Elora Festival a ppoints KW Symphony cellist as new manager

Elora – A sense of innovation and renewed vitality is in the air for the Elora Festival with the appointment of Chris Sharpe as Festival Manager. “It’s an honour for me to be working with Noel, the staff , and Board for the Elora Festival – a festival that I have long admired – both as a performer and as an audience member” Chris says.

Chris comes to the Elora Festival after having been a cellist in many of its concerts over the years. He began playing the cello at the young age of 11 and joined the Kitchener - Waterloo Symphony in 1979 while studying music at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was appointed to the position of Associate Principal Cello with the symphony in 1985 and also conducted its junior and intermediate youth orchestras.

With a focus on music as a therapeutic contributor to health and wellness, Chris brings a vision of education, outreach and accessibility to the Elora Festival – an annual event he describes as having “an excellent balance of strong tradition with innovation that keeps it at the forefront of North American music festivals.”

John Spearn, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Elora Festival , says that he ha s known Chris for over 30 years. “He has an extensive background in both administration and the performing arts and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us.”

In addition to performing with the Kitchener - Waterloo Symphony, Chris took on several admi nistrative roles there , including Personnel Manager, Acting General Manager, Interim Director of Development, and Director of Education and Community Programs.

With Chris Sharpe onboard, The Elora Festival is looking towards another milestone anniversary year under his direction. When asked about what makes the now 36 - year - old festival tick, Chris pointed to its “ perfect mix of elements: Noel Edison’s artistic leadership , the world - class Elora Festival Singers , skilled staff and dedicated volunteers – and the beauty and cultural scene of Elora itself. ”

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