Lake Forest Symphony announced today that Executive Director Susan Lape will step down from her role March 1. Lape has served the LFS for over four years, during which the organization appointed acclaimed Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic and created significant new educational and community offerings. She will assume the role of Executive Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, which is the nation’s premier youth orchestra program.
Stewart Kerr, a longtime resident of Lake Forest and an experienced non-profit leader, has been appointed Board President and will lead the search for a new Executive Director.
“I am so proud of all we have accomplished together at the Lake Forest Symphony.” Said Lape. “It was an honor to serve at the helm of this organization during such an exciting time in its history. I will miss our LFS musicians, board, and staff and am so grateful to all who have contributed to our efforts over the past four seasons.”
Lape was appointed Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony in September 2012. During her tenure, Lake Forest Symphony and WFMT Radio Network produced an audio documentary titled “The Search,” detailing the symphony’s international search for a new Music Director. Last fall she was selected as one of nine participants in the League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program, the organization’s flagship leadership development program. In 2014, Lape was named “Executive Director of the Year” by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
“Susan’s leadership has positioned us extremely well for the future.” said Stewart Kerr. “We now have a diverse range of programming which will serve our community through music for many decades to come.”
Stewart Kerr is the Executive Director of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. He is a retired banker who lives in Lake Forest with his wife Marcy. He retired as the senior Illinois Executive for Wisconsin-based Associated Trust Co. after serving in similar positions in Michigan and Ohio. He is a former board chair of Milwaukee Ballet Co.