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South Shore Conservatory Appoint Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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Oct 21, 2014
Hingham, MA

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announced on Monday the appointment of Kara Fagan of Chattanooga, TN as vice president of institutional advancement for the expanding 45-year old community school for the arts.

In her new position, Fagan is charged with setting organizational strategy and direction.  With the help of her newly-formed development, marketing and performance team, she will be the driving force behind all work related to increasing awareness of South Shore Conservatory and meeting aggressive contributed revenue targets that will allow the organization to expand its reach and impact.
A self-professed storyteller, Fagan is the founding director and former executive director for the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga.  In addition to taking the organization from a component fund at the local community foundation, to an established and independent 501c3 nonprofit organization, with her storytelling skills, the Women’s Fund hotline awareness campaign resulted in an increase of calls of over 200% and the direct rescue of multiple victims and prosecution of criminals.  She also drove a strategic focus on advocacy and created partnerships with women’s funds across Tennessee to lead the state’s only awareness and policy change campaign to fight human trafficking.
“I’m incredibly excited about where SSC is at this moment in time,” says Fagan. “The past five years for SSC have been quite remarkable.  The addition of the growing outreach programs in the schools and the creative arts therapy programs have provided a unique and necessary service to the community. I can’t wait to help spread the message that SSC is so much more than an excellent music school; it’s an institution that provides access to the arts to all, regardless of circumstances.”
Fagan sees her first goal as leading her talented team through this transitional time for SSC, and creating clear objectives toward achieving the larger goal of increased visibility and sustainability. From there she will focus on raising the revenue necessary to take SSC to the next level of operations, while simultaneously telling its story to the community at large.
SSC President Kathy Czerny is thrilled to welcome Fagan to her administrative team.  “This is an exciting step for SSC,” says Czerny. “It will allow us to further raise the visibility for the work we are doing in our communities and beyond.  Kara’s skills and experience make her the right person to lead this new institutional advancement focus.  Her personal warmth and passion for the arts promise a smooth transition and positive direction for the organization.”
About South Shore Conservatory
Founded in 1971, South Shore Conservatory provides instruction in music and the performing arts to more than 2,500 students at its two beautiful facilities in Hingham and Duxbury.  The Conservatory offers private and group instrument and voice instruction in classical, jazz, rock and world genres. Musicianship and theory classes, a certificate program for motivated young musicians, chamber music, jazz combos and the Bay Youth Symphony further enhance the education experience.  A new popular performing arts track – TEMPO - includes Acting for the Camera, Improv, Song Writing, Vocal Stylings and courses in music technology, recording and sound engineering in a state of the art recording studio.  The Conservatory boasts a highly rated arts based pre-school and kindergarten as well as a sequential curriculum for children ages 1-7 including Music Together, Suzuki training, acting, recorder classes, and creative movement. The Adult Education program includes a wide range of appreciation classes and hands on instruction opportunities. The Conservatory’s 11 year old resident opera company, Opera by the Bay, produces two staged operas each year. Sequential ballet instruction is offered in partnership with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.  Evenings Under the Stars brings professional performances to more than 4,000 audience members each summer and The Duxbury Music Festival’s renowned guest faculty draws an international student body for this two week resident education and performance festival.  Summer Wind Ensemble, Musical Theatre Workshop, Vocal Institute, BaYS Summer Strings, and Flute Symphony make summer the Conservatory’s busiest season. To further its mission the Conservatory has a growing Music Therapy Department and a Community Partnerships program that works with schools, community service organizations and other arts agencies to provide access to arts education to schools and underserved youth in the region.
Pictured Above: Kara Fagan

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