news from the vyo

Late today the Vermont Youth Orchestra announced that Caroline Whiddon, the organization’s Executive Director for the last 12 years, will be leaving her post as of January 31st. Caroline has been with the VYO since 1998. Under her supervision the organization has experienced many successes including a threefold increase in the orchestra’s student population, and a $2 million capital campaign to renovate the Orchestra’s offices at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester.

What’s next? That’s not clear – at least, not to the public, not yet.

What is clear is that Caroline will continue to sieze whatever new adventures life brings. We send along our thanks for all she’s done to help make our own Vermont Youth Orchestra one of the best experiences a young musician can have.  (On the purely selfish side – they make for a pretty great audience experience too!)

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2 Responses to “news from the vyo”

  1. Caroline Whiddon Says:

    Thanks, Cheryl! I look forward to being an audience member in the future, right alongside you.

    No big secrets about what’s next. The truth is, I just don’t know yet. I love this community and want to stay here, so I’m just taking a leap of faith and hoping I’ll find a great new adventure. It’s tough to leave the VYOA when I can see so many fabulous things in the organization’s future, but after such a long stint I know that it’s time for the next leader to take the helm. It’s an amazing job and there will be a million great candidates, I have no doubt.

    Cheers!

  2. Cheryl Says:

    Good to hear that your plans aren’t taking you elsewhere, at least now. Thank you for all you’ve done (and will still do, with over three months left!) – C.

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