Choral Arts: Could you tell us about your roles as the executive director and a musician with NOW?
Grace Cho: I am a co-founder and executive director of the New Orchestra of Washington, an innovative chamber orchestra that is reshaping the cultural landscape of the Greater DC area. In my former life, I was a concert and collaborative pianist and I try to balance my performing life along with my “bean-counting” life, transitioning between the computer keyboard and the piano keyboard.
Founding and seeing the growth of the orchestra has been one of the most fulfilling ventures of my life. We often joke that NOW is our first born and our human son, Santi is our second child. The best part about NOW is its amazing people. Absolutely everyone I meet, whether an audience member at a concert, a musician, a long-time supporter, or a coworker…is a singular, unique being who brings so much to the world. It’s been a true blessing to have the opportunity to build this wonderful community through the organization I care about so much.