Washington Concert Opera Staff

Ursula Kuhar
  • Artistic Director & Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Executive Director: Ursula Kuhar
  • Operations Manager: Adrianne Eby
  • Development Manager: Cory Davis
  • Accountant: Jim Wallace
  • Graphic Designer: Sarah Burzio
  • Public Relations Manager: Kendra Rubinfeld
  • Marketing Assistant: Whitney Diamond
  • Head Volunteer: Sheridan Harvey
  • Chorus Contractor: Douglas Dykstra
  • Orchestra Contractor: Pamela Lassell

Washington Concert Opera Appoints Ursula Kuhar Executive Director


Washington- The Board of Directors of Washington Concert Opera is pleased to announce the appointment of Ursula M. Kuhar as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2015.  Dr. Kuhar was selected after an intensive national search, and brings arts management and opera community experience to Washington Concert Opera.

“The Board believes Ms. Kuhar’s skills in the areas of development and fund-raising, marketing, strategic planning, artistic and business operations, together with her energy and enthusiasm, will help us grow Washington Concert Opera as it approaches its 30th anniversary, while maintaining its reputation for artistic excellence,” says Melissa Rhea, WCO President and chair of the Board.

“I am delighted to welcome Ursula Kuhar as the new Executive Director of Washington Concert Opera and look forward to our artistic partnership and collaboration,” says Antony Walker, WCO Artistic Director.  “Ursula’s background and skills are sure to enhance the WCO experience for our existing audiences and to help us attract a new generation of patrons.”

“Washington Concert Opera is an important and vital part of the Washington, DC arts community, with a great commitment to the operatic tradition, artistic excellence, and the championing of the next great generation of artists.” Kuhar said.  “I look forward to working with Maestro Antony Walker and the WCO Board of Directors to build upon WCO’s excellent reputation, secure a stronger foundation for future growth, and expand the audience for this glorious art form”.

Dr. Kuhar comes to Washington Concert Opera after having served for the last four years as Director and Assistant Professor of Arts Management at Sweet Briar College, in central Virginia.  A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Kuhar was educated at Butler University (Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration, and Master of Music), and the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University (Doctor of Music in Voice).  In addition, Dr. Kuhar was a Regional Finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Dr. Kuhar will succeed Nancy Petrisko as WCO’s Executive Director.  Ms. Petrisko has provided WCO with outstanding leadership and management during the last three seasons.  She will be leaving as of June 30th, to return with her family to California, where she has spent a large portion of her professional career.  She has accepted the position of Director of Development of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at the University of California – Davis, and will assume that position as of July 1st.

Washington Concert Opera introduces audiences to opera gems that are less frequently performed, showcasing both established singers and upcoming young artists.  All operas are presented in concert or semi-staged formats.  Singers who have performed with WCO include Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Denyce Graves, Ben Heppner, Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Fabiano.  WCO was founded in 1986 by Artistic Director Stephen Crout, with Maestro Walker succeeding him as Artistic Director in 2002.  The company performs at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, and its next presentation will be Rossini’s Semiramide on Sunday, November 22, 2015.