. Individual lessons and class instruction are offered to students ranging in age from 4 months to 93 at three Milwaukee-area locations. Music Therapy and Conservatory Connections bring Conservatory faculty into 50 schools, hospitals and community sites. Four faculty performance series and extensive music library reach thousands more throughout the greater Milwaukee community.

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