The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s nationwide search for a new leader ended in its own ranks. The orchestra has appointed Marc Uys, manager of artistic operations since 2014, as its new executive director. Uys, selected after a search by a headhunting firm that specializes in the arts, will replace Melanie Clarke, who is stepping down from the job after 25 years.
Michael Gehret, chairman of the PSO’s search committee, said Uys was selected from a group of candidates from around the country. “It is gratifying that we were able to find the best person for the job on the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s staff,” he said. “Marc’s familiarity with the organization and members of the orchestra and his close relationship with Maestro [Rossen] Milanov are tremendous assets.”
As manager of artistic operations, Uys oversaw the orchestra’s BRAVO! education programs that benefit some 10,000 students at more than 30 area schools. At the PSO, he has worked closely with Milanov. The committee credited Uys with recruiting musicians to perform at fundraising events, give presentations, and participate in the orchestra’s free chamber series at the Institute for Advanced Study. The committee said he also reconfigured the orchestra’s Saturday Evening Pops concert into a “Silver Screen Salute,” negotiating performance rights for movie scores.
Prior to joining the PSO, Uys was manager of the South Africa-based Sontonga Quartet and a contractor for the National Tour of South Africa of the tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla. He is known for being an innovative concert producer, introducing instrumental performances in South Africa’s limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein site, “The Cradle of Humankind.” He has served as board president of the Arcos Orchestra in New York City since 2012.
Uys received his master and bachelor of music degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He recently moved to Princeton from New York with his wife, Jacqueline Kerrod, a professional harpist.
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IXP Corporation, a public safety and emergency response provider, has hired four new managers and promoted Amy Onder to chief of business operations and general counsel. The company says business has expanded in the last year.
Onder has been with the company since 2007, serving as in-house counsel and later joining the board of directors.
“There has been a growing national demand for our long-term managed services platform-which provides municipalities with emergency call centers that exceed the highest performance standards while also significantly reducing costs,” says William E. Metro, IXP’s CEO. He said the company is increasing its staff to meet demand.
The new hires include Scott Mazza as managing director of business integration; Thomas Irwin as managing director of services and solutions; Christopher Longo as an IT consultant; and Mary Lombardo as marketing manager. Since January, 2014, IXP has hired 50 people and now has 169 employees.
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Young Audiences CEO Laurence Capo plans to retire at the end of the year after 26 years at the organization, including 10 as its leader.
Capo plans to stay with the group, which provides arts education programs, until a successor is found. “Young Audiences is in the best shape that it’s ever been thanks to Larry. He successfully managed the organization through a period of growth and built a dedicated and capable staff, all while working tirelessly to fulfill our mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts,” said board chair Rich Goldman.
Capo led Young Audiences through mergers with the Institute for Arts and Humanities Education in 2009 and Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania in 2011. He also led a $3.1 million capital campaign to establish the group’s first endowment and scholarship fund.
“The opportunity to play a part in our remarkable growth has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Working with extraordinarily talented artists, a great board of trustees and a dedicated staff has been a distinct honor,” said Capo. “With the success of our capital campaign, Young Audiences’ future is bright. I cannot think of a better time to make a graceful exit and start an exciting new chapter of my life.”
Capo currently serves on the board of trustees for the New Jersey Theater Alliance, NJ ArtPride, Creative New Jersey and the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership. Prior to his work at Young Audiences he held leadership positions at Rider University, McCarter Theater, Michael Graves Architects, and Farewell Mills and Gatsch, Architects.
Young Audiences, founded in 1973, provides educational programs, performances, and artist-in-residence programs for 700 schools in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
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ZieglerWorld, a company specializing in game room and outdoor recreation products, has moved its headquarters from Freehold to Nottingham Way.
“We have grown to the point we needed to expand our operations” said CEO Charlie Ziegler “Being a lifelong resident of Hamilton it was a natural decision to move ZieglerWorld to the Hamilton community.”
ZieglerWorld, which started as a home-based business in 2003, manufactures and retails game room and table shuffleboard supplies. It operates 15 online stores including ZieglerWorld.com