(MINNEAPOLIS, MN; January 12, 2017) – It is with great enthusiasm that the Board of Cantus announces the appointment of Joseph Heitz as the new Executive Director for the men’s vocal ensemble.
Heitz comes to Cantus from Washington, D.C., where he served as the Director of External Relations at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, a management training and consulting firm that works with cultural organizations worldwide. During his time with the Institute, he worked with a portfolio of national and international funders to secure support for training and capacity-building programs designed to foster the long-term sustainability of arts organizations. He also led the Institute’s communications and marketing outreach, including the launch of a new website as part of the Institute’s transition from the Kennedy Center to the University in 2014.
Heitz is an experienced arts leader, educated in both music and business who has also held positions at the Boston Symphony and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. He studied at the University of Cambridge, where he earned an MBA with a concentration in culture, arts, and media management. He also earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and undergraduate degrees with honors in horn performance and journalism from the University of Iowa. Heitz was awarded a Fulbright grant to research government investment in community music programs in Slovenia, where he holds dual citizenship.
A native of Iowa, Heitz is a lifelong musician who continues to play horn in community ensembles. As he takes the helm at Cantus, Heitz is thrilled to return “home” to the Midwest.
“Joe’s intelligence, experience, and knowledge of the music and cultural fields continually impressed us throughout this search, and his collaborative management style suits the Cantus process of shared artistic direction,” writes Cantus board chair Wendy Holmes. “A musician himself, Joe is dedicated to the beauty and power of music whether it takes place on an internationally renowned stage or in a high school classroom.”
“I have long admired Cantus for their reputation of artistic excellence,” remarks Heitz. “But it is their unique collaborative process as much as the musical product that has drawn me to the organization and has me excited about the opportunity to work with them. I look forward to capitalizing on the momentum the ensemble has achieved in recent seasons and work to further solidify the ensemble’s place in the Twin Cities’ arts community and their national and international reputation.”
Heitz will begin at Cantus on January 25.
Anne Q. Ulseth
AQUA Public Relations