CWSO says goodbye to executive director, seeks replacement

By Patrick Lynn

The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra is losing its executive director next month.

Mara Prausa, who’s led the organization for three years, is leaving in December after accepting an undisclosed position elsewhere.

Music Director Andres Moran said Prausa will be missed.

“Her leadership and tireless efforts have placed our organization on a stable foundation. Her impact will be felt in our community for years to come,” he said. “This moment of transition will bring new life and perspective to the cultural community in Central Wisconsin. I am positive that the CWSO will continue to be a flagship institution under new leadership.”

CWSO Board President Bruce Barnes describes Prausa’s accomplishments as “numerous and impressive,” adding in a news release that “Mara has truly put her heart and soul into her role as executive director. Her legacy is indeed enviable.”

Prausa said she’ll miss the connections she’s made at CWSO.

“Music has a unique way of bringing people together for the greater good and that is something truly special,” she said. “The CWSO is like a musical family that supports each other while brightening the community. I will miss this family and the many close friends I have made along this journey. I look forward to watching the orchestra continue to bloom.”

The CWSO is now seeking a new executive director. Interested applicants can view details at www.cwso.org.

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