Andrew BrownPresident & CEO
As an unabashed professional choir nerd, Andrew has more than 20 years of experience in the professional performing arts. He was appointed President & CEO of the GRAMMY-Award-winning Pacific Chorale in December 2018. Pacific Chorale is the resident chorus at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA, and a frequent collaborator with such world-class ensembles as Pacific Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
As CEO, he has guided the $3 million organization through significant transitions, growth, and even a global pandemic. Under his leadership, Pacific Chorale has nearly doubled its endowment, established a board-designated operating reserve and an artistic innovation fund to support new projects and artistic endeavors, amassed annual operating surpluses, and has helped guide the organization to expand the diversity of its Board, staff, singers, and programming.
During this period, he produced several substantial artistic projects for the organization. Among those projects includes Rob’s first recording leading the Chorale, All Things Common (2020), featuring works of Tarik O’Regan, on the Yarlung Records label. During the pandemic, Andrew produced Tis the Season!, the Chorale’s first-ever virtual concert gala in December 2021, which was live-streamed to over 5,000 households and raised over $250,000. Also, not to be silenced during the Pandemic, the Chorale produced The Wayfaring Project, a concert film that premiered in August 2021, was broadcast on PBS in December 2021, and is available for streaming nationwide on the PBS app.
Most significantly, Pacific Chorale earned its first GRAMMY Award for Best Choral Performance in 2021, for its collaboration on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s monumental recording of Mahler Symphony No. 8. In the summer of 2023, the Chorale will tour Europe with performances in Salzburg, Munich, Oxford, Bath, and Salisbury.
Prior to joining Pacific Chorale, Andrew most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for LA Master Chorale, where he helped facilitate the Master Chorale’s transition to a fully professional ensemble, produced the 2018 Big Sing California, a first-of-its-kind, live-streamed virtual choral singalong and concert project with Eric Whitacre and LA Master Chorale, and in 2019, produced the internationally-acclaimed first world tour of Lagrime di San Pietro (The Tears of St. Peter), staged by Peter Sellars.
As a professional singer, Andrew sang with the LA Master Chorale for ten seasons and can also be heard on numerous film and television soundtracks.