After almost five years at the helm of the Pacific Chorale, Andrew Brown has announced that he is stepping down at the president and CEO at the end of October.
He joined the Chorale in October of 2018, having previously worked for 17 years with the Los Angeles Master Chorale where he started as an administrative assistant and eventually became the chief operating officer.
Brown is moving on to become the CEO of the Pasadena Symphony. In a letter sent to leaders in the Orange County arts community, he said, "This (is a) rare opportunity for me to work for an organization very similar to Pacific Chorale in many ways, but as I hope you can appreciate, much closer to my home in Northeast Los Angeles, was one that I could not turn down. This difficult decision was ultimately best for me, and more importantly, for my family."
"Andy was an exceptional colleague," said John Forsyte, president and CEO of Pacific Symphony, a frequent collaborator with the chorale. "He brought a collaborative spirit to our relationship and a deep commitment to artistic excellence. He was universally well-liked. I will really miss him."
Brown will stay with the chorale through Oct. 27 to help the board and staff develop a transition plan for their next leader.