(Vancouver, BC) Vancouver’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir is pleased to announce the appointment of Stash Bylicki as Executive Director. Bylicki had previously served with distinction as the choir’s General Manager, and is a past board member. The effects of his extensive experience in donor cultivation, fundraising and grant writing have already had an impact on Chor Leoni, says James Emery, Chair of the ensemble’s Board of Directors.
“We are very pleased that Stash Bylicki is our new Executive Director,” says Emery. “Not only does he possess an intimate knowledge of Chor Leoni as a well-loved singer in the choir, but also his experience in development with UBC and finance has proven indispensable this past year in his position as our Acting General Manager. I am looking forward to working with Stash and Erick as we continue to develop new and exciting opportunities for the choir and for our audience.”
Artistic Director Erick Lichte is enthusiastic about what this appointment means for the choir, calling it a major step forward for Chor Leoni. “Stash's expertise in the non-profit sector and his exuberance for the transformative power of the choral arts makes him the perfect person to lead the administration of one of Canada's largest choral organizations. With Stash as our new Executive Director, I am confident that Chor Leoni is going to find new ways to dream, grow and enrich the cultural landscape of Vancouver, of Canada, of North America and even the world. I am excited to work side by side with him and to serve Chor Leoni and its beautiful mission of song.”
“I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to serve Chor Leoni and its audiences in this capacity, Bylicki says. “In 25 years, the choir has become a gem of Vancouver and has inspired the local, national, and international community with its beautiful music, outreach, and educational programming. Now, as we enter the next 25 years of music making, I look forward to helping lead the organization in furthering its mission of changing lives through music.”
Chor Leoni sang to over 15,000 people in 2016/17, is one of most active choral ensembles on the continent, and marks their 25th anniversary this coming season. Their most recent recording, Wandering Heart, has been a featured CD on Minnesota Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, and received a perfect, five-star rating from the UK’s prestigious Choir and Organ magazine.