Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Names New Executive Director

By David Salazar
(Credit: Nicholas Kotses)

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Children’s Chorus has named Susan Miller Kotses to the position of Executive Director. She will assume her new position starting on Feb. 8, 2024.

In the new position, which Kotses will assume on Feb. 8, 2024, she will work with Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz to build the artistic vision, organization structures, and long-term planning of the organization, among other projects.

“Throughout my career I’ve built equitable, accessible, and transformative musical experiences. LACC’s strong emphasis not only on a rigorous music and vocal education, but also on engaging deeply with the Los Angeles community, creates unlimited possibilities for impact,” Kotses, who is also the Vice President for Education and Community Engagement of the Pacific Symphony, said in an official press statement. “I am thrilled to be partnering with Fernando Malvar-Ruiz to ensure LACC’s artistic and educational vision continues to grow. I also look forward to collaborating with Board Chair Dete Meserve, LACC’s dedicated Board of Directors, and the talented staff as we build a vibrant future together.”

In addition to her current position with the Pacific Symphony, Kotses previously worked as producer and script co-writer for the Pacific Symphony’s “Opera for Kids!” series,  Director of Class Act, Director of Education and Community Engagement, and Senior Director of Education. She was promoted to Vice President of Education and Community Engagement in 2015. She has also worked as a professional singer and served as Interim Artistic Department Manager for Pittsburgh Opera.

Kotses was named to the position following a six-month national search by the committee of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus leadership.