MJ Daly to step down as Singers executive director after the 2017-18 season
MJ Daly, executive director of the Providence Singers since the fall of 2014, has informed the Board of Trustees that she intends to step down at the end of the current season. The Board will organize a search process to identify and hire a successor for the fall.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — MJ Daly, who has led the Providence Singers for nearly four years as its second executive director, will be leaving the organization at the end of the current season. The Singers’ 46th season concludes with a special gala concert, “A Night at the Opera,” at the Biltmore Hotel on May 19.
“These four years have been a productive and very creative period for the Providence Singers,” said Elizabeth Lange Zarlengo, chair of the Board of Trustees. “MJ arrived with a solid background and creative experience in theater arts, which meshed well with a performing arts organization like the Singers. We thank her for the work she has done in her time with us.”
During her four years as executive director, Daly led the Singers in a number of new ventures and oversaw the continued health and growth of existing projects, among them:
- The first Singers-produced studio recording. The CD of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, undertaken entirely by the Providence Singers, was released in December 2017 as a CD package, downloadable tracks, and streaming.
- The first Kickstarter campaign. Significant early funding for the Forrest recording came from the Singers’ first effort at crowd-sourcing. Daly organized and led the successful Kickstarter campaign, a new experience for the Singers.
- Fundraising. Daly initiated and produced three annual fundraising cabarets, the first at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket and the last two at the Piano Bar in Providence. “A Night at the Opera,” a gala tour of opera choruses May 19 at the Biltmore Hotel, will be the fourth in the series.
- The Young Men’s Choral Festival. The Providence Singers offers an impressive annual day-long choral workshop for high school men. The 10th annual YMCF, Daly’s fourth, drew more than 100 participants from area schools last week.
- The Junior Providence Singers. Daly led a reorganization of the Singers’ high school chorus, returning it to its roots as a summer enrichment program. The new JPS, premiering this summer, will be more supportive of and better coordinated with music education programs in regional schools.
Daly, an honors graduate in theater arts from Emerson College, has held staff positions at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Longy School of Music, and the Urban League of Rhode Island. She has also continued her professional interest in acting and theater.
“The performing arts offer creative and powerfully engaging administrative opportunities, and I have enjoyed my years with the Providence Singers,” Daly said. “Theater is still my first love, however. I intend to continue my involvement with the performing arts.”