Ogden Symphony Ballet Association looking for new executive director

Saturday , January 13, 2018 - 5:00 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The Ogden Symphony Ballet Association is looking for a new leader who is passionate about bringing world-class arts to Ogden.

Executive Director Emily Kunz will leave the association Jan. 31 to take a job as the chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Utah in Salt Lake City. 

“I hope my successor will continue to do amazing things,” Kunz said.

Kunz has enjoyed her time at the nonprofit that grew out of a committee of the Junior League of Ogden nearly 70 years ago. She believes her efforts have exposed people to top artistic programs they otherwise might not have seen. 

“There is so much happening in the music and dance world,” Kunz said. “What we want to make sure is that people don’t have to leave Ogden in order to be exposed to world-class performance.”

Last season, the association sponsored 17 performances and 41 outreach classes, reaching 18,584 people, according to the association's website. 

Whoever takes over as executive director will need to have experience in business, outreach and publicizing events, working with other nonprofit agencies and an understanding of the community, Kunz said.  

Those interested in applying are asked to email a resume and cover letter to emily@symphonyballet.org and utphilosopher@gmail.com. Applications are due to the association by Jan. 22.

One of Kunz’s favorite events to sponsor was the 2017 Youth Benefit Concert featuring local musical performers 18 and younger and a young, professional musician from Russia.

“This really gave students in our community something unique,” Kunz said. “Students could see that possibility of a dream, a career in music.”

The 2018 concert is set for May 10 and will feature Xavier Foley, an award-winning double bassist, and local young musicians of all skill levels selected through an audition process. All who apply will receive a training session with Foley, Kunz said.

Proceeds from the event fund four music scholarships, Kunz said.

Some of the association’s upcoming events include:

• Collage Dance Collective, bringing world-class dancers from French Guiana and Montreal, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

• Utah Symphony Masterworks featuring Mozart and Haydn at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1.

• Utah Symphony’s “Dancing & Romancing” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8.

• A family-friendly event featuring Utah Symphony’s “Green Eggs & Ham” at 7 p.m. March 13.

• Ballet West II's “Aladdin” at 2 p.m. May 5.

All of the above performances will take place at the Austad Auditorium at the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts at the main Weber State University campus, located at 3950 W. Campus Drive in Ogden.

For information, call 801-399-9214 or visit SymphonyBallet.org.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis.


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