ELORA – Elora Singers’ executive director, Laura Adlers, has been appointed an Officer of the Cross of Recognition by the Republic of Latvia for her work in promoting Latvian artists outside of Latvia.
This honour is similar to the Order of Canada and is a recognition of Adlers’ over 25 years’ experience working with Canadian and Latvian choirs, composers, and conductors.
Her range of expertise includes program development, marketing, public relations, project management, fundraising, and stakeholder and community engagement.
“However, what truly sets Adlers apart is her in-depth knowledge of arts management practices across Canada and internationally,” said Elora Singers and Festival artistic director and conductor Mark Vuorinen.
During her four years as the national program and community relations director for Business for the Arts’ flagship arts Vest corporate sponsorship training program, Adlers travelled across Canada, meeting with and learning about the dynamics of Canada’s provincial arts and heritage communities.
This experience sparked her interest in pursuing graduate studies to enhance her knowledge about arts management practices around the world.
In 2015, Adlers completed her Master of Management in International Arts Management through studies at HEC Montréal, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, and Bocconi University in Milan.
Since then, Adlers has worked on numerous national and international projects as an independent management consultant, and in February 2020, was named executive director of The Elora Singers and Festival.
“We are indeed fortunate to have her wealth of knowledge and experience leading our team,” Vuorinen said.
“Please join me in congratulating Laura on this well-deserved recognition.”