Dal Drummer – President, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council
At our 2014-15 Performing Arts Series Preview Event in June, Chad Piechocki announced that he had made the difficult decision to leave SMPAC after being chosen for the Managing Director position with Present Music, a major Milwaukee-based arts organization that produces new music concerts. We will miss Chad, and wish him well in his new position. Here is an excerpt from his farewell statement.
“It has truly been an honor and pleasure to lead SMPAC over the past four years and with your support help facilitate its continued growth. Thank you to the many patrons, subscribers, donors, sponsors, volunteers, students, families, teachers, administrative staff, technicians, community members and SMPAC Council who supported me and SMPAC along the way. My fondest memories are those moments right before the curtain went up when the audience and artists were hanging in anticipation of what was about to happen on stage. That energy is something that I believe can only happen with a live performance. It has been an inspiration to witness the responses of thousands of patrons over the years and to bring the brilliance of the performing arts to students and community members of various walks of life. The success of the past 10 years is a testament to what can happen when a community of people works together to fulfill a dream of many generations. South Milwaukee will always have a special place in my life. I hope to see you at an upcoming show during the 10th anniversary season!”
During the past two months, the School District and South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council conducted a search to fill the director vacancy and recently appointed Rachel Sorce for the position. She served as SMPAC’s Marketing Director and Box Office Manager for the past two years and as an SMPAC Board Director for four years at it’s inception in 2005. Rachel brings with her more than 25 years of professional management and communications experience, a passion for the performing arts and education, and a love of the community and its people.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve SMPAC in an expanded role as Director and work towards helping SMPAC reach its greatest potential for enriching lives with performing arts. I look forward to our 10th Anniversary season and all of the wonderful experiences that will be brought to life on and off our stage.”
We are happy for both Chad and Rachel, and also for the organizations that they each serve with their talent and dedication to nurturing the benefits of performing arts in our corner of the world. Please join us in wishing them success in their new positions!