Washington Concert Opera Staff

  • Artistic Director & Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Executive Director: Nancy E. Petrisko
  • Administrative Assistant: Adrianne Eby
  • Development Assistant: Melanie Ashkar
  • Marketing Assistant: Whitney Diamond
  • Subscriptions/Ticketing: Sheridan Harvey
  • Production Manager: Peggy Dahlquist
  • Chorus Contractor: Douglas Dykstra
  • Orchestra Contractor: Pamela Lassell


More about Nancy E. Petrisko…

Nancy is a dynamic leader in arts management who applies her experience, creativity and skill to bring organizations to new levels of performance.  She is best at surmounting complex organizational and fundraising challenges and enjoys supporting critical issues of all types.  Her accomplishments include:  successful financial turnaround, establishing critical data systems, effective strategic alliances, expanded audience development, programming and partnership initiatives, and significant fundraising results. 

She has held major positions on both coasts with BlackRock Center for the Arts, Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Performances and Vocal Arts Society.  She has served in capacities of CEO, Operations Director, Artistic Director and Marketing/Fundraising specialist.  In addition, she was an adjunct professor at American University for a decade, teaching courses in nonprofit management, fundraising, and financial management. 

She is a peer reviewer for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ “Standards of Excellence” certification and a founding member of the Maryland Arts Presenters Network.  She has served on funding panels throughout the mid-Atlantic region. 

Nancy holds a M.A. in Classics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Nonprofit Executive Certification from the University of San Francisco.