Director of Community Engagement and Artistic Planning
Michelle Rush, Director of Community Engagement and Artistic Planning, joined Cantata Singers in October 2014. She has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, educator, and administrator working to increase impact, expand access, and engage communities through arts education.
Previously she was Director of Education at Powers Music School where she initiated the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project, managed the summer program Music on the Hill, and implemented chamber music and student performance programs. At the Brookline Music School as String Department Coordinator she created many opportunities for students to connect with peers and perform outside traditional venues through programs such as “Dynamic Duos”, and a cross-curricular Workshop Week. She also assisted in strategic planning as a faculty representative to the Board of Directors.
Active in the greater Boston community, she has been instrumental in a grassroots advocacy campaign for Boston Public Schools where she has also been operative as a fundraiser, event coordinator and School Site Council member. She also served in the Urban Music Educators Coalition, dedicated to advocacy, professional development, and networking for partners and stakeholders of urban music education.
Mrs. Rush holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and a Doctorate in Viola Performance from Florida State University. She has performed chamber music, solo recitals, and in symphony orchestras as a violist and has sung in Sing Positive, an intergenerational community chorus in her neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.
Contact: mrush at cantatasingers.org