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Koonce to Lead Ballet Hispanico

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Oct 28, 2013
New York, NY

It was announced early last week that Guild trustee Lee Koonce will leave the Third Street Music School Settlement (New York, NY), where he served as executive director for seven and a half years, to assume the role of executive director of Ballet Hispanico (New York, NY). He will begin at Ballet Hispanico in January 2014.

Nancy Morgan, currently Third Street’s director of partnerships & strategic initiatives, will assume the role of interim executive director upon Lee’s departure until a permanent replacement is identified through a national search that will commence shortly. The board of directors of Third Street is firmly committed to working with Lee’s successor to provide the leadership and support required to ensure that their students and community receive the best possible music and dance education.

Kate Lear, chair of the Ballet Hispanico board of directors, said, “Lee is an exceptional leader with a proven track record of building exciting and strategic arts organizations. His accomplishments in so many areas—staff management, planning, board governance and development—coupled with his strength of character makes him the ideal partner for Ballet Hispanico and our visionary artistic director, Eduardo Vilaro. Ballet Hispanico has flourished under Eduardo’s leadership and the board eagerly anticipates the next set of plans and dreams to be developed by this new team. We are thrilled by the possibilities.”

“This is such an exciting time to join Ballet Hispanico,” said Koonce. “Eduardo’s and the board’s shared vision for the future builds so beautifully on the organization’s rich history. Because of my own Colombian heritage, I am especially thrilled to be part of the Ballet Hispanico family and look forward to supporting all efforts to celebrate and increase awareness of the multifaceted culture of the Hispanic diaspora.”

About Third Street Music School Settlement
As the oldest community school of music in the nation, Third Street Music School Settlement has provided outstanding music, dance and visual arts instruction, regardless of financial resources or ability, since 1894.  Third Street delivers instruction to nearly 4,000 students of all ages at its main school and 25 school and community center partnerships.  Nearly half of all students benefit from more than $750,000 in need-based financial aid, merit-based scholarships and free offerings each year.  Third Street presents more than 250 free concerts and recitals each year.

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