February 12, 2019
Cathedral Choral Society names Christopher Eanes as new Executive Director
Washington, DC – The Board of Trustees of the Cathedral Choral Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Eanes as its next Executive Director. Eanes will assume his new position on July 1, 2019. He provides dual leadership of the organization alongside Music Director Steven Fox. Currently, Eanes serves as Artistic Director & CEO of the Cincinnati Boychoir.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are all very excited to welcome Chris as our next Executive Director. In collaboration with the expressive vision and talent that our Music Director, Steven Fox, brings to the organization, Chris’ experience in fostering choral singing and his passion for inspiring community involvement in the arts will create a host of new opportunities for the Cathedral Choral Society,” said Thomas Mugavero, President of the Board.
Christopher Eanes is passionate about connecting new audience members with the joy of choral music, both as an administrator and as a conductor. He comes to the Cathedral Choral Society from Cincinnati, where he has served as the Artistic Director & CEO of the Cincinnati Boychoir, one of the United States’ premiere professional boychoir programs, since 2009. In his time with the Boychoir, he raised more than $2 million to support diverse programming, inclusivity initiatives, and strategic growth. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on issues of non-profit governance, male singing, and board development, and is the editor of the Rehearsal Breaks column of the Choral Journal.
In addition to his work with the Boychoir, Eanes was one of the founders (with his wife, conductor KellyAnn Nelson) of the Young Professionals Choral Collective, a choir with more than 1,200 young professionals on its roster that has achieved national recognition for developing a new model of choral participation. As a conductor, Chris leads Collegium Cincinnati, a professional early and modern choral-orchestral ensemble based at Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral. A recent Collegium performance of Handel’s Messiah was broadcast on Classical 90.9 WGUC in December; upcoming performances include Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Chris grew up in Northwest Connecticut and studied piano and conducting in Los Angeles and Milan, Italy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California.
On his appointment, Eanes said, “For nearly eighty years, the Cathedral Choral Society has served an important role as an artistic pillar in the Washington, DC community and far beyond the walls of the Cathedral. The incredible history of the organization, coupled with the vision of the chorus’ leaders for all that the future holds, make me honored and excited to begin my work. I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Steven, the board, the staff, and the singers to usher in a new chapter for this thriving, important organization.”
About the Cathedral Choral Society: The Cathedral Choral Society is the resident symphonic chorus of Washington National Cathedral. The 2018.19 season marks the first season for new Music Director Steven Fox, the third in the organization’s 77-year history. The 125-voice chorus presents a series of four programs at the Cathedral and has appeared as a guest chorus at the Kennedy Center with The Washington Ballet and National Symphony, at Wolf Trap, and at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Strathmore Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The chorus inspires and supports singing in schools through its annual DC High School Choir Festival and DC Choir Partner program.