Key Chorale Appoints New Executive Director

[Sarasota, FL – February 5, 2015]

Key Chorale, Sarasota’s Symphonic Chorus, is pleased to announce two major developments in its 30th Anniversary Year:

 The contract of Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins has been extended to the end of the 2019 season – to ensure that his extraordinary leadership will continue to be available to lead the 100+-voice chorus to even higher peaks of achievement.

 Catherine Vernon has been hired as Executive Director, replacing Richard Storm, who will retire after many years spent developing the chorale’s operating plans with Artistic Director Caulkins.

Vernon comes to Key Chorale with extensive international career experience and a recognized record of achievement with professional, educational and nonprofit organizations. She is skilled in building consensus within organizations.

She has served on the Board of Trustees of both the Girl Scouts, and Big Brothers & Big Sisters in Ohio, and as a Governance Advisor and vocalist for the Musica Sacra Foundation in Cincinnati.

A cum laude graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Vernon served as Vice President , Secretary and General Counsel of the Formica Group, based in Cincinnati, and has worked and travelled to over 30 countries.

She has assisted with several human rights projects over the past year since retiring from Formica, including a water filter project in the Dominican Republic and the UN Global Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, and co-chairs the Sub-committee on Human Trafficking for the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.

She is a singing member of Key Chorale, as well as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Sarasota, and participates in the leadership training class of Engage Sarasota.