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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kelly Tweeddale // © Brandon Patoc
Kelly Tweeddale // © Brandon Patoc

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

KELLY TWEEDDALE

Kelly Tweeddale’s career has been dedicated to leading arts organizations throughout North America with one focal point: connecting people and places through the performing arts. She is recognized for forging paths of notable growth in audience building and innovation. During her 14-year tenure with Seattle Opera, she helped build one of the highest per capita opera attendance rates in the United States. From 2015 to 2019, Tweeddale was President of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the VSO School of Music. Under her direction, the organization surpassed milestones including a critically lauded centennial celebration, and the appointment of a new music director. She led Canadian orchestras’ initiative for a new, experimental live streaming agreement which developed a new model of digital engagement—now critically important due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her previous leadership roles include those with The Cleveland Orchestra and Seattle Symphony. Tweeddale is a dedicated advocate for women in leadership and was selected in 2009 as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence and nominated in 2015 as one of Metro Vancouver’s YWCA Women of Distinction in the category of arts, culture, and design. She has served as adjunct professor for Seattle University’s graduate program for Arts Leadership and is a graduate of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive program. She has a degree in Communications and Advertising from the University of Washington, where she also studied ballet with Balanchine protégé Ruthanna Boris.