Executive oversight is an issue which is high on the minds of the Utah Symphony & Opera (US&O) stakeholders.
The two Salt Lake organizations officially merged at the beginning of this decade with the promise from their now CEO, Anne Ewers, that the new organization would be greater then the sum of its parts. Prior the merger, Ms. Ewers served as the Utah Opera General Director and had built a positive reputation as an individual who had successfully managed the Opera into a period of artistic growth and financial success.
She was viewed by many as the singular driving force behind the concept to merge the two leading performing arts organizations. During the merger’s feasibility studies, Ms. Ewers emerged as the only candidate to lead the newly proposed organization, which is where she remains today.