Jane Kenworthy

Jane Kenworthy was hired as Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony in July 2014. Prior to coming to Oregon she was Executive Director/CEO of the Stockton Symphony in Stockton, CA for six years where she steered that orchestra through the difficult years of the recession  and the City’s bankruptcy.  Previous to her  tenure  in Stockton she was Executive Director of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (located just outside Washington, D.C.) where she coordinated that orchestra’s music director search and spearheaded the organization’s financial turnaround. A veteran orchestra manager,  she comes to the Rogue Valley Symphony with over 30 years of performing management experience. She has held the top administrative position with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (VA), the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Washington Bach Consort and the Greater Boston Youth Symphonies.

From 1994-1996 she served as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s first Audience Development Manager. She held marketing positions at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts for two seasons. She worked as personnel manager and librarian for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra for several years and as general manager of the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra. She began her arts career working in the concert bureau of Manhattan School of Music in NYC.

Ms. Kenworthy chaired the City Arts and Cultural Commission for the City of Dubuque, Iowa. She was a member of the Dubuque Arts Task Force. She served on the state of Iowa’s Arts Council’s Operating Support Grant Task Force. She chaired the Marketing Committee for the Roanoke Valley Arts Master Plan. She has served on professional funding panels for the Arts and Sciences Council of N01ih Carolina, the Maryland Arts Council, and the Montgomery County Arts  Council.

Ms. Kenworthy, a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in English literature. She went on to spend a year as a full-time diploma student at Manhattan School of Music where she studied violin with Ariana Bronne. A professional member of the League of American Orchestras, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the League’s first Orchestra Leadership Academy at Aspen,  Colorado.  Since 1987 she  has attended more than 50 professional development seminars given by the League of American Orchestras, the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Minnesota Nonprofit Assistance Fund, National Arts Stabilization, the Support Center and BoardSource.

Jane’s Monday Session:

Challenges of the Mature Nonprofit

Join our expert panel of seasoned board members and executive directors for a discussion about the challenges of established nonprofits.

Gain a fresh perspective on some of the issues mature boards can face. Learn different ways to approach the challenges related to succession planning, board and staff recruitment, and development. Explore ideas for successfully navigating your nonprofit through times of change. Gather some great ideas for reinvigorating your mission and reigniting board and staff enthusiasm.

You can participate by bringing your questions about some of the challenges your established non-profit is experiencing to our panel of experts.

Janet Troy will moderate a panel of experts including Brenda Johnson, Dan Thorndike, Gail Lopes & Jane Kenworthy