Clevenger came on board in January 2011.
Kelli Clevenger, currently the executive director of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, has accepted the position of successor to Cynthia Schwab, according to an announcement by the Pro Musica Board of Directors. She will assume responsibilities in late January.
A graduate of Missouri State University, Clevenger has experience in organization management, particularly in the field of music. Her strengths include communication, planning, marketing, grant writing and acting as a liaison with the community. Prior to accepting the position for the Pittsburgh Chamber, Clevenger was an administrative assistant in the music department of Washburn University, Topeka, KS.
Schwab, founder of Pro Musica-Joplin, said she was delighted that someone with Kelli's qualifications will lead Pro Musica in the next stage of its growth. Schwab founded Pro Musica over 30 years ago and has served as the organization’s artistic director.
The mission of Pro Musica – to foster interest in, appreciation for and enjoyment of classical music in Joplin and the four-state area – has not changed since its founding. The organization brings a diverse menu of chamber music, symphonies, and the annual Joplin PoPs to the area. Many of the concerts are free, thereby giving everyone the opportunity to hear world-class music. Pro Musica also has been a partner with many area schools, providing music education to young people in the region.
Schwab will continue to be involved in the organization, acting as an adviser to the board and to Clevenger and allowing for a seamless transition within the organization.