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Monday March 24th, 2014

Posted at 1:40pm

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There is a new Executive Director for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

The board announced Monday that Sheila Wisdom will take on the role as of April 28th. Wisdom, a former Board member and current Director of Development for the WSO, will replace outgoing Executive Director Paul Meanwell.

“Sheila Wisdom has strong ties to the Windsor community and Orchestra stakeholders. Her business, political, and non-profit background make her the ideal person to guide the WSO through its next phase of growth and development”, said Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chair Stephen Savage. “She is the right person at the right time with the right skill set to guide the WSO towards its next phase of development.”

Meanwell left the WSO’s Board of Directors to become Executive Director in July, 2012. At that time the Orchestra faced multiple organizational and financial challenges that included assuming the operation of the Capitol Theatre. Meanwell’s extensive experience with organizational transitions and project management made him the ideal choice to guide the WSO through these challenges.

Since fall of 2012 the WSO has completed a full performance season in the Capitol Theatre, in addition to a full season operating the Capitol Theatre and relocated all WSO Box Office and administrative operations to the Capitol Theatre.

As well, in the 2013 fiscal year made significant progress towards paying down the accumulated deficit.

“Today the WSO is on firmer ground thanks to Paul’s leadership,” said Savage. “On behalf of the Board I want to thank Paul for his extraordinary accomplishments and service to the WSO.”

“Going forward, Wisdom will be responsible for expanding the WSO’s reach into the county and community; growing education programs for people of all ages, allowing them to connect with music in more meaningful ways; and expanding the Capitol Theatre’s role as the cultural hub of the Windsor region.”

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