Katie Macdonald Brings Both Non-Profit and For-Profit Experience To Youth Arts Organization
This June, Katie MacDonald will begin her tenure as executive director of the Cincinnati Boychoir, replacing outgoing Artistic Director & CEO Christopher Eanes. An avocational musician herself, Ms. MacDonald comes to the Boychoir following management positions with Allegro, Inc., Everything But The House, and Coldwell Banker West Shell. She brings experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sector as well as a familiarity with arts organizations in Cincinnati. She has served on the board of the Young Professionals Choral Collective, performs as a violinist with local community theater groups, and is a graduate of ArtsWave’s Boardway Bound program.
“We believe that Katie has just the right combination of skills to propel the Boychoir into this new chapter. With an understanding of and love for arts and arts education, as well as a proven track record of management and successful strategic initiatives, Katie is going to make a huge impact on this organization and on our community.”Tom Merrill, Chair of the Cincinnati Boychoir Board of Trustees
“Experiential education has been a passion, personally and vocationally, for me for over a decade, and to be able to contribute my business acumen to this well-respected Cincinnati arts institution is both humbling and very exciting,” said Ms. MacDonald of her appointment. “I look forward to connecting with the singers, parents, and supporters, to learn more about how the Boychoir experience has shaped their learning journeys, so that we may use those stories to grow the organization and change lives for generations to come.”
Ms. MacDonald will join Jason Alexander Holmes, the recently-appointed artistic director of the Boychoir, and chorus manager Heather Lally, to round out the management team of the fifty-four-year-old organization.
Katie MacDonald has been making music since she first picked up a violin at age eight, and she sang in her first choir at age twelve. She brings her love for the arts, community, travel, and education to the Cincinnati Boychoir, along with two decades of small business experience in the for-profit sector, in industries ranging from real estate to corporate learning & development.
She’s a lifelong learner who remains active in the local arts community, and regularly travels and volunteers both domestically and internationally, and holds the convicted belief that exposure to the world through music, travel and service learning pushes us all to become better, more informed, global citizens.
Katie has been a singer member of Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) since 2013 and has served on its board since its inception. She was co-founder of Live to 9, a summer music series in Cedar Falls, Iowa that will be celebrating their 12th anniversary this summer. She has served on various boards and committees, and you’ll occasionally find her playing in the pit orchestra for several local community theater groups.