Summit Choral Society restructures, names new interim executive director

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 09:19:33 PM. Summit Choral Society, a non-profit organization that offers choral performances for children and adults, has announced it will restructure its operations due to lack of funding.

AKRON, Ohio - Summit Choral Society, a non-profit organization that offers choral performances for children and adults, has announced it will restructure its operations due to lack of funding.

As part of the restructuring efforts, choral society Director of Education and Community Programs Shara Cocchiola will also serve as the organization's interim executive director. Out is Karen Prasser, who served as executive director since 2014.

"We greatly acknowledge the professionalism and work performance of Karen provided to Summit Choral Society over the past several years," said Christopher Burnham, president, board of directors, in a news release. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Cocchiola, who has been a conductor and music director for more than 20 years, has served as a singer, music teacher, concert soloist and administrator at the choral society. She received a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in music performance at the University of South Florida.

The restructuring will not affect the organization's upcoming programming, according to Burnham.

Performances planned are:

  • The Children's Choir "A Concert for the Holidays" performance Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at Cuyahoga Falls High School
  • The Christmas Candlelight Concerts the evenings of Dec. 15-17 at St. Bernard's Church in Akron

The choral society's board of directors will continue its search for an executive director, to be named in 2018.

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