Opera Colorado

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Erin Wenzel, Director of Development
Start Date: 2016

Erin Wenzel has worked in the non-profit arts field for over 20 years. Originally a theatre stage manager, over the past 14 years she has become a dedicated arts fundraiser with a track record of growth and joined the Opera Colorado team as Director of Development in September of 2016. Early Development roles were at Madison Repertory Theatre and Overture Center for the Arts in Madison WI. As a senior member of the Development team at the Nashville Symphony, Erin contributed to aggressive growth of the organization's annual fund while simultaneously working as a Project Consultant for Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc., coaching and partnering with arts organizations to strengthen their fundraising programs. Ms. Wenzel was a Board Member for the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chair of National Philanthropy Day, and served on the selection committee for Nashville's Emerging Leader Awards from 2012-2016. She was named Nashville's Fundraising Professional of the Year in 2015.

Kevin O'Connor, Board Chair
Start Date: 2017

Kevin O'Connor holds a degree in political science from Marquette University in Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has been successful in three careers -- an early career in politics (Milwaukee City Council and Milwaukee County Treasurer), a mid-life career in investment banking (focusing on tax-free bonds), and his current career as a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Previously, Kevin chaired the Denver Public Library Commission. He is a native of New Jersey. He and Janet Raasch have been married for more than 40 years. Their adult children are Dr. Caitlin O'Connor ND, Brian O'Connor and Dr. Micaela O'Connor DC.

Gregory Carpenter, General & Artistic Director
Start Date: 2007

The fourth General Director in Opera Colorado's 33-year history, Greg Carpenter guides both the artistic and administrative operations of the company. His role as General Director began in 2007, prior to which he served as Opera Colorado's Director of Development from 2004-2007, overseeing all fundraising and Board of Directors activities.

Prior to joining Opera Colorado, he worked for four years for the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. His work there included Special Projects Manager for the President of the National Symphony Orchestra from 2000 - 2001 and Manager of Development from 2001-2004.

Carpenter's extensive experience working in the arts also includes two years as the Arts and Event Services Manager for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and Special Projects Coordinator for the University of Maryland School of Music. From 1986 -1998, Greg Carpenter performed as a professional opera singer. His work as an opera singer included both lead and supporting roles at Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland.

For the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention held in Denver, Carpenter served as Chairman of the Fundraising Committee. In 2009 he received a Livingston Fellowship Award in Leadership from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. He also regularly serves as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has served as a judge for the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition.

Greg Carpenter received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Wittenberg University, a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Michigan State University and he completed post-graduate studies at the University of Maryland School of Music.

Paul Deckard, Managing Director
Start Date: 2017

Paul has a deep passion for opera. He began his career in opera working in a variety of artistic
and production roles at regional companies in the US and Europe. After gaining experience in
the creative side of the arts Paul began focusing on providing business strategy and financial
consultation for arts organizations. He has worked as a CFO and management consultant focusing on financial sustainability and strategic planning. Paul has been widely recognized as
an influential leader with a successful track record. Most recently he was responsible for the
financial turnaround at The Atlanta Opera, where he developed and implemented strategies to
eliminate a $1.1M deficit over two years and double the number of operas and education
programs produced per season. Paul Deckard received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre
production from Michigan State University and a Master of International Business from Hult
International Business School in Cambridge, MA.


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